IBS Recommended Books & Software List
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compiled by William Arnold III; consulting contributors: Jason Dulle and Jason A. Clark
high recommendations are noted with an asterisk*
last updated 06/18/04
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*The Origin of the Bible, Philip Comfort, Ed. (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992). - Amazon's reviews
An excellent book, written by a variety of conservative scholars. It has sections on: 1. The Authority and Inspiration of the Bible, 2. The Canon of the Bible, 3. The Bible as Literary Text, 4. Bible Texts and Manuscripts, and 5. Bible Translation. All of this is combined in one volume. It is written as an introduction, so it is very understandable.
*The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration, by Bruce Metzger. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992). - Amazon's reviews
This work is an excellent study in the history of the transmission of the Bible, the ways in which variants came to exist in the copies of Scripture, the methods employed to determine which manuscript readings are original, and a critical look at the development and basis of the choices made by various people/Bible societies concerning this process.
The Text of the New Testament (English Translation), by Kurt and Barbara Aland. (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1989). - Amazon's reviews
Old Testament Textual Criticism: A Practical Introduction, by Ellis R. Brotzman. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994). - Amazon's reviews
*The Story of Christianity, Vols. I and II, by Justo Gonzalez. (SanFransisco: HarperSanFransisco, 1984). - Amazon's reviews
Highly readable and enjoyable. These books made church history interesting to me. They provide an excellent overview of church history, hitting the highlights, major events and characters. Volume one covers from the early church to the dawn of the reformation. Volume two covers from the reformation to the present. Now, both volumes are available in one hardback edition which I have seen on sale for $15 from CBD.
History of the Christian Chruch, by Philip Schaff. (Hendrickson, 1996). - Amazon's reviews (comes with The Master Christian Library, see below)
A History of Christian Doctrine, 3 Volumes, by David K. Bernard. (Hazelwood, MO: Word Aflame Press, 1999). - Amazon's reviews
The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations, by Michael W. Holmes, Ed. (Baker, 1999). - Amazon's Reviews
*See also The Master Christian Library, under Bible Software.
The Rapture Issue
*The Post-Tribulation Rapture, by William Arnold III. (self published, 1999).
My book is intended to be understandable to the average reader but still deal with the scholarly issues. My purpose was not to belabor any one issue, nor to get side tracked with less relevant ones, but to present the major evidence for the post position and deal with the strongest arguments of the pre. The result is a concise discussion dealing with the "main issues."
*The Church and the Tribulation, by Robert Gundry. (Grand Rapids: Academie books, 1973). - Amazon's reviews
This is probably held to be the definitive work on post-tribulationism by conservative scholars today. The approach is very scholarly and deals with some of the more technical issues. It is a must have for any scholar who is interested in the topic. Sad to say, it is now out of print.
Three Views on the Rapture: Pre-, Mid, or Post-Tribulational? by Gleason L. Archer Jr., Paul D. Feinberg, Douglas J. Moo, Richard R. Reiter. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996). - Amazon's reviews
I found this book very helpful when I first was looking into the rapture question. It offers a defense of three major positions and then gives a rebuttal by each of the other authors. There is also a chapter on the history of the development of each position. Some of this book is semi-technical but not out of grasp for the non-scholar.
*The Rapture Plot, by Dave MacPherson. (Simpsonville, SC: Millennium III Publishers). - Amazon's reviews
This book is the most comprehensive study on the origin of pre-tribulationism. In it, Dave MacPherson shows conclusively that the Irvingites were teaching pre-trib at least several years before John Darby was. He also reveals later attempts to conceal this by Darby's followers. This is a first rate study which deals directly with the primary sources.
*First the Antichrist, by Robert Gundry. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997). - Amazon's reviews
This is a much more recent work of Gundry which is specifically meant for the non-scholar. It is relatively easy reading and references to the Greek are minimal. In it, he summarizes some of the arguments of his previous book and some additional material is added, most notably, an excellent discussion on Pseudo-Ephraim the Syrian.
