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Open Educational Resources: Biblical & Religious Studies

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The following is a list of suggested open access sites offering scholarly eBooks and eDocuments related to the discipline of Religious Studies.

Bible Study Tools Online

This website provides free searchable online Bibles - verses, versions including NIV, KJV, commentaries, concordances, parallel, reading plans.

Religion Online: Evangelism

Full texts by religious scholars discussing the nature of evangelism.

Religion Online: Ministry

Full texts by religious scholars discussing the nature of ministry.

Religion Online: Missions

Full texts by religious scholars discussing the nature of missions.

Share Song

Download free Christian sheet music, song lyrics & chord charts plus midi files & mp3s of the latest gospel praise & worship songs for free.

Worship Archive

Christian worship lyrics, tab, and guitar chords with built-in transpose tool.

Bible and Interpretation

Dedicated to delivering the latest news, features, editorials, commentary, archaeological interpretation and excavations relevant to the study of the Bible for the public and biblical scholars.

Open Library: Christian Education

Full classical texts by religious scholars discussing Christian Education.

Atla Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative

The Atla Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative provides a freely available, web-searchable, central repository of digital resources contributed by participating libraries.

AWOL - The Ancient World Online

"Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies"

Bible Gateway

Search the Bible in English, German, Swedish, Latin, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Tagalog, and Norwegian.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education.

Digital Quaker Collection

Digital Quaker Collection is a digital library containing full text and page images of over 500 individual Quaker works from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Digital Scriptorium

The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.

Internet Jewish History Sourcebook

The Internet Jewish History Sourcebook is one of series of history primary sourcebooks.

Internet Sacred Text Archive

Internet Sacred Text Archive is largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet.

Post Reformation Digital Library

The Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) is a select bibliography of digital books relating to the development of theology and philosophy during the Reformation and Post-Reformation/Early Modern Era (late 15th-18th c.).

Religion Online

More than 6,000 articles and chapters. Topics include Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions and Religious Education.

Tyndale Seminary Christian History Reading Room

This page is designed to help make History of Christianity resources available to those without easy access to a theological library.

Web Site on Religion and Theology (open web site)

An annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources to the study of the Bible.

Vatican Digital Library (DigiVatLib)

Provides free access to the Vatican Library’s digitized collections of manuscripts and incunabula.


The digitized portions of the collection of the Leo Baeck Institute which is devoted to the study of German Jewish heritage. Contains manuscripts, memoirs, images, some books and periodicals, and recordings, including oral histories of the Holocaust.

Princeton Theological Seminary

Large digital collection of Princeton libraries' theological offerings.

Pew Research Center: Religion in America Landscape Study

Old Testament Dictionaries and Commentaries by Tyndale Seminary

New Testament Dictionaries and Commentaries by Tyndale Seminary

Islam, Judaism, and the Political Role of Religions in the Middle East by John Bunzl (Ed.), University Press of Florida

Publication Date: 2004

Intermediate Biblical Greek Reader: Galatians and Related Texts by Nijay K. Gupta & Jonah M. Sandford (Eds.), George Fox University

Publication Date: 2018

Religion Commons from the Digital Commons Network

The largest repository of scholarly works from higher education institutions. Over two million works from over 400 institutions. This link takes you to 37,905 full-text articles in the religion subject.

Theological Commons from Princeton Theological Seminary

The Theological Commons is a digital library of over 100,000 resources on theology and religion. It consists mainly of public domain books but also includes periodicals, audio recordings, and other formats.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

This reference encyclopedia contains articles on the language and literature of Bible as well as its historical and religious context.

Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature - Open Yale Courses by Professor Dale B. Martin

Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) - Open Yale Courses by Professor Christine Hayes

The Bible Project

This Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. The mission of this Project is to show how the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus. While not official OER, these videos could be used in Bible courses, or could provide faith integration content for other courses.


Provides courses on the Bible and theology from top biblical professors. The courses are in five primary programs: Foundations (starting point), Academy (college and university level classes), Institute (graduate level), Leadership, Seminars, and other programs.

Digital Theological Library (Open Access)

A virtual library for theology, religious studies, and related disciplines

Hebrew Language

University of Texas at Austin site for Hebrew language learners. Includes video, audio clips, tutorials, and other tools.


Resources from Stanford for learning Hebrew, including video and audio clips, drills, workbooks, and more.

New Testament Greek at the University of Cambridge Language Learning Centre

Greek and Latin Roots: Part I - Latin

Greek and Latin Roots: Part II - Greek

Elementary New Testament Greek (textbook)