- BibleWorks 7
- Eerdmans' Dictionary of the Bible
- Brown's Introduction to the New Testament
- LaSor et al's Old Testament Survey.
I'd like to have more, but to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, you go to exegesis with the library that you have.
After prayer, I begin by opening up a Word document and taking notes. This is the typical result (the odd characters on the first page come from my pdf converter getting confused about Hebrew). I start by looking at the passage in its broader context, and then outlining it from the English. Next, I open up BibleWorks and examine the Greek and Hebrew, picking apart key phrases and words and seeing how they are used elsewhere in the Bible. Then I ask a set of exegetical questions. The books come next: I look at relevant entries in my Bible dictionary and Testamental handbook. Finally, I provide my interpretation and describe how it can be used homiletically.
And that's how I'm doing it now as a total noob. It takes about two hours.
What is your process for sermon exegesis?