The Blessed Hope: A Biblical Study of the Second Advent and the Rapture, by George Eldon Ladd. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1956). - Amazon's reviews
This is a much older work which many of the modern ones have built on. Ladd spends more time than most (over a fourth of the book) dealing with the history of the pre- and post- positions. It is not a very thorough treatment and most of his points have been noted and passed on by modern scholars. However, Ladd's contribution to this field has been invaluable.
A Basic Guide to Eschatology: Making Sense of the Millennium, by Millard J. Erickson. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998). - Amazon's reviews
I have used this as a textbook in teaching Eschatology. In this book, Erickson discusses background views, millennial views and then tribulational views. He states that its purpose is to be "an objective, comprehensive overview of the various end-time perspectives." After each section, Erickson gives an evaluation of the position, showing what he thinks to be its strengths and weaknesses. Being a systematic theologian, he gives only a very broad picture of each position. This book only covers a few select issues; it is not exhaustive.
*The Bible and the Future, by Anthony A. Hoekema. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1979). - Amazon's reviews
Although it is written from a Reformed/A-Mill perspective, this book still has much which is very good. It is the best general overview of Eschatology which I have found. Compared to Erickson, this book is pretty thorough in dealing with the issues. It also deals with opposing positions.
*Dispensationalism, Israel and the Church: The Search for Definition, Craig Blaising and Darrell Bock, Eds. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992). - Amazon's reviews
Progressive Dispensationalism, by Craig Blaising and Darrell Bock. (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1993). - Amazon's reviews (For a good introduction to this topic, see: Progressive Dispensationalism 101)
*Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond, Darrell Bock, Ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992). - Amazon's reviews
The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views, Robert Clouse, Ed. (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1977). - Amazon's reviews
*Basics of Biblical Greek (book, CD-Rom and workbook), by William Mounce. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993). - Amazon's reviews
I have used this series in teaching Greek. This is by far the best set available for beginning Greek. I like it so much because Mounce does not assume that you already understand English grammar, but explains the concepts in English before trying to teach them in Greek. It is so much better than the other beginning grammars which I have seen & used that I have no other recommendations for this category. It is fast becoming the standard for Bible colleges and seminaries. You can even order tapes of Mounce teaching through this book himself from his website at: www.teknia.com.
*Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, by Daniel Wallace. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996). - Amazon's reviews (also available as an add-on to BibleWorks, see below)
Wallace's grammar is excellent! It is very thorough and very detailed, but also very understandable and readable. (If you disagree, just try reading through A. T. Robertson's grammar to compare!) It is full of illustrations and charts and contains detailed explanations and offers many examples of syntactical categories. He also discusses many debatable and exegeticaly significant passages, giving the evidence for different positions. To make it even more useful, there is an index of subject, one of Greek words and one of biblical passages. It is by far the most user friendly advanced grammar in print. It is part of the same series as Mounce's beginning grammar above.
Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, by Blass-Debrunner-Funk. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961). - Amazon's reviews
This grammar is held by many to be the definitive grammar of New Testament Greek in English. Even Wallace, author of the preceeding grammar concurs: "BDF is still the standard Greek grammar of the New Testament even after four decades." - Daniel Wallace, review on Amazon.com.
