Bible Study 101

Bible Study 101 teaches the basics of how to study the Bible, where to find study tools and how to use them.

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Basics of Bible Interpretation, by Bob Smith a classic! great for the beginner. Now available FREE online, though I believe you can still buy a paper copy.

Knowing Scripture (Affliate Link), by RC Sproul is designed to help people master the basic rules of biblical interpretation.

How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth, (Affliate Link) by Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart – this is a must have resource; no Bible student should be without and it now comes as an e-book. Re-read the chapter for your particular type of passage when you start a new study.

How to Get the Most from God’s Word (Affliate Link) by John MacArthur; free on

Living by the Book (Affliate Link) by Howard G Hendricks & William Hendricks – also available as an ebook and a video series. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the book. The writing is clear and engaging and you will learn a lot.

Living by the Book by Howard G. Hendricks. Available free on

The Joy of Discovery in Bible Study (Affliate Link) by Oletta Ward – a classic resource for small groups to work through together; teachers guide is also available.

The Joy of Discovery in Bible Study by Oletta Ward. Available free on

The Language of God: A Commonsense Approach to Understanding and Applying the Bible (Affliate Link) by David Crabtree — (out of print; but still can be found).  This is a GREAT book for understanding the principles, methodology and philosophy of Bible study. The authors apply what they teach to a very difficult passage (James 5). The book is worth it just to understand James 5.

Exegetical Fallacies (Affliate Link) by D.A. Carson — this will challenge you to move your study skills to the next level.

The Thinking Toolbox: 35 lessons that will build your reasoning skills (Affliate Link) by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn and/or The Fallacy Detective: 35 lessons on how to recognize bad reasoning (Affliate Link) by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn. (While not specifically about Bible study, these books — written by homeschooled brothers for homeschoolers — are really useful for improving your critical thinking skills.)

Discover the Bible for Yourself by Arthur, Kay; free on

These 3 have been recommended to me, but I have not read them.

Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods (Affliate Link) by Rick Warren

How to Study Your Bible (Affliate Link) by Kay Arthur

Women of the Word (Affliate Link) by Jen Wilkin


New Testament Development of Old Testament Themes (Affliate Link) by FF Bruce.

Back towards the Future: Hints for Interpreting Biblical Prophecy (Affliate Link)by Walter Kaiser

He Gave us Stories: The Bible Student’s Guide to Interpreting Old Testament Narratives (Affliate Link) by Richard L Pratt Jr.  This is the best book I’ve found on understanding the Old Testament

The Art of Biblical Narrative, (Affliate Link) by Robert Alter (also a great book on understanding the OT)

A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (Affliate Link) by Leland Ryken and Tremper Longman III

Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation (Affliate Link) by Tremper Longman III (out of print, but still can be found)

How to Read the Psalms (Affliate Link) by Tremper Longman III

How to Read Proverbs (Affliate Link) by Tremper Longman III


Overviews & Theology

Ray Stedman’s Adventuring through the Bible

RC Sproul’s Overivew of the Bible

John MacArthur’s Introductions to each book of the Bible

What is Reformed Theology? Understanding the Basics by R.C. Sproul — this book will help you begin to put all the pieces together

The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul — a must-read book, especially for new believers

Foundations: An Overview of Systematic Theology (DVD series) by RC Sproul

An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical and Thematic Approach (Affliate Link) by Bruce Waltke and Charles Yu — this book looks intimidating, but it’s worth it!

Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology (Audio Lectures)

Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction (complete book online) or hardcopy book (Affliate Link)

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