ALTA Scripture Enhancement

The ATLA Religion Database now has an enhanced scripture authority file functionality available.

Previously, ATLA Religion Database via EBSCOhost included a flat scripture authority file that displayed scripture references in alphabetical order and required users to search for exact scripture references indexed in a given citation.

With the new authority file, users can browse the books of the Bible in canonical order and drill down to the chapter, then verse level. Selecting an entry at the book, chapter, or verse level will execute a search for all records indexed with that book, chapter or verse.

With the new scripture authority file, EBSCO has added an expanded scripture reference searching for records indexed with a scripture range.


If a user selects Acts in the new scripture authority and drills down through Chapter 1 and elects to search Verse 5, they will return records indexed with Acts 1:5, as well as records indexed with Acts 1:1-11 or Acts 1:1-15:35.

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