Bible Study Resources Online
e-sword.net. e-sword is probably the best free Bible software for windows users available. Along with this, the site: www.biblesupport.com contains hundreds of commentaries and other books not available on the e-sword site directly. This really brings a vast library into e-sword. At no cost.
(The most well known commercial packages for Bible study are found at logos.com, bibleworks.com, and accordancebible.com - these are super powerful programs that can run from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars).
Direct Bible Study Websites
You don't need lots of sites that do the same thing so I will give you 2 sites below that help you interact with scripture in a very exhaustive manner. the Bible (#2 and following).
1. biblos.com - its much like studylight.org in that it PULLS together so many Public Domain resources. One unseen value in Biblos is how it lets you do word studies IN the original languages.
- Goto biblos.com
- Type in Colossians 1:18 (or any verse or chapter)
- Look for the rounded tabs 20% way down the page and click the Greek tab.
- Here the whole verse is laid out interlinear style (below are various GR text types). ... and now the fun starts
- In the far right is the morphology column. This tells you the "parts of speech" these words play even if you don't read greek. So kephale (head) in Col 1:18 is a noun, and its Nominative Case (i.e. the subject in Gr), Feminine Gender, Singular Number.
- Moving from right to left you have (obviously) the english column, then greek column.
- 2nd column from the right gives you the pronunciation in Gr... but more importantly if you mouse over it you will see how many times in the NT that GREEK word is used. THis is the HEART of true word students... going and studying those GREEK words.. and their range of meaning before coming back into the context of your selected passage.
- If you CLICK on any word in that 2nd column it SHOWS YOU every place in the NT that that Gr. word ... IN THAT EXACT INFLECTION (so the word graphe means scripture or writing - graphai is plural meaning writings. So clicking this column gives you every place ... graphai writings is found... if that happens to be the inflection found in your verse. (Graphe is n't in COl 1:18... just using it as an example)
- The far left column gives you the strongs number and if you click it the strongs definition
- The [e] in the left column stands for Englishmans Greek Concordance (Wigram)... and clicking this is very much like d.4 but it gives you every place ANY FORM of that greek word is found throughout the NT. So if graphai is the form in our verse... clicking [e] shows you NOT just every place that graphai is found... but every place that graphe', graphes. graphe, graphen, graphai, graphon, graphais...etc..is found. This is the KEY to true word studies. Studying every place a GREEK word is used in the NT... rather than every place the ENGLISH word is found.
- If you happen to click on [e] and look at all the verses showing the various forms of that Gr word... if you look over to the right it actually lists out how many times in the NT EACH inflected form is found... and lest you click on it and find them all. ITS AMAZING.
- Going back to those rounded tabs, clicking Lexicon gives you lots of lexican info (i'ts not going to be Baur Danker Arndt and Gingrich but its a great start)
- Clicking Commentary gives you all of those open source commentaries that people try to sell you in CD's even though they are free online.
The site just goes ON and ON.It just be THE most effective online Bible study site if you had to PICK one that gathers together in one spot... and in a very useful format - all the PUBLIC DOMAIN stuff. Which is basically what Christians used up until the later 20th century.
2.) bible.org - Bible.org is sort of the overflow of Dallas Seminary online and folks that are friends of Dallas. The N.E.T. bible is the New English Translation. It's value is that it has over 60,000 footnotes on why the passages were translated the way they were. These are not commentary notes so much as they are translation footnotes.
So for example in Matthew 1:1 we read this footnote by the word geneaology - ( 1 tn Grk “the book of the genealogy.” The noun βίβλος (biblo"), though it is without the article, is to be translated as definite due to Apollonius’ corollary and the normal use of anarthrous nouns in titles.)
- Their online Bible reading tool has most of the other main translations you can compare to.
- On the right hand side, UNDER the tabs you will see Constanbles notes. (see #3 below). I would highly recommend his notes.
- Articles tab taps into one of the main reasons I use Bible.org. Bible.org is repository for thousands? of articles written by DTS professors and graduates from John Walvoord to Darrel Bock. They give the reader content that is a bit more advanced than some of what they may have on their shelf at home but not so advanced that its beyond them - usually. Some is better than others, but for the most part all of this is dispensational and you would agree with.
Downloadable Articles, Books
1.) bible.org - (for articles) Bible.org is repository for thousands of articles written by DTS professors and graduates from John Walvoord to Darrel Bock. They give the reader content that is a bit more advanced than some of what they may have on their shelf at home but not so advanced that its beyond them - usually. Some is better than others, but for the most part all of this is dispensational and you would agree with.
2.) sonliclight.org - here is a special treasure. This is TIED INTO the above toll but if you go to soniclight.org and click on Study Notes, Dr. John Constanble (who taught for years at Dallas Seminary) has written a full fledged scholarly (perhaps not UBER scholarly but definitely what you find in most top notch commentaries).. on EVERY book of the bible.. in PDF format (bookmarked on the left so you can go right to the chapters you want without scrolling)... FOR FREE. Are you stuck somewhere and you need a dispensational, evangelical, scholarly but conservative commentary (that is up to date?). YOu've got the entire Bible covered. This one set along could give a person most of what they needed for preaching in terms of getting in touch with what various scholars say on various passages and then getting a good perspective on why one view is better than others.
