In my final video in the series Essential Bible Doctrines, I presented a list of recommended resources for Bible study. Since producing the video, I have encountered two additional resources I wanted to recommend for Bible study, as well as there is another category of two resources I should have included in the video as well. This blog post will cover four more resources I highly recommend to add to the additional resources mentioned in the other video for Bible study.
Moody Bible Commentary: Another Great One Volume Bible Commentary
In the video, I mentioned the MacArthur Bible Commentary as my personal recommendation for a solid one volume Bible commentary. I still highly recommend MacArthur. His writings are golden, and he writes as a pastor-theologian. However, I have recently had the opportunity to encounter the Moody Bible Commentary, and it makes another great addition to one’s library alongside MacArthur. Here are the reasons I also recommend picking up a copy of the Moody Bible Commentary.
First, whereas the MacArthur Bible Commentary is primarily written by a single individual (John MacArthur, who is excellent), the Moody Bible Commentary is written by a team of biblical scholars from Moody Bible Institute. One is going to encounter a range of authors in this commentary (still all from a conservative, evangelical perspective), as well as the authors who contribute to the commentary are specialists in the Bible books they contribute to. One will encounter a little more scholarly discussions in Moody versus MacArthur, while still being very approachable for those who are new to studying the Bible or who have not encountered formal biblical training.
Second, the Moody Bible Commentary digs into discussions on the biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek) in the commentary content, while still doing so in an approachable manner for one who has not encountered formal training in the biblical languages. It is a great way to mine some of the riches of the biblical languages when studying the Bible even if one has not formally encountered biblical language training.
Third, the commentary contains some excellent overviews and introductions of each book of the Bible, as well as some handy maps and charts, all which are highly beneficial to one’s personal Bible study.
The Lion and the Lamb: A Simplified Edition of The Cradle, Cross, and Crown
In my video, I mentioned how much use I have experienced reading The Cradle, Cross, and Crown as a solid New Testament introduction. I also cautioned that this New Testament introduction is also quite technical and academic and should be more reserved for advanced Bible study.
I am pleased to discover there is a simplified edition of The Cradle, Cross, and Crown known as The Lion and the Lamb. It retains some of the rich content of the larger New Testament introduction while eliminating some of the technical and academic discussions that could bog one down in reading. I do not personally own a copy of The Lion and the Lamb as of yet, but someone who owns a copy of it has provided me with a PDF on it concerning the book of Hebrews. I am also uploading the PDF on the book of Hebrews for The Cradle, Cross, and Crown so one can compare the two and see the difference in content. If one finds The Cradle, Cross, and Crown a little overly technical and academic, then look no further than The Lion and the Lamb. It is a more approachable version of this rich New Testament introduction.
Another Category of Resources for Bible Study: Theological Dictionaries
Since this video series was a series on Bible doctrines and Theology, I should have mentioned another important category of resources for Bible study: theological dictionaries. While one will also want to acquire a couple of general Bible dictionaries (as I mentioned in the video), studying Bible doctrines and Theology is a deep and terminology-filled discipline. A couple of solid and basic theological dictionaries will allow one to gain a deeper understanding and definition of some of these difficult to understand terms and concepts in Theology and Bible doctrines.
There are two theological dictionaries I highly recommend. The first is the Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms from IVP. I used this often during the preparation of the video series to help me clarify some of the terminology I presented in the series. It is an excellent and approachable dictionary on theological terms that will better help one study Bible doctrines and Theology.
The other dictionary I recommend is the Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms. This dictionary is a more recent addition to my library, so I have not had the chance to heavily evaluate it. However, at quick glance, I have found it does an excellent job explaining terms and concepts in Bible doctrines and Theology, as well as it is somewhat-broader and also defines terms outside of Bible doctrines and Theology and into biblical studies overall, so it serves as an excellent bridge between general Bible dictionaries and other theological dictionaries such as the Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. Some have stated the dictionary is of such use to them, they take it everywhere with them except for the shower (and with waterproof smartphone cases, we will see if that changes!). I have not have enough time to evaluate it to a great extent yet, but it seems like a solid resources as well.
I hope these four additional resources for studying the Bible are of a blessing and benefit to you, and feel free to send us your Bible questions on Ask FMM if there are any more resources you wish us to evaluate or discuss.