Lexicons and Dictionaries, English Based
*New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, 4 Vols., Colin Brown, Ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986). - Amazon's reviews
There is also an abridged edition available in one volume under the title, NIV Theological Dictionary of New Testament Words, Verlyn D. Verbrugge, Ed.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, W. E. Vine. (Thomas Nelson, 1996). - Amazon's reviews (available free for e-Sword, see below)
Zondervan Expository Dictionary of Bible Words, by Lawrence O. Richards. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991). - Amazon's reviews
Trench's Synonyms of the New Testament, by R. C. Trench (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1989). - Amazon's reviews
Lexicons and Dictionaries, Greek Based
*A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, by Bauer-Danker-Ardnt-Gingrich (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000). - Amazon's reviews (also available as an add-on to BibleWorks 5.0 and above, see below)
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains, by Eugene A. Nida and Johannes P. Louw. (American Bible Society, 1994). - Amazon's reviews (comes with BibleWorks 4.0 and above, see below)
Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament, by Timothy and Barbara Friberg. (Baker, 1998). - Amazon's reviews (comes with BibleWorks 4.0 and above, see below)
Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testament, by Warren C. Trenchard. (Zondervan, 1998). - Amazon's reviews
Basics of Biblical Hebrew (book, CD-Rom and workbook), by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001). - Amazon's reviews (See also, the website: BasicsOfBiblicalHebrew.com)
Introducing Biblical Hebrew and Grammar, by Allen Ross. (Baker, 2000). - Amazon's Reviews
An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, by Bruce Waltke & M. O'Connor (Eisenbrauns, 1993). - Amazon's Reviews
Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar Second Edition, by William Gesenius & Emil Kautzsch, Ed. (Oxford University Press, 1995). - Amazon's Reviews
Lexicons and Dictionaries
The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Francis Brown, Ed., (Hendrickson Publishers, 1996). - Amazon's reviews (comes with BibleWorks and available free for e-Sword, see below)
This has been for a long time the standard Hebrew lexicon in English. This new addition has been revised and updated and has also been keyed to Strong's numbering system for the use of those who do not know Hebrew.
New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, Willem A. VanGemeren, Ed., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997). - Amazon's reviews
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, Gleason Archer, Ed., (Moody Press, 1980). - Amazon's reviews (comes with BibleWorks, see below)
You Can Understand the Bible, by Daniel Segraves. (USA: Go Teach Ministry, 2000).
I have used this textbook in teaching Hermeneutics. Dr. Segraves has done an excellent job of explaining an advanced subject in understandable language. The last eight chapters are on bibliology as well. However, it is written from a strong dispensational perspective.
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. (Zondervan, 1993). - Amazon's reviews
While seen as a book for the "layperson," this book is a valuable tool for anyone who wants to discover more accurately the meaning of Scripture. The authors' focus is on biblical genres--from the narrative and poem to the epistle and apocalypse--and the different ways in which each ought to be understood. Not only do the authors tell you what to do--they actually show you how to do it, by walking you through books like I Corinthians and Acts. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to read the Bible... smarter.
Knowing Scripture, by R. C. Sproul. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1977). - Amazon's reviews
Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation, Henry A. Virkler. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981). - Amazon's reviews
An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, by Walter Kaiser and Moises Silva. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994). - Amazon's reviews
Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, by William Klein, Craig Blomberg and Robert Hubbard. (Dallas: Word Publishing, 1993). - Amazon's reviews
*Exegetical Fallacies, by D. A. Carson. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996). - Amazon's reviews
*Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation, Moises Silva, Ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996). - Amazon's reviews
Protestant Biblical Interpretation, by Bernard Ramm. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1970). - Amazon's reviews
The Hermeneutical Spiral, by Grant Osborne. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1991). - Amazon's reviews
Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible, by Leland Ryken. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992). - Amazon's reviews
Biblical Words and Their Meaning: An Introduction to Lexical Semantics, by Moises Silva (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994). - Amazon's reviews
Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation, by Peter Cotterell and Max Turner. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1989). - Amazon's reviews
*Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek: A Survey of Basic Concepts and Applications, by David Allen Black. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995). - Amazon's reviews
Hermeneutics: Issues and Concerns, CD-Rom, 174 Audio Sessions, Featuring: D. A Carson, Walter Kaiser, Moises Silva and others. Available through Biblical Studies Foundation.
*See also New Testament Exegesis under New Testament and Old Testament Exegesis under Old Testament.
*An Introduction to the New Testament, by D.A. Carson, Douglas Moo and Leon Morris. (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1992). - Amazon's reviews
I have used this as a textbook in teaching New Testament survey. Some of the chapters are a little bit difficult for beginners, but it is probably the best conservative book of its kind in print. The authors thoroughly interact with the liberals' positions, discussing various alternatives and they give the reasons for the choices they make in determining the author, date, background, etc. Notice the parallel O. T. volume as well.
*Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament, by H. Wayne House. (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1990). - Amazon's reviews
New Testament Introduction, by Donald Guthrie. (Intervarsity Press, 1990). - Amazon's reviews
A Survey of the New Testament, Robert H. Gundry. (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1994). - Amazon's reviews
A Theology of the New Testament, George Eldon Ladd. (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1993). - Amazon's reviews
New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors, by Gordon Fee. (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993).
*An Introduction to the Old Testament, by Raymond B. Dillard and Tremper Longman III. (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1994). - Amazon's reviews
This is the parallel volume to the New Testament introduction by Carson, Moo, Morris. Like its counterpart, the authors thoroughly interact with the liberals' postions from a conservative, evangelical perspective. The three key issues discussed of each book are: historical background, literary analysis and theological message. The reading level is advanced.
*Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament, by John H. Walton. (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1994). - Amazon's reviews
A Survey of the Old Testament, Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton. (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 2000). - Amazon's reviews
A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament, Roy B. Zuck, Ed. (Moody, 1991). - Amazon's reviews
Old Testament Exegesis: A Primer for Students and Pastors, by Douglas Stuart. (Westminster Press, 1984).
*Expositor's Bible Commentary, Frank E. Gaebelein, Ed., (Zondervan, 1992). - Amazon's reviews
The CD-Rom version of this set is an excellent combination of value and scholarship which is still not overly technical. It covers the whole Bible, just about verse by verse. I love it because it goes wherever my laptop does. There is also an abridgement available in two volumes under the title, Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary, Kenneth Barker and John Kohlenberger, Eds.
Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1982). - Amazon's reviews
I purched this set for $70 from CBD when they were having a really good sale. They are paperback, and perhaps a little less thorough and less technical than the Expositor's, but a pretty good buy nonetheless. On the other hand, the scholarship of the two are about equal. They also have an OT series, but it costs much more.
New International Commentary on the NT / OT, Gordon Fee, Ed., (1998). - Amazon's reviews
If you want to spend money, this series is a really good set that the pros use. I purchased a used set of the New Testament and a few of the Old Testament commentaries from Bookfinder.com. They are a little more advanced. However they do not yet cover the entire Bible.
*Word Biblical Commentary, B. M. Metzger, D. A. Hubbard & G. W. Barker, Eds., (Word Books).
This is one the most advanced sets of up-to-date commentaries which is still somewhat conservative (although that varies from book to book). It is available indivually or also on CDRom. I have purchased the CDRom version and have been very pleased with it. However, it also does not yet cover the entire Bible. (Click here to view the contents of the electronic edition).
*See also The Master Christian Library, The Essential IVP Reference Collection and e-Sword under Bible Software.
*Wycliff Bible Dictionary, Charles F. Pfeiffer, Howard F Vos, John Rea, Eds. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999). - Amazon's reviews
"Wycliff Bible Dictionary provides extensive background information on the names and places mentioned in the Bible, as well as important doctrinal, historical and Bible background topics. Articles are written by more than 200 leading conservative, evangelical scholars." - (from the back cover) Contains articles on topics such as: Pharisees, Corinth, Timothy, Herod, Phylacteries, etc.
*Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, Walter A. Elwell, Ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1984). - Amazon's reviews
This work features more than 1,250 articles authored by more than 200 scholars, covering Biblical, systematic, and historical theology. The theological articles are in depth, but to the point, offering a great compacted summary of different theological topics and terms. In addition to the vast amount of theological entries, EDT also discusses important theologians of the past and present, examining their contribution to theological thought. Contains articles on topics such as: Dispensationalism, Calvinism, Martin Luther, Methodism, etc.
*Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts, (Nashville: Nelson, 1996). - Amazon's reviews
*Concise Bible Atlas: A Geographical Survey of Bible History, J. Carl Laney. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999). - Amazon's reviews
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 4 Vols., G. W. Bromily, Ed. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995). - Amazon's reviews (the first edition comes with The Master Christian Library as well as BibleWorks 4.0, see below)
The New Strong's Exaustive Concordance, by James Strong. (Thomas Nelson, 1997). - Amazon's reviews
*See also The Master Christian Library, under Bible Software.
*La Lectura Eficaz de la Biblia (How to Read the Bible for all its Worth), by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart (Zondervan, 1985). - Amazon's Reviews
See comments on English edition, under Hermeneutics.
Panorama del Antiguo Testamento (Survey of the Old Testament), by Paul Benware. (Kregel Publications, 2002). - Amazon's Reviews
Atlas Biblico Portavoz (Student Bible Atlas), by Tim Dowley. (Kregel Publications, 1989). - Amazon's Reviews
Guia Portavoz de la Vida en Tiempos Biblicos (Guide to Life and Times of the Bible), by Tim Dowley. (Kregel Publications, 1999). - Amazon's Reviews
Diccionario Biblico Conciso Holman (Holman Concise Bible Dictionary), by Trent C. Butler, Ed. (Broadman & Holman, 2001). - Amazon's Reviews
El Martir de las Catacumbas (The Martyr of the Catacombs). (Kregel Publications, 1989). - Amazon's Reviews
*See also the Spanish Section of CBD's website.
For Desktop PC
*e-Sword - http://www.e-sword.net (free for download)
A very easy to use Bible program that has a lot of material available for free. E-Sword is ahead of Online Bible in English Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries and ease of use. Online Bible is ahead in ancient texts, other language Bibles and multi-language interface for the program.
- English Bibles: ASV, ALT NT, BBE, CEV, DV, DRB, GEN (beta), GNB, GW, HNV (beta), ISV, KJV (w/Strongs & apocrypha), LITV, MKJV, WEB, WB, WNT, YLT
- Ancient Texts: Hebrew OT (Tanach), Greek NT, Greek NT (w/USB, TR & MT variants), Scrivener Textus Receptus, LXX (beta), Latin Vulgate, English LXX
- Spanish Bibles: RV-1909, Sagradas Escrituras & LBLA ($5 unlock)
- Other Language Bibles: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish & Ukrainian
- Commentaries: Barne's Notes, Adam Clark, John Gill, Jammison-Fausset-Brown, Robertson's NT Word Pictures, Vincent's NT Word Studies, Matthew Henry's Concise, People's NT Commentary, John Wesley's Notes
- Dictionaries: B-D-B Hebrew Lexicon, Thayer's Greek Lexicon, ISBE (first edition), Strong's Greek & Hebrew Dictionaries, Vine's Dictionary of NT Words (beta), Easton's Bible Dictionary, Hitchcock's Bible Names, KJV Dictionary
- Other Reference Works: KJV Concordance, Nave's Topical Bible, Torrey's New Topical Textbook, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Son Light Bible Atlas, Josephus' Wars and Antiquities, Calvin's Institutes, Finney's Systematic Theology, Westminster Confession w / Catechisms, Condensed Bible Cyclopedia, Fox's Book of Martyrs, 2000+ Bible Illustrations & much more
Online Bible - http://www.online-bible.com (free for download)
This program is also available in: Spanish, Dutch, German, French, Ukrainian, Russian, Portuguese & Italian. Online Bible is ahead of e-Sword in ancient texts, other language Bibles and multi-language interface for the program. E-Sword is ahead in English Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries and ease of use. Click here to download the Basic Starter Pack in English (program & KJV).
