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1. A Study Bible:
A Study Bible is the most important resource for any Bible student or seeker trying to understand the Bible. A Study Bible will allow you to explore and learn more as you read, because it cross references other verses, supplies information about the verses, such as the historical and background events. A Study Bible will also provide timelines, and indepth background about the specific books of the Bible, including who wrote it, when it was written, where it fits in the timeline along with other books. Knowing that Ezra, Nehemiah, Zechariah, Haggai, Esther, and Malachi were written during the "Second Temple" period, helps you understand the context of the text.
Another example, Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel all lived in Jerusalem at the same time, before the Babylonian invasion in 605 B.C.,is significant. It helps knowing why Daniel refers to Jeremiah (Daniel 9:1-2) and Ezekiel references Daniel (Ezekiel 28:3), a Study Bible will help you understand these points. ESV Study Bible example