As we become more and more dependent on God’s Word to be our authoritative guide, there is a need to “study well” to mine the gold that exists in God’s very word to us. By God’s grace, there are wonderful resources that we can use to be drawn into the living and active scriptures (Heb 4:12). Below is a list of resources I have found extremely helpful over the years. I have separated them into resources that are geared towards head knowledge (understanding the text and all its technical aspects), and heart knowledge (taking the understanding into our hearts for transformation).
New Bible Dictionary (to look up key theological terms)
New Dictionary of Biblical Theology (to look up key theological themes)
There are many online resources and programs for diving into specific words
Lectio Divina (Divine Reading: an ancient way of reading scripture to aid transformation)