The average alleged Christian bookstore has a very short shelf of study
helps, whereas they have miles of Swindol's how-to books and truck loads
of CCM. The problem is that professing Christians want to be amused
rather than to study their Bibles. This section is for saints who love
the Word and study it regularly. Also, please realize that we can only
suggest helps which do not attack the King James Bible and its absolute
Pictorial Encyclopedia-- This five volume set is very useful
for cultural setting and many points of interest, BUT it does have a number
of writers who show very little real zeal for the Word of God.
Pictorial Bible Altas-- Edited by EM Blaiklock-- This
is more of a textbook with the emphasis on descriptions of geography in Israel.
A pretty useful addition to a study shelf.
A Commentary Wholly Biblical-- Moody Press-- Very old
work. This commentary is actually a chain reference with the cross
references complete at each entry. It is huge, and the only one I know
who has it is Kregal used bookstore in Grand Rapids. Last check it
was about $90.
Handbook of the Bible-- by David Alexander-- Neo-Evangelical
doctrinally, but I know of no better book to tell many of the cultural and
historic facts that help in study. So, use with
handbook-- I wish we could find the old edition for it gives
the heritage of all the Popes with all their sensuality and lust. Watch
the used bookstores for the old one.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge-- by RA Torrey-- Exceptional
exhaustive reference book. Every Bible study should include this item
and a concordance.
What the Bible Teaches-- by RA Torrey-- Pub. Revell--
This is a classic of doctrine.
Topical Bible-- by Orville Nave-- Paperback--
This is an old work but very useful to find Bible texts by an
index method. The whole verses are given in all topics.
I use it for topical quiz time.
Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations-- by Tan-- Very useful
book. Illustration books get dated very quickly. This one is
the closest I have seen to a timeless book. Fun to just sit and read.
The author is a real man of faith also. Pre-millennial.
Soncino Series Books of the Bible (Old Testament)-- Jewish
work. Not cheap. English and Hebrew parallel text of the Bible.
Commentary by various Rabbis is added in a side column. I find
this useful for perspective, though the Rabbis are agnostic toward Jesus
Christ. This is worth the investment.
McNicol's Bible Survey-- by John McNicol-- Pub Kregal--
A sound and not verbose study of the whole Bible in one
Concordance of Bible Topics-- by Ken Anderson-- Pub. Victor
Books-- I find this somewhat shallow, but it is very useful
when the more obvious helps fail or when you cannot think of the right topic
or index heading.
of Word Origins-- by John Ayto-- Pub. Arcade-- This
is not a Bible word dictionary. Tha words defined are of all sorts,
and it will help with the King James Bible as well as everday word usage.
It clears up some of the words we use which have very evil
of Josephus-- Pub. Kregal-- This is a most important
source since Josephus was a non-Christian Jewish historian who tells of the
time of Christ and suggests that Christ was indeed the Jewish Messiah.
Modern Rabbis hate this work but don't know how to avoid it.
Dictionary of the English Language-- by Noah Webster--
King James Bible teachers suggest this for study of period English
since Webster included Bible English.
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