13 Terrific Bible Study Resources for Growing Your Faith

13 Terrific Bible Study Resources for Growing Your FaithWhether you’re a youth pastor, seminary student, Bible study leader, or just someone who loves God’s word, there’s always room to grow in your faith and knowledge of the Bible.

And we all know that growth comes from change, and taking the next step in your Christian life. But sometimes it’s hard to know what the next step is. It could be to ask your spouse for prayer, have an open and honest conversation with your pastor, find a new Bible study group, or start using the right tools and referencing the right resources.

If you’ve ever wished that you could…

  • connect the Bible with its geography,
  • filter the Psalms by author, genre, and theme,
  • or uncover the structure of each line of text in the New Testament,

… then we’ve got you covered. Below is a comprehensive list of 13 terrific Bible study resources to help you take the next step in growing your faith.

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1. Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics

Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics offers valuable information and advice to a wide audience. The author provides extensive coverage of key individuals, philosophical systems and concepts, contemporary issues, difficult biblical passages, classic apologetic arguments, and specific challenges.

Why this is important

Challenges to Christianity come from a variety of people and belief systems, and Christians are continually searching for the appropriate responses to critics of their faith. The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics is a definitive one-volume resource designed to equip believers for Christian defense against the full range of opposing arguments.

This comprehensive reference volume examines every key issue, person, and concept related to Christian apologetics. Written entirely by leading apologist Norman Geisler, it stands as the culmination of the author’s lifelong career and ministry.

Learn more about the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.

2. New Testament Survey

New Testament Survey“The purpose of [this] survey,” writes author, Robert Gromacki, “is to give a working understanding of the message of the New Testament books… My goal has been to make the complex simple and to say much in few words.”

This text provides an introduction to the New Testament, free of technical discussion. It incorporates historical and cultural backgrounds without becoming a book on manners and customs, and it deals with the actual text of Scripture without becoming a verse-by-verse commentary. This balanced presentation avoids either the extremes of skimming the surface or getting bogged down in insignificant details.

The first chapter explores the first-century historical background, social and economic conditions, Gentile religions and philosophies, and Judaistic practices. In the next two chapters, the author discusses the entire New Testament corpus as a whole and the Gospels in particular.

The remaining twenty-seven chapters cover each of the New Testament books. After presenting introductory data for each book, Gromacki provides a detailed outline and a summary commentary. Each chapter concludes with an “Increase Your Learning” section, which presents both individual projects and topics for further discussion. A list of recommended commentaries follows.

Why this is important

Before coming to grips with an individual verse or passage in the New Testament, Bible students and expositors must understand how it relates to the theme of the book. Robert Gromacki’s New Testament Survey provides a solid foundation for in-depth exegesis of each book in the New Testament.

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3. Bibliotheca Sacra

Bibliotheca SacraGain more than 170 years of biblical, historical, and theological scholarship with Bibliotheca Sacra—the official journal of Dallas Theological Seminary. The Logos editions of Bibliotheca Sacra enhance your study with amazing functionality. The new Journals Section lets you search all of your scholarly journals at once. Search a verse in your guides, and get a list of search results pulled from every journal in your library. Fully integrated into your digital library, the Timeline enables you to instantly contextualize the people, places, and ideas discussed in the journal with thousands of other biblical and world events. Perform powerful searches to instantly gather relevant biblical texts and resources together.

Why this is important

Enhance your ministry, expand your theological acumen, and deepen your biblical knowledge with articles written by some of the most respected biblical scholars and theologians of the last century.

Learn more about Bibliotheca Sacra.

4. Beginning Biblical Hebrew

Beginning Biblical HebrewAchieving the right balance of amount of information, style of presentation, and depth of instruction in first-year grammars is no easy task. But Mark Futato has produced a grammar that, after years of testing in a number of institutions, will please many, with its concise, clear, and well-thought-out presentation of Biblical Hebrew.

