Bible teacher offers suggested tools

Bible study teacher Barbara McKinney of MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church in Irving suggested these resources for personal Bible study:

The Apologetics Study

Bible (HCSB), B&H Publishing

This is the one I use when I am looking for information on dealing with folks who want to argue the validity of the Christian faith. Read the preface to this Bible and it will let you know about how to use it and what to use it for. A newly released student edition is also available.

Hebrew-Greek Key

Study Bible (NASB), AMG

It is the New American Standard Bible (considered the best translation by many biblical scholars) compiled and edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. It has been my favorite for a long time. All my notes are in this Bible.

English Standard Version (ESV)

Study Bible, Crossway

I purchased this Bible in the fall of last year. It is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published. It was created by a team of 95 evangelical Christian scholars and teachers and contains more than 2 million words of Bible text, explanation and teaching; equivalent to a 20-volume Bible resource library. It is awesome. This is the Bible I study to prepare talks I do for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention as I travel with them. It is for the serious Bible student. I would not start with this one, but I would plan on graduation to it eventually. I can’t carry it to church because it is too heavy!

The New Living

Translation, Tyndale

Redone in 2004, it combines the latest biblical scholarship with a clear, dynamic writing style?which communicates God’s Word powerfully to me. It is the one I pick up to read when I am sitting in my easy chair for the sheer joy of fellowship with God. I also have the Williams New Testament, the Phillips Translation of the New Testament, the Amplified Study Bible and many more.

Greek and English Interlinear

New Testament (NIV), Zondervan

It is fun to see the Greek and under it the English translation. It is good to have to compare when you have a question about a particular verse. For study only; it is too confusing to read for just your quiet time. [The same resource is available for other translations.]

New Westminster

Dictionary of the Bible

Eventually, you will need a Bible dictionary and this is the one I recommend. [This edition may still be available from used book sources, and has been replaced by New Bible Dictionary, IVP. Holman offers the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary which includes all major translations.]

The Bible Knowledge

Commentary, David C. Cook

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