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Bibliographies of Commentaries on the Books of the Bible



Order of Contents

Bibliographies, Reference Lists & Catalogues  17+
Guides to Reference Works  3
Bibliographies of Bibliographies  3
Bibliographies of Particular Authors  1
Libraries of Reformed Theologians  6
Guides to Post-Reformation Reference Works  2

Bibliographies on Theology



General Bibliographies, Reference Lists & Catalogues on the Bible & Theology  17+


Marsh, Herbert

A Course of Lectures, Containing a Description & Systematic Arrangement of the Several Branches of Divinity, Accompanied with an Account Both of the Principal Authors & of the Progress which has been made at Different Periods, in Theological Learning  (London, 1809 ff.)  All 7 parts bound in one volume.  Tables of contents, pt. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

“They embrace almost every topic of Biblical criticism and interpretation, and also the genuineness, authenticity and credibility of the Scriptures; and are particularly valuable for their bibliographical and critical notices of the principal writers who have treated on these subjects.” – T.H. Horne

Lectures on the Criticism & Interpretation of the Bible, with Two Preliminary Lectures on Theological Study & Theological Arrangement: to which are Added Two Lectures on the History of Biblical Interpretation  (London, 1842)

“This is a new edition, revised, corrected and enlarged, of the first four parts of the preceding course of lectures.  The two additional lectures on the history of Biblical interpretation, which were published separately, contain bibliographical notices of the principal writers on that subject.” – T.H. Horne

Townley, James

Illustrations of Biblical Literature, Exhibiting the History & Fate of the Sacred Writings from the Earliest Period to the Present Century: including Biographical Notices of Translators & other Eminent Biblical Scholars, vol. 1 (in the OT up to 1200’s), 2 (up to 1500’s)  (London, 1821)

Townley (1774–1833) was an English, Wesleyan, Methodist minister.

“The ample volumes before us comprise a rich fund of instructive and pleasing information on the subject of Sacred Bibliograpby.  They have been compiled from a great variety of publications, many of them inaccessible to the generality of readers, and some of them of extreme rarity.”  “The industry and the accuracy of Mr. Townley will entitle his volumes to the approbation of the critic and the patronage of the public.  They afford a more comprehensive view of the progress of Biblical Translations and of the Literary and Ecclesiastical History of the Holy Scriptures than is to be found in any other work.” – Eclectic Review, in Horne

An Introduction to the Literary History of the Bible  (London, 1828)

“This…  is a second edition of the Biblical Anecdotes published by Dr. Townley in 1813, [it] may be considered as an epitome of his Illustrations of Biblical Literature.  It contains many interesting anecdotes relative to the Literary History of the Scriptures from the earliest period to the commencement of the nineteenth century.” – Horne

Orme, William – Bibliotheca Biblica: A Select List of Books on Sacred Literature; With Notices, Biographical, Critical & Bibliographical  1824  516 pp.

This is one large annotated bibliography in alphabetical order by author.

“For many of his titles and notices of books, Mr. Orme has been indebted to the present Work [of T.H Horne], to which he has honourably acknowledged his obligations.  ‘The theological student cannot fail to derive much advantage from it ; and the more learned divine will find it an excellent supplement to the Bibliotheca Theologica Selecta of the laborious Walchius, or to the erudite Bibliotheca Sacra of Le Long.’ British Critic” – Horne

Bickersteth, Edward – The Christian Student: Designed to Assist Christians in General in Acquiring Religious Knowledge, With a List of Books Suitable for a Minister’s Library  1829  645 pp.  See especially ‘The Minister’s Library’  95 pp.

Clarke, Adam & J.B.B. Clarke – A Concise View of the Succession of Sacred Literature, in a chronological arrangement of authors and their works, from the invention of alphabetical characters, to the year of Our Lord 1445, vol. 1, 2  (New York, 1839)  Vol. 1, written by Adam Clarke, goes up to A.D. 395; vol. 2, written by his son, goes up to A.D. 1300.  Unable to find an edition that goes up to 1445.

“The whole contains much important information relative to biblical and ecclesiastical literature.” – T.H. Horne

Horne, Thomas Hartwell – A Manual of Biblical Bibliography: Comprising a Catalogue Methodically Arranged of the Principal Editions and Versions of the Holy Scriptures, Together with Notices of the Principal Philologers, Critics and Interpreters of the Bible  1839

Lowndes’ British Librarian, or Book Collector’s Guide…  Class 1, Religion and its History  (London, 1839-42)  The table of contents is at the end.

Darling, James – Cyclopedia Bibliographica: A Library Manual of Theological and General Literature, vols. 1 (Subjects), 2 (A-H), 3 (I-Z)  1859

This is perhaps the most exhaustive bibliographical collection up to its day, including all of the older theological literature (reformers and puritans included).  See Hadidian, 1985, below for a continuation of this work.

Malcom, Howard – Theological Index: References to the Principal Works in Every Department of Religious Literature, embracing nearly Seventy Thousand Citations, Arranged under Two Thousand Heads  Boston 1868  485 pp.

“Includes about 70,000 titles under 2,000 specific subject headings.  Unfortunately, the entries  are given in a very abridged form… which makes identification difficult.” – Muether & Kepple

Hagenbach, Karl – Theological Encyclopaedia and Methodology: on the Basis of Hegenbach  1884  600 pp.  trans. & enl. by George Crooks & John F. Hurst

Hagenbach (1801–1874) was a liberal, Swiss/German historical theology scholar.

“A comprehensive work on theology which also includes many extensive bibliographies that list about 5,000 books.  Includes index.  Based on the original German work , enlarged by the addition of English and American titles.” – Muether & Kepple

Free Church of Scotland – Proposal for the Foundation and Formation of Libraries in the Manses of the Free Church of Scotland; With a Catalogue of Books, Revised and Recommended by William Cunningham and James Buchanan

K., J. – Abridged Catalogue of Books in New College Library, Edinburgh  1893  223 pp.

New College was the seminary of the Free Church of Scotland from its origins in 1843 to 1900.  The first half of the work lists the books by author, the second half is by topic.

Cave, Alfred – An Introduction to Theology: its Principles, its Branches, its Results & its Literature  1896  630 pp.

“An introduction to the study of theology which includes large bibliographies of recommended books of each section.  Includes English, German, and French works.  Author and subject indexes.  Strongest on biblical studies.” – Muether & Kepple

Hurst, John Fletcher – Literature of Theology: A Classified Bibliography of Theological & General Religious Literature  1896  618 pp.

Hurst (1834–1903) was an American bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, a historian, and the first Chancellor of the American University in Washington, D.C.

“Based on his 1882 work: Biblioteca Theologica.  An extensive classified bibliography of ‘the best and most desirable books in theology and general religious literature published in Great Britain, the United States, and the Dominion of Canada.’  Detailed classified arrangement, see nine-page table of contents.  Includes author and subject index.”



Morris, Raymond P. – A Theological Book List  Buy  1960

“Morris is selective and intended for librarians anxious to have all the main books for students.” – Owen Chadwick

“‘Produced by the Theological Education Fund of the International Missionary Council for Theological Seminaries and Colleges in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Southwest Pacific.’  Includes 5,472 works, primarily in English, considered to be basic for developing theological libraries in the Third World.  Detailed classed arrangement, author index, brief annotations.” – Muether & Kepple

Essential Books for Christian Ministry: Basic Readings for Pastors, Church Staff Leaders, and Laymen  Buy  1972  Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Lists about 1,000 titles, selected by the seminary faculty, in order to ‘assist students, alumni, and Christian lay workers in selecting the most helpful books for their libraries’ (preface).  Classified arrangement with brief annotations but no indexes…” – Muether & Kepple

Barber, Cyril J.

The Minister’s Library, 2 vols.  Buy  (Baker, 1974) 376 pp.  Vol. 1 goes up to 1970, vol. 2 covers 1971-1985.

Barber was an evangelical pastor who headed up Klock & Klock publishing, which has reprinted some of the best Christian theological literature in modern times. 

The Minister’s Library, vol. 3  covers 1986-2005

100+ Best Books for your Bible Study Library  Buy  2004  96 pp.

