There are a number of tools and resources that I use for my bible study that may be of help to you. Please know that the links below are to Amazon but are not affiliate links. I have included them so you can do your own additional research.
I like to write in my bible. In fact, my bible is full of highlights and writing. That’s okay, but the key is writing and highlighting in such a way that the other side of the page is not marked.
For notes in my bible, and notes in general, I use the Tul Gel Pens in 0.5 mm. Not only are these pens super thin but they won’t mark through even with normal super-thin bible paper. I also use them for everyday purposes – they’re that good.
For highlights, I use the Zebrite highlighter. Like the pens, the Zebrite will not bleed through. It comes in a number of colors and really just works well.
Of course, the Internet is a great study and reference resource, and the following should be bookmarked:
- bibstudytools.com, and
For physical book resources, I use and recommend the following:
- The Wycliffe Bible Commentary – This covers both the old and new testament and is doctrinally right on.
- Commentary on the New Testament by Gundry – again, doctrinally correct and even more detailed with respect to the new testament only.
- Zondervan Greek and English Interlinear New Testament (NASB/NIV) by Mounce – understanding the original Greek word, and the various attributes is critical in understanding what the Bible is saying.
- How to read the Bible for all its worth 4th Ed., by Fee and Stuart – interpreting the Bible is a science/art known as Hermeneutics. This is hermeneutics without knowing you’re studying hermeneutics.
You can add Vines etc., but all of this information is available online and I try to keep it simple. Of course, I use a study bible and the NASB MacArthur Study Bible has been a great resource for me.
Google, which doesn’t have the greatest reputation for conservatives or Christians, is surprisingly helpful for bible verses or concepts. Just ensure that you verify the resource beforehand.
Best wishes on your quiet and study times!