The Logos Pro team exists to provide free training to users of Logos Bible Software. Our 10-Day Bible Study Challenge has helped thousands of people learn Logos and study their Bibles.
Of course, it’s going to take more than 10 days for you to learn the Bible. Bible study is, in fact, a lifelong calling for all Christians. I polled the Logos Pros at Faithlife, and these are their recommendations for books that will help you dig deeper in your study.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is my starting point for any study on a biblical person or place, theological theme, or cultural concept. The thing I love most about AYBD is that it provides valuable insight on the background of the biblical world, drawing from a range of ANE texts, from Judaica, from church history, and from other relevant sources. Each article is a comprehensive, extensively cited study; but even though it’s academic, it’s not overly technical, so it’s accessible to a layperson like myself. The AYBD is an invaluable resource for helping me understand the mindset of biblical authors, and for making sense of the message God shares through them.
Countless commentary series exist, and for good reason—each series is designed to meet a specific set of needs. It’s always important to know what you want in a commentary before purchasing. Recently, I wrote a review of Mark Strauss’ commentary on Mark and found that it, and the rest of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series, fits a number of my needs. The ZEC focuses on literary and discourse features, provides a fresh translation from the Greek, offers detailed literary and sentence-flow outlines, comments on how each discrete unit of the text contributes to its overall meaning, and concludes with a section on theological application. This series is ideal for pastors and scholars alike as they seek to understand and communicate God’s word.
Jacob’s bonus pick for Greek students: the Göttingen Septuagint. This version provides the best reconstruction of the Greek and is equipped with extensive apparatuses that can easily be accessed through Logos 6’s Textual Variants Tool.
I was originally required to read Bruce Demarest’s volume on soteriology, The Cross and Salvation, as newly minted PhD student—and I’m happy I did. Demarest’s work is notable for its exhaustive treatment of the doctrine of salvation. For each major issue, he defines the terms, surveys historical views, examines biblical texts, and applies the doctrine to everyday life.
Can I pick 10? This is so hard. If I get only one, I have to pick Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson. The book is, in a sense negative: it tells you what not to do while studying and/or teaching the Bible. And a big part of me would rather pick something constructive such as Dominion and Dynasty, an incredibly insightful summary of the Old Testament. But I’m afraid that success for many Bible students may mean unlearning some bad habits they didn’t know they had. That has certainly been my experience. (If you’ve already got Exegetical Fallacies, I recommend The Hermeneutical Spiral. That’s a constructive look at Bible study from a more advanced and academic perspective, though it does not require Greek and Hebrew knowledge.)
I’ve been using the Textual Variants tool since it launched with Logos 6; however, I recently hosted a live demo for a group of PhD students and was able to show them how the Stuttgart Scholarly Editions beautifully align with this dataset, putting a wealth of text critical resources at your fingertips. This collection of resources rounds out any student’s library with standard Greek critical texts, like Nestle-Aland 28; and Hebrew critical texts, like Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and Biblia Hebraica Quinta. If you’re new to this area of study, then the Stuttgart Scholarly Editions also includes textual commentaries, such as Bruce Metzger’s, which are a terrific way to explore textual differences.
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