Hadidian, Dikran – Bibliography of British Theological Literature, 1850-1940  Buy  1985

“A selective list of British theological imprints.  Excludes most pamphlets.  Dates were selected to continue Darling’s bibliography (above) through to the end of the British empire.  An introductory essay provides a bibliographical study of the direction of British theology during this period.” – Muether & Kipple

Moo, Douglas – An Annotated Bibliography on the Bible and the Church  Buy  1986

“‘Compiled for the Alumni Association of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School’ by the faculty of that seminary.  A substantial (112-page) bibliography listing books ‘most helpful to the local pastor,’ chosen from an evangelical theological perspective.  Classified arrangement with an author index.  While this is a useful list, the quality and extent of annotation, the bibliographical citation form, and the (implicit) criteria for inclusion vary greatly from section to section.  A more detailed table of contents is needed.” – Muether & Kepple

Sugg & Trotti – Building a Pastor’s Library  Buy  1991  Union Theological Seminary, which is liberal

“A revision of Essential Books for a Pastor’s Library (5th ed., 1976).  Intended to list subject areas which should be represented in a pastor’s library and to suggest, in each category, one or more important books.  Classified arrangement with brief annotations.  No indexes.” – Muether & Kepple

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 so many more of the puritans have been reprinted since then, the work is dated.



Bauer, David – An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry  Buy  2011




Calmet, Augustine – ‘A Supplement to the Holy Library’  in A Historical, Critical, Chronological, Geographical & Literal Dictionary of Sacred Scripture…  (Augustae Vindelicorum: Veith, 1736), vol. 4

On this work, see T.H. Horne, Manual, p. 1.

Table of Contents

Part 1

– General & Particular Polyglots, Hebrew & Rabbinic Bibles, Hebrew New Testament, Samaritan Pentateuch, Targum & Chaldean Paraphrases, Oriental Bibles, Greek New Testament, The Old Latin Bible & Recensions, Protestant Latin Bible, Latin New Testament, Catholic French Bible, Other Language Bibles

General Commentaries on the Old & New Testament, General Protestant Commentaries, General Jewish Commentaries, Commentaries on the Pentateuch, Commentaries on Each book of the OT, pp. 289-353

Part 2, ‘On the New Testament’

Concordances & Harmonies, Commentaries on the 4 Gospels, Commentaries on each book of the NT, pp. 355-399

Part 3, ‘On the Study of Sacred Scripture’

Hebrew, Chaldean, Syriac & Arabic Grammars, Dictionaries of Books, Sacred Libraries, Hebrew & Chaldean Concordances of Books, Greek & Latin Concordances, Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Of the Rule of Interpreting Scripture, pp. 401-409

Part 4, ‘Authors that have written on Jewish Antiquities, Laws, Customs of the Hebrews & of their Religion, Polity, Military, Geography & History’

Jewish Antiquities, the Laws & the Religion of the Jews, on the Messiah & the Antichrist, of the Tabernacle & the Temple, Of the Jewish Synagogue, of the Jewish Priests & Sacrifices, of the Feasts, Tithes & Offerings, of Jewish Fastings, Circumcision, Washings & Prayers, of Jewish Idolatry & Superstitions, of the Hebrew Republic & Polity, Punishments & Penalties of the Jews, of the Hebrew Military, the History, Annals & Chronology of the Jews, the Sacred Geography of the Hebrews, Studies, Schools & Books of the Jews, Various Sects of the Jews, of Hebrew Coins, Weights & Measures, of Animals which are in Scripture, of the Sicknesses in Scripture, of the Trees & Plants in Scripture, of the Precious Stones in Scripture, of the Hebrew Feasts, of Hebrew Clothes, of Hebrew Marriages, of Hebrew Music & Musical Instruments, of Hebrew Funerals, pp. 411-429

Walch, Johann Georg – A Select Theological Library, Instructing by Written Annotations, vol. 1 (Methods of Theological Study, Creeds, Catechisms, Polemical), 2 (Polemical, Moral Theology), 3 (Church History in General & of the NT), 4 (Exegetical Theology, Homiletics)  (Jena, 1757-65)  Table of Contents, vol. 1, 2, 3, 4

On this work, see T.H. Horne, Manual, p. 2.  “…admirable for the diligence and for the extensive reading and accuracy which it evinces.  The sound judgment, remarkable in other works in this theologian, is conspicuous in this publication.  All possible aids for theological literature are here embraced.  The whole is well arranged…  How much the author of the present work is indebted to the Bibliotheca Theologica Selecta, the frequent references made to it will sufficiently attest.” – Horne



On Printed Editions of the Bible



Lelong, Jacques – A Sacred Library in Two Distinct Parts  3rd & best ed.  (Paris, 1723)  Table of Contents  Covers only editions of the Bible.

