8 Resources to Bring out the Best in Your Bible Study

Eight Essential Bible Study Resources Every Christian Should Have

With thousands of Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and commentaries available to help you study the Bible, which are the right choices? How do you know which resources are right for you?

There’s definitely no one size fits all answer, but if you’re looking for a resource to inspire your daily devotions, an insightful commentary to help you lead a Bible study group, or smart facts and maps to help you explore the biblical world, we’ve got you covered.

John Pierceson, your Logos Cloud Pro spent some time recently to find the most valuable titles included in Logos Cloud Essentials. Below is the lineup he came up with. You can access any of these resources at Logos.com (where you can purchase the product to own it) or at LogosCloud.com (where you can subscribe for instant access).

1. Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (4 vols.)

5798If you are looking for a comprehensive, thoroughly reliable, and up-to-date Bible encyclopedia to use as a foundation for a good resource library, look no further. The …Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible fill[s] the bill perfectly. —William D. Buursma, The Banner

The Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible provides pastors and everyday Christians with clear, accurate, and useful articles covering archaeology, history, chronology, social customs, persons, places, religious practices, biblical theology, current scholarly methods, and opinions on each book of the Bible.

The encyclopedia contains more than 5,700 articles by over 175 leading evangelical scholars from around the world.

Why this is important

If you’re ever looking for quick information about topics in the Bible, access to a quality Bible dictionary is really helpful. The Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible is recent and well respected resource in Christian circles, and will help you find what you’re looking for.

Learn more about the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (4 vols.).

2. Evangelical Exegetical Commentaries (8 vols and counting)

7565The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary is a brand new, commentary series which incorporates the latest critical biblical scholarship and is written from a distinctly evangelical perspective. The entire series,44-volumes, is still being written, but because we want you to have access to them as soon as possible, we’re making them available in Logos Cloud as soon as they’re released. That means only eight are available now, but we’re regularly releasing new titles.

As the next standard commentary on the entire Bible for evangelicals, the EEC is written by a team of leading biblical scholars. Contributors to the EEC include Eugene Merril, Edward Glenny, Michael Stallard, Stanley E. Porter, John Oswalt, William Barrick, Eugene Carpenter, Richard Averbeck, R. Dennis Cole, H. Wayne House, and many others.

Hear what Wayne House, General Editor of the EEC has to say about the resource:

Why this is important

Lexham Press’ publication of the EEC marks the first time a major Bible commentary series has been published in digital form before its print counterpart. This means that the EEC represents the first time a commentary has been published with a digital format in mind. This is a huge benefit to you, the reader, because the EEC is constantly being updated behind the scenes as we’re making new Biblical discoveries.

Learn more about the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary.

3. Evangelical Commentary on the Bible

183The purpose of the Evangelical Commentary on the Bible is to help the everyday Christian understand what the text says. Using the NIV as a basis for its comments, this resource is a totally new work. Thirty-eight contributors representing some of the finest American evangelical scholars, like author A, B, and C, present their articles in clear, easy-to-understand language. This series includes outlines and introductions to each book of the Bible and extensive discussions of key biblical doctrines.

Why this is important

With the Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, you won’t get overwhelmed. It is a short, but meaty resource that provides an incredibly quick and well rounded commentary on the whole Bible. Plus, it is broad—incorporating a number of traditions. That way you get a wide breadth of views and extended discussions of key biblical doctrines.

Learn more about the Evangelical Commentary on the Bible.

4. Study, Apply, Share Commentaries (5 vols)

27492Jumpstart your sermon planning and more with the Study, Apply, Share series—a resource for preparing and presenting sermons and coordinating your worship services. For each biblical paragraph covered, Study, Apply, Share does the work of several resources: it identifies interpretation issues, provides application suggestions, and suggests worship service ideas. Elegant, professionally designed slides allow you to include biblical statistics in your sermons for illustration.

Studying, sharing, and applying material for Mark, Luke, Philippians, Hebrews, and James includes (per passage):

  • 5–7 study questions with corresponding links to Logos resources
  • 2 application ideas that focus on 2 different themes from the passage
  • 2 memorable worship service ideas that coordinate with the message and help solidify the application
  • Slides with statistical graphics that bring intrigue to presentations and insight to study

Why this is important

If you’re a pastor, or someone who leads or teaches in any capacity, correctly applying a passage of scripture to yourself or your congregation can be difficult. The Study, Apply, Share Commentaries provide a starting point and the training you need to share scripture with confidence.

Learn more about the Study, Apply, and Share Commentaries:

5. Lexham Theological Wordbook

45638Unlike most other wordbooks, this resource organizes entries by concepts rather than Greek or Hebrew lemmas. Related words are grouped together, giving you easy access to the most relevant terms without needing to go back and forth throughout the volume.

