Bibles, Reference Books, and Other Books of Interest
Besides a Bible, additional resources can provide further help in your Bible studies. These materials will enable you to understand the words and subject matter by placing the Scriptures in the context in which they were written. This listing of Bible study materials, reference books, and other Scripture-related materials — in addition to the online Bible study articles provided on this site — can aid your studies. (Many of these books can be purchased in local bookstores. However, by using the links below you will be helping to support this website without any additional expense to you.) If you have any suggestions for additional listings, would like to submit a book review, or have a book you would like reviewed, please contact me.
[The listing of the books shown here does not necessarily constitute any agreement or disagreement with other books, articles, or commentaries published by the author.]
- Hebrew Thought Compared with Greek [Thorleif Boman]
- While not a light read, this book delves into the richness of the Hebrew language and compares it with the Greek that is now generally taught in Bibles studies. As one reviewer put it, "technical, academic, and not by any stretch devotional. And well worth the journey." In more than 200 pages the author seeks to establish the actual meaning of the Hebrew words used in the Tanakh by analyzing a multitude of scriptural references. Don't be put off by the "technical, academic" remark; this is a book well worth the reading. [While targeted to a Christian audience, the insight into the Hebrew Scriptures is very valuable.]
- From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine [Joan Peters]
- When Joan Peters, a journalist and a documentary producer, began to do research on the history of the ancient roots of the Arab population in historic Palestine, she found that most of the common beliefs about the long history of that population are completely inaccurate. The weight of the comprehensive evidence found by Peters answers many crucial questions, among them: Why are the Arab refugees from Israel seen in a different light from all the other, far more numerous peoples who were displaced after World War II? Why, indeed, are they seen differently from the Jewish refugees who were forced, in 1948 and after, to leave the Arab countries to find a haven in Israel? Who, in fact, are the Arabs who were living within the borders of present-day Israel, and where did they come from?
- Tongue of the Prophets [Robert St. John]
- This is the fascinating, true story of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, who devoted his life to the revival of the Hebrew language. He also worked for the establishment of the Jewish state. This is not a "scholarly" book. It reads like a best-selling novel — but its actual history, and you won't be able to put it down.
- The Revolt [Menachem Begin]
- A fascinating account of the role of the underground army of Eretz Israel, known as the Irgun Zvai Leumi, by its commander-in-chief, and Israeli statesman and former Prime Minister, Menachem Begin.
- 1st Book of the Maccabees
- The events of Hanukkah are told in this exceptional book. It's a very courageous, action-packed story. Throughout it all, the power and glory of Yahweh is seen as He gives triumph over the mighty Greek empire to a small group of faithful Jews, led by Judah Maccabee and his brothers. Except for the paperback version, all of these downloads are free. [Note: If you just want to read the version which applies to Hanukkah only, download the "Hanukkah version", which covers only chapters 1-4 of the 1st Book of the Maccabees.]
Books for Biblical Studies and Word Studies
- Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures
- An entirely original translation of the Hebrew Scriptures into contemporary English, based on the Masoretic Hebrew text. This is the culmination of three decades of collaboration, drawing upon the latest findings in linguistics and archaeology as well as the work of early rabbinic and medieval commentators, grammarians, and philologians. The resulting text is a triumph of literary style and biblical scholarship, unsurpassed in accuracy and clarity.
- Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-Greek-English Coded with Strong's Concordance Numbers
- The only complete interlinear Bible available in English—and it's keyed to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance! Features the complete Hebrew Masoretic text and Textus Recptus Greek text with a direct English rendering below each word; also includes The Literal Translation of the Bible in the outside column. A special feature of this resource is the use of Strong's Exhaustive Concordance numbering printed directly above the Hebrew and Greek words. This enables even those with no prior knowledge of Greek or Hebrew to easily access a wealth of language reference works keyed to Strong's-Greek/Hebrew dictionaries, analytical lexicons, concordances, word studies, and more.
- Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible [Jeff Benner]
- [read the review]
Because the Scriptures were written in biblical Hebrew, with a Hebraic mindset, the Hebrew words must be understood within their original cultural setting. Without this the reader of the Bible cannot understand the ancient authors' original intent of the passages. This is the first Biblical Hebrew lexicon that defines each Hebrew word within its original ancient Hebrew cultural meaning. One of the major differences between the modern Western mind and the ancient Hebrew's is that their mind related all words and their meanings to a concrete concept. Each word of the Hebrew Bible is grouped within its roots and is defined according to its original ancient cultural meaning. Also included in each word entry are its alternative spellings, King James translations of the word and Strong's number. Indexes are included to assist with finding a word within the lexicon according to its spelling, definition, King James translation, or Strong's number. An excellent, easy-to-use, easy-to-understand dictionary for beginner and scholar alike.
- The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
- A classic word-and-verse reference of the entire Bible. Completely updated with easy-to-read modern type and extra Bible study aids, including a 200-page topical index, the best of Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, Hebrew and Greek dictionaries with three times more word study information than any other edition and additional cross-references and word study helps from leading dictionaries. It's important to note that a problem with Strong's is that it was written over a hundred years ago and much about the Hebrew language has been learned since then. (The reference book listed above does take into account the current studies and findings in the Hebrew language.) Nevertheless, it is still a great tool for investigating the Hebrew language behind the English translations.
- Strong's Concordance of the Hebrew Bible only is available as a free download [2.3 MB]
- The Living Words - Volume 1 [Jeff Benner]
- Reading a translation of any book is not the same as reading it in its original language; whenever a text is translated from one language to another it loses some of its flavor and substance. The problem is compounded by the fact that a language is tied to the culture that uses that language; in a different setting it loses its cultural context. Throughout this book you will be challenged to cease from thinking abstractly (Western mindset) and instead you will be asked to open your mind to the concrete (Hebraic mindset) meaning of words as they should be understood from a Hebraic perspective. Easy to understand.
- Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Hebrew Words
- Study the meaning of biblical words in the original languages-without spending years learning Greek or Hebrew. This classic reference tool has helped thousands dig deeper into the meaning of the biblical text. Explains over 6,000 key biblical words. Includes a brand new comprehensive topical index that enables you to study biblical topics more thoroughly than ever before.
- Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon
- Every Hebrew word is listed alphabetically as it appears in the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures). It offers grammatical analysis and a meaning according to a word's derivation. An analytical lexicon helps the beginning and intermediate student of Hebrew identify the root words of difficult Hebrew forms.
- Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon
- Considered to be the finest and most comprehensive Hebrew lexicon available to the English-speaking student.