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Biblical Interpretation Resource Guide

Print and online resources for biblical interpretation, study, and research

You can find a number of free, quality commentaries available via the Internet, but many of them are of dubious quality or contain grossly out-dated information. We have selected a few free web-based commentaries —mostly geared toward homiletics—from reputable, reliable resources. (For web-based versions of classic, historical commentaries, e.g, the works of Wesley or Luther, visit our Historical Commentaries page.


Enter the Bible is a resource from Luther Seminary. It was designed to "help you to understand what you read and explore the stories, people and places in the Bible... Whether it's for personal devotions, exploring the Bible or participating in a group study, you'll dig deeper into the Word with summaries, outlines, background and videos." (from the website)

Out in Scripture is a Human Rights Campaign resource which "places comments about the Bible alongside the real life experiences and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith and our allies. Out In Scripture is a collection of over 175 conversations about the Bible. With the skilled help of 100 diverse scholars and pastors, from over 11 different denominations, you will discover a fresh approach to Scripture." (from the website).

SAMUEL (Scripture and Mission: A United Church of Christ Electronic Library) is a sermon preparation resource produced by the United Church of Christ and designed for use with the Revised Common Lectionary. "Each week, you’ll find that Sunday’s lectionary texts and 'Sermon Seeds,' a reflection on the focus text from the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum ... Along with the text and reflection, you’ll find a prayer, a verse for meditation, and focus questions for discussion." (from the website)

TextWeek.com is a popular and useful online resource which provides the readings for the liturgical year based on the Revised Common Lectionary, and gathers together a variety of liturgical and exegetical resources for those readings. The graphics, multimedia, visual, and drama resources are helpful for providing multidimensional interpretations of scripture. 

WorkingPreacher.org is a ministry of the Center for Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, which aims to provide "exegetical material geared to the weekly lectionary and to other biblical material; resources and insight regarding the craft of preaching; viewpoints and commentary on our contemporary culture; and a host of opportunities for life-long learning." (from the website)

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