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Update to the Essential Greek New Testament for the Absolute Beginner

We have just updated our personal favorite OSNOVA publication, the Essential Greek New Testament for the Absolute Beginner.
EGNTThe latest edition of the Essential Greek New Testament for the Absolute Beginner adds a hyperlinked Greek concordance (i.e. the lists of occurrences of all Greek words in the Greek New Testament) to the included Greek Lexicon.  Only a small number of extremely frequent words have a shortened (rather than complete) list of their occurrences.  The concordance will allow you to see the passages in the New Testament where a specific Greek word occurs.
As a reminder, this book represents a new approach to the study of the Biblical Greek by allowing an absolute Greek beginner to start “reading” the Greek New Testament from the first day. As such, it is an indispensable resource for those who would like to get a glimpse of the New Testament in the original. The compilation of resources will also be useful to those who have some knowledge of Biblical Greek.

For a limited time only, we set the price to $4.99. Get your copy today.

  • Parallel Greek-English text for each verse.
  • Each word in the Greek text is hyperlinked to its grammatical information and then to its entry in the Greek lexicon.
  • A list of each word form found in the Greek text identifying the grammatical codes for that form and hyperlinked to the explanation of the code and an entry in the included Greek lexicon.
  • An extensive Greek Lexicon organized by Strong’s numbers. The Lexicon can be accessed in a number of ways (e.g. searching for g9 or agape, using the word frequency list, etc.).
  • A list of over 1,000 most frequent Greek words in the NT and flash cards for the Greek word study. Note that the list of Greek words can be used to navigate the Greek lexicon on devices that do not support the index function (e.g. Kindle Fire).
  • On some Kindle devices, you can use the Direct Verse Jump to find the passage or word in the Lexicon in seconds.  Even without the DVJ, this publication is extremely useful on all portable devices supporting the Kindle application: Android tablets and phones, iPhones and iPads, Kindle Fire, etc.


If you already bought this publication on Amazon, you can obtain an updated version for free through the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page on Amazon.com.  If you bought this publication directly from us, please contact us for the updated file.

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Bible Commentaries For Better Knowledge of the Scriptures

Bible Commentaries are a great tool in studying the Bible. It is not, by any means, a substitute to the reading of the Bible itself, and prayerful digesting and applying it under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And yet the commentaries can prove to be faithful companions in getting a better knowledge of the Scriptures.

“In order to be able to expound the Scriptures, and as an aid to your pulpit studies, you will need to be familiar with the commentators: a glorious army, let me tell you, whose acquaintance will be your delight and profit.
…It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he has revealed to others. … A respectable acquaintance with the opinions of the giants of the past, might have saved many an erratic thinker from wild interpretations and outrageous inferences.”

~ C. H. Spurgeon, “On Commenting and Commentaries”

On his blog HeadHeartHand, David Murray offers 20 Tips on How to Use Bible Commentaries, which we found very informative and useful. Here are several of those tips:

  • Use them to help you understand grammar and syntax;
  • Use them to confirm or correct your pericope and translation;
  • Use them to highlight unasked questions (and help find answers to such);
  • Use them to find other passages that are related to this one.

Here is our recommendation for Bible Commentaries for Kindle:

The Treasury of David: Commentary on the Psalms by Charles Spurgeon

This book is a magnum opus of an outstanding Christian author and preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who spent many years working on this unparalleled commentary on the Book of Psalms, giving his personal exposition on each verse, enriching it with extracts and quotes from hundreds of Bible commentators of his time as well as the great Puritan expositors of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible

Matthew Henry’s six-volume ‘Exposition of the Old and New Testament’ has long been celebrated as the best of English commentaries of the Bible for devotional purposes. It provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the Bible, covering the whole of the Old Testament and the New Testament, dealing with the Scripture text as presented.

Charles Spurgeon wrote about this commentary, “Every minister ought to read it entirely and carefully through once at least.”

Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary of the Whole Bible

Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary of the Bible remains the preeminent evangelical expository commentary of the Scriptures. It provides verse-by-verse exposition of most Bible passages in insightful, accurate, succinct, and easy to understand articles.

Charles Spurgeon highly praised the JFB Commentary: “It contains so great a variety of information that if a man has no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed and used it diligently.”

Exposition of the Old and New Testaments by John Gill

Gill’s Bible Commentary is among the very first verse-by-verse commentaries of the Bible, written by the 18th century theologian and Biblical scholar John Gill. The commentary contains priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews.

John Gill’s works were among Spurgeon’s personal favorites. He wrote about Gill: “In some respects, he has no superior. He is always worth consulting.”

There are a couple of other Bible commentaries that we found useful:

– Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
The MacArthur Bible Commentary

Along with Bible commentaries, we also recommend using the International Standard  Bible Encyclopedia.


Do you use Bible commentaries for your Bible studies?

What are your favorite commentaries, either paper copy or electronic?


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The Treasury of David by Spurgeon – the gem for your Kindle library

” The delightful study of the Psalms has yielded me boundless profit and ever-growing pleasure; common gratitude constrains me to communicate to others a portion of the benefit, with the prayer that it may induce them to search further for themselves. That I have nothing better of my own to offer upon this peerless book is to me matter of deepest regret; that I have anything whatever to present is subject for devout gratitude to the Lord of grace.”

~ Charles Huddon  Spurgeon, Preface

The Treasury of David is the magnum opus of Charles Spurgeon, “the Prince of Preachers” and one of the greatest Christian writers. In this unparalleled Bible commentary, Spurgeon gives his personal exposition on each verse of the Psalms, enriching it with extracts and quotes from hundreds of Bible commentators of his time as well as the great Puritan expositors of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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The Greek New Testament For Beginning Readers, Byzantine Textform (with Direct Verse Jump)

OSNOVA™ is pleased to announce the digital publication of Robinson/Pierpont’s The Greek New Testament for Beginning Readers: Byzantine Textform.

Greek NT ByzantineThis Greek New Testament includes John Jeffrey Dodson’s lexical information along with brief definitions of words occurring fewer than fifty times, parsing of verbs occurring fewer than fifty times and various other helps particularly useful for those whose Greek is less than perfect, and the OSNOVA edition does not disappoint. These helps are included, and many words are linked to the corresponding lexicon entry and grammatical parsing information.

The Kindle edition from OSNOVA™ includes a number of navigational aids such as Direct Verse Jump and hyperlinked table of contents. Short instructions on their use are included in the book itself, with more detailed instructions available on our blog.

This helpful study tool can be used by a beginning student of Greek or a busy pastor who had his Greek many years ago. You do not have to be an expert in New Testament Greek in order to use this tool profitably. The Kindle format makes this useful information accessible for all students of the Greek New Testament.


You can purchase The Greek New Testament for Beginning Readers: Byzantine Textform on Amazon.com.


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Greek New Testament

“The Greek New Testament is the New Testament; all else is translation.” A.T. Robertson

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