This section is about more than just Bible study books. I've used this page to throw together a few miscellaneous volumes that don't seem to have a place anywhere else. Most (not all) you can just sit down with (along with a steaming cup of coffee) and just read through at your leisure.
Some of the more academic ones are better for pure reference. Some of these even I haven't read all the way through! So this certainly is not a recommendation for "light reading."
But some of these you may find interesting as just pure reading material. If so, go for it!
And once more...
Take what you read and shove it under the blinding light of Scripture.
These men aren't fallible. But they do have many useful things to say. Just make sure you compare what they say with the Bible.
God bless you in your study of these Bible study books.
Author - W.H. Griffith Thomas
Thomas wrote at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning
of the twentieth. But his writing is surprisingly simple for such a
learned man as he was. He deals with the history of the Bible in a clear (gasp!) and
concise (double gasp!) way. Whether the edition I have is abridged or
not I don't really know. But I don't care because it's a must have Bible
Author - Walter Scott
Another oldy but goody, Scott took a conservative stance on the Scriptures, a refreshing
change from what many say today. A great addition to any library if you
can find it. There are several online versions of it out there including Online Bible and Kindle. Look for it if you want a Christian stance on what the Bible is.
Author - Dr. John F. MacArthur Jr.
This one isn't as much about the Bible as about biblical Truth. It's a
great exposition of the book of Jude regarding the Truth of God's Word
and the perversion of false teachers. It's simply written and an
excellent read, and should be top priority for any Bible student who prizes the truth of God's Word above all.
Author - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
I have the electronic version in Logos Bible Software. I love Charles Spurgeon. He had amazing powers of perception not only in expositing Scripture but in understanding modern trends. He stood for Truth in an age when many stood for nothing. This ideal is reflected in all his books including this one. Good read.
Look for free electronic versions of this as well.
Author - Arthur W. Pink
This hard-to-find gem is a must have. Pink deals with proper methods of interpretation. Watch out though! I
like Mr. Pink. But sometimes he tends to become extremely opinionated.
Take some of what he says with the proverbial grain of salt. But learn
from his great insights.
Author - John F. MacArthur Jr.
And again Dr. MacArthur produces an easy to understand volume. This time
he tackles Bible study itself. A great Bible study book for beginners
as well as seasoned Bible students. A definite must if you want to know about the mechanics and spirit of true Bible study.
Author - W.A. Criswell
Unfortunately out of print, these little jewels come from the heart of the great twentieth century
preacher W.A. Criswell. Criswell was quite a man. I think you'll agree
with me if you decide to pick up a volume or two of this series. The difficulty is finding these in print. They're very rare. A used bookstore is probably your best bet here.
Author - Lewis Sperry Chafer and edited by John Walvoord
I understand why Dr. Chafer was so popular. He made difficult
concepts simple to understand. But beware of some of his teachings on
salvation. They tend to be more "easy" than "simple." But, overall, this is a great volume and a must-have for any Bible student.
Author - Dr. John F. MacArthur Jr.
This volume deals with just one doctrine. But it's a doctrine that forms the foundation for all other Bible doctrines...
This is probably one of the clearest (and certainly most controversial)
books written on salvation in the twentieth century. It's still in print
today. A defining argument for the "Lordship of Christ" idea.
Author - William Evans
Not to be confused with Criswell's series. This is one volume. I like it because it lays out doctrine in an easily read outline format. Great for studying or just reading, Evans clearly and accurately states biblical evidence for many of the doctrines of the Church.