The King James Bible:  Readings and Research

Spring 2012

Listed in: Special Seminar, as COLQ-347; Anston L. Bosman (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources


Bible Research Guide for the Amherst Library

Bibles in Archives & Special Collections at Amherst

Mike's bibliography of book history

Rubin, Joan Shelley. "What Is The History Of The History Of Books?" Journal Of American History 90.2 (2003): 555-575.

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

American Periodicals (1740-1940)
Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

ATLA Religion Database (1949 to present)
Index to journal articles, essays, and book reviews in the field of religion.

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

EEBO: Early English Books Online (1473-1700)
Full text of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661).

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1784 to present)
Index of resources pertaining to the study of the Middle Ages & Renaissance

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)

ProQuest Search Platform
Cross-searches all content from the Library's subscribed ProQuest databases


Encyclopedia Britannica
Standard general encyclopedia.

Literature Resource Center
Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.

Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
Provides an authoritative survey of the Greek and Roman worlds in all their aspects

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
The national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide.

Oxford English Dictionary
Key dictionary of English language on historical principles.

Oxford Reference
Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Scholarly entries on all aspects of philosophy.

Cambridge History of the Book in Britain

Cambridge Companions Complete Collection
Surveys of authors, literary history, culture, and philosophy

Cruden, Alexander. Cruden’s Complete Concordance to the Old and New Testaments: With Notes and Biblical Proper Names Under One Alphabetical Arrangement (London: Lutterworth Press). BS425 .C85 1954

Dictionary of the Bible (Oxford)

Zondervan King James Version Commentary: Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2010. BS886 .Z66 2010


Web Resources

Manifold Greatness
Website for the KJB exhibition at the Folger (including the blog and an interactive annotated sample of pages)

The Machine That Made Us
A documentary with Stephen Fry on Gutenberg and the printing press

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
A landmark of English Protestantism (A&SC has an edition)

Holinshed’s Chronicles
A major resource for Shakespeare’s history plays (A&SC has an 1807 facsimile)

Net Bible
A new translation with tools that display 10 editions in parallel, extensive translation notes, and Hebrew and Greek with mouseover definitions