Essential books for personal study.

If you do not have access to a computer and the internet, you will need

Baker’s Bible Atlas

and a Bible Dictionary

A Note about using Wikipedia, at the writing of this Wikipedia is useless for things that have occurred in the last 200 years or so.  These have been corrupted by those that are politically correct.  But the ancient information seems so far to be relatively untouched by these rewriters of history.

The Harper Study Bible, which is an RSV.  It has the most useful unbiased thorough notes I have found.  It got me through Survey of the New Testament without ever having to open the assigned text book, and the course was brutal in the amount of information one had to acquire.

The RSV is useful because whenever it deviates from the Greek or Hebrew one can look up why in the INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL COMMENTARY.  There is no other translation where you can look up the why.

Christian Classic Ethereal Library – A free internet resource for many classic Christian books.  I alway check them out first.


ARCHER, GLEASON L. JR. – A Survey of Old Testament Introduction.  Moody Press 1975

Henry, Matthew – Commentary on the Whole Bible, Originally written in 1706

I don’t know of any Systematic Theology that is not corrupted by the dispensationalist.

Same goes for any Survey of the New Testament.



It is essential that anyone using these books first read the first 13 chapters of Gleason Archer’s Survey of the Old Testament.

RAMM, BERARD – Protestant Biblical Interpretation A Textbook of Hermeneutics,  Baker Book House, Grand Rapids 1970

TOZER, A.W. – The Pursuit of God,  1948

TOZER, A.W. – The Knowledge of the Holy


WILLIAMS, HORACE BLAKE –  Fundamentals of Faith in the Light of Modern Thought (1922)


Accordance Bible Software

Original Languages – will give one all the Greek and Hebrew they might want or need, the more expensive bundles are full of books and reference guilds that are for the most free on the internet.  However their Hebrew Dictionary has been redacted, so one might want to invest in a hard bound copy of the Brown Driver and Briggs Lexicon, Hendrickson Publishers, version is also coded with Strong’s Concordance numbers. Which makes it very essay for those with no Hebrew skills at all.  Or for conversing with someone who has no Hebrew skills, as you can use the number so there is no misunderstanding as to what word is being discussed.  Another useful tool is the, Index to Brown Driver and Briggs Hebrew Lexicon, Compiled by Bruce Einspahr.

Bible Hub Online Bible Study Suite

This is just as good as Accordance with the added advantage of being FREE. This sight is jam packed with all manner of tools and information.

BIBLE RESEARCH – Internet Resources for Students of Scripture

BULLINGER E. W., D.D. – Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, explained and illustrated. Grand Rapids: Baker

Gridddleston, Robert Baker M.A. Rev. – Synonyms of the Old Testament: Longmans, Green and Co. 1871, London

Gridddleston, Robert Baker M.A. Rev. – The Grammar of Prophecy: Al attempt to Discover the Method Underlying the Prophetic Scriptures.  Eyre and Spottiswoode, London 1901


Biblical History

EDERSHEIM, ALFRED. – The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah; Peabody Massachusetts: Hendrickson

EDERSHEIM, ALFRED. – Sketches of Jewish Social, Life; Peabody Massachusetts: Hendrickson

EDERSHEIM, ALFRED. – The Temple—Its Ministry and Services; Peabody Massachusetts: Hendrickson

EDERSHEIM, ALFRED. – Prophecy and History in Relation to The Messiah;  Anson D. F. Randolph and Company:  London

HISLOP, REV. ALEXANDER – The Two Babylons, or The Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife. New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers

JOHNSON, ROBERT BOWIE JR. – The Parthenon Code, Mankind’s History in Marble. Solving Light Books Annapolis, Maryland 2004.

JOSEPHUS, FLAVIUS– William Whiston, Translator [1737]

STANLEY, ARTHUR PENRHYN – Sermons and Essays on the Apostolical Age, Oxford  1852

Church and secular History

Bede – Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, Book I

ADAM, ALEXANDER – Roman antiquities: or, An account of the manners and customs of the Romans … designed chiefly to illustrate the Latin classics, by explaining words and phrases from the rites and customs to which they refer.  London, T. Cadell 1835

CLINTON, HENRY FYNES Esq. M. A. – LATE STUDENT OF CHRIST CHURCH – FASTI HELLENICI & FASTI ROMANI THE SCRIPTURE AND GOSPEL CHRONOLOGY APPENDIXES (published 1824-1853)  This great work is how all date in antiquity have been established.

DUGGER, A.N. AND DODD, C.O. – A History of The True Religion. Israel: 1972

History from 34AD to date.

FOXE, JOHN – Foxes’ Book of Martyrs

FROOM, LEROY EDWIN. – The Prophetic Faith of our Father. 3 vols. Washington DC: Review & Herald.

Gibbon, Edward  –The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire

SMITH’S CLASSICAL DICTIONARY – Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities edited William Smith (1870)

TACITUS – The Histories

Comparative Religion/Paganism

In order to remove paganism from the faith, we must first know what is pagan.

CELTIC LITERATURE COLLECTIVE – Pre-Christian Celtic Inscriptions

BARKER, WILLIAM BURCKHARDT – Lares and penates, or, Cilicia and its governors: Ingram, Cooke, and Co., 1853 (The religion part starts on page 145.)

FORSTER, CHARLES REV. B.D. The Historical Geography of Arabia; or, The Patriarchal Evidences of Revealed Religion: VOL 1: 1865 Vol 2

HISLOP, REV. ALEXANDER – The Two Babylons, or The Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife.  New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers


JOHNSON, ROBERT BOWIE JR. – The Parthenon Code, Mankind’s History in Marble. Solving Light Books Annapolis, Maryland 2004.

KNIGHT, RICHARD PayneThe Symbolical Language of Ancient Art and Mythology, 1892

MACKENZIE, DONALD A. – Mythology of the Babylonian People; Bracken Books, London.

MALLET, PAUL HENRI – Northern Antiquities. London 1770

POCOCKE E. ESQ. – India in Greece or, Truth in Mythology. 1852

SMITH’S CLASSICAL DICTIONARY – Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities edited William Smith (1870)

TOLAND, JOHN – A New Edition of Toland’s History of the Druids. Edinburgh, 1815

TURNER, SHARON – The History of the Anglo-Saxons. London 1823



BUNYAN JOHN – The Ruin of Antichrist, Reiner publications Sengel, Pennsylvania

ELLIOTT, REV. B.,A.M. – Horae Apocalypticae; or, a Commentary on the Apocalypse, Critical and Historical; including also an Examination of the chief Prophecies of Daniel. Illustrated by an Apocalyptic Chart, and engravings from Medals and other extant Monuments of antiquity. 4 vols. London: Seeley.

GUINNESS, H. GRATTAN F.R.G.S. – The Approaching End of the Age, viewed in the Light of History, Prophecy, and Science. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1882

GUINNESS, H. GRATTAN F.R.G.S. – History Unveiling Prophecy or Time as an Interpreter, Fleming H. Revel company 1906

GUINNESS, H. GRATTAN F.R.G.S .- Light for the Last Days, London : Hodder and

Stoughton 1887

GUINNESS, H. GRATTAN,  MR. AND MRS. –The Divine Program of the World’s History, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1889

HISLOP, REV. ALEXANDER – The Two Babylons, or The Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife. New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers

KIMCHI, RABBI DAVID. – Commentary upon the Prophecies of Zechariah, Translated from the Hebrew. London: McCaul.

NEWTON, SIR ISAAC, – Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of S, John, 1733.

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