The Bible as Literature

Finding analysis and criticques of the Biblical stories as works of literature can be tricky.  Keep in mind that there is a fine line between viewing these stories through the lens of theology and viewing these stories through the literary lens; in your research, you will likely find both, and you will need to distinguish between the two views. Books will be somewhat easier to find than journal articles. 

Library Catalog

Try searching these as subjects to find books in the library catalog:

Bible in Literature
Bible as Literature
Bible and Literature
Jesus Christ in Literature
Bible. O.T. Genesis -- Criticism, Interpretation, Etc.
Bible. N.T. Gospels -- Criticism, Interpretation, Etc.

Harold Bloom is an author who has written extensively about the Bible as literature.  Try this as a keyword search in the library catalog:

harold bloom bible

MLA International Bibliography

Try these as anywhere searches in MLA International Bibliography:

Bible and (creation or Adam or Eve)
Bible and Lot*
(Christ or Jesus) and temptation

ATLA Religion Index

Try this as a descriptor search in ATLA:

Bible as Literature

Some Suggested Reference Books:

Thematic Guide to Biblical Literature.   Rivera Ref PN 56 .B5 T57 2007
A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature.  Rivera Ref PR 149 .B5 D53 1992
Allusions -- Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: a Thematic Dictionary.  Rivera Ref PN 43 .A4 1986
The Bible as Literature: a Selective Bibliography  Rivera Z 7770 .G68x

Subject Specialist: Jess Nevins

Last modified: 4/13/2009 8:48 AM by J. Nevins