Practical Tools for the Study of Scripture

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I recently taught a class at church where we discussed the significance of theology and hermeneutics. I have tons of resources for studying Scripture that I thought some might find useful here as well. The links to the resources are below. The layout deals with people at different levels of theological maturity and biblical studies, so, beginners, intermediate, and advanced.  Enjoy!


Study Bibles:

ESV, MacArthur



Single volume Commentaries:

John MacArthur Commentary one volume on the whole Bible

Matthew Henry One Volume

Beginners Challenge:

Dig deeper into one book of the Bible like Philippians and read along with John MacArthur Commentary.  Read it all the way through.  Using the study guide lead your family in devotions and bible studies or discuss it with a group at church.


Expository Commentaries:

For anyone desiring to begin the journey to series bible study these commentary sets are essential.

John MacArthur

William Hendriksen

Kent Hughes: (several volumes available)

Semi-technical commentaries:

Pillar Commentary on Ephesians by Peter O’Brien

The whole Pillar set is also available

Language helps:



Intermediate Challenge:

Dig deeper with semi-technical commentary like Curtis Vaughn or Tyndale Commentary on Hebrews Donald Guthrie.



(BDAG (Greek): This volume really is the standard lexical work that one can buy.

Brown Driver and Briggs (Hebrew))

A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: Brill, 2000Holladay, William Lee, and Ludwig Köhler.. (HALOT)öhler..

Technical Commentaries:

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT).  This entire set is an essential resource.

Greek Grammars:

Advanced Challenge:

Dig deeper with reading a commentary above your skill set even if it means looking up words and grammatical categories until you understand them e.g. WBC, NICNT, NIGTC or BECNT. Begin to read technical encyclopedia entries in IVP Dictionaries e.g. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.

Biblical Theologies


The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made, Mark Dever

The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Kept, Mark Dever

The Unfolding Mystery, Edmund Clowney


A Theology of the New Testament, George Ladd

The King in His Beauty, Thomas Schriener

Special Tools

New Dictionary of Biblical Theology: Exploring the Unity & Diversity of Scripture (IVP Reference Collection). Brian S. Rosner (Editor), T. Desmond Alexander (Editor), Graeme Goldsworthy (Editor), D. A. Carson (Editor)

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, Carson and Beale.

Systematic Theologies


Wayne Grudem

Daniel Akin

Anthony Hoekema


Louis Berkhof

Robert L. Reymond

Herman Bavinck (be ready to be totally saturated in Scripture). Also very helpful is Bavinck’s one volume abridged version.

Charles Hodge

John Calvin (If there is only one work in my library that I could take with me it would be McNeill’s two volumes set on John Calvin’s Institutes)

Many other fine authors could have made “the cut” but these I trust are fine guides for any serious student of Scripture to begin and be challenged along their pilgrim journey as Christ’s disciples. 

Soli Deo Gloria