A list of Favorite Resources
From time to time I’ll add links to things I think are noteworthy.
- New American Standard Bible, Updated, Genuine Leather, Ultrathin. 1995 edition
Inexpensive, easy to read and handle, referenced edition.
- E-Sword or BibleSupport.com
Comprehensive, free, electronic format of Bibles and Study aids. Outstanding!
- E-Sword Users
Lots of other tools, books, aids and a forum for e-Sword users
- Bible Works
Comprehensive, electronic format of Bibles and Study aids. $349.00
A searchable online Bible in over 100 versions and 50 languages.
- The NET Bible
New English Translation, 1998
an on-line and downloadable version with text and study notes.
note: 8/25/12 – to download go to the link above, then find the “Previous Version” link at the bottom of the page, click, and find the “Download” link in the dark brown menu bar at the top of that page.
- Bible Research, Internet Resources for Students of Scripture
“for Bible students who are looking for detailed information on the history of the canon, texts, and versions of Scripture”
- The New International Standard Version
from their web site: “The ISV is a totally new work translated directly from the original languages of Scripture and derived from no other English translation; it references the most ancient manuscripts available, and the most recent archaeological discoveries. The translators of the ISV have selected the English equivalent that most closely reflects the meaning of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts.”
- Commentary on the Old Testament, Keil and Delitzsch, William B Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, reprinted 1978
translated from the German. The finest biblical exegesis of the Old Testament produced to date. Originally published in Germany in the 1860s and 1870s. Translated into English shortly after the German editions were published.
- Calvin’s Commentaries, John Calvin (1509–1564), Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 1999
Another excellent exegesis of the Old Testament and New (Calvin did not include exposition on Judges to Job, Proverbs to Song of Solomon, 2 & 3rd John, and Revelation). See this Wikipedia article
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library
a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education.
- Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin
the definitive edition of the Institutes on Google Books
- History of the Christian Church in 8 volumes, Philip Schaff,
(New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1907, 1910, reproduced by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)
- The Creeds of Christendom, Ed. by Philip Schaff, the 6th edition reprinted in 1985 on Google Books
also on-line at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Volume 1; Volume 2; Volume 3
an exemplary and detailed accounting of the history of the church through the Reformation.
- The Rise of Christianity, W.H.C. Frend, Fortress Press, 1984
a very readable edition of the first 600 years of Christianity, even if it should be read with a critical eye.
- So Many Versions 20th Century English Versions of the English Bible, Revised & Enlarged Edition
by Sakae Kubo & Walter F. Sprecht, Zondervan, , 1983
A well written, balanced, evaluation of the major current Bible versions, even at this date in 2013.
- A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature, by William F. Arndt and F. Wilber Gingrich, The University of Chicago Press, 1957
- The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, by James Strong, S.T.D. LLD., Mac Donald Publishing Co., McLean, Virginia, n.d.
- How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture Francis A. Schaeffer, Fleming H. Revell, 1979
analyzes the reasons for modern society’s sad state of affairs and presents the only viable alternative for recovery: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God’s revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible’s truth, morals, values and meaning. The title comes from the passage in Ezekiel 33:10 from the KJV
- He is There and He is not Silent, Francis A. Schaeffer, Tyndale House, Wheaton, IL 1972
God is not dead and He did not wind up the watch and walk away. Here’s the summary from Wikipedia.com: He Is There and He Is Not Silent is a philosophical work written by American apologist and Christian theologian Francis A. Schaeffer. It is Book Three in Volume One of The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer A Christian Worldview. Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1982. This is the third book of Francis Schaeffer’s “Trilogy.”
- Evidence That Demands a Verdict Josh McDowell, 1972
Among important books in the defense of Christianity, this one has few equals. Evidence That Demands a Verdict is an easy-to-read, front-line defense for Christians facing the tough questions of critics and skeptics. Using secular evidences and other historical sources, Josh McDowell’s faith-building book is a “must read” for every Christian.
- Coffee With Calvin
Blog reflecting on reading John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion all the way through in one year.
Started January 2010, stopped November 12, 2010 at Book 4, chapter 7 section 30 (chapter 20 is the last in the Institutes). He almost made it to the end, then – silence. I hope he is OK!
- Parchment and Pen
a blog from the Credo House Ministries
as the domain implies (reclaimingthemind.org) a mentally stimulating as well as soulfully challenging discussion; the blogs are well written, down to earth, with the touch of the scholar, all to stimulate the mental and spiritual aspects of man’s glorifying God – or not. Comments to articles posted are many and varied and discussions can be highly energizing. Well worth the read and for coming back time and again.