Online Theology Resources: Free

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EBSCO Open Dissertations
This free database offers access to more than 800,000 electronic theses and dissertations
Index Theologicus This free, comprehensive bibliography for theology and religious studies is edited by librarians and faculty at the University of Tübingen.
Theological Journals Search Google custom search engine that searches open access religious periodicals including both peer-reviewed and non-refereed titles covering all Christian traditions and other religions.
WorldCat OCLC WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of over 10,000 libraries worldwide.
Ancient and Classical Contexts
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Ancient History Sourcebook The Ancient History Sourcebook, created by Paul Halsall, brings together primary source material relating to the Ancient, Hellenistic, and Classical Worlds.
Classics Index Classics Index provides an index of Migne's Patrologia Latina.
Conspectus Auctorum
 An index of the authors whose works are included in Migne's Patrologia Graeca, compiled by J.B. Pearson, D.D.
Corpus Corporum
 A searchable repository of full-text Latin works, including Patrologia Latina, from the University of Zurich.
Electronic Tools and Ancient Near East Archive ETANA serves as a guide to networked open access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world.
Greek Language and Linguistics Free fonts, dictionaries, and tutorials useful for studying Hellenistic and Biblical Greek may be found on this website.
Latin Dictionary and Grammar These online tools for translating Latin to English, and English to Latin are maintained by Kevin Cawley of the University of Notre Dame Archives.
Latin Library A selection of Latin texts texts, including authors such as Tacitus, Aquinas, and Dante, are collected here for ease of online reading.  They may be downloaded for personal or educational use.
Loebolus Loebolus provides PDFs of all the public domain volumes in the Loeb Classical Library.
Packard Humanities Searchable Greek Inscriptions Searchable Greek Inscriptions is an index of Greek inscriptions created and maintained by the Packard Humanities Institute.
Perseus Project This excellent source of classical texts, history, and language resources from Tufts University includes Liddel, Scott and Jones' Greek Lexicon and Lewis and Short's Latin Dictionary.
Stoa Consortium, The News, projects, and links for digital classicists may be found here; this website also provides online access to The Suda, a massive 10th century Byzantine Greek historical encyclopedia of the ancient Mediterranean world, derived from the scholia to critical editions of canonical works and from compilations by yet earlier authors.
Biblical Studies
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Assisting you to Learn Dr. Ehud Ben Zvi, a religious studies professor at the University of Alberta, maintains this selection of resources for Old Testament and Hebrew studies.
Bible Gateway Bible Gateway provides searchable online access to multiple versions of the Scriptures (including NRSV, NIV, NASB) in several languages.
Bible Geocoding This site uses Google Earth to identify every place mentioned in the Bible.
Bible Odyssey The Society of Biblical Literature has created Bible Odyssey to foster Biblical literacy by making Biblical scholarship accessible to a broader audience.
Blue Letter Bible
Blue Letter Bible provides powerful tools for an in-depth study of God’s Word through our free online reference library; the Lexicon search gives users immediate access to the original Hebrew and Greek words.
Codex These links for OT and Hebrew studies - plus theology and film! - are maintained by Tyler F. Williams, Assistant Professor of Theology at The King's University College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library This free, online, digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls is presented by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).
Dictionary of Nature Imagery of the Bible (DNI)  DNI is designed to expand the exegetical toolbox by becoming a recognized tool that biblical scholars can turn to when addressing aspects of nature and landscape as part of their critical scholarship. DNI is structured as a research project by Prof. Dalit Rom-Shiloni of Tel Aviv University
Electronic New Testament Educational Resources This website maintained by Dr. Felix Just of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality contains a variety of materials, mostly related to biblical and liturgical studies, intended for scholars, teachers, students, pastors, believers, seekers, and others.
Enter the Bible
Luther Seminary provides these guides to each book of the Bible, including outlines, themes, and background information as well as descriptions of relevant time periods.
Estudios Exégeticos Homiléticos A recently ceased Spanish lectionary commentary journal
German Bible Society
Provides online access to the full texts of Greek New Testament (NA28 and UBS5) and the Hebrew Bible (BHS).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) online
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) was edited by James Orr, John Nuelsen, Edgar Mullins, Morris Evans, and Melvin Grove Kyle and was published complete in 1939. This web site includes the complete text.
