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Our faculty have compiled scholarly resources in religious and theological studies, covering many faiths and general topics. We provide them as a service for our students and religious studies scholars everywhere.

Catholic ResourcesChaplaincy ResourcesEcumenical Christian ResourcesInterfaith ResourcesJewish ResourcesJustice & Peace ResourcesReligious Studies ResourcesScripture ResourcesWomen in Religion

Catholic Resources

Archdiocese PDX
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

Our Lady of the Lake
Roman Catholic parish within nearby Lake Oswego

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary
SNJMs Oregon – Partners in Mission

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Office of the Catholic Bishops of the United States

The Vatican Website
Official link to The Vatican, archives, documents, and more

Catholics Come Home
For returning Catholics or interested persons.

National Catholic Reporter
Independent U.S. Roman Catholic newspaper.

Chaplaincy Resources

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
A multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through clinical pastoral education.

Association of Professional Chaplains
Serves chaplains in all types of health and human service settings.

National Association of Catholic Chaplains
Advocates for the profession of spiritual care and educates, certifies and supports chaplains, clinical pastoral educators, and all members who continue the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church.

Ecumenical Christian Resources

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Statewide association of Christian denominations (including Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox), congregations, ecumenical organizations and interfaith partners

World Council of Churches
A worldwide fellowship of 349 churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service.

Ecumenical News International
Global news service reporting on ecumenical developments and other news of churches. Published by Ecumenical News International, Geneva 2, Switzerland.

National Association of Churches
NCC’s member faith groups encompass 45 million Americans in 100,000 local congregations.

Interfaith Resources

Interfaith websites

Exploring Religions

Interfaith Mysticism Index
Interfaith mysticism and religious worlds

Islamic Philosophy

Pluralism Project
A project of Harvard University. Studying the growing religious diversity of the United States. Includes teaching resources, articles and details of current research.

Religion and Ethics
Resource from the BBC. A portal to the A-Z of religions.

Religious Tolerance
Religions of the world: Information about 40 organized religions and faith groups.

Vatican II Documents on Non-Christian Religions
1. Pontifical Council for Interreligioius Dialogue
2. Catholic Muslim Dialogue

World’s Religions

Interfaith scriptures & sacred writings

Sumerian Literature
Analects of Confucius
Avesta Zoroastrianism
Bahai Sacred Texts
Buddhist Studies
Tao Te Ching
Eastern Sacred Texts
Hindu Texts
Interfaith Mysticism and Religious Worlds
Sacred Texts – Celtic

Jewish Resources

Dead Sea Scrolls

Digital version of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Jewish Writings
Links to early Jewish writings

Jewish Heritage 
Resource assembled by PBS

Jewish History Resource Center
Project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jewish Virtual Library
Project of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE)

Complete works of Josephus (37– c.100)

Journal of Hebrew Scriptures
International, peer-reviewed, open access journal, established to foster scholarly research on Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel’s history

Mosaic: Advancing Jewish Thought

Principles for Catholic-Jewish Dialogue
Statement of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Justice & Peace Resources

Amnesty International
Website for U.S. section of Amnesty International, a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.

Habitat for Humanity
A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every person should have a safe and affordable place to live.

Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns
A program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. To foster an awareness that care for creation is integral to a life of faith.

Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center
Seattle-based nonprofit working to promote just structures in the church and world.

A national Catholic social justice lobby. Educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation.

UNANIMA International
Non-governmental organization advocating on behalf of women and children (particularly those living in poverty), immigrants and refugees, and the environment.

Office of Life, Justice and Peace
Promotes social ministry of the Catholic Church throughout the Archdiocese of Portland.

Pax Christi USA
Strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence.

Religious Studies Resources

Library of Classic Christian Texts
Christian Classic Ethereal Library (CCEL)

Mythica Encyclopedia
Online encyclopedia of mythology, folklore and religion

Nag Hammandi Library
Online collection of apocryphal, gnostic non-canonical texts from early Christianity

From Jesus to Christ
Excellent video and article collection from PBS on the development of early Christianity

Theories of Historical Jesus
Theories offered up by contemporary scholars on the historical Jesus and the origins of the Christian religion.

Ancient Texts
LIVIUS online sources: articles on ancient history

Caritas in Veritate
Pope Benedict XVI’s First Pastoral Encyclical of the 3rd Millennium

Catechism of the Catholic Church
Online version of Catholic catechism with additional resources related to the catechism — a USCCB website

Catacombs of Rome
Vatican site documents the history of the Roman Catacombs

Scripture Resources

Scripture Translations

New American Bible (NAB)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America

The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB)
Catholic translation

New International Version (NIV)
Protestant translation

Scripture Resources

The Biblical Archaelogy Society Library
Available through Shoen Library, this database provides access to the following journals:

  • 35 years of Biblical Archaeology Review (1975 to present)
  • 20 years of Bible Review (1985 to 2005 complete)
  • 8 years of Archaeology Odyssey (1998 to 2006 complete)

Bible and Interpretation
Site posts latest news, features, editorials, commentary, archaeological interpretation and excavations relevant to the study of the Bible for the public and biblical scholars.

Catholic Biblical Association of America
Site hosted by Catholic University of America, posts materials for a faithful scholarly study in Scripture.

Bible Gateway
Search Key Site offers a passage search key and numerous biblical translations.

Bible Odyssey
Excellent site all around, check out the tools.

E.N.T.E.R. Electronic New Testament Educational Resources
This collection of Biblical Resources were collected by Jesuit Father Felix Just, Ph.D.

Essential Bible Dictionary (SMP)
This Bible Dictionary posts on online link for cut and paste access of its glossary. Written by Dr. Sheila O’Connell-Roussell of Marylhurst University.

Five Gospel Parallels
This site offers textual comparison between The Synoptics, John and the Gospel of Thomas. Paul and Patristics are under construction.

New Testament Gateway
Internet resources on the New Testament.

Noncanonical Literature
Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Internet resources provided by the Westly Center.

Society of Biblical Literature
Free online open access to the most recent volumes in Ancient Near East Monographs, Constructs of Prophecy in the Former and Latter Prophets and other texts.

Women in Religion

Feminae – Medieval Women and Gender Index
Journal articles, book reviews and essays in books about women, sexuality and gender during the Middle Ages

Diotima — Women and Gender in Antiquity
Interdisciplinary resource