The Society of Biblical Literature
is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Keywords for Online Searching:
History of Interpretation, Hermeneutics, Reading Strategies, Early Christian Interpretation, Midrash, Exegesis, Fourfold sense, Allegorical, Tropological, Anagogical, Commentaries, Origen, Alexandrian, Antiochene
Associated Journals and Organizations
SBL Program Units
History of Interpretation
Sites of Interest
- BIBLINDEX: A free index of approximately 400,000 biblical quotations and allusions from Greek and Latin patristic texts of the first five centuries is now available online. To search for references in Biblindex, open a free user account and follow the instructions. E-mail questions and suggestions. The Institut des Sources Chrétiennes supports the project.
- Guide to Early Church Documents
This site is a catalogue of primary sources and “contains pointers to Internet-accessible files relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history.” Proofed by Professor James O’Donnell of the University of Pennsylvania and includes documents written by Robert Kraft and Paul Harvey, and translated by A.C. Outler and E.B. Pusey.
- Patristic sources in English translation
Index of early church documents and the writings of Augustine of Hippo, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, and Gregory of Nyssa, among others. Published by New Advent, which is a Catholic blog site “dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
- Publications about the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library Collection
From their site: “the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library preserves manuscripts, printed books and art at Saint John's University and undertakes photographic projects in regions throughout the world.” Click on the Research tab for an extensive list of electronic resources at the Hill Museum available for viewing online, downloading, and ordering. Includes a search engine for their manuscript catalogue as well as the Vivarium online digital object database.
- Repository of information related to Philotheou monastery project
Site published by Dr. Robert W. Allison, Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies at Bates College, based on his own research and relationship with the monks at Philotheou. Scholars are invited to correspond with him directly regarding the information on the site, and materials including manuscripts in pre-publication are available to those involved in this specific scholarship.
- Resources for the Study of Judaism and Christianity
Compiled by Jay C. Treat at Pennsylvania State University with assistance from Dr. Robert Kraft among others. Updated regularly, this site is well organized and offers dozens of additional links to relevant sites.
- Saint Pachomius Library (Orthodox Patristic Texts)
A-Z directory of early Orthodox teachings. Some have links to New Advent, which is a Catholic blog site. Most of this material feels more ecumenical than academic in its intended use.
- Searchable database of Greek papyri
Site published as part of the Perseus Project, a NEH-funded digital library including writings from Antiquity to the Renaissance; Pliny the Elder to Francis Bacon. Gregory Crane of Tufts University is Editor-in-Chief.
- Wheaton College Virtual Library of Christian Classics
Christian Classics Ethereal Library’s mission is “to build up the church by making classic Christian writings available and promoting their use.” This appears to be published by Calvin College, not Wheaton College. The materials available on this site seem to be for pastoral rather than academic use and are of a distinctly Calvinist theology.
- Armarium Labyrinthi: Labyrinth Latin Bookcase
Resources for Medieval Studies that will be of interest to biblical scholars who are looking for Latin texts” Site published by Martin Irvine and Deborah Everhart, and hosted by Georgetown University. Includes Latin grammars, an English translation of the Magna Carta, and a link to sources for medieval music. The page is only copyrighted through 1998, so some of the links and materials may no longer be valid.
- Beth Mardutho - The Syriac Institute
Publisher of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies and other resources
- Classical Language Instruction Project
Readings of Latin and Greek prose and poetry; designed to help students learn sounds of Latin and Greek and to improve their reading skills; requires Shockwave plugin.