Pepperdine University Libraries recently purchased access to the online version of the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR). This comprehensive and in-depth encyclopedia offers entries related to the Bible and its origins, development, and influence in religion and culture. Each entry defines the person, place, or other topic and discusses it from several theological and cultural perspectives.
For example, the entry on the “Ark of the Covenant” includes sections on the ark in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament; in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; and in literature, the visual arts, and film. Other entries include sections on other religions, exegetical literature, theological and philosophical writings, liturgy, dance, and music, as relevant to the topic.
Entries are written by scholars in the field and include extensive bibliographies. The entries can be browsed alphabetically or searched, and also include illustrations or images where available.
Currently, two volumes of the encyclopedia have been published, which cover Aaron-Atheism. Two more volumes, covering Athena-Circumcision, are scheduled to be published by the end of 2011. Thirty volumes in all are planned, and Pepperdine will make them available online as they are released.
If you have any questions about this new resource, please contact Melissa Nykanen, the library liaison to the Religion Division, at (310) 506-4434 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.