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These are the reference texts I use – some more often than others.

  • A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (BDAG, 2nd Edition)
  • The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979). A free online edition (1939) is available at
  • Holman Bible Atlas (1998)
  • Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to its Techniques (Wilfred G.E. Watson)
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (R.C. Sproul)
  • The Story of Christianity (Justo L. Gonzalez)
  • Early Christian Doctrines (J.N.D. Kelly)
  • The Birth of the Church from Jesus to Constantine Vol. 1 (Ivor J. Davidson)