New Testament Gateway This excellent web directory of internet resources on the New Testament is edited by Dr. Mark Goodacre of Duke University.
Non-canonical literature These "Non-canonical Literature Documents to Aid Students and Scholars in Biblical Interpretation, including Introductions and Summaries of Many Non-canonical Works" are hosted by Northwest Nazarene University.
Online Bible Atlas
Online reproduction of 1898 Bible atlas with color maps, charts, and descriptive matter
Resource Pages for Biblical Studies This comprehensive directory to texts, translations, and biblical studies materials that are freely available online is compiled and owned by Torrey Seland, Dean of Studies and Professor, School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger. Norway.
SBL educational resources This list of web resources is taken from the Society of Biblical Literature website.
SBL standard abbreviations (PDF)
Standard abbreviations for use in Biblical Studies essays are listed here.
STEP Bible  STEP - Scripture Tools for Every Person - Bible from Tyndale House, Cambridge is a fairly robust free online Bible study tool that  includes options for using the original languages.
Unbound Bible

Unbound Bible – created and maintained by Biola in LA, free, web-based for comparing texts – includes a Greek text (older text that incorporates variants from USB4) – recommended by Mark Goodacre’s NT Gateway

Church History
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 BIBLIndex BiblIndex is an index of biblical references found in Christian literature, both Western and Eastern texts, at present covering the three first centuries, along with part of the fourth
Christian Classics Ethereal Library CCEL includes a substantial library of Classic Christian texts made freely available in electronic format.
Church History Timeline Presents a basic timeline of major figures and events in church history.
Corpus Corporum
A searchable repository of full-text Latin works, including Patrologia Latina, from the University of Zurich.
Corpus Thomisticum The Corpus Thomisticum project aims to provide scholars with a set of instruments of research on Thomas Aquinas, including a full edition of Aquinas' complete works, a bibliography, and an index.
Early Christian Writings
Early Christian Writings provides translations of and commentary on Christian texts composed before the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, including the New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, Church Fathers, and some non-Christian references.
Early Church Fathers - Additional Texts These English translations, edited by Roger Pearse, were not included in the 38 volume collection of Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.    The texts are listed in chronological order. 
Fathers of the Church
English translations of the writings of the Church Fathers, from Alexander of Alexandria to Vincent of Lerins, may be accessed on this site.
Fourth Century Christianity Fourth-Century Christianity promotes and stores research tools and texts for the study of the Church and its environment in the Fourth Century. The site is sponsored by the History Department of Wisconsin Lutheran College and by Asia Lutheran Seminary, under the direction of Dr. Glen L. Thompson.
History of Missiology This collection of missionary biographies, reports, sermons and theologies provides a rich resource for mission studies; this website is maintained by University of Boston School of Theology.
Internet History Sourcebooks
Fordham University provides these collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts from Ancient, Medieval, and Modern history.  The texts are presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.
The Labyrinth: Church History The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to resources in medieval studies. The Labyrinth’s easy-to-use links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images around the world.
Post-Reformation Digital Library
Comprises a select database of digital books relating to the development of theology and philosophy during the Reformation and Post-Reformation/Early Modern Era (late 15th-18th centuries).
Project Wittenberg Works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans, including commentaries, hymns, statements of faith, theological treatises, biographies, and links to other places where words and images from the history of Lutheranism live may be found here.
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American Methodism Digital Collection
The American Methodism project contains roughly 4,000 digital versions of interdisciplinary and historical published materials that were selected to promote better understanding of Methodism in the United States.
Basic Bibliography (PDF)
The electronic edition of United Methodist Studies: Basic Bibliographies (6th edition), compiled and edited by Dr. Christopher Anderson, Head of Special Collections and Methodist Librarian at Drew University.
Citing Wesley (PDF) This guide to citing the works of John Wesley was compiled by Dr. Richard Heitzenrater.
Duke Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition  The Duke Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition develops and provides access to a range of research resources for students and scholars of the Wesleyan tradition around the globe
Encyclopedia of World Methodism The Encyclopedia of World Methodism is an authoritative source of information on important figures and events in the history of world Methodism up to 1970.
General Board of Discipleship An agency of The United Methodist Church, GBOD (The General Board of Discipleship) connects leaders with needed resourcing, training,consulting, and networking that support spiritual formation, new church development, revitalization of local churches, and materials for use in Central Conferences.
