Internet Bible Tools
Bible Gateway is a phenomenal research tool for not only finding Scripture passages, but also for a quick read in a number of different translations. Its simple “Search” bar offers a pull-down menu for the version you are interested in before beginning the search.
The Blue Letter Bible
The Blue Letter Bible site tends to be more interactive when it comes to examining a particular passage in terms of its “Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge,” its “Concordance and Hebrew/Greek” entries, the available commentaries, and its dictionary aids. It even has a nifty “Hymn Selection” feature for many verses that correlate with Bible passages if highlighted.
Bible Study Tools
The Bible tools offered on this site cover a wide range of resources, including an Online Parallel Bible, a Bible Dictionary, Bible Encyclopedia, Thesaurus, Commentary, Lexicon, and Concordance. The site also includes an Atlas, Visuals, and a table of weights and measures used in the Bible.
Online Defender’s Study Bible
In this study Bible verses are linked to the Hebrew and Greek definitions from Strong’s Concordance. At the bottom of the chapter passages, the extensive study notes from the Defender’s Study Bible by Dr. Henry Morris are provided. You can page through each book and chapter of the Bible, starting here with Genesis.
Defender’s Bible Search: Select Bible book name; on next page select name again to go to text.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the Complete Bible
The commentaries of Matthew Henry have been a great blessing to Bible students since the 17th Century. Spurgen said that Henry was “most pious and pithy, sound and sensible, suggestive and sober, terse and trustworthy.”
English Translation of the Greek Septuagint Bible
The earliest extant version of the Old Testament is the Greek Septuagint translation executed at Alexandria, Egypt in the third century before the Christian era.
A Hebrew-English Bible According to the Masoretic Text
The Masoretic Text is the authoritative Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible regarded almost universally as the official version of the Tanakh. It defines not just the books of the Jewish canon, but also the precise letter-text of the biblical books in Judaism, as well as their vocalization and accentuation known as the Masorah. The Masoretic Text is also widely used as the basis for translations of the Old Testament in Protestant Bibles, and in recent years (since 1943) also for some Catholic Bibles. In modern times the Dead Sea Scrolls have shown the Masoretic Text to be nearly identical to some texts of the Tanakh dating from 200 BCE but different from others.
Strong’s Concordance with Hebrew and Greek Lexicon
Strong’s Concordance is an exhaustive cross-reference of every word in the King James Version back to the word in the original text. Unlike other Biblical reference books, the purpose of Strong’s Concordance is not to provide content or commentary about the Bible, but to provide an index to the Bible. This allows the reader to find words where they appear in the Bible. This index allows a student of the Bible to re-find a phrase or passage previously studied. It also lets the reader directly compare how the same word may be used elsewhere in the Bible. In this way Strong’s Notes provides an independent check against translations, and offers an opportunity for greater, and more technically accurate understanding of text.
Theopedia: An Online Encyclopedia of Biblical Christianity
Theopedia is a growing online encyclopedia of biblical Christianity. Theopedia uses wiki technology, which is essentially a community-driven, information-management system. Wikipedia strives to maintain a Neutral-point-of-view policy for its material to prevent biased presentation. Theopedia, however, openly maintains a bias, or a Particular-point-of-view, that being “conservative evangelical Protestant Christianity.” Contrary to Wikipedia, this bias is to be expected in Theopedia content.
Books of the Bible
The Books of the Bible are listed differently in the canons of Judaism and the Catholic, Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Slavonic Orthodox, Georgian, Armenian Apostolic, Syriac and Ethiopian churches, although there is substantial overlap. A table comparing the canons of some of these traditions appears on this site, comparing the Jewish Bible with the Christian Old Testament and New Testament. For a detailed discussion of the differences, see “Biblical canon“.
The Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches may have minor differences in their lists of accepted books. The list given here for these churches is the most inclusive: if at least one Eastern church accepts the book it is included here.
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