Subject Headings are how librarians organize information the catalog and in the stacks to make information easy to find. If you use sites like Twitter or Instagram, you're already familiar with how this works because "tagging" is similar. When you use a hashtag for a post, you're describing it to other people. When you click on a tag, you're linked to all the other posts that have used the same tag. Subject Headings do the same thing. Only librarians have been doing it since before it was cool. #librariansarehipsters
Try it out!
Do a subject search for "Bible as literature" or Bible Criticism interpretation to see how many books have been "tagged" with these subject headings.
***During your class demonstration, the second suggestion did not work. This has been fixed. Search for Bible Criticism interpretation without quotes to get results.
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Keyword vs Subject
Knowing the difference between search fields helps you dig deeper into a catalog or database to find relevant information.
Keyword: searches anywhere and everywhere for the search term. You get lots of results but fewer will be relevant to your research.
Subject: searches only in the subject headings for the term. You will get results where your search term has been described as one of the main subjects of an item, meaning fewer results but much more relevant sources of information.
Why would you use a book over an article you can find online? Typically books you find in the college library are nonfiction works; the exception being any Literature or poetry of significance. The library collects books detailing research on various topics you may learn about in your classes. Because they are longer than articles you find online and in the databases, books are great, in-depth sources of information.
Tom Henn's classic work represents an important and illuminating reading for the student of English literature and religion, the general reader of the Bible and the Bible lover. Based on the King James (Authorised) Version of the Bible, Dr Henn looks critically at the epic, narrative, lyric and dramatic qualities of the sacred texts. He examines the Bible's unique "forge of style" and the imagery which so profoundly give the Bible its Biblical character.
This comprehensive text approaches the Bible from a literary/historical perspective and studies it as a body of writing produced by real people who intended to convey messages to real audiences. Avoiding assessments of the Bible's truth or authority, the authors maintain a rigorously objective tone as they discuss such major issues as the forms and strategies of biblical writing, its actual historical and physical settings, the process of canon formation, the sources of the Pentateuch, and the nature of such biblical genres as prophecy, apocalypse, and gospel. Each chapter is an independent yet related essay.
Until recently, studies of the Bible centered on finding sources for historical knowledge, theological insights, or ethical advice, overlooking the true beauty of the words in the "book of books." This collection of six essays by noted literary critics and biblical scholars breaks new ground by exploring the Bible as poetry, rhetoric, and narrative. The authors treat such issues involved in biblical narrative as its genesis, its revisionist dynamic, its fictional character, its interpretive nature, and its contradictions, prejudices, and claims.
For women, [the Bible's] meaning is particularly complex; traditionally, [it] has been used to keep women in their place, but it has also been a book of enduring inspiration. Out of the Garden marks a new stage in women's relations to the Bible: this is the first collection of essays in which women read and respond to the Bible out of pleasure and curiosity--free to explore what is really relevant to women's lives. Drawing on their own experiences and interests, Louise Erdrich, Cynthia Ozick, Fay Weldon, Phyllis Trible, Rebecca Goldstein, June Jordan, Ursula K. Le Guin, and twenty-one other writers boldly, imaginatively--and sometimes reproachfully--address the Old Testament stories, characters, and poetry that mean the most to them. Thoughtful, challenging, and playful, these beautifully written essays explore the Bible in fresh new ways. Out of the Garden reclaims the Bible for women and shows readers that the Bible is a source we can return to again and again.
Rediscover the incomparable literary richness and strength of a book that all of us live with an many of us live by. An international team of renowned scholars, assembled by two leading literary critics, offers a book-by-book guide through the Old and New Testaments as well as general essays on the Bible as a whole, providing an enticing reintroduction to a work that has shaped our language and thought for thousands of years.
Search Suggestion: Try searching for "Bible" AND "literature" to get started.
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