Bible Study Resources

Study Bibles

NLT Study Bible
ESV Study Bible

Bible Study Methods

Methodical Bible Study, Traina
Basic Bible Interpretation
Zuck
How to Read the Bible as Literature, Ryken

Bible Survey and Summary

An Introduction to the Old Testament: Pentateuch, Wolf
An Introduction to the Old Testament: Historical Books,
Howard
An Introduction to the Old Testament: Poetic Books,
Bullock
An Introduction to the Old Testament:Prophetic Books,
Bullock
Exploring the New Testament, vol. 1,
Wenham & Walton
Exploring the New Testament, vol. 2,
Marshall, Travis, and Paul

Hebrew Language

Biblica Hebraica
The Cambridge Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, Webster
A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, Arnold and Choi

Greek Language

Nestle Aland Novum Testamentum Graece
Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar
, Mounce

Bible Commentaries

Dr. Thomas Constable’s Expository (Bible Study) Notes
These are some of the most comprehensive and in-depth Bible study notes I have ever come across (at least for free). Each book of the Bible has hundreds of pages of notes (almost 400 just for the book of Isaiah). These notes were created by Dr. Thomas Constable who taught in the Bible Exposition department at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Bible Teaching

Effective Bible Teaching, Wilhoit and Ryken
Teaching to Change Lives, Hendricks

  • Gel Torralba

    What is the greatest contribution of Joseph the Dreamer to our faith as a people? What particular point in the story of this person helps us realize the importance of our faith in God? Can you please cite some scripture passages from the story to show some proofs.

    • Sorry I have been slow to reply. One of the best contributions of Joseph is that he is a “type” of Christ. Meaning, he shows us a glimpse of what Jesus Christ would do and who he would be as Savior of the world.

      Here are two good articles that explain my point well:
      http://dtjsoft.com/joseph-a-type-of-christ/
      https://jewsforjesus.org/publications/newsletter/july-1985/08_joseph_jesus

      I hope that helps. Feel free to let me know if you have more questions.

    • Samuel D. Seachord

      I too believe an understanding of typology would help see the story of Joseph in a new light—one that should answer your questions. Let me help in trying to explain typology.

      Typology is a kind of prophecy. Everybody is familiar with predictive verbal prophecy—when a prophet announces that something is going to come to pass in the future. This usually takes place when God impresses thoughts or pictures in the mind of the prophet and then those thoughts or pictures are spoken. This type of prophecy is pretty straightforward. Types work differently.

      A type is basically an unspoken prophecy. It is a person, event, or thing that foreshadows something that will come, but which isn’t revealed until after the fact. The antitype is the future realization to which the type points; it is the fulfillment of the unspoken prophecy. Types do not introduce or formulate “new revelation.” Rather, they are prophetic analogies of truth already revealed. The antitype defines the type and not the other way around.

      There are designated ‘types’ in the Bible – person, event, thing –

      Persons:

      1) Adam (type); Christ—the new creation (antitype); Romans 5:14.

      2) Melchizedek (type); Christ’s perpetual priesthood (antitype); Hebrews 7:3, 15-17.

      3) Aaron (type); Christ’s priestly ministry (antitype); Hebrews 5:4-5.

      Event:

      4) Passover (type); Death of Christ (antitype); 1 Corinthians 5:7.

      Things:

      5) Tabernacle (type); Access to God through Christ (antitype); Hebrews 8:5, 9:23,24.

      6) Veil (type); Access to God in Christ (antitype); Hebrews 10:20.

      7) Sacrifices (type); Christ is or substitute sacrifice (antitype); Hebrews 9:8,9.

      8) Sabbath (type); Rest in finished work of Christ (antitype); Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 4:3,9,11.

      We can read about Jesus Christ in the Gospels and learn who He is and what He has done. We can read about Him in the epistles (oh how wonderful!). But it doesn’t stop there for we can also read in the Old Testament and see how persons, events, and things all point forward to Christ, who died and rose up again on the third day and who is the ultimate fulfillment of all prophecy.

      Those two articles that Christopher has linked concerning Joseph are good starting points for further study into Joseph as a type. A good book for additional introduction into type-antitype (and other great study methods) is Roy Zuck’s, “Basic Bible Interpretation: A Practical Guide to Discovering Biblical Truth.” I hope this helps to clarify type-antitype so that Christ Jesus is revealed in a clearer and more glorious way. Praise Jesus!