The Bible is the most printed, most widely distributed book ever. Originally written in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, the complete Bible has been translated into more than 500 languages. Another 2,300 languages have at least some portion of the Bible, according to Wycliffe Global Alliance.
Enter: The internet. The world wide web has dramatically increased accessibility to the Bible. Numerous sites are available with translations and valuable tools to study the Scripture.
You can turn your internet browser’s Bookmark Bar into a valuable partner for personal Bible Study. This easy navigation tool helps you avoid memorizing lengthy web addresses filled with bizarre combinations of characters…//:%.com/nsP4.php?=10!!
Many online resources now exist to aid our study of Scripture. They make in-depth personal Bible study possible without the financial investment in research books and the shelf space of a library. Commentaries, Bible dictionaries, concordances, Greek lexicons, translations, and maps can now be found within a few clicks of the mouse into trustworthy websites.
Frustration mounts, however, when you are ready to dig deeper into the scriptures and you are unable to find the best website of Bible study tools. To keep study time focused on study instead of google-search-time, consider creating bookmarks on your internet browser’s Bookmark Bar.
If you need help creating bookmarks, here are links to directions for several of the more popular internet browsers:
If your Bookmark Bar is already full, create a Folder (name it “Bible Study,” for example) and move all of the bookmarks into it. You can find the directions to creating a folder through the links above also. Once all of your links of Bible study tools are nestled in the folder, you just need to click on its drop down menu for a world of research to ready to open as your convenience.
Add Bible Study Tools
Now, let’s load up your Bookmark Bar (or your new “Bible Study” folder) with the online bible study tools. Numerous websites exist to enhance your research. The challenge is to choose the best ones that work for you.
Below are the most popular among the online Bible study tools. They differ in organization, editorial style and types of resources.
The home pages of these sites offer the full navigational options but you may also want to choose specific resources to bookmark. As you browse the websites, consider which commentary, handbook, topical studies, etc. that you prefer. Rename the tab for clarity.
So, now your bookmark bar (or “Bible Study” folder) may also include the following:
With the many free resources available online today, we have every opportunity to study God’s Word in great depth. With a customized bookmark bar, you are able to move with ease among the wealth of research options.
If you are interested in better understanding how to use bible study tools, you can enroll in the Soul Motive’s Bible Study Toolbox. It’s a 7-week free course that will equip you to use all of these websites.
Pause for Devotions, Too
As you study the Word, please also take time for devotional reading. Differences exist between the historical analysis of a passage and the meditation on a passage of scripture.
Studying a psalm adds breadth and dimension to understanding God’s Word, while dwelling in a psalm can bring restoration in your life like no other resource!
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
Encourage Others: What additional sites do you use to study and research the Bible online?
Posted by Sharon R Hoover