Garland’s NICAC commentary on Mark is excellent, and you can get it free this month from Logos! We just went through Mark at our church, and this was a very helpful resource. Details here:...
“Thing” is now a Thing: What do recent changes to the English dictionary tells us about the meaning of Biblical words?
So how do you figure out what a biblical word means? Drop the word studies, the linguistic magic acts, the etymological rigmarole, and just look it up in a decent lexicon.
I recently blogged about why am ESV Readers Bible is a must have. Tim Challies recently reviews the multi-volume edition here.