A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament—Peter Leithart. A great survey of the Old Testament. Easy to read, insightful, and shows how the whole Old Testament points to Christ.

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament—Miles Van Pelt (ed.). A book every Christian should have on the shelf as a reference for studying a particular book of the Old Testament.

Digging Deeper
From Paradise to the Promised Land—T. Desmond Alexander. The absolute best book available on the Pentateuch (Genesis–Deuteronomy). Surveys major themes, typology, and academic issues in in the first five books of the Bible.

Primeval Saints: Studies in the Patriarchs of Genesis—James Jordan. A great short work on the patriarchs of Genesis that often challenges traditional interpretations.

The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible—Michael Heiser. Argues that God has a divine counsel revealed throughout the Bible. He also tackles the issues of the sons of God, the Nephilim, and giants. No one will agree with every interpretation in here.

Interpreting the Prophetic Word—Willem VanGemeren

He Gave Us Stories: The Bible Student's Guide to Interpreting Old Testament Narratives—Richard Pratt

Flame of Yahweh: Sexuality in the Old Testament—Richard Davidson


The Four: A Survey of the Gospels—Peter Leithart

The Life and Theology of Paul—Guy Waters. A short but helpful introduction to the Apostle Paul and his theology.

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament—Michael Kruger (ed.). A book every Christian should have on the shelf as a reference for studying a particular book of the New Testament.

Digging Deeper
Reading the Gospels Wisely—Jonathan Pennington

Who Chose the Gospels?—C.E. Hill

Jesus and the Victory of God—N.T. Wright


Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books—Michael Kruger


What is Biblical Theology?: A Guide to the Bible's Story, Symbolism, and Patterns—James Hamilton. Excellent short book explaining how subjects can be traced throughout redemptive history and how types in the Old Testament find fulfillment in Christ. He gives plenty of examples to help readers understand the overall themes of Scripture. 

Digging Deeper
New Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Every student of Scripture should have this on the shelf.

Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. Another helpful Bible dictionary.

Marriage as a CovenantGordon Hugenberger. A scholarly work that interacts heavily with Hebrew, but it is well worth it for its argument that marriage is a covenantal act before God.

Images of the Spirit—Meredith Kline


The ESV Bible Atlas—John Currid and David Barrett. Beautiful maps and photos with helpful chapters on biblical geography.

Backgrounds of Early Christianity—Everett Ferguson

Ancient Greece—Thomas Martin. The best short work on ancient Greek history.

Ancient Rome—Thomas Martin. The best short work on ancient Roman history.


Basics of Biblical Hebrew—Gary Pratico & Miles Van Pelt. The standard introductory work on biblical Hebrew.

Digging Deeper
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS). The standard Hebrew Bible with text-critical notes.

BHS Reader’s Edition. This is the best way for intermediate Hebrew students to improve their skills. Rare Hebrew words have English definitions at the bottom of the page.

An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax—Bruce Waltke & Michael O’Connor

New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDOTTE). A five-volume set with short articles on important Hebrew words in the Old Testament.


Basics of Biblical Greek—William Mounce. The standard introductory work on biblical Greek.

Invitation to the Septuagint—Karen Jobes and Moises Silva. An excellent introduction to the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament, with helpful discussions of textual criticism.

Digging Deeper
The Greek New Testament (UBS 5). One of the standard Greek New Testaments with text-critical notes.

UBS 5 Reader’s Edition. This is the best way for intermediate Greek students to improve their skills. Rare Greek words have English definitions at the bottom of the page.

Greek: An Intensive Course—Hardy Hansen and Gerald Quinn. This is an excellent book for improving Greek grammar, focused on classical Greek rather than biblical Greek.

Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics—Daniel Wallace. A good reference for Greek syntax in the New Testament.

A Greek-English Lexicon (BDAG). The standard Greek-English dictionary for the New Testament.


Old Testament Textual Criticism: A Practical Introduction—Ellis Brotzman. Very short but helpful introduction to Old Testament textual criticism.

New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide—David Black. Very short but helpful introduction to New Testament textual criticism.

The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations?—James White

Digging Deeper
A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament—Bruce Metzger. This reference work belongs on every pastor’s shelf.


Genesis 1-15 (WBC)—Wenham
Genesis 16-50 (WBC)—Wenham
Exodus (Apollos)—Alexander
Exodus (NAC)—Douglas Stuart
The Book of Leviticus (NICOT)—Wenham
Numbers (Tyndale)—Wenham
The Book of Deuteronomy (NICOT)—Craigie
Joshua: No Falling Words (Focus)—Dale Ralph Davis
Judges: A 12-Week Study (Knowing the Bible study guide)—Miles Van Pelt
A Son to Me: An Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel—Peter Leithart
1 & 2 Kings (Brazos)—Peter Leithart
Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary—Alec Motyer
The Book of Jeremiah (NICOT)—J.A. Thompson
The Book of Ezekiel: Chapters 1–24 (NICOT)—Daniel Block
The Book of Ezekiel: Chapters 25–48 (NICOT)—Daniel Block
The Minor Prophets: A Commentary on Hosea, Joel, Amos (Volume 1)—Thomas McComiskey
The Minor Prophets: A Commentary on Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk (Volume 2)—Thomas McComiskey
The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (NICOT)—O. Palmer Robertson
Psalms 1–50 (WBC)—Peter Craigie
Psalms (EBC)—Willem VanGemeren
God’s Wisdom in Proverbs—Dan Phillips
The Book of Ruth (NICOT)—Robert Hubbard
Ecclesiastes & the Song of Songs (Apollos)—Daniel Fredericks & Daniel Estes
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
The Gospel of Matthew (NICNT)—R.T. France
The Gospel of Mark (NIGTC)—R.T. France
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (NICNT)—Gordon Fee
The Pastoral Epistles (NIGTC)—George Knight
1-2 Thessalonians
1-2-3 John
1-2 Peter


Covenants Made Simple—Jonty Rhodes. The best short introduction to covenant theology, showing the unity of God’s redemptive promises.

Digging Deeper
Covenant Theology—Peter Golding. An excellent theological and historical treatment of covenant theology, including an extremely helpful discussion of the different views of the Mosaic covenant.

The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism—Gregg Strawbridge (ed.). A collection of essays covering covenant theology, the relationship between covenant and election, and the covenant basis for infant baptism.

Jesus and Israel: One Covenant or Two?—David Holwerda


Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. The doctrinal standards of Presbyterianism.

Institutes of the Christian Religion—John Calvin. A readable systematic theology from one of the greatest Reformers.

Salvation Belongs to the Lord—John Frame. A short systematic theology intended to be read straight through.

Systematic Theology—Louis Berkhof. Good concise chapters covering each of the major areas of theology.

Reformed Dogmatics—Herman Bavinck. A longer treatment of systematic theology, but well worth it.


Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief—John Frame. The best apologetic work available. Frame holds a presuppositional epistemology but is willing to use any argument to persuade people of the Christian faith.


The Story of Christianity (Volume 1)—Justo Gonzalez. Excellent chronological treatment of church history, from early church until the Reformation.

The Story of Christianity (Volume 2)—Justo Gonzalez. This second-volume of church history covers the Reformation to the modern day.

Church History in Plain Language—Bruce Shelley. A great one-volume treatment of church history.

Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity—Mark Noll. Focuses on some of the most important events in church history.

The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation—Michael Reeves. An excellent short treatment of the Protestant Reformation.

Documents of the Christian Church—Henry Betteson (ed.). A great collection of important Christian documents throughout history.

The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations—Michael Holmes