Practical Tools for the Study of Scripture

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I recently taught a class at church where we discussed the significance of theology and hermeneutics. I have tons of resources for studying Scripture that I thought some might find useful here as well. The links to the resources are below. The layout deals with people at different levels of theological maturity and biblical studies, so, beginners, intermediate, and advanced.  Enjoy!

Beginners

Study Bibles:

ESV, MacArthur

http://www.amazon.com/The-Study-Bible-Crossway-Bibles/dp/1433502410/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398669496&sr=8-1&keywords=esv+study+bible

NASB:

http://www.amazon.com/MacArthur-Study-American-Standard-Version/dp/0718020766/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1398669529&sr=8-8&keywords=john+macarthur+study+bible 

ESV:

http://www.amazon.com/MacArthur-Personal-TruTone-Chocolate-Walnut/dp/1433540622/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398669590&sr=8-1&keywords=john+macarthur+study+bible+esv

Single volume Commentaries:

John MacArthur Commentary one volume on the whole Bible

http://www.amazon.com/The-MacArthur-Bible-Commentary-John/dp/0785250662/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398669687&sr=8-1&keywords=john+macarthur+commentary+on+the+new+testament%2C+one+volume

Matthew Henry One Volume

http://www.amazon.com/Matthew-Henrys-Concise-Commentary-Series/dp/0785250484/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1398669806&sr=8-2&keywords=matthew+henry+one+volume

Beginners Challenge:

Dig deeper into one book of the Bible like Philippians and read along with John MacArthur Commentary.  Read it all the way through.  Using the study guide lead your family in devotions and bible studies or discuss it with a group at church.

http://www.amazon.com/Philippians-John-F-MacArthur/dp/0802452620/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1398669856&sr=8-2&keywords=John+MacArthur+philippians

http://www.amazon.com/Philippians-MacArthur-Bible-Studies-John/dp/1418509604/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398669883&sr=8-1&keywords=John+MacArthur+philippians

Intermediate

Expository Commentaries:

For anyone desiring to begin the journey to series bible study these commentary sets are essential.

John MacArthur

http://www.amazon.com/The-MacArthur-Testament-Commentary-Volume/dp/0802498434/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1398669981&sr=8-5&keywords=John+MacArthur+commentaries

William Hendriksen

http://www.amazon.com/New-Testament-Commentary-Set-Volumes/dp/0801026067/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398670089&sr=8-1&keywords=hendricksen+commentaries+12+vol

Kent Hughes: (several volumes available)

http://www.amazon.com/Romans-ESV-Righteousness-Heaven-Preaching/dp/1433536153/ref=la_B000APV8DS_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398670268&sr=1-7

Semi-technical commentaries:

Pillar Commentary on Ephesians by Peter O’Brien

http://www.amazon.com/Letter-Ephesians-Pillar-Testament-Commentary/dp/0802837360/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398670395&sr=1-13&keywords=pillar+commentaries

The whole Pillar set is also available

http://www.amazon.com/Pillar-New-Testament-Commentary-Volumes/dp/0802871275/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398670372&sr=1-16&keywords=pillar+commentaries

Language helps:

NASB

http://www.amazon.com/Zondervan-Greek-English-Interlinear-Testament/dp/0310492963/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398670463&sr=1-1&keywords=mounce+interlinear 

ESV

http://www.amazon.com/English-Greek-Reverse-Interlinear-New-Testament/dp/158134628X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398670542&sr=1-1&keywords=esv+interlinear

Intermediate Challenge:

Dig deeper with semi-technical commentary like Curtis Vaughn or Tyndale Commentary on Hebrews Donald Guthrie.

http://www.amazon.com/Tyndale-New-Testament-Commentary-Vol/dp/0802813992/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398670576&sr=1-1&keywords=tyndale+commentary+set

Advanced

Lexicons:

(BDAG (Greek): This volume really is the standard lexical work that one can buy.

http://www.amazon.com/Greek-English-Lexicon-Testament-Christian-Literature/dp/0226039331/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398670815&sr=1-1&keywords=bdag

Brown Driver and Briggs (Hebrew))

http://www.amazon.com/Brown-Driver-Briggs-Hebrew-English-Lexicon-Concordance/dp/1565632060/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398670873&sr=1-1&keywords=brown+driver+briggs+hebrew+and+english+lexicon

A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: Brill, 2000Holladay, William Lee, and Ludwig Köhler.. (HALOT)

http://www.amazon.com/Concise-Hebrew-Aramaic-Lexicon-Testament/dp/0802834132/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398670906&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=A+Concise+Hebrew+and+Aramaic+Lexicon+of+the+Old+Testament.+Leiden%3A+Brill%2C+2000Holladay%2C+William+Lee%2C+and+Ludwig+Köhler..