Because the teaching of biblical languages is in decline in many seminaries and universities, Futato takes pains to measure the amount of information presented in each chapter in a way that makes the quantity digestible, without sacrificing information that is important to retain. The book includes exercises that are drawn largely from the Hebrew Bible itself.

Why this is important

Learn why Beginning Biblical Hebrew is beneficial to your Biblical studies from author, Mark Futado, in the first part of this Faithlife Today episode.

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5. Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology

Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology John Walton presents comparative studies of ancient texts and their cosmologies. The first half of the book focuses on the ancient texts that inform our understanding of Near Eastern cosmology (the science of the origin and development of the universe). Egyptian, Sumerian, and Akkadian texts are the primary focus, but occasionally Ugaritic and Hittite are included as appropriate. Walton posits that functional ontology was pervasive in ancient writing because bringing about order and functionality was the very essence of creative activity.

Why this is important

A large part of Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology is to figure out what Genesis actually says about the creation account. Does Genesis 1 teach and seven-day creation week, or not? In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.   Learn more about Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology.

6. An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax

An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew SyntaxAn Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax is organized like a reference grammar, with all the discussion about each feature of the language brought together in one spot, but is also designed to be used as a teaching grammar, with instructions for classroom use. This makes it an ideal resource for anyone working with Hebrew, whatever their level of proficiency.

Why this is important

For seminary students, this title is a must-have (required, in many cases). But it’s also a perfect addition for many of our users who are teaching themselves biblical languages, or refreshing their memory. It breaks the material into bite-sized chunks and includes many helpful examples. What is more, extensive footnotes throughout the book and an Authorities Index introduce the student to a much larger bibliography of specialized and advanced studies in Hebrew, giving many avenues for further exploration of Hebrew syntax. Plus, in the grammars section of the Passage Guide, you’ll find out everytime this resource mentions a passage you’re studying, and then links you directly to discussions on this topic. After you prioritize this resource in your Logos Cloud library, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.   Learn more about An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax.

7. Reformed Dogmatics (5 vols.)

Reformed Dogmatics (5 vols.) Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics (5 vols.) represents the early theological thought of one of the premier Reformed thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Originally self-published in five volumes in 1896, under the title Gereformeerde Dogmatiek (also known as Dogmatiek) this important piece of Reformed theology has never been available to an English audience before.

Why this is important

 

 

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8. Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bundle (6 vols.)

Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bundle (6 vols.)
The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible represents the culmination of years of study on the discourse features and devices speakers and writers of all languages use to convey meaning.

The text of the Old Testament is annotated with visual representations for numerous communicative devices. These devices we use every day, but determining what they are, what they signify, and how to identify them in the Bible is something the vast majority of people are not equipped to do. The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible identifies these discourse markers and performs complex discourse analysis of the entire Old Testament quickly, easily, and accurately, making it one of the most advanced tools for studying the Hebrew text.

Why this is important

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9. Lexham Bible Guides (13 vols.)

Lexham Bible Guides (13 vols.) Among the apostles, God’s redemptive work appears most dramatically in the life of Paul. Redeemed and transformed, Paul becomes an apostle who not only established churches throughout the ancient world, but who was also used by God to author much of what would become the New Testament. Understanding the exegetical and theological issues of Paul’s letters represents an important part of any Christian’s study. The Lexham Bible Guides prepare you to submerse yourself in the depths of God’s Word like you’ve never done before.

Why this is important

The Lexham Bible Guide is your starting point for study and research. It surveys all the relevant literature on a passage and brings the summary back to you. This guide summarizes a broad range of views on a particular passage—some you’ll agree with, some you won’t, but in all cases, views you will encounter as you critically study the text. A complete introduction to each literary unit in the Bible, the Lexham Bible Guide will bring new thoroughness to your research. Each volume gives you the tools you need to find answers quickly. It summarizes content from books in your Logos library and organizes it in an easy-to-follow format. It gives you the direction to begin your study.

