Resourcing your Bible study

If you can only buy one book to give you background for your Bible study, buy a Bible dictionary. You can then look up all sorts of things as you read, e.g.:

  • places: Where was Jonah headed? Summarize the history of Samaria.
  • people: Who were the Moabites? Give me an overview Elisha’s life.
  • things: What’s an ephod? Let me see the ground plan of the tabernacle.
  • books: What’s the background Amos? Show me an outline of Exodus.

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) is one of the better ones. It consists of 4 large volumes, but it’s on special at Logos this month for US $99. In Logos, it literally takes a a fraction of a second to right-click a word in your Bible and look it up in your Bible dictionary. But if you can’t afford it, the older version of ISBE free on-line at is better than nothing.

Speaking of free:


Author: Allen Browne

Seeking to understand Jesus in the terms he chose to describe himself: son of man (his identity), and kingdom of God (his mission). Riverview Church, Perth, Western Australia

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