Technical Commentaries:

http://www.amazon.com/New-International-Commentary-NEW-Testament/dp/0802824455/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671011&sr=1-3&keywords=NICNT

http://www.amazon.com/New-International-Commentary-Testament-volumes/dp/0802825206/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671039&sr=1-2&keywords=NICOT

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT).  This entire set is an essential resource.

http://www.amazon.com/Romans-Baker-Exegetical-Commentary-Testament/dp/0801021499/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671078&sr=1-5&keywords=BECNT

http://www.amazon.com/Word-Biblical-Commentary-CD-ROM-Volumes/dp/1418571458/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671222&sr=1-9&keywords=word+biblical+commentary+set

http://www.amazon.com/Ephesians-Zondervan-Exegetical-Commentary-Testament/dp/0310243734/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671273&sr=1-3&keywords=zondervan+exegetical+commentary+on+the+new+testament+set

Greek Grammars:

http://www.amazon.com/Basics-Biblical-Grammar-William-Mounce/dp/0310287685/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671317&sr=1-1&keywords=greek+basics+mounce

http://www.amazon.com/Basics-Biblical-Workbook-William-Mounce/dp/0310287677/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

http://www.amazon.com/Basics-Biblical-Vocabulary-Zondervan-Builder/dp/0310259878/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_z

http://www.amazon.com/Grammar-Beyond-Basics-Daniel-Wallace/dp/0310218950/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671383&sr=1-1&keywords=wallace+greek

Advanced Challenge:

Dig deeper with reading a commentary above your skill set even if it means looking up words and grammatical categories until you understand them e.g. WBC, NICNT, NIGTC or BECNT. Begin to read technical encyclopedia entries in IVP Dictionaries e.g. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.

http://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Paul-His-Letters-Bible/dp/0830817786/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671418&sr=1-1&keywords=ivp+dictionary+paul%27s+letters

Biblical Theologies

Basic:

The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made, Mark Dever

http://www.amazon.com/Message-Old-Testament-Promises-Made/dp/1581347170/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671489&sr=1-2&keywords=message+of+the+bible+dever

The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Kept, Mark Dever

http://www.amazon.com/Message-New-Testament-Promises-Kept/dp/1581347162/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671511&sr=1-1&keywords=message+of+the+bible+dever

The Unfolding Mystery, Edmund Clowney

http://www.amazon.com/King-His-Beauty-Biblical-Testaments/dp/0801039398/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671580&sr=1-1&keywords=king+and+his+beauty

Advanced:

A Theology of the New Testament, George Ladd

http://www.amazon.com/Theology-Testament-George-Eldon-Ladd/dp/0802806805/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671546&sr=1-1&keywords=george+ladd

The King in His Beauty, Thomas Schriener

http://www.amazon.com/King-His-Beauty-Biblical-Testaments/dp/0801039398/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671580&sr=1-1&keywords=king+and+his+beauty

Special Tools

New Dictionary of Biblical Theology: Exploring the Unity & Diversity of Scripture (IVP Reference Collection). Brian S. Rosner (Editor), T. Desmond Alexander (Editor), Graeme Goldsworthy (Editor), D. A. Carson (Editor)

http://www.amazon.com/New-Dictionary-Biblical-Theology-Collection/dp/0830814388/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671674&sr=1-2&keywords=dictionary+of+biblical+theology

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, Carson and Beale.

http://www.amazon.com/Commentary-New-Testament-Use-Old/dp/0801026938/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671701&sr=1-1&keywords=carson+beale

Systematic Theologies

Basic:

Wayne Grudem

http://www.amazon.com/Systematic-Theology-Introduction-Biblical-Doctrine/dp/0310286700/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671776&sr=1-1&keywords=grudem

Daniel Akin

http://www.amazon.com/Theology-Church-Daniel-L-Akin/dp/080542640X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671797&sr=1-1&keywords=daniel+akin

Anthony Hoekema

http://www.amazon.com/Created-Gods-Image-Anthony-Hoekema/dp/0802808506/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671828&sr=1-1&keywords=hoekema

http://www.amazon.com/Saved-Grace-Anthony-Hoekema/dp/0802808573/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398671857&sr=1-1&keywords=saved+by+grace+hoekema

Advanced:

Louis Berkhof

http://www.amazon.com/Systematic-Theology-Louis-Berkhof/dp/0851510566/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398672206&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=berkhof+systematic+theology+revised

Robert L. Reymond

http://www.amazon.com/New-Systematic-Theology-Christian-Faith-ebook/dp/B003QMLHD8/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398672161&sr=1-2-fkmr1&keywords=berkhof+systematic+theology+revised

Herman Bavinck (be ready to be totally saturated in Scripture). Also very helpful is Bavinck’s one volume abridged version.

http://www.amazon.com/Reformed-Dogmatics-Set-Herman-Bavinck/dp/0801035767/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398672266&sr=1-1&keywords=bavinck+four+volume+set

http://www.amazon.com/Reformed-Dogmatics-Abridged-Herman-Bavinck/dp/0801036488/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398672402&sr=1-1&keywords=bavinck+one+volume

Charles Hodge

http://www.amazon.com/Systematic-Theology-3--Charles-Hodge/dp/1565634594/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398672459&sr=1-3&keywords=hodge+3+volumes

John Calvin (If there is only one work in my library that I could take with me it would be McNeill’s two volumes set on John Calvin’s Institutes)

http://www.amazon.com/Calvin-Institutes-Christian-Religion-Classics-ebook/dp/B00IYW227A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398672015&sr=1-1&keywords=institutes+mcneill

Many other fine authors could have made “the cut” but these I trust are fine guides for any serious student of Scripture to begin and be challenged along their pilgrim journey as Christ’s disciples. 

Soli Deo Gloria