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Research Tools

The mission of the Society of Biblical Literature is to foster biblical scholarship. To that end, these are resources to assist those researching and writing papers in biblical studies.

Resources for Research
SBL is pleased to offer, in association with Logos Bible Software, a new, critically edited Greek New Testament in electronic and print formats. The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition, edited by Michael W. Holmes, is freely available for download at . The print edition can be purchased at the SBL Store.

Web links
for research – Need help getting started with your research? This page will direct you to a number of web links. Categorized by subject, it can help you start to find information and resources for your paper.

The most recent addition to SBL’s web links is:

Marc Brettler — the Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies at Duke University, and Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies emeritus at Brandeis University — has created a exceptional site:Tools for Studying the Hebrew Bible that aims to teach students how to use the specialized tools needed for the study of the Hebrew text of the Hebrew Bible.

Journal of Biblical Literature
- The flagship journal of the field, the Journal of Biblical Literature is published quarterly and includes scholarly articles and critical notes by members of the Society. The journal is available online for current members, and may be accessed through JSTOR.

Review of Biblical Literature - The Review of Biblical Literature, the premier source of biblical studies book reviews in the world. The RBL database currently offers reviews of over 3,000 titles in all areas of biblical studies. The RBL is available online with free access to all.

Tyndale Archive of Biblical Studies - This is an excellent collection of online versions of lexica for languages related to biblical studies. Though these are not necessarily the most current lexica, they represent tremendously important works and are an outstanding resource for working in the languages of biblical studies, including biblical and rabbinnic Hebrew, Aramaic, Coptic, Syriac, and Arabic.

Resources for Writing Papers

Biblical Fonts for writing papers – SBL distributes a number of fonts for use with biblical and ancient languages. SBL Hebrew is a new, Unicode-compatible font that is among the most advanced fonts available in any language. SBL also continues to distribute the SP font series, which contains fonts for a number of languages important for biblical studies.

Other Resources

Free Books in Biblical Studies and Related Fields A list of Google Books,, & web-based content in progress by Bob Buller and Danny Zacharias. 


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