Bible Study Tools

Every Christian should have at least a small library of reference books to help you in your personal Bible study. Here are some categories of books, including my favorites, which I recommend.

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General Resources for Bible Study

  • How We Got the Bible by Neil Lightfoot
  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
    • This book has a great list of recommend commentaries in the back which is worth the price.
  • How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon Fee
  • Manners and Customs in the Bible by Victor Matthews
    • This info is also covered by many NT Surveys. There are many other volumes besides Matthews.
  • Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts
  • A book discussing the Inter-testamental period–400B.C. til the birth of Jesus
  • A good concordance, based upon the translation you are most familiar with
  • A single volume Bible Dictionary
  • Biblical Archeaology
    • Archaeology and the Old Testament by Alfred J. Hoerth
    • Archaeology and the New Testament by John McRay
    • I actually have the combined/condensed 1 volume book, “Biblical Archaeology” edited by these men.
  • Deeper Reading: A little more advance
    • multi volume dictionary set such as Anchor Bible Dictionary or the IVP series
    • The Canon of Scripture by F.F. Bruce
    • NT Exegesis by Gordon Fee (talks some about Greek but principles are helpful even if you don’t know Greek)
    • Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson
    • A book on Doctrine: Erickson, McGrath, Sproul, etc.

OT Resources

  • The Bible that Jesus Read by Phillip Yancey
  • Peoples of the OT World by Hoerth, Mattingly, and Yamauchi
  • The Prophet Motive by Kenny Barfield
  • Survey of the Old Testament by Hill and Walton (worth any price)
  • The Tender Commandments by Ron Mehl
  • Bible Background Commentary (IVP)

NT Resources

  • A NT Survey: a book which gives historical, literary, theological, and background on each book of the NT
    • Some good ones include Merrill Tenney, Donald Guthrie, Moo & Carson
  • Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free by F.F. Bruce
  • Bible Background Commentary by Keener (IVP)

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