RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
While bibliographies are rarely as interesting as the books they contain, they can be quite helpful for the curious and those needing additional help. In compiling this list, we have tried to be intentional in selecting the best. The result is that many really good works on expositional preaching and teaching have been left off. We have divided into several categories and according to genre: General Resources, Old Testament Narrative, Wisdom Literature, Prophetic Literature, Apocalyptic Literature, Gospels and Acts, Epistles, Language Resources, and Key Commentaries. Of course, we also recommend anything published by the Proclamation Trust at Christian Focus and we can suggest additional commentaries.

In choosing these resources, we have focused on how one might study the Bible. Yet, importantly, it is impossible to talk about study skills without drawing some interpretive conclusions. While we cannot endorse, or even evaluate, every conclusion drawn in the books and essays listed here, we think it might be helpful for you to have our general impression of the quality of interpretations (in terms of being warranted by the text as well as within orthodoxy). With that in mind, we have included these symbols in the short descriptions following each reference:
    (+)  high level of confidence, almost no problems
(o)  neutral or a few somewhat problems
(-)  some really good points, but also some serious concerns about conclusions drawn

GENERAL RESOURCES: WRITTEN
Beale, G.K.

  Beale, G.K. Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.

good overview of methods of connecting the Old and New Testaments (+)

Beynon, Nigel

  Beynon, Nigel, and Andrew Sach. Dig Deeper: Tools for Understanding God’s Word. Wheaton: Crossway, 2005.

a really helpful introduction to simple reading strategies (+)

Carson, D.A.

  Carson, D.A. Exegetical Fallacies. Second Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1996.

everything you ever wanted to know about what you are doing wrong(ly) (+)

Dabney, Robert L.

  Dabney, Robert L. Sacred Rhetoric or a Course of Lectures on Preaching. Reprint. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1979 (1870).

classic work on the intersection of classical rhetoric and preaching (o)

Goldsworthy, Graeme

  Goldsworthy, Graeme. Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

helpful volume on the use of biblical theology in preaching (+)

Greidanus, Sidney

  Greidanus, Sidney. Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.

methodological approach to the use of biblical theology in preaching (o)

Helm, David

  Helm, David. Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today. 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches Series. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014.

short overview of the Charles Simeon Trust’s way of working (+)

House, Paul R.

  House, Paul R. Old Testament Theology. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 1998.

a solid look at how the Old Testament holds together (+)

Hughes, Kent

  Hughes, R. Kent. “The Anatomy of Exposition: Logos, Ethos, and Pathos.” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 3/2 (1999): 44-58.
Online: http://simeontrust.org/media/doc-khughes-anatomy.pdf

what you need to believe to do expositional preaching (+)

Keller, Timothy

  Keller, Timothy. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Viking, 2015.

especially helpful on reaching people through contextualization and understanding late modern culture (o)

Rinne, Jeramie

  Rinne, Jeramie. “Learning the Art of Sermon Application.” The Gospel Coalition (July 23, 2013).
Online: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/learning-the-art-of-sermon-application/

an excellent essay on the basics of applying a text (+)

Ryken, Leland

  Ryken, Leland and Todd Wilson. eds. Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughes. Wheaton: Crossway, 2007.

essays from some of the greats on what it means to be an expositional preacher (+)

Ryken, Leland

  Ryken, Leland. Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1992.

thorough survey of how to read the Bible as literature (+)

GENERAL RESOURCES: AUDIO/VIDEO
Simeon Course on Biblical Exposition

  Charles Simeon Trust. “Simeon Course on Biblical Exposition: Preaching and Literary Genre.”
Online: www.simeoncourse.org

a full online course on preaching from literary genre with seminary credit available (+)
Help Me Teach the Bible

  Guthrie, Nancy. “Help Me Teach the Bible.”
Online: www.thegospelcoalition.org/tag/help+me+teach+the+bible

interviews with pastors, Bible teachers, and professors on the Bible and biblical exposition (o)
OLD TESTAMENT NARRATIVE
Alter, Robert

  Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Narrative. New York: Basic Books, 1981.

an academic approach to understanding what Old Testament narrative is and how it works from a literary perspective, occasionally reading into the biblical text somewhat (-)

Davis, Dale Ralph

  Davis, Dale Ralph. The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts. Fearn: Christian Focus, 2006.

helpful volume outlining an approach to reading Old Testament Narrative (o)

Greidanus, Sidney

  Greidanus, Sidney. The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text: Interpreting and Preaching Biblical Literature. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988.

useful introduction to parts of the Bible, especially chapter 9 on Old Testament Narrative (o)

WISDOM LITERATURE
Alter, Robert

  Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Poetry. New York: Basic Books, 1985.

an academic approach to understanding what Old Testament poetry is and how it works from a literary perspective, occasionally reading into the biblical text somewhat (-)

Estes, Daniel

  Estes, Daniel. Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

helpful and detailed look at all of the wisdom books (o)

Goldsworthy, Graeme

  Goldsworthy, Graeme. “Wisdom and its Literature in Biblical-Theological Context.” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 15.3 (2011): 42-55.
Online: http://simeontrust.org/media/doc-goldsworthy-wisdom.pdf

article exploring the gospel in wisdom literature (+)

Kidner, Derek

  Kidner, Derek. The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes: An Introduction to Wisdom Literature. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 1985.

good overview of a few of the wisdom books as a way of looking into the genre (+)

O'Donnell, Douglas Sean

  O’Donnell, Douglas Sean. The Beginning and End of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.

helpful look into some key passages from a few of the wisdom books (+)

PROPHETIC LITERATURE
Alter, Robert

  Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Poetry. New York: Basic Books, 1985.

an academic approach to understanding what Old Testament poetry is and how it works from a literary perspective, occasionally reading into the biblical text somewhat (-)

Greidanus, Sidney

  Greidanus, Sidney. The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text: Interpreting and Preaching Biblical Literature. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988.

useful introduction to parts of the Bible, especially chapter 10 on Prophetic Literature (o)

Hays, Daniel J.

  Hays, J. Daniel. The Message of the Prophets: A Survey of the Prophetic and Apocalyptic Books of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010.

helpful overview of Prophetic Literature (o)

VanGemeren, Willem

  VanGemeren, Willem. Interpreting the Prophetic Word: An Introduction to the Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.

the best academic work out there on reading Prophetic Literature (o)

APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE
Bauckham, Richard

  Bauckham, Richard. The Theology of the Book of Revelation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

solid look at the theological substance of Revelation (o)

Beale, G.K.

  Beale, G.K. and Thomas R. Schreiner. “Beale and Schreiner on the Book of Revelation.” Video. The Gospel Coalition/ Westminster Theological Seminary (2016)
Online: http://faculty.wts.edu/posts/bealeschreinerrevelation/

video discussion between New Testament scholars on interpreting Revelation (o)

Fyall, Bob

  Fyall, Bob. “Preaching Apocalyptic Literature.” Proclamation Trust (2006).
Online: http://simeontrust.org/media/doc-bfyall-preachingapocalyptic.pdf

great article on just reading and understanding Apocalyptic Literature (o)

Morris, Leon

  Morris, Leon. Apocalyptic. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (1972).

perhaps the most helpful book on Apocalyptic as a genre (+)

GOSPELS AND ACTS  
Bauckham, Richard

  Bauckham, Richard. ed. The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences. New Testament Studies. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.

really important work on putting the Gospels into proper historical context (o)

Kennedy, George A.

  Kennedy, George A. New Testament Interpretation Through Rhetorical Criticism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984.

masterful introduction to the use of Graeco-Roman rhetoric in the New Testament (o)

Kinney, Robert S.

