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Build a Basic Bible Study Library

John Botkin
The list author says: "Wanting to begin a study of God's word that goes beyond just 5 minutes morning devotions? Here's some books to get you going that you will also be using for years to come. Five books that will serve you for the basics, and a few others to take you beyond the basics."
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Red Letter Edition)
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Red Letter Edition)
"A good, literal translation is need for serious bible study (unless you know Greek and Hebrews!).  These are translations like the ESV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, RSV, etc. The ESV is my favorite; use yours!"
NIV Holy Bible
NIV Holy Bible
"A great supplement to the literal ESV, the NIV is a freer, thought-for-thought translation."
40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible (40 Questions & Answers Series)
40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible (40 Questions & Answers Series)
"Great book on how to interpret what you read in the Bible. Great for the average Christian as well as church leaders."
Ryken's Bible Handbook
Ryken's Bible Handbook
"Incredibly helpful guide for reading and interpreting the Bible as individual books and as a whole.  For something more in-depth, get the Introductions by Longman & Hubbard (OT) and Carson & Moo (NT)."
The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story
The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story
"Showing you how the whole Bible fits together as a large story that is centered on Christ."
Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know
Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know
"Here is a great resource that is short, to the point, and thoroughly biblical discussing essential Christian beliefs. Having these categories in your mind will help the Bible come together better. (This is based on the larger work on Systematic Theology below)"
The MacArthur Topical Bible
The MacArthur Topical Bible
"More than a concordance, this resource has a topical arrangement (so, passages that talk about love, but do not have 'love' in the passage will be included)"
New Bible Commentary
New Bible Commentary
"The all around best, one-volume commentary on the whole Bible."