Biblical Resources

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List of Biblical Resources

One of the most important aspects to effective Bible Study is knowing what tools you can trust as you seek to comprehend the particular passage into which you are delving.  Whether it is comprehending the historical and grammatical context of a particular text, the theological underpinnings of a passage, or just needing a synopsis of a biblical paragraph which you are examining, books can be an incredibly useful aid to the faithful study of the Scriptures.  Over my thirty years of Christian ministry, in which I have trained and equipped laymen to study the Bible for themselves, I have used certain resources to enable them to delve deeply in the Word of God.  The resources that follow have proved themselves useful and beneficial in this regard.  The list itself was composed by Pastor Patrick Perkins and myself for the purposes of equipping both the lay teachers and the elders of Berean Bible Baptist Church with the theological and the hermeneutical skills necessary to communicate to the body of Christ the sound words of Scripture.  It is a work in progress, so continue to check back regular for ongoing updates.  All these books can at least be found on Amazon.


Christian Life

  1. The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson 
  2. Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer    
  3. Alone with God by John MacAuthur 

Bible Study Aides

  1. Diagrammatical Analysis by Lee Kantenwein
  2. Methodical Bible Study by Robert Trainia
  3. How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth by Gordon Fee and Doug Stuart
  4. Let the Reader Understand by Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton
  5. Words of Delight by Leland Ryken
  6. Exegetical Fallacies by Don Carson
  7. Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer

A Bible Dictionary/ Encyclopedia:

  1. New Bible Dictionary
  2. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
  3. Illustrated Bible Dictionary
  4. Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible
  5. New American Standard Exhaustive Concordance (NASB)
  6. Holman’s NASB Concordance of the Bible
  7. Crossway Comprehensive Concordance to the Bible (ESV)
  8. Nave’s Topical Bible
  9. The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Biblical Overviews

  1. A Survey of the Old Testament Introduction by Gleason Archer
  2. Bible History: Old Testament by Alfred Edersheim
  3. Old Testment Times by R.K. Harrison
  4. The Story of the Old Testament by Alec Motyer
  5. On the Reliability of the Old Testament by Kenneth Kitchen
  6. An Introduction to the New Testament by Carson, Moo and Morris
  7. New Testament History by F.F. Bruce
  8. Stepping Stones by Peter Jeffrey
  9. IVP Bible Background Commentary (N.T.) Craig Keener
  10. Manners and Customs of the Bible by Victor Matthews
  11. New Testament Introduction by Donald Guthrie

Systematic Theologies

  1. Major Bible Themes by Chafer and Walvoord
  2. Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie
  3. Outlines in Theology by A.A. Hodge
  4. Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
  5. The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction
  6. Concise Theology by J.I. Packer
  7. Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul
  8. Systematic Theology by Charles Hodge
  9. Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

Commentaries

Entire Bible

  1. The Bible Knowledge Commentary
  2. New Bible Commentary (21st Century Edition)
  3. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary
  4. Mathew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible (One volume)

Genesis

  1. Gordon J. Wenham – Genesis 1-5 and Genesis 16-50 (Word Biblical Commentary)
  2. Victor P. Hamilton – The Book of Genesis Chapters 1-17 and Chapters 18-50 (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)
  3. Allen Ross – Creation & Blessing
  4. John D. Currid – Genesis Volume 1 and Genesis Volume 2 (Evangelical Press Study Commentary)
  5. Derek Kidner – Genesis (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)
  6. Bruce Waltke – Genesis
  7. Kenneth Mathews – Genesis 1-11:26 and Genesis 11:27-50 (New American Commentary)
  8. John Sailhamer – Genesis (Expositor’s Bible Commentary)

Exodus

  1. Brevard S. Childs – The Book of Exodus (The Old Testament Library)
  2. Peter Enns – Exodus (New International Version Application Commentary)
  3. John L. Mackay – Exodus (A Mentor Commentary)
  4. J. Alec Motyer – The Message of Exodus (The Bible Speaks Today)
  5. Philip Ryken – Exodus (Preaching the Word)
  6. John Currid – Exodus