Lelong (1665–1721) was a French, Romanist, bibliographer, born in Paris.  On this work, see T.H. Horne, Manual, p. 1.

Masch, Andrea Gottlieb – The Sacred Library, after Jacob Lelong & C.F. Boerner in an orderly way Distributed, Emended, Supplemented & Continuated again with care by Andrea Gottlieb Masch, vol. 1 (Pt. 1, Editions of the Original Text), 2 (Pt. 2, Versions of the Sacred Books; vol. 1, Oriental Versions), 3 (Pt. 2, vol. 2, Greek Versions), 4 (pt. 2, vol. 3, pt. 1, Latin Versions), 5 (pt. 2, vol. 3, pt. 2, Versions of Versions, Metrical), 6 (pt. 2, vol. 4, Chronological Index)  (1774-97)

Masch (1724–1807) was a German Lutheran theologian and scholar.  On this work, see T.H. Horne, Manual, p. 1.




Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph – Bibliotheca Sussexiana.  A Descriptive Catalogue, accompanied by historical and biographical notices, of the manuscripts and printed books contained in the library of…  the Duke of Sussex…  (London, 1827-39)

Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (England, 1773–1843) was the sixth son and ninth child of King George III.  On this valuable work, see Horne, Manual, p. 3.



Guides to Reference Works  3


Trotti, John – Aids to a Theological Library  Buy  1977

“Written as a guide for theological libraries, intends to stress the bibliographical, reference and book-buying resources that a theological library should have.  Classed arrangement, but no table of contents or index.  Earlier editions included a listing of scholarly periodicals in religion.” – Muether & Kepple

Gorman & Gorman – Theological & Religious Reference Materials, vol. 1, General Resources and Church History, vol. 2, Systematic Theology and Church History & vol. 3, Practical Theology  Buy  1984/5

This set includes everything and is not limited to conservative works.

“This is the best recent guide for the literature of church history and historical theology, but the second volume in the series must be used in conjunction with the first, since there is much material on church history in the first volume.  These two volumes provide detailed annotations for most reference works in church history, but the organization is poor.  Standard denomination bibliographies are dispersed throughout the volumes, but can be located through the indices.” – Richard Muller & James Bradley

Muether, John & Robert Kepple – Reference Works for Theological Research: an Annotated Selective Bibliographical Guide  Buy  3rd ed. 1991  250 pp.

“The authors are to be congratulated for the improvements introduced in this edition. Within its scope this volume represents the best available guide to the basic sources of Western scholarship on traditional Christianity.  It is highly recommended for seminary and theological college libraries.” — Richard Muller



Bibliographies of Bibliographies  3


Smith, Wilbur – A List of Bibliographies of Theological and Biblical Literature Published in Great Britain and America, 1595-1931: with Critical, Biographical and Bibliographical Notes  1931

“Note limits of coverage: ‘theology’ in strict ‘systematic theology’ sense; does not include church history or practical theology.  Lists only separately published materials.  Includes brief annotations and biographical information on the author of each bibliography.  Well done, but hard to use since entries are arranged by date.  Author index.” – Muether & Kepple

Barrow, John – A Bibliography of Bibliographies in Religion  Buy  1955

“Lists about 4,000 separately published bibliographies…  Covers up to about 1952, fairly complete to 1950.  Dated but not superseded.  Classified arrangement, (but no section for Systematic Theology) — use the detailed table of contents for specific subjects.  Title and author index.  Includes fairly good critical annotations and some information on the location of copies.” – Muether & Kepple

ed. Walsh, Michael – Religious Bibliographies in Serial Literature: a Guide  Buy  1981

“Lists 178 bibliographical tools which are published regularly…  Arranged alphabetically by title with subject and title indexes.  Includes lengthy annotations as to each item’s characteristics and usefulness.” – R. Kepple & J. Muether



Bibliographies of Particular Authors  1

Richard Muller

Richard Muller’s Works

Arranged topically, with links where available.  This is the largest bibliography of Muller’s writings on the net, though not quite exhaustive.  For something exhaustive up through 2013, see:

ed. Ballor, Sytsma, Zuidema, Church and School in Early Modern Protestantism: Studies in Honor of Richard A. Muller on the Maturation of a Theological Tradition  Buy  2013  800 pp.

