Answered By: Natalya Pashkova
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2020     Views: 18

Scholarly or peer-reviewed books are written by scholars, experts, and researchers in the fields, such as Bible Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Anthropology, etc.  A scholarly book may include the following: a foreword or preface written by another scholar, an introduction that outlines the entire book and describes the author's research goal, a bibliography or references of the sources that an author used for her or his research and makes an attribution to.

Scholarly books use a professional language relevant to the field of study and are intended for students, instructors, and researchers. Some of these books may be edited by an editor or a group of editors-experts in the area of study.  
There are many publishers that specialize in producing academic and scholarly books. You can check a publisher website and learn about its area of focus (popular works or scholarly, or both). 
While there is no filter to limit your search to scholarly books in our library catalog and databases, you can evaluate a book on the criteria included in these notes.

Most of the books in our collections are scholarly. In our library collections, you find the books from these companies:


       Academic Publishers                                                                               

   Publishers by Specialization
 Abingdon Press

  Baptist Publishers: Broadman Press, Convention Press, Broadman & Holman, Smyth & Helwys, Judson Press

 Baker Academic   The Grand Rapids Bunch: Zondervan, William B. Eerdmans, Baker Books, Fleming H. Revell, Kregel Books.
 Brill   Evangelical, conservative, and scholarly: Hendrickson, Thomas Nelson, InterVarsity Press, Providence House, Mercer University, Press Trinity Press, Tyndale House, Word Books, Crossway Books.
 Fortress Press   Moderate to Critical scholarship: Fortress Press, Abingdon Press, Charles Scribner’s sons, Harper & Row,   T & T Clark, HarperCollins,  Harper SanFrancisco, Prentice-Hall, Macmillian, Aldine De Gryeter, University Press of America, Doubleday, Oxford University Press,  SCM Press
 Eerdmans    Catholic Offerings: St. Anthony Messenger, Press St. Bede’s, Franciscan Press, Paulist Press, Liguori, Pauline Pres, Orbis Book,s Michael Glazier, Liturgical Press, St. Martin’s
 T & T Clark   Denominational and other offerings: Augsburg, Concordia,Swedenborg, Unity Books, Pilgrim Press,Morehouse, Eisenbraums, Beacon Hill Press Review and Herald Press, Westminster John Knox Press, Cokesbury, College Press, Creation House, Quest Books,
Friends United Press, Jewish Publication Society, Llewellyn, Millennium Press.
 De Gruyter  
 Oxford University Press   
 Cambridge University  Press  
 SCM Press  
 Other university   publishers  
















Here are a couple of examples that might help you to understand a difference between a scholarly book and less scholarly book intended for the general audience.

1. Barton, John, and John Muddiman. 2007. The Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

This is the scholarly book
The Oxford Bible Commentary is a new ecumenical verse-by-verse commentary on the whole Bible, including all the books of the Apocrypha, for use by Christians, Jews, and members of other religious traditions, or of none. 1.5 million words long, it has been written by a team of internationally respected biblical scholars chosen for their expertise and ability to communicate rather than for their adherence to any particular faith. Now available in paperback, the Oxford Bible Commentary will provide the one-volume resource for the Bible for the 21st century.  
2. Goldingay, John. 2015. Isaiah for Everyone. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press.
The book is written by the scholar for the general audience. 
Westminster John Knox Press is pleased to present the seventeen-volume Old Testament for Everyone series. Internationally respected Old Testament scholar John Goldingay addresses Scripture from Genesis to Malachi in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply and concisely. The series is perfect for daily devotions, group study, or personal visits with the Bible. 
In this volume on Isaiah, Goldingay explores the first of the great prophetic books. Isaiah is a compilation of the prophetic messages of several prophets. Their messages to the people of Judah and Jerusalem included a call for injustice to be recognized, a message of liberation and hope from the oppressors of the people, and a message of the coming day of judgment. These separate messages are held together by the promise of a new age of redemption and peace that lies beyond the crisis of judgment".