Religious and Theological Abstracts Help
Some points to note before using the search:
Religious and Theological Abstracts consists of a large database which is comprised of abstracts used primarily for research purposes. These abstracts have been compiled from numerous journals for more than fifty years. The intent is to help researchers and scholars make quick and easy searches on specific topics. Using the Search engine is the first step in this process.
Using the Simple Search
The simple search consists of a text entry area and a submit button, as shown here:
In the above example, "adam eve gen 1:1-50:50 creation exodus 10", this searches for any abstracts that refer to verses inside Genesis 1:1-50:50 or Exodus and also mention adam, eve, and creation.
This simple search provides the capability to search by Keyword and by Bible Citation. Type in what you're looking for and click the submit button.
Keywords : Simply type in the words you're looking for. This searches in an AND fashion; that is, all keywords will be present in all abstracts returned. Keywords are always case-insensitive, so it does not matter about captialization. In the above example, "Adam", "Eve" and "Creation" are all present in the results returned (not shown).
Bible Citation : In order to search for items that have references to specific Bible passages, you can specify them by typing out the passage that you're looking for. In the above example, there are two citation searches: "gen 1:1-50:50" and "Exodus 10". Any results returned will contain a reference to at least one of the passages; this is an OR type search.
Bible Citation Format : Any terms matching the below formats will be interpreted as a Citation search. The valid formats are :
If you wish to avoid a word from being interpreted as such, either re-arrange your search terms so that a number does not follow it, or put the word in quotes. For example, searching for "Moses Exodus 40 days", perform a search for Moses 40 days Exodus or Moses "Exodus" 40 days.
Also, a book that is not recognized will be treated as a normal search term. "The Book of Exidus" will actually perform a search for the keywords "the", "book", "of", and "Exidus".
When the Keyword and the Bible Citation search is used in combination, results containing all the keywords AND at least one of the citations will be shown. For example, the above search is equivalent to merging the search results from both "adam eve gen 1:1-50:50 creation" and "adam eve exodus 10 creation".