        • Find things fast. There’s no need to locate, read, and notate dozens of reference materials. Everything is in one spot. It’s concise enough to digest, but broad enough so you know everything’s covered.

 

 

      • See connections. The overview format leads you to research topics you may have never read about or heard of before. This snapshot view of the text provides an ideal starting point for sermon preparation or academic research.

 

 

      • Gain perspective. You’ll get an overview of all the relevant issues related to a particular biblical passage, from exegetical topics like structure and genre, to interpretive issues presented by commentators. You’ll also find links to lexicons and commentaries for word studies in Logos, plus lots of links to related literature for further study. Everything is organized and summarized in one spot—only a click away.

 

 

 

Learn more about the Lexham Bible Guides (13 vols.).

10. The Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection (63 vols.)

The Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection (63 vols.)
This is the most complete collection of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons available in print or digitally! In this collection there are over 3,550 sermons from one of the most gifted speakers and blessed Christian leaders.

Why this is important

This collection is an invaluable tool in both sermon preparation and understanding. And Logos Cloud makes navigating this lengthy, multi-volume work easier than ever—topics and Scripture references can be searched instantly with the click of a mouse.

The Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection is a must-have for pastors and teachers, and anyone interested studying the church’s most important preacher and most prolific writer.

Learn more about the The Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection (63 vols.).

11. Early Church Fathers Protestant Edition (37 vols.)

Early Church Fathers Protestant Edition (37 vols.)This complete set of the writings of the Early Church Fathers translated into English is one of the most important collections of historical, philosophical and theological writings available to the student of the Christian Church. These documents provide the most comprehensive witness to the development of Christianity and Christian thought during the period immediately following the Apostolic Era. This is the tool that opens up the voluminous Early Church Fathers for everyone.

The Early Church Fathers collection comes in two versions, Protestant and Catholic. Simply put, the difference is that the Protestant edition contains additional front matter written at a later date. There is no difference in the actual ECF text.

Why this is important

Now for the first time, you can instantly search the entire body of writing from the starting point of a Bible reference, a word, or a phrase.

Learn more about Early Church Fathers (37 vols.).

12. Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures (63 vols.)

Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures (63 vols.)

Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures offers enduring commentary on the entire Bible that combines scholarly precision with rich application. Originally edited by Peter Lange in Germany, Philip Schaff supervised the English translation and contributed substantially to the American edition which is regarded as the definitive version of these classic commentaries. Also included in this collection is the important volume covering the Old Testament Apocrypha, often left out of more recent reprints.

Why this is important

Complete with comprehensive introductions and critical notes, as well as its acclaimed exegetical, theological, and homiletical commentary, this standard series continues to be a great guide for pastors, scholars, students, and interested laity.

Learn more about Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures (63 vols.).

13. Dead Sea Scroll Database

Dead Sea Scroll DatabaseLexham Press is pleased to announce an exciting moment in scholarly databases for biblical studies: the development of a database for the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls.

The biblical scrolls from Qumran have had a profound impact on our understanding of the development and transmission of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. Prior to 1947, scholars who studied the transmission of the text of the Hebrew Bible had access to the Masoretic Text handed down by scribes in Judaism since the second century A.D., the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament; and the Samaritan Pentateuch.

The Logos Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls Database includes morphological tagging, prepared by Dr. Michael S. Heiser, Academic Editor at Logos.

Why this is important

While scholars have had access to the biblical scrolls material for decades in expensive print volumes, this biblical textual treasure-trove is finally available to everyone in morphologically-tagged searchable database. Aside from morphological searching, which enables scholars to detect and analyze morphological and grammatical differences between the Masoretic Hebrew text and the oldest textual witnesses to the Old Testament, the Logos edition allows quick comparisons of the biblical Qumran material with other manuscript witnesses to the Old Testament.

Learn more about the Qumran Dead Sea Scroll Database.

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