Leviticus

  1. Gordon Wenham – Leviticus
  2. Allen Ross – Holiness to the Lord
  3. Stuart Olyott – Leviticus

Numbers

  1. Gordon Keddie – According to Promise
  2. Raymond Brown – The Message of Numbers
  3. Gordon Wenham – Numbers
  4. R.K. Harrison – Numbers

Deuteronomy

  1. Raymond Brown – The Message of Numbers
  2. Peter Craigie – Deuteronomy 
  3. Eugene Merrill – Deuteronomy
  4. J.B. McConville – Deuteronomy

Joshua

  1. James M. Boice – Joshua
  2. Francis Schaeffer Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History
  3. Dale R. Davis – No Falling Words
  4. David Howard – Joshua

Judges

  1. Gordon Keddie – Even in Darkness (Joshua and Ruth)
  2. Leon Wook The Distressing days of the Judges
  3. Dale R. Davis – Judges: Such a Great Salvation
  4. Daniel Block – Commentary on Judges

Ruth

  1. Gordon Keddie – Even in Darkness (Judges and Ruth)
  2. Leon Morris – Ruth
  3. Daniel Block – Ruth
  4. Robert Hubbard – The Book of Ruth

1st – 2nd Samuel

  1. Gordon Keddie – Dawn of a Kingdom (1st Samuel)
  2. Gordon Keddie – Triumph of the King (2nd Samuel)
  3. Dale R. Davis – Looking at the Heart (1st Samuel)
  4. Joyce Baldwin – 1st and 2nd Samuel
  5. Robert Gordon – 1st and 2nd Samuel
  6. Bergen – 1st and 2nd Samuel

1st and 2nd Kings

  1. Raymond Dillard – Faith in the Face of Apostasy
  2. Dale R. Davis – The Wisdom and the Folly
  3. Donald J. Wiseman – 1st and 2nd Kings
  4. Paul R. House – 1st and 2nd Kings

1st and 2nd Chronicles

  1. J. Gordon McConville – 1st and 2nd Chronicles
  2. Richard Pratt – Chronicles
  3. Raymond Dillard – 2nd Chronicles

Ezra-Nehemiah

  1. James I. Packer – A Passion for Faithfulness
  2. J. Gordon McConville – Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther
  3. Derek Kidner – Ezra and Nehemiah
  4. H.M.G. Williamson – Ezra and Nehemiah

Esther

  1. John Whitcomb – Esther: Triumph of God’s Sovereignty
  2. Joyce Baldwin -Esther
  3. J. Gordon McConville – Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

Job

  1. Derek Kidner – The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes
  2. William H. Green – Triumph in Conflict
  3. Derek Thomas – The Storm Breaks
  4. David Thomas – Job
  5. John Calvin – Sermons on Job
  6. Charles Spurgeon – The Suffering of Man and the Sovereignty of God

Psalms

  1. Tremper Longman – How to Read the Psalms
  2. Charles Spurgeon – The Treasury of David
  3. Derek Kidner – Psalms
  4. Allen Harmon – Psalms [There are many good study-devotionals in this book.]

Ezekiel

  1. Daniel Block – The Book of Ezekiel: Chapters 1-24; The Book of Ezekiel: Chapters 25-48 (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)
  2. Iain Duguid – Ezekiel (NIV Application Commentary)
  3. Derek Thomas – God Strengthens: Ezekiel Simply Explained (Welwyn Commentary Series)
  4. Douglas Stuart – Ezekiel (The Preacher’s Commentary)
  5. Ezekiel 20-48 (Word Biblical Commentary)

Daniel

  1. Iain M. Duguid – Daniel (Reformed Expository Commentary)
  2. Sinclair Ferguson – Daniel (The Preacher’s Commentary)
  3. John Goldingay – Daniel (Word Biblical Commentary)
  4. Tremper Longman – Daniel (NIV Application Commentary)
  5. Dale Ralph Davis – The Message of Daniel (Bible Speaks Today)

Matthew

  1. D.A. Carson – Matthew (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary). 
  2. Leon Morris – The Gospel According to Matthew (Pillar New Testament Commentary). 
  3. R.T. France – The Gospel of Matthew (New International Commentary on the New Testament).  Craig Blomberg – Matthew (New American Commentary).
  4. Craig Keener – A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew