A student of the Bible ought to have a library of Bible study resources to assist them with their study.  The Bible student should assemble their Bible study library beginning with one or two books and growing from there.  

Very importantly, although one has to be discerning, the internet provides a wide variety of quality resources.  Websites like preceptaustin.org and bible.org are two good options.  Warning: Preceptaustin.org will give you data overload!

The brief discussion below lists the contents of a basic Bible study library.  My plan is to add to this listing in the future.  Please note that a more expansive discussion of a basic Bible study library is in the PDF version: https://stevebelsheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/STAGE-TWO-Assembly-Basic-Bible-Study-Library-Rev-1.pdf

I believe there are nine basic Bible study tools that comprise a basic Bible study library.  These Bible study tools are below:

(1) a study Bible.   

(2) a Bible Background Commentary or Bible survey.  

(3) a Bible dictionary that contains definitions of biblical terms.  

(4) an exhaustive concordance of the Bible.  

(5) a lexicon (or dictionary) of the original languages that defines the original words in English. 

(6) a book of maps.

(7) a systematic theology book.

(8) an English dictionary.

(9) a “how to study the Bible” book.

The PDF version discusses each tool and contains my recommendations for Bible study tools.

If you are not a Christian, it is critical that you click on and read about God’s Plan of Salvation and respond  accordingly.  Link: https://stevebelsheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/BLOG-IF-YOU-ARE-NOT-A-CHRISTIAN-REV-1-426.pdf