Resources for Muller’s Writings



Libraries of Reformed Theologians  (in chronological order)  8


Gessner, Conrad

Leu, Keller & Weidmann – Conrad Gessner’s Private Library  Pre  (Brill, 2008)

Gessner (1516-1565) was reformed and was a Swiss physician, naturalist, bibliographer, philologist and encyclopedist.  This was the 21st and last volume of his encyclopedia of general knowledge.  This volume is a massive theological bibliography.

Zwingli, Huldrych

Leu & Weidmann – HuldrychZwingli’s Private Library  Pre  (Brill, 2019)

The Library of Heinrich Bullinger



The Library of Michael Wigglesworth

Wigglesworth was a New England puritan, known for his poem on the Day of Judgment.

The Library of the Mather Family

The Library of Thomas Shepherd



The Library of Jonathan Edwards



Smyth, Thomas – The Beginning of the Smyth Library & The Sale of the Smyth Library  in Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, pp. 111-132 & 495-506

Smyth (1808-1873) was a southern presbyterian elder and theologian in Charleston, SC at Second Presbyterian Church, alongside James H. Thornwell, John L. Girardeau and John Adger.  He had a renowned library; one of the largest personal libraries in America at the time.

The Library of David Hay Fleming

Fleming (1849-1931) was one of the preeminent historians of the Scottish Church.



Guides to Post-Reformation Reference Works


Spargo, John Webster – ‘Some Reference Books of the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries: a Finding-List’  The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 31, no. 2 (1937), pp. 133-175

Besides other background and valuable references, this article has a list 150 notable reference works from the Post-Reformation era, mostly in Latin, on pp. 141-69.


A Collection

‘Reference’  at Post-Reformation Digital Library

This is divided into 10 topical sections, which are then divided further into primary sources, modern secondary sources and contemporary websites.



Bibliographies on Theology


Wilkins, John –  On Books of the Bible  in Ecclesiastes, or, A Discourse Concerning the Gift of Preaching as it Falls under the Rules of Art, showing the Most Proper Rules & Directions for Method, Invention, Books [&] Expression, whereby a Minister may be Furnished with such Abilities as may make him a Workman that Needs not to be Ashamed: Very Seasonable for these Times…  3rd ed.  (London, 1651)

Wilkins (1614-1672) was an Anglican clergyman, natural philosopher and author, and was one of the founders of the Royal Society.  He was Bishop of Chester from 1668 until his death.

This work was a standard English reference in its own day.  The work contains excellent theological bibliographies on many of the main and particular loci in theology, interpretation, Church history, etc.




Library & Book-Seller Catalogues


‘Of Theology’  in The Catalogue of the Library of Utrecht  (Utrecht, 1608), pp. 7-111   Alphabetical by last name


‘Books of Sacred Theology’  in A Catalogue of the Library of Amsterdam  (1612), pp. 1-20  There are also 1622 & 1688 editions  Arranged by bookcases and topics

Table of Contents

Theology  A-B
Fathers  C-F
Theological Books of Protestantism  G-H
Of Papists  I-K
Ecclesiastical History: Ancients & Protestants  L
Ecclesiastical History: Papists  M


‘Of Theology’  in A Catalogue of Printed Books at Geneva, which are amongst…  [Two] Genevan Booksellers, being for Sale…  (Geneva [n.d.]), pp. 13-28  Alphabetical by last name


‘Theological Books’  in A Catalogue of the Books of the Public Library which is in the Illustrious Order of Frisia at the Franeker Academy  (Franeker, 1656), pp. 1-72  Arranged by subject and bookcases

Table of  Contents

Various Editions of Sacred Books
Hebrew Interpreters, Philology, Lexicography, Oriental
.      By Century
.      Anonymous
Latin Fathers
Papist Theologians
Protestant Theologians
Ecclesiastical History


Bibliography by an Author

Hottinger, Johann H. – A Library: a Fourfold River…  (Zurich, 1664)  ToC

Pt. 1, ch. 3 is a theological bibliography of English writers.  The first part of it gives a list by last name of the main works.  Pages 56-69 lists the works by loci of theology.




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