At a recent Youth Specialties conference on “Unleashing Scripture In Your Life & Ministry”, the following list of helpful resources were suggested for youth ministers as they build their libraries.
Biblical encyclopedias are often written with regard to a particular subject like Bible Difficulties or Biblical Characters. They often provide more extensive and comprehensive information in comparison to a Bible Dictionary. There are any number of these available depending on what, in particular, you want to study.
Lexicons give you insight into the original languages o the Biblical text. For beginners try A Reader’s Hebrew-English Lexicon of the Old Testament by Terry A. Armstrong, Douglas L. Busby and Cyril F. Carr and A Reader’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament by Sakae Kubo.
Want to get some more information on a Biblical topic? A Bible dictionary is where you want to look. The NIV Compact Dictionary of the Bible by J.D. Douglas, Merrill C. Tenney is both easy to manage and simple to understand.
A concordance lists every occurrence of a particular word in the Bible. Strong’s is the most popular, but uses only the King James. If the NIV is more your style, check out The Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance by Edward W. Goodrick, John R. Kohlenberger III.
Bible handbooks help give you insight into the cultural, religious, geographical and archaeological context of the Biblical narrative. By far the most popular and helpful is Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley.
Commentaries are written by Biblical scholars to give you insight into the overarching themes of scripture as well as the details contained within each individual verse. For one trusted and used by academics and casual students alike, check out The Expositor’s Bible Commentary by Zondervan.
And, some team members of the Youth Specialties one day conference on “Unleashing Scripture in Your Life and Ministry” recommended the following as some of their favorite Bible study resources.
- The NIV Application Commentary Set
- www. biblegateway.com
- The PC Study Bible
- Living By the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible; by Howard Hendricks and Willam D. Hendricks
- The New Daily Study Bible
- The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament; by Craig S. Keener
- The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; by John H. Walton, Victor H. Matthews and Mark W. Chavalas
- Logos Bible Software
- The Teacher’s Commentary; by Lawrence O. Richards
- Wiersbe’s Expository Outline on the New Testament; by Warren W. Wiersbe
- Bible Knowledge Commentary; by John F. Walvoord and Roy Zuck
- Topical Analysis of the Bible; by Walter A. Elwell
- Playing With Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul; by Walt Russell
- Logos Bible Software
- Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words; by W. E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, and William White
Youth Specialties recommends the following storying resources:
- Shaped by the Story: Helping Students Encounter God in a New Way
- The Story: Read the Bible as One Seamless Story from Beginning to End
- Inspired By . . . The Bible Experience: The Complete Bible: Now Including the Complete TNIV Bible Text to Read Along
Youth Specialties suggests the following resources for those interested in more information on the ancient Hebrew approach to Scripture: