Here I will list some of the books (scriptures) that you can use to enhance your faith. I will also give you links to places where you can get these books also.
Must have books
The first thing you need is a bible, the recommended one is a King James Bible. This is because this bible has a close translation to the Hebrew bible & Greek version (Septuagint – which is what the New testament was translated from) , which means you can actually look up the words and compare them to the actual Hebrew word that was used to translate it. Click here for some history about the bible.
You should avoid the New International Version (NIV) bible, I know you’re probably asking why? If you have one already, you don’t have to throw it out, but be aware that it tampers with the scriptures, immensely. So you will definitely need a better bible.
The Biblical Books We Recommend
The King James bible, KJV Version(s)
This is at the top of the list of you want start reading a bible. Some say that it’s hard to read because it’s written in old English – but I find that this is just a myth. Once you start reading it you will get used to the words very quickly. Read on as I will be recommending a bible version that can help you with the English in the KJV.
As explained above the greatest reason to get the bible is because you can compare almost word for word – the words that were translated from the Hebrew and Greek. This means that you can get deeper meanings from the text, that even the translators didn’t know.
The Amplified Bible (AMP)
This is the best bible that I have found, if you are looking of a bible that uses more modern English. This bible expands on the translation, by given it a more elaborate translation. You may have to be careful with some of the translation, but on the whole it does a much better job that other modern interpretations, especially the New international version NIV, which is terrible.
Here’s an example of the amplified bible:
1 Peter 4:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 But if [one is ill-treated and suffers] as a Christian [which he is contemptuously called], let him not be ashamed, but give glory to God that he is [deemed worthy to suffer] in this name.
1 Peter 4:16 King James Bible (KJV)
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
So, if we compare these two verses we can see the expansion and get a fuller meaning. Although we could have got this from the KJV alone.
The Amplified version tells us that the suffering a believer can take may also consist of ill-treatment, which is a biased. It also tells us the term Christian was used in a derogatory manner i.e. contemptuously. All of this sheds a greater light on the text and makes it easier to read. And it can make reading and interpreting much easier.
The Apocrypha (KJV)
If you ever wonder where the history from the end of the Prophet(s) (commonly called old testament) Malachi up until Matthew went? Here’s your answer. These books in the Apocrypha were removed from the original 1611 KJV, bible which had all them inside it.
The book gives you great insight of Israels persecutions by by the Greeks and Romans in particular. Understanding this gives you fuller picture of what the relationship was between Israel (Jews) in the New Testament and the Romans. It also proves that The Messiah (Jesus) was not a Roman as we see in so many pictures today.
The Apocrypha New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
You may be wondering why we you need another apocrypha? Well, this may surprise you, but there are some verses missing from the KJV. The verse in particular discuss what happens after a person dies which can be read from 2 Esdras 7:70 onwards where the verse stops in the KJV.
I wonder why “the powers that be” took these verses out? Maybe because if people had a greater understanding of the after life they may have more care about what they do in this life?
The Book of Enoch by R.H. Charles
This book sheds light on events that took place at the beginning of the scriptures. It gives us in depth information about angels which slept with daughters of men. Jude makes reference to the prophecies of Enoch, of which he prophesied the second coming of the Messiah.
This is proof that Jude had access to more than just the 66 books, which “the powers that be”, have attempted to leave us with.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
The Book of Mormon
Okay, I know? Eye brows have been raised now…but if you sit down and read this book you’ll see that its has nothing to do with what Joseph Smith claims. First of all Mormon is the name of an Israelite man. This book tells us what was going on in the Americas where the 9 tribes had traveled to by ship and settled.
It even shows us that the Messiah visited these tribes in America to redeem them and give them the new covenant. You can read about this here The Resurrection Of The Body Of The Messiah And What It Meant To Israel And The World
The Strong’s Concordance by James Strong
There are different publishers of the Strong’s concordance. It is a great book to use, as it helps you get a deeper meaning of the words used when translating the bible. It can be used together with any KJV bible, which closely parallels the translation of the scriptures.
It includes the Hebrew words used to translate the Prophets in what is called today the ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Testaments. It has all the Greek words used to translate words in the ‘New’ testament and Hebrew Words used in the ‘Old’ Testament
The Book Of Jubilee’s
This book doesn’t get a mention in most places, but if you read it you can get a whole lot from it. It is in this book that we can calculate the length of a real month and year. The year incidentally is 364 days exactly with no leap years, or need to extend the days. And the month has 28 days exactly.
You can get an understanding of calculating the year here Calculating The Biblical Year