The Basics: Literature and Theology Journals and Indexes

by Anna Blanch on March 11, 2010

This is the first post in a new series titled The Basics

The Basics is going to explore the basics of working in the interdisciplinary field of Literature and Theology. It will simultaneously provide sources from Literature and Religion, the Bible and Literature, and resources for exploring issues and themes of faith in literature, pop culture, and the arts. Because I focused primarily on biblical and judeo-christian theological themes and images these lists are limited to journals investigating these traditions.


While this list contains links to the journals it is likely that you will need to use your own libraries proxy access to read full text articles. It is the same with the Indexes listed below.

Literature and Theology, “a quarterly peer-review journal, provides a critical non-confessional forum for both textual analysis and theoretical speculation, encouraging explorations of how religion is embedded in culture.” This description is taken from Oxford Journals website. Published since 1987 this journal is edited by Dr Andrew Hass, University of Stirling. The Journal helps to sponsor biannual conferences around Europe and the UK.

Christianity and Literature, is “devoted to the scholarly exploration of how literature engages Christian thought, experience, and practice. The journal presupposes no particular theological orientation but respects an orthodox understanding of Christianity as a historically defined faith. Contributions appropriate for submission should demonstrate a keen awareness of the author’s own critical assumptions in addressing significant issues of literary history, interpretation, and theory.” Based at Pepperdine University, the C&L is edited by Paul J. Contino and Maire Mullins.

Journal of the American Academy of Religion is “generally considered to be the top academic journal in the field of religious studies. Headed into its 77th volume in 2009 and with a circulation of over 11,000, this international quarterly journal publishes top scholarly articles that cover the full range of world religious traditions together with provocative studies of the methodologies by which these traditions are explored.” This description is taken from Oxford Journals website. This journal is edited by Charles Matthewes.

Novo Religio – published by the University of California Press, Nova Religio presents scholarly interpretations and examinations of emergent and alternative religious movements. Original research, perspectives on the study of new religions, literature reviews, and conference updates keep scholars well informed on a wide range of topics including: New religions, New movements within established religious traditions, Neo-indigenous, neo-polytheistic and revival movements, Ancient Wisdom and New Age groups, Diasporic religious movements, Marginalized and stigmatized religions. The journal contributes to understanding unconventional religions in their particularities and in relation to the larger social contexts in which they are situated. Nova Religio is both multidisciplinary and international in its scope.

The Journal of Theological Studies crosses the entire range of theological research, scholarship and interpretation. Ancient and modern texts, inscriptions, and documents that have not before appeared in type are also reproduced. Founded in 1899, this journal is edited by Professor Morna D Hooker, Professor John Barton, and Dr Graham Gould.

Journal of Biblical Literature – Journal of the Society of Biblical Literature. “The flagship journal of the field, the Journal of Biblical Literature is published quarterly and includes scholarly articles and critical notes by members of the Society. Essential reading for over a century, it is now available online and in print.”

The Journal of Religion – Journal of the University of Chicago. “The Journal of Religion is one of the publications by which the Divinity School of The University of Chicago seeks to promote critical, hermeneutical, historical, and constructive inquiry into religion. While expecting articles to advance scholarship in their respective fields in a lucid, cogent, and fresh way, the Journal is especially interested in areas of research with a broad range of implications for scholars of religion, or cross-disciplinary relevance.”

Modern Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Ideas and Experience provides a distinctive, interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the modern Jewish experience. Articles focus on topics pertinent to the understanding of Jewish life today and the forces that have shaped that experience. This journal is edited by Professor Steven T. Katz

Indexing Services relevant to the discpline of Literature and Theology. This might be a good list to help guide Library acquisitions.

  • Abstracts of English Studies (to 1995)
  • ATLA Religion Database (American Theological Library Association)
  • Book Review Index
  • British Humanities Index
  • Bulletin signaletique: Histoire et sciences des religions
  • Current Contents
  • Elenchus
  • Elenchus Bibliographicus Biblicus
  • Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
  • Guide to Social Science and Religion in Periodical Literature
  • Humanities Index
  • International Review of Biblical Studies
  • IBZ and IBR
  • Internationale Zeitschriftenschau fur Bibelwissenschaft and Grenzgebiete
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • New Testament Abstracts
  • Periodicals Contents Index
  • Religion Index One: Periodicals
  • Religous and Theological Abstracts
  • Religious Periodical Index
  • Revue d’Histoire Ecclesiastique
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Zeitschrerifteninhaltsdienst-Theologie 


Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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      Tres intiresno, gracias

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