Advice on bible study helps

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  1. queenbee

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    Having purchased my NLT Study Bible a few months back (& enjoying thoroughly), I'm looking to add to my library of bible study aids.

    I've just finished purchasing Believer's Bible Commentary & The Complete Bible Handbook: An Illustrated Companion, but am wondering which version of dictionary and concordance would be best suited for NLT?

    I've heard the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary is superb, but I'd like to get concordance and dictionary if possible, closest match to my translation. Any suggestions from those in the know?
     
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    Hi

    This is the best I can find for the NLT. I have never used any of them. I plan to get the Tyndale Bible Dictionary if a few months.

    Tyndale Bible Dictionary

    NLT Comprehensive Concordance

    NLT Desktop Concordance
     
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    Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series
    Available from Christian Book Distributors volumes run around $20 each

    Yes, good commentaries cost money. But particularly with bible commentaries, you get what you pay for.
    Overall these volumes are a very worthwhile investment;
    They contain a lot of information keyed to the general bible student.
    They are not too technical but not overly simplistic either.

    Rob
     
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    I'd recommend a dictionary over a concordance. You can get a concordance easily online at a number of sites.

    The dictionary I recommend to our teachers/leaders is either
    The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary http://www.christianbook.com/holman...805428360/pd/28364?event=1009ILDI|806980|1009
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    Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary http://www.christianbook.com/nelson...840720719/pd/20718?event=1009ILDI|806980|1009

    One resource that, imho, no one can pass up is Willmington's Guide to the Bible. It is a tremendous resource that will help at many levels of Bible study. http://www.christianbook.com/willmi...ode=WW&netp_id=136498&event=ESRCN&view=covers

    hope that helps :)
     
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    There is a bunch of software out there that is considerably cheaper then the actual books. I would check it out
     
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    go2church gave some good advice. I would recommend E-Sword (Link) as it is free and has some great resources. A few translations aren't free, but there are plenty more, as well as dictionaries, commentaries, and others.

    I have an expository dictionary that I use quite often. While it can be a preacher's kind of aid, it helps to better understand the word (or words) that underlie our translations. Many words in the original languages do not translate astraight across and something like this helps you to get a better grip on them.
     
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    Thank you all for your suggestions. Wanting to have a good all-round library of bible study tools, so your suggestions are helpful and worth checking into.

    P.S. Trotter - took the time to read your Dad's obit and I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you lost your parent a short while ago. It's real hard losing a parent or child. I'm assuming from the obit, that your Dad's happy and healthy with Jesus in heaven. May God shower you and your family with much strength, comfort and blessings.
     
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    Thanks. While he didn't go to church (and hadn't for many years due to some stuff that happened), he was ready to go. I am SO glad I took the time to sit down and talk with him a while back. I lost my sister in '98 and she was lost... it just about drove me insane. I don't have that worry with Dad, or Mom for that matter.
     
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    I often use Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words
     
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    I have gotten a lot out of "Explore the Book" by Baxter. If you follow his study system to the letter expect to do a lot of Bible reading.
     

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