As you may know, I completed a series of blog posts entitled Bible Fun Toolbox Tips. This series outlines how to study the Bible. In writing the posts, I relied on what I learned from Dr. Howard Hendricks’s famous Bible Exposition 101 Course, which I took at Dallas Theological Seminary. In this course, I learned the importance of observation, interpretation, and application. To “Prof” as we affectionately call him, I am forever grateful. May his legacy live on through the countless lives he has touched over the years.
Recently, I created a free online course at www.udemy.com/biblestudymethods entitled, “Learn Three Bible Study Methods To Help You Apply God’s Word.” As I was creating the curriculum, I noticed I did not have material outlining the vast treasure trove of Bible study resources out there. So this post outlines a few of the books that I have used and proved beneficial.
The following Bible translations are well-written and will help you when comparing one translation to the other.
- New International Version
- New American Standard Version
- New English Translation
- New Living Translation
- The Message
- New King James Version
Bible Dictionaries, Concordances, and Background Materials
The following books provide tools that will help you unearth the original context from which the biblical authors were writing from.
- Harper’s Bible Dictionary
- Zondervan NIV Exhaustive Concordance (They also have a version for the NASB)
- Archeology & the New Testament by McRay
- An Introduction To the New Testament by Carson and Moo
- Figures of Speech Used In the Bible by Bullinger
- The Religious Context of Early Christianity by Klauck
Bible Study Methods
Here are some great books outlining how to study the Bible from a grammatical, historical, and literary approach.
- Living By the Book by Howard and William Hendricks
- Methodical Bible Study by Traina
- The New Joy of Discovery in Bible Study by Wald
- How to Read the Bible as Literature …and get more out of it by Ryken
- The Expositor’s Bible Commentary
- The Bible Knowledge Commentary by Walvord and Zuck
- New English Translation Study Notes
- The MacArthur Study Bible Study Notes
Bible Original Language Tools (Advanced)
- Novum Testamentum Graece (NA27)
- Biblia Hebraica (BHS)
- A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (BDAG)
- The Hebrew and Aramic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) by Koehler and Baumgartner
- The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon
I hope you find these resources helpful as you have fun studying the Bible. May God bless you through reading His Words of encouragement written just for you!