Textual Indices on the Bible

“…and Joseph opened all the storehouses…”

Gen. 41:56

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

2 Tim. 3:16-17

“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee, thy elders and they will tell thee.”

Dt. 32:7

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Order of Contents

Intro
Online  6
Print
.     All of Church History  1
.     On the Post-Reformation Era  5
.     General  2
Software  1
Audio Sermons  2

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Intro

One of the greatest resources and blessings is an index that gives resources on the chapters and verses of the Bible.

While the Sermon & Textual Index at RBO is the largest, reformed index with links online, yet there are a number of other indices available, both in print and online, with many more references to quality resources.  For your benefit, we decided to collect them all together!

Have a passage or verse of the Bible you desire to look into further?  Through this collection of textual indices you will be able to find a great number of helpful resources on it.  Many or most of the references given in the indices may be found online through searching Google, etc.

This webpage collection only includes Biblical textual indices that go into specific chapters and verses of the Bible.  Many excellent works exist giving bibliographies of commentaries on each book of the Bible.  For those, see our webpages:

Bible Commentaries

Recommendations for Bible Commentaries

Bibliographies of Commentaries on the Books of the Bible

Suggested Reading

Bibliographies

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“He giveth meat in abundance.”

Job 36:31

Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust…
Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.”

Job 22:24-25


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Online Textual Indices

‘Sermon & Textual Index’  at ReformedBooksOnline.com

This is largest, free, reformed, textual index online with links.  The collection includes all of the entries at the Digital Puritan Index, the PCA Historical Center’s Index and the Jonathan Edwards Sermon Index at Yale, as well as most all of the sermons of the Westminster divines.

This index has many reformed entries that are not on PRTS’s index below, and it will soon, Lord willing, contain all of the puritan entries at the PRTS’s index as well, plus many more.

Genesis has 350+ entries.

‘Bible Reference Search’  at the library of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

This appears to be the largest, free, textual index currently online.  The drawback is that most of the entries do not have links for full online access, so, if the work is online, one must search for it independently.  PRTS is beginning to put links online, but that will likely take a while.

The index includes every volume, and the contents within every volume at PRTS’s massive library.  The students at the seminary, a long time ago, began cataloguing every instance of a puritan treating a given Bible text for five pages or more.  Most of the entries, however, are of relatively modern works, including modern evangelical works that otherwise are not necessarily that important.  There is also a problem, due to this, of having to sort through too many results, though one can filter by puritan results only.

Genesis has 3,940+ entries, but only 105 puritan entries.

‘Hekman Library Sermon Index’  at Calvin College & Seminary

This index appears to be part of the card catalogue at Hekman Library.  Most of the entries are of modern authors.

Genesis has 2,620+ entries.

Classic Sermon Index

This costs about $7 a months.  Over 40,000 sermons; 75% are fully online.  Includes liberal and conservative sermons, ancient and modern, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant, by men and women.

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Downloadable

‘Sermon Index: Home’  at Bob Jones University

The index has 30,000 entries which are contained in books at the BJU library.  Click ‘Download Index’ near the middle of the page to download the Excel file.  Then filter the columns at the top of the Excel spreadsheet in order to pick the book, chapter and verse you are interested in.

Genesis as 1,332 entries.

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On the Early & Medieval Church

CatenaBible.com

By far and away the best site that has collated commentaries on nearly every verse of the Bible from the patristics and medieval writers.  Includes thousands of commentaries.

Just click on the book, chapter and verse (where the number is in red) that you are interested in and a column on the right will open up with the commentary snippets.  Many of the snippets are a paragraph or more, rather than simply just a short quote, as with other sites.


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Print Textual Indices

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All of Church History

1800’s

Darling, James – cols. 137-1,785  of Cyclopedia Bibliographica: A Library Manual of Theological and General Literature, vol. 1  (1859)  ToC

This was perhaps the most exhaustive textual index on Scripture up to its time. It includes much of the older theological literature from all of Chuch history in the European languages and Latin, including the reformers and puritans.

Genesis is from cols. 143-209.


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On the Post-Reformation Era

1600’s

Verneuil, John – A Nomenclator of such Tracts & Sermons as have been Printed or Translated into English upon any Place or Book of Holy Scripture: now to be had in the Most Famous & Public Library of Sr. Thomas Bodley in Oxford  2nd ed.  (Oxford: Henry Hall, 1642)

The printers of London were required to give one copy of every book they printed to the library at Oxford; hence this index would appear very full.  The references are very concise and sometimes difficult.  The letter and number at the end of the reference is to the section in the Bodleian Library.

Genesis is from pp. 2-11.

Crowe, William – A Collection, or Catalogue of our English Writers on the Old & New Testament, Either in Whole or in Part: whether Commentators, Elucidators, Adnotators, or Expositors: at Large or in Single Sermons…  (London, 1663)

The comprehensiveness of this work was described as “very completely executed” by Index to the Sermons Published, pt. 2 (Preface) below.  The references, though, are very concise and may not be easy to find in the named author’s works.

Genesis is from pp. 2-12.

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1700’s

Index to the Sermons [of the Church of England] Published Since the Restoration [1660], Pointing out the Texts in the Order they Lie in the Bible…  pt. 1 (1751), pt. 2 (1788)  Abbreviations

Both volumes cover the whole Bible.  The first appears to be fuller than the second, containing all that it contains, but it is not clear what is the difference of method between them.  Some puritans and evangelicals are included, but most are mainline Anglicans.  This work intended to follow that of Crowe above (per the preface in part 2).

In part 1, Genesis is from pp. 1-4.

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1900’s

Myers, Cindy Lee – Index of Bible Citations by Puritan & Contemporary Authors  Buy  (Triangle Press, 1996)

Martin, Robert – A Guide to the Puritans  Buy  (Banner of Truth, 1997)

This bibliographic work consists of two parts: puritan writings organized by topic and then by book, chapter and verse of Scripture.  The number of puritan writings included is helpful, including most of what was reprinted up to 1997, especially the Banner of Truth sets, but as many more of the puritans have been reprinted since then, the work is dated.

Entries for Genesis comprise 5 pages.


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General

1800’s

Pettingell, J.H. – pp. 27-208  of Homiletical Index: a Hand-Book of Texts, Themes & Authors, for the Use of Preachers & Bible Scholars Generally, Embracing 20,000 Citations of Scripture Texts…  (NY: 1878)

This collection is mostly of 1800’s authors, both conservative and liberal.

Genesis is from pp. 27-34.

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1900’s

Wilson’s Topical & Textual Index for Bible Students  Ref  (19??)  400 pp.


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Software

Encyclopedia Puritannica Project

The software for purchase (which can be used off-line) has over 230 puritan and reformed works.  Click on a Scripture verse in the Bible or in the works provided and a panel will come up listing all the places in all the works that that verse is used.  Try the Demo.

The drawback to this is that many (and possibly most) of the references using that verse are incidental or otherwise not a significant exegetical treatment of the verse.


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Audio Sermons

‘Sermons by Bible’  at SermonAudio.com

Over 2 million sermons from churches worldwide.

‘Audio Sermons: by Scripture’  at SermonIndex.net

Over 25,000 audio sermons from hundreds of denominations across the world.  The site’s motto is “Promoting Genuine Biblical Revival”.  “Godliness, Authenticity, Following Jesus and a genuine experience of Biblical Christianity are core the values for this ministry.”

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