Basic Books for Bible Study(1)

Ed. F. Sanders

"When I have a little money, I buy books- if any is left, I buy food and clothes"
Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536))

Essential Books

These are the reference books we think every Bible student should have at the very minimum:

Recommended Reference Books

The following books should be in every students library if possible:
Some On-line Basic Reference Books
Recommended books for more advanced study can be found on our expanded list. Also see our recommended Bible Study Software Page.

Not Recommended!


(1) Most of the books listed may be obtained from any Christian bookstore. Used books can sometimes be obtained at reasonable costs at and Also see our Book Search page.

(2) See the ESV website. The NASB (New American Standard Bible - Updated Version) and the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) are also good choices for accuracy in translation.