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Getting Started on Your Exegesis Paper: Scripture Index

This guide offers some help with starting your research for your New Testament term paper. You'll find links to resources and tips for searching the library catalog.


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Atla Scripture Index

Atla Religion Database 

Here's how to find resources on your passage using Atla Religion Database:

  1. Click on the Scriptures search link in the blue bar at the top of the Atla search interface:screenshot of Atla homepage with Scriptures tab circled
  2. You’ll get a list of biblical books in canonical order.  Browse to the book of the Bible that your passage is in and click on "[Expand]” link.
  3. You'll then see a list of chapters in the biblical book you've chosen.  Click on the "[Expand]" link next to the relevant chapter.
  4. Now you'll see the verses in that chapter. Click on one of the verses in your passage to run a search of Atla.
  5. You should get a list of articles and book chapters on that verse and usually the pericope that it’s a part of.  Some of the journal articles will be available immediately as PDFs; in other cases, click on the “find it @ VU” button to see whether we have the item from another resource. Book chapters aren't usually available as PDFs in Atla, but you might try the "find it @ VU" button to see if we have electronic access to the book that the chapter is part of.

Questions?  Please ask!