3.) galaxie.com - for $5 a month (this is nearly free) you can access 35 different conservative Christian journals. Unless you order them sent individually to your home, these are normally only on the shelves of Bible colleges and seminaries. $5 a month you can get it right at your home! You can search info in a way that you can't do with paper books. Want to study the Kenosis theory, or the emergent church - start searching
Here is an example entry: Evangelicalism, Paradigms, And The Emerging Church
Larry D. Pettegrew - TMSJ 17:2 (Fall 2006) - Evangelicalism, Paradigms, And The Emerging Church Larry D. Pettegrew Professor of Theology With the advent of “new evangelicalism” in the 1950s began a new movement among evangelicals that bases itself on human experience, minimizes the importance of doctrine...
This is a bit more academic... but this is where MOST of the writing of evangelical seminary professors (especially before blogs showed up) existed outside books they wrote. These journals cover several generations of conservative evangelical scholars (includes Emmaus Journal, BIb Sac (DTS), Michigan Theological, Grace Evangelical, etc..) You can search it.. and drown yourself in serious writing on almost any topic.
4.) stempublishing.com - praise the Lord for these guys. They have nearly all the early brethren writers and many periodicals in text format online, searchable. You can even download their whole site and read it on your hard drive. Want to read all of Darby? Kelly? William Trotter. You've got ALL of them, right in front of you (mobile phones too). No excuses. No need to buy big sets. PLUS.. since they are electronic you can search most of them which you can't do with paper. BIblecentre.org also contains early brethren literature but picks through the massive pile (unlinke stempublishing) and offers you selected works.
5.) ccel.org - the flagship effort to digitize all older Christian literature, early church fathers, classics, etc. This is where you may want to go to get the best digital copies of the early church fathers if you can't buy the $299 set from cdb.com. Look for example here: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf04.html And you will see what i'm talking about. If you need to read something that you can footnote and refer to, this makes it easy.
6.) keybibleconcepts.org - for those that appreciate Dr. David Gooding. Most of his books are online here.
7.) books.google.com - often overlooked is the fact that lots of books have large amounts of the text readable on GOogle books. Sometimes all of a book is available save a few pages. It is completely hit or miss. You can at least get an idea of a book and if you are fortunate, the whole chapter you want to read (without buying a book) may be out on google books.
- Here 87 pages of Irving Jensens Bible study Charts (almost every OT book charted) are right online: http://books.google.com/books?id=NZRe2iDQLaoC&printsec=frontcover&dq=irving+jensen&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xkzsUIbmD4vm8gSE4IHYAw&ved=0CD0Q6wEwAA
- Here is about the same amount of pages of I Howard Marshalls NICNT commentary on John's Epistles (from a very expensive commentary set) available to just browse through: http://books.google.com/books?id=gby-zhPba2AC&printsec=frontcover&dq=nicnt+John+Marshall&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rU3sUOWrPIaC8ATop4GACQ&ved=0CDwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=nicnt%20John%20Marshall&f=false
8.) biblemaps.org is fun well done site for pulling up a quick bible maps based on the modern google mapping system with info added. Doing the same thing in images.google.org will pull up lots too. You've to be careful here though if you start using stuff in ministry that is copyrighted.
9.) bible-history.com - one of those motherload link sites of sites that you'd never get through but that contains both junk and excellent resources. Look here for some bible background information.
10.) grace-ebooks.com - this is a generous list of many ebooks (including CHM, Pickering, etc..) organized alphabetically that believers would appreaciate.
1.) holylandphotos.org - download good quality photos of much of the holy land. The best site for photos is bibleplaces.com but nothing is free there)
2.) visualunit.me - is a site with actual ORIGINAL content on it. This guy creates stunning charts, visuals and graphics of Bible content. Highly worth looking at just to get you thinking.
3.) bible.dyndns-web.com/about.htm - this is the site of Tom Elseroad. I wouldn't agree with everything he says but he has almost EVERYTHING (click on doctrine) in some graphic or chart. Again for the visual people, this is worth looking at.
4.) ritmeyer.com - guys that do excellent archaeological drawings of ancient Biblical structures
1.) Dead Sea Scrolls online - dss.collections.imj.org.il/
2.) gotquestions.org - is a one stop shop for quick (one page) answers to hundreds of thousands of Bible questions from a perspective that most NTP assemblies would be comfortable with. They have a great app. The strength of this site is that the answers are only one page long. This is great for people with less ability to read through lots of content.
3.) tyndaletech.blogspot.co.uk - computer resources for Hebrew / Old Testament language studies.
3.) 1shiloh.com - this site sold CD's for around $25 that contained several hundred PDF's of brethren literature from the past into the present... Basically a library of all the best so called Plymouth Brethren writers including 20'th century writers for a few bucks. A bit controversial as copyright questions come into play.. but as of today the site is down. CLick here to see what it looked like in Jan of 2012 http://web.archive.org/web/20110128145855/http://1shiloh.com/ - click the CD's on the left for lists of books. Maybe they will come back online.