  Kinney, Robert S. “On Narrative Structure in the Gospels.” Charles Simeon Trust (2009).
Online: http://simeontrust.org/media/doc-rkinney-narrativestructuregospels.pdf

short essay on finding structure in New Testament narratives (+)

Kinney, Robert S.

  Kinney, Robert S. “Preaching the Parables.” Charles Simeon Trust (2012).
Online: http://simeontrust.org/media/doc-rkinney-preachingparables.pdf

short methodology article on interpreting parables (+)

Pennington, Jonathan T.

  Pennington, Jonathan T. Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.

helpful approach to Gospels, especially chapters 2, 9, 10, and 11, some theological issues (-)

Snodgrass, Klyne R.

  Snodgrass, Klyne R. Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

most thorough and culturally detailed treatment of the parables in print (o)

EPISTLES
Kennedy, George A.

  Kennedy, George A. New Testament Interpretation Through Rhetorical Criticism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984.

masterful introduction to the use of Graeco-Roman rhetoric in the New Testament (o)

Kinney, Robert S.

  Kinney, Robert S. “The Rhetorical Structure of 2 Timothy.” Charles Simeon Trust (2010).
Online: http://simeontrust.org/media/doc-rkinney-2timothyrhetoric.pdf

a brief look at the structure of 2 Timothy using rhetoric (+)

Litfin, Duane

  Litfin, Duane. Paul’s Theology of Preaching: The Apostle’s Challenge to the Art of Persuasion in Ancient Corinth. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.

really helpful look at Paul and his approach to preaching and rhetoric (o)

Schreiner, Thomas R.

  Schreiner, Thomas R. Interpreting the Pauline Epistles. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.

wonderful guide to exegeting Paul (+)

LANGUAGE RESOURCES
Brown-Driver-Briggs

  Brown, Francis, Samuel R. Driver, and Charles A. Briggs. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1994.

standard Hebrew lexicon (o)

Danker, Frederick William

  Danker, Frederick William. The Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

BDAG is the gold standard of Greek lexicons, but this is the one you want to carry around (o)

Metzger, Bruce M.

  Metzger, Bruce M. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. Second Edition. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2005.

short but clarifying notes on the contested variant readings in the Greek New Testament (o)

Metzger, Bruce M.

  Metzger, Bruce M. and Bart D. Ehrman. The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration. Fourth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

good volume on understanding the processes of compiling the Greek New Testament (o)

Seow, Choon-Leong

  Seow, Choon-Leong. A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Revised Edition. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995.

standard Hebrew grammar (o)

Smyth, Herbert Weir

  Smyth, Herbert Weir. A Greek Grammar for Colleges. New York: American Book Company, 1920.

Greek grammar that is comprehensive, yet compact (o)

KEY COMMENTARIES
Woodhouse, John

  Woodhouse, John. 1 Samuel: Looking for a Leader. Preaching the Word Series. Wheaton: Crossway, 2008.

first part of an extraordinary commentary that combines academic insights with preaching sensibilities (+)

Woodhouse, John
 
  Woodhouse, John. 2 Samuel: Your Kingdom Come. Preaching the Word Series. Wheaton: Crossway, 2015.

second part of an extraordinary commentary that combines academic insights with preaching sensibilities (+)

Ash, Christopher

  Ash, Christopher. Job: The Wisdom of the Cross. Preaching the Word Series. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014.

detailed and incredibly pastoral study of Job by a serious scholar (+)

Alter, Robert

  Alter, Robert. The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2010.

also a more academic approach to three of the Wisdom books (-)

Carson, D.A.

  Carson, D.A. The Gospel According to John. Pillar New Testament Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991.

probably the best there is on the Gospel of John (+)

Knight, George W. III

  Knight, George W., III. The Pastoral Epistles. New International Greek Testament Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.

probably the best commentary on the pastorals (o)

Beale, G.K.

  Beale, G.K. The Book of Revelation. New International Greek Testament Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.

comprehensive, yet masterful academic commentary on Revelation (o)