- English Bibles: ASV, BBE, DV, DRB, Emphasized, JPS OT (1917), KJV (w/Strongs), Phonetic, RWB, WB, WNT, YLT
- Ancient Texts: Ben Asher Hebrew Text, Ben Asher (w/Morphology), 1881 W-H Greek NT (with USB/NA variants, Morphology & Strongs), 1550/1894 Textus Receptus (w/Morphology & Strongs), 1991 Byzantine Majority Greek NT (w/Morphology & Strongs), Interlinear Greek 1894 TR (w/Strongs), LXX, LXX (w/Morphology & Strongs), English LXX (Brenton), Latin Vulgate, Syriac Peshitta NT
- Apocryphal Books: Oxford (1769), Douay Rheims (1899), Revised Version, NT Apocrypha, LXX, Vulgate, Jasher, Enoch, English Koran, Koran Topical Index
- Spanish Bibles: RV-1909, RVA (1989), 1569 Sagradas Escrituras (1999 revision) & RV-1960 ($10 unlock)
- Other Language Bibles: Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Creole, Danish, Dutch, Equadorian, Finnish, French, German, Greek (modern), Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Philippines, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Swahili NT, Swedish, Turkish NT, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Commentaries: Barne's Notes (NT only), Family NT Notes, Jammison-Fausset-Brown, Robertson's NT Word Pictures, Matthew Henry's Concise, People's NT Commentary
- Dictionaries: Online Bible Hebrew Lexicon, Online Bible Greek Lexicon, Strong's Greek & Hebrew Dictionaries, Hebrew to LXX Greek Lexicon, LXX Greek to Hebrew Lexicon, Easton's Revised Bible Dictionary
- Other Reference Works: Torrey's New Topical Textbook, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, NASB Cross Reference, Westminster Confession, Thompson Chain Topics, People's NT Book Introductions, Barne's Chronology, Bible Prefaces, The Revised Works of Josephus, Maps & Charts & much more
*BibleWorks - http://www.bibleworks.com
BibleWorks is the most advanced Bible program on the market. You can do very complex searches in the original languages (as well as English and many other languages) at lightning speed. It also has a good inventory of Greek and Hebrew lexicons, texts and analysis tools. I feel safe to say it is one of the best purchases I have ever made; I use it practically every day. However, it is not quite as useful if you have no knowledge of Greek or Hebrew.
*The Master Christian Library
Before you buy any older books you need to check out the contents of the Master Christian Library (formerly, Sage Digital Library). Some notable contents are: The Early Church Fathers, Schaff's History of the Christian Church, ISBE (first edition), Robertson's Word Pictures, Thayer's Lexicon, Adam Clark's Commentary, J-F-B Commentary, Barne's Notes, Matthew Henry's Commentary, The Fundamentals, Aquinas' Summa Theologica, The Works of James Arminus, The Works of Josephus and Philo, Calvin's Institutes (and some of his commentaries), Jewish History, Roman History, lots of material by Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Spurgeon, Moody, Finney, Edwards, Clark, Owen, and an extensive set of detailed maps. To view all of it's contents, see this page. The best price I have seen for version 8 is at DiscountChristian.com ($49.95). Runs on Windows, Mac and even Linux!
*The Essential IVP Reference Collection - Amazon's Reviews
Contains: Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments, Dictionary of New Testament Background, IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament, IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, the New Bible Dictionary, New Bible Commentary, Hard Sayings of the Bible, The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, New Bible Atlas, New Dictionary of Biblical Theology and New Dictionary of Theology. Click here for a description.
*The Theological Journal Library CD, version 5
Contains: Bibliotheca Sacra Journal (1934-2001), Grace Journal (1960-73), Grace Theological Journal (1980-91), The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (1966-2001), Masters Seminary Journal (1990-1999), Trinity Journal (1980-2000), Westminster Theological Journal (1960-2000), Emmaus Journal (1991-2001), Michigan Theological Journal (1990-1994), Journal of Christian Apologetics (1997-1998), Chafer Theological Seminary Journal (1995-2001), Conservative Theological Journal (1995-1998), Journal of the Grace Evangelical Theological Society (1988-2000). Click here for a description.
*Get Lost in Jerusalem (Zondervan, 2000)
A virtual tour of Jerusalem on CD-Rom. You can turn 360 degrees and simply "click" where you want to go next. Contains over 300 sites.