Each entry starts with a concise definition of the given concept. A broader concept summary follows, briefly surveying the most important related words. Next, a theological overview explains the significance of the concept throughout Scripture. The entry then covers the lexical information, examining each word individually as it relates to the concept, including both Old and New Testament words.

Why this is important

Whether you’re studying or preaching a tough biblical topic, a clear overview of the passage is helpful—especially if you aren’t familiar with the original languages. The Lexham Theological Workbook gives you a summary of the concepts’ theological background and use in scripture, and gives you a clear understand of the word or phrases in the original languages.

Learn more about the Lexham Theological Wordbook.

6. Calvin’s Institutes

16036John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is a monumental work that stands among the greatest works of Christian theology and Western literature. Written as an introduction to Christian doctrine, Calvin’s Institutes quickly became one of the best systematic theologies of the Reformed tradition. This translation preserves the rugged strength and vividness of Calvin’s writing, but also conforms to modern English and renders heavy theological terms in simple language. The result is a translation that achieves a high degree of accuracy and at the same time is eminently readable. Scholars consider this the authoritative edition of Calvin’s Institutes.

With the Logos Cloud edition, you can also perform advanced searches—searching Calvin’s tracts and treatises by passage or topic. That makes our edition of the Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 vols.) ideal for students, pastors, theologians, and Calvin scholars.

Why this is important

Take your biblical understanding to the next level with Calvin’s exposition of the most important theological issues. Calvin’s Institutes are definitely a classic, and being able to see how he teaches Christian truths will add depth to your own understanding of the Faith.

Learn more about Institutes of the Christian Religion.

7. Schaff’s The Creeds of Christendom

26969Philip Schaff was one of the leading historians of the nineteenth century and one of the most public theologians and prominent intellectuals of his time. Schaff played a foundational role in the development of American Protestantism and gained wide recognition as one of the leading experts on matters of theology, history, and biblical studies. He was a widely respected scholar and a prolific writer, and his works were influential in both Europe and America.

With Logos, these important works by Philip Schaff are easier to use in research than ever before. Find every place Schaff discusses Chalcedonian Christology, Eutychianism, or the Westminster Confession. These volumes are also linked to the other resources in your library so you can read Schaff alongside the primary texts of key figures in church history, such as Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Church Fathers.

Why this is important

Don’t just understand different theological perspectives behind a particular doctrine or issue, understand the entire context of church history. Creeds of Christendom includes the text and history of over one hundred creeds and confessions from the ancient to the modern church. Study the Word in context of the actual creeds, the history of the creeds, and notes on the creeds used throughout Christian history.

Learn more about The Creeds of Christendom.

8. Wesleyan Bible Commentary (7 vols)

4342The 7-volume Wesleyan Bible Commentary is the first multi-volume commentary on the whole Bible by a distinguished community of Wesleyan scholars—representing nine evangelical denominations. The commentary takes advantage of the latest and best information available to present-day Bible scholars. This series maintains both the spiritual insight and sound biblical scholarship of John Wesley and Adam Clarke, but expresses these characteristics in the context of contemporary thought and life. The resulting commentary is cast in the framework of contemporary evangelical Wesleyan Bible scholarship.

For many years, the authors and publishers have sensed the need for a modern, practical Bible commentary from a broadly evangelical and uniquely Wesleyan perspective—the Wesleyan Bible Commentary meets this need. This commentary series aims for a high level of sound biblical scholarship, with a purpose that is practical rather than technical. The design of the series is evangelical, expositional, practical, homiletical, and devotional. Pastors will find these commentaries particularly useful for sermon preparation, and laypersons and students will find them ideally suited for research projects and personal study.

Why this is important

Explore the biblical text at a deeper level with the Wesleyan Bible Commentary. If you are interested in detailed discussion on any passage of Scripture, the Wesleyan Bible Commentary takes Evangelical Commentary on the Bible to the next level, and will help you dig even deeper into the Word.

Learn more about the Wesleyan Bible Commentary.

Get these resources and more in Logos Cloud Essentials

Whether you’re looking for a few great resources to inspire your daily devotions, an insightful commentary to help you lead a Bible study group, or facts and maps to help you explore the biblical world, we’ve got you covered. With Logos Cloud, you have access to powerful, affordable, subscription-based Bible study anytime, anywhere.

In each of four subscription levels, you get a large and growing hand-selected biblical library that fits your needs. In, Logos Cloud Essentials, you get access to all of the titles we just covered, and hundreds more. Logos Cloud is the most powerful, affordable, subscription-based bible study software available. And your first month is free.

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