Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted July 7, 2021. Updated January 10, 2022.
The following are recommended foundational bible study resources (all links open in a new tab):
- A King James Bible (not a NKJV — see this article for details). The KJV Spurgeon Study Bible (link here), the KJV Sword Bible (example here), and The KJV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible (see here) are all excellent options.
No longer recommended: The Matthew Henry Study Bible has condensed Mr. Henry’s commentary down so much that it’s changed the original meaning. The Holman KJV Study Bible is not recommended for beginners due to the extensive dispensationalist views throughout the entire commentary (although I recommend it for those who want to educate themselves on the false doctrines being taught in most church houses).
2. A Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to look up the meaning of a word in it’s original Greek or Hebrew text (a used copy of the 1890 version is best… eBay has a few).
3. A Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language (the 2,000 page version) to correctly define the words we find in the Strong’s. ISBN 978-0912498034. Here is a free online version, but not sure how true it is to the original paper copy.
4. Optional but so helpful: A whole bible commentary written (or edited) before the 1830’s — I highly recommend Matthew Henry. Here is a free online version, but I do not know how much abridgement or editing has occurred.
5. A very fine pen with archival ink for writing notes and underlining in your bible.
6. If you like highlighting, these gel highlighters are great.
7. A notebook for each topic or binder of paper with dividers for making notes.
>>For all resources in a digital format, download eSword bible software (it’s free).
You can also access the KJV on Bible Gateway (it also reads the KJV aloud to you, if desired).
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.2 Timothy 2:15
Note: “Rightly dividing the word of truth” does not mean to separate God’s Word by falsely creating two New Covenants for 2 races of people — there is only one New Covenant for all people of all races. Please see my article “God’s Chosen People.”
Consider not having electricity or technology… what would you need for your bible studies then?
Consider also having no bible at all — the day is fast approaching when God’s authentic Word will be illegal in ALL countries. What scriptures would you need to write in your mind/memorize to provide you with comfort, hope, instruction and guidance?
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