Resources for Religion courses
Hekman Library has many Bible study tools, including a wide variety of Bible commentaries - both single volume and in multi-volume. Commentaries explicate texts verse by verse and often give you cultural context so you can discover what the original meaning and intent of the writers may have been.
A single commentary will generally attempt to give a coherent and unified view of the Bible as a whole from a distinct perspective, such as Catholic, Reformed (Calvinist), or Methodist. In multi-volume commentaries each volume will lean toward the personal emphasis of its author, and there may be great variety in the critical or theological strength of each volume.
Keep in mind that some commentaries may be found in the Theological Reference area (4th floor; these may not be checked out), but others are shelved in the general circulating collection and may be checked out for the normal period.