Recommended Bible study resources including pdfs, books, software and websites. Many resources listed are from Biblical Unitarian sites and authors.
Recommended Bible study resource pdf downloads
The Revised English Version® (REV®) is a new Bible translation produced by Spirit & Truth Fellowship International. The REV translation project began by using the American Standard Version (ASV) of 1901 as a base text. Work began on this translation in the year 2000, and the first edition was released and printed in 2013.
The REV as a literal translation, like the ASV or King James. It is not a “dynamic equivalent translation,” such as the NIV, although there are times when, to make good sense in English, we had to depart from a strictly literal translation. Our goal is to eventually have an “essentially literal” translation of the Bible that more closely represents biblical truth than any other translation currently on the market. REV is translated from a biblical unitarian theological perspective and contains much commentary when clinking on particular verses.
Biblical Unitarian website with numerous articles and resources.
Bible teaching and resources
Dedicated to recovering the beliefs of the first-century disciples of Jesus, the Messiah. Founded by Sir Anthony Buzzard, Bt., MA (Oxon.) MA Th. in 1981
Exploring what the Bible says about the One God and how it may differ from Church tradition.
Site and podcast to survey, explain, and evaluate theories about God, Jesus, and the Trinity.
Founded in 2019, the UCA is a network committed to the truth of the One God. While holding to various beliefs in other areas, UCA members all agree that the God of the Bible is the Father alone, and that Jesus is his human Messiah. The mission of the UCA and its growing membership to promote unitarian theology and to connect like-minded believers across the globe.
Books on Amazon.com
New Testament created especially for Bible studies. Whether you’re leading or just participating in a Bible study – when someone says, “My Bible doesn’t say that” you’ll be able to help everyone in the group understand the different texts. At the bottom of each page is a parallel textual apparatus that presents the textual choices of 20 Bible versions for each verse of the New Testament. This is the largest parallel textual apparatus for English Bible versions currently available. This will enable you to show everyone the reading in their Bible and everyone else’s Bible.
The Comprehensive New Testament has complete textual variant mapping for 20 English versions. Footnotes are also provided in reference to variants of the Greek texts and are generally classified in two groups:
- The “Alexandrian” group represents the oldest surviving manuscripts.
- The “Byzantine” group represents the majority of manuscripts
Most churchgoers are unaware that what they receive in church as ‘Bible’ has been filtered to them through a lens of Greek philosophical thinking. This tradition adversely affects current Christian teaching, obscuring central aspects of the original belief of Jesus and the Apostles. Post-biblical councils did much to draw a veil over ‘the faith once delivered.’ Honest inquirers for the saving truth of Scripture will find this translation of the New Testament eye-opening. Most translations tend to ‘read into’ the biblical text ideas which were never intended by the New Testament writers.
Accurately defining the correlation of God and Jesus has been described in our modern day as “beyond the reason of man” and “unable to be explained.” Such conclusions are not necessary, however, and when you finish this book you will see that the Biblical teaching concerning God and Jesus is actually very logical. There is one God, the Father. Jesus is the Son of God. Yet, that simple truth leaves many questions to be answered, like Why was Jesus worshipped? Why is the Word called God in John 1:1? What did Jesus mean when he said, “Before Abraham was, I am”? etc. What did the earliest Christians believe about Jesus? All of these questions and more are addressed here. One reviewer wrote: “What this book is not is mimetic and unthinking: it is just well-researched, well-cited, eloquently argued, and uncompromisingly Biblical in its orientation. Kerrigan goes where few tread, not for the sake of argument, but for the sake of truth. What you see time and time again is that the Biblical godhead teaching is plainer than what the theologians have been making it.”
This book shines light on the fog shrouding this subject, equipping you with basic information about the meaning and history of trinitarian ideas, so that you can see the various options and search the scriptures with fresh eyes. Topics include:
- What does it mean to say that the doctrine of the Trinity is a “mystery”?
- Is it true that if try to understand the Trinity you’ll lose your mind, but if you try to deny it you’ll lose your soul?
- What is the first known trinitarian creed?
- What did the ancient bishops mean in saying that the Father and Son are “one substance” or “one essence”?
- Is it true, as some Catholic scholars argue, that the Trinity is not taught in the Bible, although it is taught by later, authoritative sources?
- What happened at and just before the Council at Constantinople in 381, and why are these events important?
- Is it a mistake to think that the “Persons” of the Trinity are “persons in the modern sense of the term”?
- Are the “Persons” of the Trinity something like God’s three personalities?
- Why is it important to distinguish trinitarian formulas from trinitarian claims?
- Is the one God of the Bible an eternal, loving, perfect community?
This important work is a detailed biblical investigation of the relationship of Jesus to the one God of Israel. The authors challenge the notion that biblical monotheism is legitimately represented by a Trinitarian view of God and demonstrate that within the bounds of the canon of Scripture Jesus is confessed as Messiah, Son of God, but not God Himself. Later Christological developments beginning in the second century misrepresented the biblical doctrine of God and Christ by altering the terms of the biblical presentation of the Father and Son. This fateful development laid the foundation of a revised, unscriptural creed that needs to be challenged. This book is likely to be a definitive presentation of a Christology rooted, as it originally was, in the Hebrew Bible. The authors present a sharply-argued appeal for an understanding of God and Jesus in the context of the original Christian documents.
The faith of the Bible is not trinitarian but unyieldingly monotheistic. God’s message to humankind is a call to faith in Yahweh, the one and only God of Israel. Monotheism took root in the Law and the Prophets, and flourished in the hearts of God’s people. Jesus upheld Biblical monotheism when he prayed to his Father, “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” In this study of Biblical monotheism and of trinitarianism’s claims to monotheism, we pay particular attention to the Biblical texts, principally John 1:1-18, which are typically used to underpin trinitarian doctrine. The book ends on a joyful note when it brings out the glorious blessings for God’s people in the truth that the Word became flesh in Jesus Christ and dwelled among us.
In ONE GOD & ONE LORD, the authors carefully re-examine the biblical evidence in light of modern textual research and a thorough survey of scholarly opinion. They argue that the biblically accurate answer to the question of his identity is provided by Peter, John, Mary, Paul and other first-century believers who unanimously proclaimed him to be “the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Building an impressive and compelling case for the unity of the biblical testimony concerning the true humanity of Jesus, “the last Adam,” the authors reveal the profound significance of the two aspects of his coming: suffering and glory. They seek a view of Christ that allows for a total appreciation of his steadfast obedience to God in the face of temptation, suffering and even a humiliating death. Vindicated by his resurrection, he entered into glory and now sits in a position of functional equality with God, analogous to the relationship of Joseph and Pharaoh in the Book of Genesis. ONE GOD & ONE LORD shows how the traditional view of Jesus Christ actually demeans both his accomplishments and his heroism by attributing to him “intrinsic deity” that essentially eliminates the possibility of either authentic temptation or failure.
Victors not only write history: they also reproduce the texts. Bart Ehrman explores the close relationship between the social history of early Christianity and the textual tradition of the emerging New Testament, examining how early struggles between Christian “heresy” and “orthodoxy” affected the transmission of the documents over which many of the debates were waged. He makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of the social and intellectual history of early Christianity and raises intriguing questions about the relationship of readers to their texts, especially in an age when scribes could transform the documents they reproduced. This edition includes a new afterword surveying research in biblical interpretation over the past twenty years.