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There are four tools I use regularly in Bible study to help me understand Scripture, the culture and time period in which passages were written, and to highlight various verses.
One such tool is Roget's Thesaurus of the Bible. This powerful little book pulls from archeology and history to give detailed information on the culture, politics, and religious customs of the areas covered in the Bible. This is an older book but it's really a timeless tool for in-depth Bible study. I use this one all the time.
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Another tool was actually a textbook for a Bible class I took in college, but I loved it so much I didn't sell it at book buy-back time. The Illustrated Bible Survey by Ed Hinson and Elmer Towns is a colorful handbook on Bible land culture with detailed information on the messages within the books of the Bible.
The Matthew Henry Commentary is a powerhouse book that combines practical application with theological insight and studied biblical scholarship. It a must for anyone wanting to dive deep into the Word.
The last tool I use is of practical use. Pages of the Bible are thin because of the number of them; if they were of copy paper thickness, the Bible would be way too heavy to carry. I like to highlight passages to remember, come back to, or otherwise note for later. To do this on the ultra-thin Bible paper requires a non-bleed-through highlighter. This handy tool can highlight a verse on one side of the paper and not show up on the other side.
I hope you enjoy these tools to help you dive deep into the Word!
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