When the time comes when you decide you want to get deeper into the Bible and study the word for yourself, it can seem a little daunting at first and you might wonder where to begin. So here are just a few resources you might need to help assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of the written word.
These are a few of the more popular resources which are generally a ‘must have’. There are lots of other resources that people will have, but these are just to give you an idea of basic tools that people will use for bible study.
There are thousands of resources available, however the above are just a few books you may wish to obtain to assist you with your bible study.
As well as dictionaries, it is also useful to have different translations of the bible. This is because by reading the same verse in different translations you will get a better idea of what the text means. Bible translations are generally targeted at specific audiences. Some still prefer the King James, whilst others may go for The Message Bible.. however, by reading the same text in a few different translations this will help you to get a better idea of how to apply the text.
There are a number of online websites that can help you with your bible study which also allows you to compare translations. Its always useful to own a few translations yourself, but it could prove far less expensive to view different versions on available websites. Here are a few of those websites that offer these services:
Bible Study Tools
The Bible Study Tools website offers a large collection of resources to help people with their bible study. This includes Concordances, Bible Translations, Hebrew Greek text, Bible Versions, Interlinear, Bible Parallel Text, Bible Commentaries, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias Lexicons as well as daily bible readings and reading plans. Visit the website…
The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online — all in the language or translation of your choice! It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference. Visit the website…
Biblia is a clean looking website where you can quickly look up scripture in a number of different translation. They also offer a few commentaries so you can see what other people are saying regarding the text you are reading. Visit the website…
One final resource I will mention for now is e-Sword.
e-sword is a free, downloadable electronic bible study platform which can help you quickly and easy study the bible without having to refer to a heap of books, which means you could cut hours off your study on a certain subject. e-Sword is feature rich and user friendly with more capabilities than you would expect from a free bible study resource. The fact that e-Sword is free is just one of the blessings and does not speak of the quality of the software. Visit the e-Sword website…
The software enables you to download free bible translations, dictionaries, commentaries and maps.
So there we have it. The list of course is far from being exhaustive.. there are just tons of resources and books available, but the idea of this post is just to point you in the right direction when it comes to starting off on your bible study adventure.