Some have asked me what I use when I do a Bible study. There was a day when I would break out some books and spread them out over the kitchen table, but those days are gone. After all, we are in the digital age and I am a digital nerd.
Biblegateway is where I go for the text. I like the ability to quickly jump between versions to get a different variant of the text. I ALWAYS study, however, using a literal, word-for-word translation. I would recommend either the New American Standard or the King James. Both are great translations.
Blue Letter Bible is where I go to get commentary and language information. They also have a wide range of study tools that help me dig deeper into a text. By using maps, timelines, charts, encyclopedia’s and dictionaries, I am able to get a better understanding of the culture and context of the text. And one thing that is critical in proper Biblical interpretation is CONTEXT! Many a false teachings and doctrines have developed because of a lack of context.
Bible.org is a website community that offers Bible study tools and resources. It is a great place to find information topically and to get insight into a text or study. It is a great resource.
The vast majority of all my study is done with these three websites. The remaining sources are books that have become staples. My favorite is Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, abridged. It really helps when trying to understand the Greek of the New Testament. It breaks down the historical meaning of a word, both in secular usage and Biblical usage. It is a great resource.
What are some of your favorite resources? Share your thoughts.