A small study library

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  1. Psalm 95

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    Dear all

    I am writing a small article to the Church magazine the goes out to members and visitors four times a year.

    The subject is: My small study library, or in Swedish “Mitt lilla studiebibliotek”.

    The subject is to share thoughts about books that helps me in my reading and study of the Bible.

    Since I live in Sweden the article will mainly about Swedish books, but thought it could be a good thread on this board on what a small study library would consist of.

    Below are books I like and use often

    Bible
    1. A few Bible translations: Swedish Folkbibeln, KJV, NIV, HCSB, NASB
    2. Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
    3. BJU Linked Word Project - http://www.bju.edu/bible/

    To understand
    1. Bible with cross-references and or Thompson Chain-Reference Bible
    2. Expositor's Bible CommentaryAbridged Edition, The: Two-Volume Set
    3. Bible Knowledge Commentary (from DTS)
    4. Backgrund to Bible times, I have Bible Manners and Customs by Howard E. Vos

    To find
    1. Bible with concordance (I use a Cambridge wide margin KJV or a Study Bible)
    2. A web page where you can search the Bible http://www.biblegateway.com/
    3. Nave’s Topical Bible or Thompson Chain-Reference Bible

    Reference for doctrine
    1. A book on the doctrine of your church or denomination
    2. A systematic theology, I have Millard Erickson Christian Theology
    3. A study Bible with a theology you feel at home with, I like the Scofield Study Bible.


    What would be your recommendations for a small study library for a member of a Baptist Church that likes to study the Bible. It could also be a recommendation for the library of a small church.
     
  2. Salty

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    Handbook of Denominations by Frank Mead is a must.

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  3. Bob Alkire

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    Genesis to Deutronomy by C.H. Mackintosh
    The Genesis Record by Dr. Henry Morris
    The Revelation Rcord by Dr. henry Morris
    Zechariah by David Baron
    The John Phillips Commentary Series by John Phillips
    Romans by William R. Newell
    Hebrews by William R. Newell
    All of H.A. Ironside's commentaries
    Thru The Bible by J. Vernon McGee
     
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    1. Multiple versions/translations (don't forget to include the Swedish Folkbibeln)
    2. English-Hebrew Concordance//English-Greek Concordance
    3. Greek and Hebrew Lexicons
    4. Greek and Hebrew texts (Interlinear? :eek: )
    5. A Systematic Theology Text
    6. A basic Hermeneutic or Interpretation text

    Most of these are available in any decent computer Bible program.
    (E-Sword offeres them for free)

    Rob
     
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    If they have a computer:
    E-Sword
    http:/freewebs.com/biblebelievingfundamentalist, the last have literaly thousands of helps and goes to over 1,200 links.You should be able to find anything you want here, apologetics,prophecy, theology, creation science,commentaries, word studies,Bible studies,Baptist history,learn Greek or Hebrew free, and much much more.

    Small library hardbound how many volumes are you thinking 10,25,100 having a number would make it easier to target your request. If I had to keep it really small I would go with:
    King James Study Bible
    New King James Study Bible
    Strongs concordance
    Wilmington's guide to the Bible
    The Bible Knowledge Commentary by Walvoord& Zuck
    Manners & customs of Bible Times
    Vines Ex[pository Dictionary of O.T. & N.T. Words
    Mounces Dictionary of O.T. & N.T. Words
    Major Bible themes by Chafer/Walvoord
    Halley's Bible Handbook
    Unger's Bible Handbook
    I hope this helps some. All of these books can be purchased through CBD at a good discount.:godisgood:
     
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  6. Alex Quackenbush

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    THEY? Isn't that your website?
     
  7. Psalm 95

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    I was thinking of a small five to ten volume hardbound library. But, I know that Bible software is very useful, I have Accordance Bible Software.

    Thank you for your advice. I think your suggestions are good and useful.
     
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    1828 as well.
     
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    Since you seem to be keeping it Baptistic, How about AH Strong's Systematic Theology, even though it's now replaced largely by Erickson.
     
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    Accordance Bible Software, nice! I’ve never used it but have heard a lot about it.
    …maybe another thread on Bible software.

    Strongs is good but is an older one;
    Errikson’s Systematic Theology is great but I’d recommend Wayne Grudem’s too [LINK].
    Besides being an excellent Baptist text, it includes personal application questions, page numbers of other Systematic Theology text topics, suggested memory passages and a hymn.

    Church History in Plain Language [LINK] Shelley, Bruce (1995). Word Pub.
    Very readable.

    These are excellent but rather rigorous for a simple 10 book library.

    The Moody Handbook of Theology [LINK]. Enns, P. . (1997, c1989). Chicago, Ill.: Moody Press.

    A General Introduction to the Bible [LINK]. Geisler, N. L., & Nix, W. E. (1996, c1986).Chicago: Moody Press.

    Rob
     
  11. TCGreek

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    Erickson has better discussions than Grudem, IMO.
     
  12. Plain Old Bill

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    It sure is Alex. I spent a long time putting the right links together so yuou could have one stop shopping(pretty much) and fulfill your needs.:godisgood:
     
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    Grudem's is more accessible, though. That's the trade-off, I suppose.
     
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    They are both very good,
    I have a spot in my heart for Erickson, who dedicates his text to Bernard Ramm (one of my 'old' favorites).

    Rob
     
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    Yes, I agree to that, but I see too much of Berkhof in Grudem, at times he seems to be only echoing Berkhof.
     
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    Nelson NKJV Study Bible
    NASB Study Bible by Zondervan
    NKJV Thompson Chain Reference Bible
    Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin

    The Bible in numerous translations including but not limited to:

    ASV of 1901
    The Modern Language Bible aka New Berkeley Version
    The Holy Bible in the Language of Today by William F. Beck
     
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    I find Grudem to be more useful when you are trying to answer a specific question. Erickson never lets you know how he really feels.
     
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    At times I does that. Is that really a bad thing? He like the options he gives.
     
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    Assuming you are member of a good church and have a Bible in a translation you like. You also like to get deeper in your reading and study of the Bible. Lets also assume that you have not studied Greek or Hebrew. I have put together a short list for a small library based of the suggestions given in this thread.

    1. Multiple versions/translations
    2. Strongs concordance
    3. The Bible Knowledge Commentary by Walvoord& Zuck or similar one or two volume commentary
    4. Manners & customs of Bible Times
    5. A Systematic Theology Text, Grudem or Erickson
    6. A basic Hermeneutic or Interpretation text
    7. A study Bible
    8. Vines Expository Dictionary of O.T. & N.T. Word or Mounces Dictionary of O.T. & N.T. Words
    9. Church History in Plain Language Shelley, Bruce (1995). Word Pub.
    10. A few commentaries on important books of the Bible.
    11. Handbook of Denominations by Frank Mead
    12. Wilmington's guide to the Bible
    13. Unger's Bible Handbook
    14. Major Bible themes by Chafer/Walvoord
    15. A Bible Software as E-sword.
     
  20. Plain Old Bill

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    That's a pretty good list. The only change I would make would be to replace Erickson and Grudem which are seminary level theologies with Bancroft's Elemental theology or Thiessens Lectures in Systematic Theology which are more at the Bible college level.:godisgood:
     

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