A good Bible dictionary or encyclopedia can help at a number of points along the way. It can
Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias come in various forms. On pp. 5 ff. of the handout Basic English-Bible Reference I list a number of the pigeonholes I find helpful, i.e. Dictionaries and encyclopedias
Under each category I give a number of examples, with call numbers. Please consult pp. 5 ff. of the handout Basic English-Bible Reference for this list. Below I give but a single example. At II.5 Answer Questions (Concepts) I give three more.