New Alumni Resources: Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary & Commentaries!

Pitts Theology Library strives to support not only its current students, faculty, and staff, but also Candler and Emory alumni as they enter into ministry, non-profit work, higher education, and more. This includes providing access to resources beyond the library shelves, including over 40 research databases! Pitts is thrilled to announce two new additions to this collection critical for biblical studies: the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and the Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries.

Usually a first stop for students on the Pitts Ready Reference shelves, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is a six-volume state-of-the-art dictionary of the Bible offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and topics. Edited by David Noel Freedman, this extensive resource includes more than 6,000 entries, 7,000,000 words, and features nearly 1,000 contributors. The online version of ABD allows users to search by Person, Place, or Diety, browse A-Z entries, and even view endpaper maps of the Near Eastern world keyed to text for quick location of archaeological and biblical sites.

But the resources don’t stop there! Pitts has also licensed alumni access to the Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, one of the most trusted and long-running scholarly commentaries series for Biblical Studies scholars. This prestigious commentary series, which spans over 86 volumes, represents the pinnacle of biblical scholarship. The series draws from the wisdom and resources of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars from around the world.It also includes a book-by-book translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Apocrypha to make available all the significant historical and linguistic knowledge which bears on the interpretation of the Bible.

Acquisitions, Serials, and Assessment Librarian Caitlin Soma, who led the effort to add these electronic resources, says “We’re excited to be able to provide our students, faculty, staff, and alumni with access to these valuable resources in a new, more accessible format. Our hope is that by making these resources available for both current students and alumni, we can help the Candler community continue their outstanding research and ministry in and out of the classroom.”

To obtain access to these resources, you need only to register online with the Emory Alumni Association. View step-by-step instructions and a video on alumni resources at

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