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REFERENCE AND STUDY SUPPLIES

Students enrolled in the Summit Pacific Distance Education program should purpose to acquire a library of essential reference books. The college expects students to develop their reading, research, and writing skills. Reference citations and a concluding bibliography are required in all research essay submissions. Students will find the following resources to be of assistance in developing their own library of study resources.

Concordance: Most contemporary Christians have migrated many of their basic study tools from hardcopy format to electronic. The concordance is one of the most rudimentary of these. A wide variety of concordances are now at the fingertips of learners, from major programs like Logos Bible Software, to more moderate approaches such as OliveTree.com, down to simply working online with various search engines (Bing, Google, etc.). For those still attracted to hardcopy, some are still available, such as the NIV Compact Concordance, Zondervan, 2003, or the KJV New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Thomas Nelson, 2003.

Dictionary: A popular modern Bible dictionary is New Bible Dictionary, Intervarsity Press, 1996, but there are many other sound evangelical Bible dictionaries such as Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible, Eerdmans, 2000. These are very concise. For more extensive research the 4-volume Dictionary of New Testament Theology by Zondervan (Colin Brown, Editor), is helpful. The 4-volume International Standard Bible Encyclopedia by Eerdmans (Geoffrey W. Bromiley, Author) has excellent articles introducing most biblical themes. IVP publishes extensive dictionaries in a series for Old and New Testament books and currently 8 volumes are available. These tools offer valuable background study for research projects.

Commentary: Commentaries provide insights into the background, meaning and application of Bible books. They range from simple/concise texts to very complicated/extensive volumes so students should be selective in their use of commentary reference sources. It is recommended that students learn to use these in a library before investing in multi-volume sets. An excellent current one-volume commentary is the New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition, InterVarsity Press, 1994. A one-volume commentary that is required for some Summit courses is the Life in the Spirit New Testament Commentary, Empowered Life, 2017 [a Pentecostal exposition]. When using commentaries, it is important for students to understand the theological stand of publishers which may influence their perspectives and conclusions.

Bible Atlas: Another very valuable tool is a good Bible atlas. Probably the most useful is IVP Bible Atlas of Bible History, IVP Academic, 2006. Another worthy Bible atlas is The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas, National Geographic, 2007. This atlas is especially notable for its fine photography of Bible lands.

Software: As mentioned above, students who are looking for computer resources will find Logos Bible Software (logos.com), OliveTree (olivetree.com), and some others to be very helpful. There are some free online options (as just two examples, Online Bible, or Blue Letter Bible), but these are often marred by greatly dated and highly limited resources.

Summit Pacific College’s Hudson Library provides access to extensive on-line study resources. These may be accessed at library.summitpacific.ca. This is a publicly accessible resource.

Summit Pacific College subscribes to EbscoHost ATLA Index (which provides access to over 250 full text articles in philosophy and religion). In addition, the ATLA Serials provide 1,646 full text journals for academic research (ATLA = American Theological Library Association). Students registering for Distance Education courses will receive the information required to access these resources.

LIBRARY

Summit Pacific College's Hudson Memorial Library: Students are able to access the Library database via the student portal. Distance Education students may borrow books from the Summit Library by contacting the Distance Education office.

Summit Pacific College's Hudson Memorial Library provides access to extensive on-line study resources. These may be accessed at library.summitpacific.ca. This is a publicly accessible resource.

Summit Pacific College subscribes to EbscoHost ATLA Index (which provides access to over 250 full text articles in philosophy and religion). In addition, the ATLA Serials provide 1,646 full text journals for academic research (ATLA = American Theological Library Association). Students registering for Distance Education courses will receive the information required to access these resources.

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