As believers know, reading through the Bible presents some challenges with all the exotic names of people, places, and things. A good Bible dictionary is a great help. I personally recommend The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary; a very reliable, orthodox resource for evangelical Christians.
For those interested in digging even deeper into the history of the Bible lands I recommend Biblical Archaeology Review magazine. It’s fascinating to read about excavations of sites mentioned in the Bible. The photography is excellent. The contributors aren’t all necessarily believers so the reader should keep that in mind. I just received my first issue after having subscribed many, many years ago. A one-year print subscription (six bi-monthly issues) only costs $13.97 (or $10 if you use the subscription card inside a newsstand copy). See here.