“It came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed…”
Annals of the Jewish Nation During the Period of the Second Temple 1832, 355 pages
AA History of the Israelitish Nation: From Their Origin to Their Dispersion at the Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans 1853, 653 pages
Gives history and background information (as well as much exposition) to the Old Testament, the inter-testamental age and the NT.
New Testament Introduction
Berkhof, Louis – New Testament Introduction Re-typset PDF, 1944, 225 pages
A handy conservative reference for background info on each book of the NT
Alexander, Archibald – A Pocket Dictionary of the Holy Bible 1831 566 pp.
Berkhof, Louis – Biblical Archaeology 1928 200 pages
Excellent introduction to a vast topic from a conservative