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25 Recommended Non-Technical Biblical Resources

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Arranged by Category, with Alternate Choices Given for Certain Categories
Revised 5/2/04

Primary Recommendations



1. Systematic Theology

Moody's Handbook of Theology, by Paul Enns
Moody, 1989, 34.99 list


2. New Testament Theology

New Testament Theology, by Donald Guthrie.
IVP, 1981, 45.00 list


3. Old Testament Theology

Old Testament Theology, by Paul R. House
IVP, 1998, $35.00 list


4. Old Testament Survey

Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey, by Bill T. Arnold
Baker,1999, 49.99 list


5. Old Testament Introduction

Introduction to the Old Testament, by Raymond Dillard and Tremper Longman,
Zondervan, 1994, $27.99 list


6. New Testament Survey

Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey, by Walter R. Elwell,
Baker, 1998, 44.99 list


7. New Testament Introduction

New Testament Theology, 4th Edition, by Donald Guthrie
IVP, 1990, 45.00 list


8. Gospels

A Guide to the Gospels, by W. Graham Scroggie
Kregel, 1999, $34.99 list


9. Word Studies-New Testament

Complete Word Study Dictionary, NT, by Spiros Zodhiates
AMG Publishers, 2003 Reissue, $49.99 list


10. Word Studies-Old Testament

Complete Word Study Dictionary, OT, by Warren Baker and Eugene Carpenter,
AMG Publishers, 2003, 49.99 list


11. Concordance

NIV Exhaustive Concordance, 2nd Ed, byEdward Goodrick
Zondervan, 1999, $39.99 list


12. Atlas

The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands, by Barry Beitzel
Moody, 1985, $42.99 list


13. Bible Dictionaries

Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, by Trent C. Butler
Broadman & Holman, 2003, $29.97 list


14. Dictionary of Theology

Baker Theological Dictionary of the Bible, by Walter Elwell
Baker, 2001, $ 29.99 list


15. 1-2 Volume Commentary

Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary, by Kenneth Barker and John Kohlenberger,
Zondervan, 1999, Vol 1 $37.99 list, Vol 2 34.99 list


16. Bible Background Commentary-OT

IVP Bible Background Commentary-OT, by John H. Walton, Victor Matthews, and Mark W. Chavalas,
IVP, 2000, $30.00 list


17. Bible Background Commentary-NT

IVP Bible Background Commentary-NT, by Craig S. Keener
IVP, 1994, $30.00 list


18. Manners and Customs

Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Manners and Customs, by Howard Vos
Thos Nelson, 1999, 34.99 list


19. Charts and Outlines-OT

Chronological and Background Charts of the OT, by John H. Walton
Zondervan, 1994 (Revised Edition), 19.99 list


20. Charts and Outlines-NT

Chronological and Background Charts of the NT, by H. Wayne House
Zondervan, 1981, 18.99 list


21. Charts and Outlines-Theology

Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine, by H. Wayne House
Zondervan, 1992, $19.99 list


22. Bible Difficulties

New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, by Gleason Archer
Zondervan, 2001 Reprint Edition, $24.99 list


23. Bible as Literature

Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible, 2nd Ed, by Leland Ryken,
Baker, 1993, $32.99 list


24. History of Israel

Kingdom of Priests: A History of OT Israel, by Eugene H. Merrill
Baker, 1997, $34.99


25. Church History

Church History in Plain Language, 2nd Ed, by Bruce Shelley,
Thomas Nelson, 1996, $19.99 list


Suggested Alternates




Christian Theology, 2nd Ed, by Millard Erickson,
Baker, 1998, $44.99 list , or the abridged version: Introducing Christian Doctrine, 2nd Ed, Baker, 2001, $29.99 list

Systematic Theology, by Wayne Gruden,
Zondervan, 1994, $39.99 list, or the abridged version: Bible Doctrine, Zondervan, 1999, $29.99 list


A Theology of the NT, Revised, by George Eldon Ladd,
Eerdmans, 1993, $36.00 list


A Survey of the Old Testament, 2nd Ed, by Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton,
Zondervan, 2000, $32.99 list


Zondervan NASB Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible,
2000, $39.99 list


Holman Bible Atlas, by Thomas Briscoe,
Broadman & Holman, 1998, $29.97


New Bible Dictionary, 3rd Ed, by I. Howard Marshall,
IVP, 1996, $45.00 list


New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Ed, by G. J. Wenham, D.A. Carson, et al,
IVP, 1994, $45.00 list


The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times, by Ralph Gower,
Moody, 1987, $29.99 list


Hard Sayings of the Bible, by Walter Kaiser, et al,
IVP, 1996, $33.00 list


A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age to the Jewish Wars, by Walter Kaiser,
Broadman & Holman 1998, $34.99 list


The Story of the Church (The Essential Bible), by Robert G. Clouse, Richard V. Pierard, and Edwin Yamauchi
Moody Press, 2002, $14.99 list


a). This list was prepared from my own experience and from consultation with the Commentary and Reference Survey: A Comprehensive Guide to Biblical and Theological Resources, 9the Edition, by John Glynn (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2003).

b) All titles were found at either or and the list prices shown came from one of those two sources.

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