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IWU OCLS Tutorials: Seminary Guide - Background Information


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Find Background Information at Jackson Library


     In the Library Catalog try the following searches.


  • Identify Library of Congress Subject Headings (from within a relevant book’s record) and click on those links to find more books:
    • Examples:
    • Bible. N.T. -- History of contemporary events.
    • Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.


  • Search for books on the specific social/cultural issue


  • Search for general books on New Testament culture





  • Search for books on the literary background of the passage:





Old Testament Background Information




New Testament Background Information




Bible Atlas


You can find Bible Atlases in the 220.91 section of the Reference Collection on the main floor.  

Oversized atlases are stored in the first row before the 000's.




Reference Books


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