Databases and Journals, Library Resources

Database Highlight: Biblical Archaeology Society Library

By Kyle Thomas, Electronic Resources Librarian

The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) Library provides access to ejournals, ebooks, and other content relating to the latest archaeological discoveries from the Biblical world and the ancient Near East. The archive includes more than 9,000 articles and over 21,000 color images, maps, diagrams, and drawings collected by world-renowned Biblical scholars and archaeologists.

Content can be found by searching any combination of keyword, title, author, Bible verse, publication, content type, or date range, as demonstrated in this video.

Links to the BAS Library are on the “Anthropology & Archaeology” guide and the “B” tab of the alphabetical database list.

NOTE: Off-campus users must access e-resources with their Fordham Access IT username and password and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). For more information about off-campus access, see the Library’s Remote Access Directions.


The Biblical Archaeology Society provides complete, electronic archives of the following magazine titles.

Biblical Archaeology Review (1975-Present)

Biblical Archaeology Review is a one-of-a-kind archaeology magazine that acts as a bridge between the academic study of archaeology and a broad general audience eager to understand the world of the Bible better. Covering both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament since its beginning in 1975, BAR is the leading nonsectarian forum for the discussion of Biblical archaeology. Articles by top scholars are written for the layperson, and archaeological news, trivia, and games ensure that even the most serious scholars enjoy reading the latest issue of BAR.

Bible Review (1985-2005)

Bible Review (BR) opens the realm of Biblical scholarship to a non-academic audience. World-renowned scholars detail the latest in Biblical interpretation and why it matters. These important pieces are paired with stunning art, which makes the text come to life before your eyes. Anyone interested in the Bible should read this seminal magazine.

Archaeology Odyssey (1998-2006)

Archaeology Odyssey is a colorful, exciting, and informative journey to the ancient roots of the Western world. AO appeals to readers’ sense of beauty, to their feelings of wonderment, to their longing for adventure and travel-and to their conviction that the past has many stories yet to tell.

Ebooks & Encyclopedias

New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, v.5

This fully searchable digital edition of the New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations includes sites from both Israel and Jordan. It covers sites and discoveries relevant to the New Testament and the Hebrew Bible and excavations from earlier and later periods. Also included are articles on topics such as Judean Hiding Complexes and Marine Archaeology.

Aspects of Monotheism: How God is One

Aspects of Monotheism: How God Is One presents an exciting, provocative, and readily understandable discussion of the origins and evolution of monotheism within Judaism and Christianity.

BAS offers access to full ebooks.

Feminist Approaches to the Bible

Feminist Approaches to the Bible looks closely at several prominent women in the Bible, including Eve, Miriam, and Mary Magdalene, as well as the men to whom they relate.

The Rise of Ancient Israel

The Rise of Ancient Israel presents provocative theories on the arrival of the Israelites in ancient Canaan and the provenance of their religion.

The Search for Jesus

The Search for Jesus presents scholarly discussions on the birth, life, and death of the historical Jesus.

BAS has 58 curated special collections.

Special Collections

Fifty-eight curated collections are available, covering a wide range of topics in the field of biblical archaeology. Highlights include King Herod the Great, The Gospels that Didn’t Make the Cut, Where Jesus Walked, and Bible History on the Nile.

Video Lectures

The BAS Library provides access to twenty-three video lectures by world-renowned scholars and archeologists. Highlights include Shock and Awe: The Exodus Narrative, Uncovering Early Christianity, and Cyber-Archaeology: Insights from the Holy Land.

Assistance from the Library

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