Baker Digital Reference Library Advanced Level 3
Includes books on these categories: KJV Bible, Biblical/Theological Reference Volumes, Apologetics and Cult Collection, Biographical Encyclopedia Volumes, Leader Resources, Counseling Resource and Internet Resources. Click here for a description.
*See also the Commentaries on CD-Rom, under Commentaries.
For Pocket PC & Palm OS
Pocket e-Sword - http://www.e-sword.net/pocketpc/ (free for download)
- Program: Pocket e-Sword 1.8 for PPC 2002, Pocket e-Sword 1.8 for Windows Mobile 2003
- English Bibles: ASV, Amplified, CEV, DRB, ESV, GNB/TEV, GW, ISV, KJV, KJV (w/Strongs), LITV, Message, MKJV, NASB set (requires unlock)
- Ancient Texts: Wescott-Hort Greek NT, Greek NT (w/variants), Scrivener Textus Receptus, Textus Receptus (w/Strong's), Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Greek Text (w/Strong's)
- Spanish Bibles: RV-1909 & LBLA
- Other Language Bibles: Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, French, German & Russian
- Commentaries: Barne's NT Notes, Robertson's NT Word Pictures, Matthew Henry's Complete, Matthew Henry's Concise
- Dictionaries: Strong's Bible Dictionary, Easton's Bible Dictionary, Smith's Bible Dictionary
- Other Reference Works: Nave's Topical Bible, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & more
Olive Tree Bible Software for Palm and Pocket PC - http://www.olivetree.com (some free, some for purchase)
- Program: BibleReader 2.31e051 for WinCE & Pocket PC, BibleReader 3.51e051 for Palm OS
- English Bibles: ASV, BBE, DV, DRB, GW, ISV NT, JPS OT (1917), KJV, LITV, MKJV, RV NT, Rotherham, WEB, WNT & YLT
- Ancient Texts: Byzantine Greek NT & Latin Vulgate
- Spanish Bibles: RV-1909
- Other Language Bibles: Albanian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Esperanto, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian & Swedish NT
- Commentaries: Jammison-Fausset-Brown & Matthew Henry's Concise
- English Bibles: Amplified, CEV, ESV, GNB/TEV, HCSB, 21st Cent. KJV, MLB, NAB, NASB95, NASB set, NET, NLT, NKJV, NRSV, RSV, Tanakh OT, LB, Message, TMB, Wuest NT
- Ancient Texts: Gramcord Lite Greek NT (Palm), Gramcord Lite Greek NT (PPC), Greek NT (NA27 Palm), Greek NT (NA27 PPC), LXX, LXX (parsed), Hebrew Masoretic OT, & Hebrew Masoretic OT Parsing
- Spanish Bibles: LBLA, RV60, RV95, DHH
- Other Language Bibles: Afrikaans, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Norwegian & Portuguese
- Commentaries: Wuest's Word Studies
- Dictionaries: ISBE (first edition), Eerdman's Dictionary of the Bible, Easton's Bible Dictionary & Smith's Bible Dictionary
- Other Reference Works: Nave's Topical Bible & Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Online Book Stores
Christian Book Distributors - http://www.christianbook.com
I have always found CBD to have better prices with sets. However, they can be quite slow. Their average prices are often even better than Amazon's, and when they have a sale you can really get some good deals.
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com
I have ordered many books from Amazon and I have been very pleased with their service. They always deliver very quickly. Their prices are pretty good except when ordering sets of books, such as commentaries.
Book Finder - http://www.bookfinder.com
This is a website which will search several new and used bookstores online. It lists all of the stores which have the book you are looking for by order of price and even gives a description of the condition the book is in. I have found this extremely useful when looking for out of print books. (For even more used bookstores online, see: Talbot's Used Books. For another comparative search engine on new and used books, see: AddAll.com)
Eisenbrauns - https://www.eisenbrauns.com
Specializing in the Ancient Near East and Biblical Studies, Eisenbrauns publishes very academic books, some of which you won't find anywhere else.
Dove Booksellers - http://www.dovebook.com
New and used scholarly books for Biblical Studies.
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