Bible Study Helps

1. Different Translations

New American Standard Bible – good literal translation for study purposes

New International Version – good paraphrase translation for understanding

2. Concordances

Arranged by English and /or Hebrew and/or Greek words

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible

Young’s Analytical Concordance to The Bible

3. Dictionaries

Defining words, things, and concepts

English Dictionary (helps to understand what the English word means which the translators used to translate the Greek or Hebrew word)

Any one of these:

Unger’s Bible Dictionary

Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Smith’s Bible Dictionary

Greek words in English:

Basic study:

Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words

Advanced study of NT words, Greek words:

New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology by Colin Brown

4. Encyclopedias

Either one of these:

Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible - several volumes

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - several volumes

5. Commentaries

Books that explain the text of the Bible verse by verse

Commentary Sets:

New International Commentary on the New Testament (Edited by F.F.Bruce, Eerdman’s Pub.)

Expositor’s Bible Commentary Edited by Frank Gaebelein

Hendriksen’s and Kistemaker’s NT Commentaries by Baker Book House (They are reformed which means that they do not believe in a 1000 year millennium so watch out in Matt.24 and don’t bother getting Revelation, otherwise – excellent and lots of details. I used this set a lot.)

John MacArthur’s Commentaries

Any commentaries by F.F. Bruce (any book by Bruce is good)

6. Culture and History

Illustrated Manners and Customs of the Bible by J.I.Packer and others.

New Testament Times by Merrill C. Tenney

New Testament History by F.F. Bruce

7. Basic Doctrine and Theology

Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth by Charles Ryrie

Major Bible Themes by Lewis Sperry Chafer

8. Computer software:

Nelson or Logos Electronic Library

See Bible Study Links at Titus for some of these books which you can use online.