General Commission on Archives and History The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) gathers, preserves, and disseminates materials on the history of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents. It maintains archives and a library in which the historical records are kept.
Marston Memorial Historical Center
The Marston Memorial Historical Center provides access to periodicals, disciplines, and other publications of the Free Methodist Church, including The Earnest Christian.
Methodist and Wesleyan Studies Collection (MWSC)  The Methodist and Wesleyan Studies Collection (MWSC) is a joint project of the GlobeTheoLib and the Methodist e-Academy with the support of the World Methodist Council to develop an online library of Methodist studies resources that will be available to scholars and students free of charge throughout the world.
Rapture and Reason: Accounts of Evangelical Conversion
These testimonies form part of the archive of the Methodist Church of Great Britain deposited at the John Rylands Library. Written in response to the request from the Revival leadership for accounts of conversion for use in sermons and publications, they span the first 50 years of Methodism’s existence, with many dating to the formative period 1739-1745.
The United Methodist Church Online Directory and Statistics
Here you can search for information regarding churches, pastors, leadership, conferences or other entities. 
Wesley Center Online The Wesley Center Online website is a collection of historical and scholarly resources about the Wesleyan Tradition, theology, Christianity, and the Nazarene church.  It is provided by Northwest Nazarene University's Wesleyan Center for Applied Theology.
The Wesleys and Their Times Primary sources, images, and secondary materials pertaining to John and Charles Wesley, their familiy, and other prominent early Methodists are accessible here courtesy of the UMC General Board of Global Ministries.
Preaching and Worship
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Hymn Site This website suggests hymns from the United Methodist Hymnal for use with the Revised Common Lectionary.  "A comprehensive index of 5,042 hymnals, 1,040,060 published hymns, scores and media files, and information from sources such as Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, hymnal handbooks, and experts in the field. "--From home page.
oremus hymnal Provides hymn suggestions for the lectionary (first line only)
Revised Common Lectionary
Vanderbilt University provides online access to the Revised Common Lectionary.
The Text This Week
The Text This Week offers a wide variety of contemporary and historical resources for study and liturgy for each lectionary week and periscope, as well as study resources relating to specific passages.
Together to Celebrate
This website suggests contemporary Christian worship song resources that reflect the Revised Common Lectionary readings.
UMC Worship
These worship and preaching resources have been compiled by the UMC General Board of Discipleship.
UMC Global Ministries
Global Ministries hosts an extensive collection of resources for worship, including hymns, songs, litanies, and sermons.
Working Preacher
Working Preacher, a ministry provided by the Center for Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, draws upon the expertise of biblical scholars, theologians, homileticians and pastors to provide exegetical material geared to the weekly lectionary, resources and insights on the craft of preaching, and recommendations for all things related to the preaching life.
Worship and Preaching Resources
This list of links to useful resources worship and preaching, music and the creative arts has been compiled by the Uniting Church of Australia.
Religion and Theology
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AAR Recommended Reading List
This list is provided by the American Academy of Religion's Annual Meeting Program Unit Chairs. They have recommended two to five books which they consider influential, pivotal, seminal, or otherwise important publications in their field.
Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative The CDRI database provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography.
 GlobeTheoLib The Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism [GlobeTheoLib] is a multilingual online library offering access free of charge to more than 650'000 full-text articles, journals, books and other resources. Its focus is on theology, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, ethics, and ecumenism in World Christianity. NOTE - you must register for a free account.
Insights into Religion Through this gateway, religious leaders and the public can find congregational resources and insights into religious practices. The organizations and projects on this portal site are supported by Lilly Endowment’s Religion Division.
Religion Online Religion Online provides access to more than 6,000 articles and chapters on topics including: Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions, and Religious Education; this website is maintained by the Claremont School of Theology.
Religious Studies Web Guide This compilation of free internet resources of use to researchers involved in the academic study of religion is maintained by Saundra Lipton (University of Calgary Library) and Cheryl Adams (Library of Congress).
Resources for American Christianity This website seeks to assist leaders and participants in Christian communities, scholars and others in better understanding the impact, trends and trajectories of Christianity in American society.
Theological Commons The Theological Commons is a digital library of 78,924 books and periodicals on theology and religion, including 29,322 volumes from the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.
Wabash Center: Internet Guide to Religion This selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion includes syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, web sites, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, and software.