Recommended Biblical Studies Resources and Commentaries (by book)
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On Biblical Hermeneutics (including General Hermeneutics)

On Literary Criticism (Narratology, Rhetoric, Poetics . . .)

On "Biblical Theology"

One Volume Commentaries / Sets

Commentary Series (and abbreviations)

Bible Dictionaries

Old Testament

Old Testament Hebrew Resources (including linguistics and semantics)

Old Testament Introduction (General Introduction plus
Atlases, resources for Archeology, Anthropology, Old Testament History, etc.)

Old Testament Studies

Old Testament Theology

On Old Testament Poetry


Deuteronomic History

Second Temple History

Wisdom Literature (including Psalms and the Song of Songs)

Major Prophets

Minor Prophets

New Testament

New Testament Greek Resources (including linguistics and semantics)

New Testament Introduction (General Introduction plus
NT Dictionaries, Archeology, Atlases, Anthropology, NT History, etc.)

New Testament Theology

Gospels / Acts (includes "Christology")

Pauline Epistles (Pauline Theology)

(General Epistles)

(Prison Epistles)

(Pastoral / Personal Epistles)

Catholic Epistles

The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ


The stars (**) next to entries indicate a rating system based on a 1-5 star scale.
__ The rating system is based on value of the given work for the full-orbed Biblical Theological scholar or pastor.
* = don't bother
** = not very helpful at all
*** = helpful at some points, but...
**** = very helpful, recommended
***** = highly recommended, essential reading
NYR = not-yet rated

Beg = beginning level
Int = intermediate level
Adv = advanced level

Ev = evangelical
Dis = dispensational
Jew = Jewish
Cath = Catholic
Main = mainline
Mod = moderate
Vos = Reformed/Vosian

Ac = academic / scholarship
Comp = Comparative
Cov't = covanantal focus
Esch = eschatological emphasis
G-Hist = grammatico / historical considerations
H-Int = history of interpretation
Ling = linguistic considerations
Lit = literary emphasis
Meth = methodological considerations
Nar = narrative critical
Old/New = old (testament) / new (testament) considerations
Past = Pastoral / Practical issues
Ph = philosophical orientation
Prom/Ful = promise / fulfillment considerations
R-H = redemptive-historical focus
St = structural analysis
Tech = technical
Theo = theological emphasis
Txt = text-issues

names in a green font means GO! These books are the place to start.

names in a red font means STOP here! These books are Reformed in perspective.

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