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Bible Reading:

KJV with Strongs Links: BJU One Place  Blue Letter Bible  (see Strong's note* below)

Parallel Bible Version Reading (view any two versions side by side, i.e. New KJV and Good News)  

Read Chapters of Bibles in Any Version (choose version then read by chapter)

Search Multiple Versions by Keyword (search by word and see results in multiple versions)

e-Sword  (free Bible/study software to install on your computer)

 

 

Listen to the Bible Online: (After page opens, select version, use NIV with Flash if you do not have RealPlayer.  Windows Vista users will need to click Allow to use Real Player.)

 

Contemporary English Version Choose Chapter (Real Player required)

Contemporary English Version Entire New Testament Starting With Matthew (Real Player required)

  King James Version (Real Player required)
 

New International Version (Flash)

New international Version (Real Player required)

  Today's New International Version (Real Player required)
  Real Player Install by going to real.com, click Get RealPlayer Free, click Download, Run/Continue, Accept, allow it to open files not associated elsewhere, choose the free Basic setup, Finish. Be careful to uncheck permission to send advertising, etc.
  Great Gift Idea (MP3 CD that plays on most cd players with Contemporary English Version NT (CEV) dramatized with sound effects by Hosanna $14, with MP3 like player and ear buds $29, Native American speaker version also available)

 

 

Bible Study Tools:

Commentaries*

Bible Names Pronunciation

Bible Dictionaries- 

 

Baker's Evangelical Dictionary

 

Easton's Bible Dictionary

 

Hitchcock's Bible Names

 

Nave's Topical Bible

 

Smith's Bible Dictionary

 

Torrey's New Topical Textbook

Vines Expository Dictionary

Lexicon* (After choosing Greek:NT or Hebrew:OT, scroll to bottom of page to search for a word or Strong's number. See Strong's note below.)  

Topical Index  (enter a name or use letter index)

Bible Study Methods or Hermeneutics (overview of Bible study)


Other Audio Tools:
Online Audio/Video Teaching and Sermons (over 150 ministries)

Question of Origins Creation/Evolution Movie (normally choose 300k or 500k link to watch movie)

BBN Radio 

Cyber Hymnal (Listen to hymns)

Online Contemporary Christian Radio Stations (over 350)

Online Gospel Radio Stations (over 75)

Online Religious Radio Stations (over 450)

Some online tools may require something besides Media Player such as RealPlayer or Winamp.  You will usually find information on requirements/setup directly on their website.

 

 

Other Tools:

Topic Help Directory (Info on 100 main topics from ChristianAnswers.net)

Charts, Outlines, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Cults, Misc.

Jewish Information  (Alfred Edersheim on traditions, law, life) 

Archaeology and the Bible (ChristianAnswers.net)

Religious Encyclopedia (explains terms, history, and views) 

Church Resources

Devotions: 

Christian News-

 

Religion Newswriters (news about religion, mostly US) 

Crosswalk's Religion Today

Truth or Fiction (check out an email story that you've received  before passing on an untrue story, put any unique word of the story in the search box to find story)

Religious Statistics-

How to Use the Internet to Study Theology  (tutorial)

 

 

Notes*:

Strong's Note- Be careful following the listed base words or word origin as a definition! The practice of using base words or word origins to formulate a definition will usually miss the nuance or context. See Bible Study Methods or Hermeneutics link above.
Commentary Note- Remember that many commentary authors have a biased theological or denominational perspective.  As with any information that might affect your viewpoint, always check multiple sources, especially your pastor!

Bible Version Notes- Be careful to understand the differences and critiques of the version you use.  Google the version to see what people are saying.

 

 

Not Sure Where to Begin?

 

1st- Understand the big picture.  Make sure you know the basic outline of the Bible.  Consider watching the following movie.

God's Story- From Creation to Eternity (80 min. movie) on ChristianAnswers.net.  (Normally click the Windows media 256k link to start, then right-click movie and left-click Zoom  and Full Screen. May have to click bar at top and Run Active X.)

2nd- Don't stop with thinking you have the basic message of the Bible in your head.  Read your Bible regularly to benefit from a deeper and continuing understanding and to protect yourself from people who twist the Scripture.  Read below about Bible Reading.  Your first food should be God's Word, then Bible-based preaching and teaching.  

3rd- Go beyond Bible reading. Memorize and meditate on verses that are promises that you currently need in your life. 

4th-  Go beyond Bible reading. Use Bible-based study helps and tools to develop understanding about themes, characters, doctrines, and how to live from the Bible.  (Use tools from above.)

Tips: Structure for success! Own multiple Bibles.  Place a Bible in the bathroom, nightstand, easy chair, and in the car.  Acquire two audio versions of the Bible.  One for the car and one for the nightstand clock radio. Make this web page your start page (Tools/Internet Options/General or Main tab/Use Current).  Find a partner where you both agree to follow a particular reading/listening goal.  Join structured Bible studies or classes that naturally force you to read and study. Avoid anything that does not put the Word of God as the highest authority for information.

  

Basics of learning from the Bible:  Four essentials: pray before you start, highlighters, commentaries, dictionaries.  It is highly beneficial to buy some highlighters to mark verses as you read.  Maybe use one color to mark verses that you really like, so you can skim your Bible later to read your favorite verses.  Then use another color to mark verses you do not understand or have questions about, so you can later revisit these verses for further study.  Reading an online commentary (above) at the same time will give you additional information or reminders that may help you.  You may want to use an online dictionary whenever you are reading about a specific person or place to get an overview that may include other historical records.  

 

Never read the entire Bible? If you have never read the entire Bible, it is usually beneficial to read the New Testament first, then read the Old Testament.  While reading the Bible , you should also read the online commentary pages for the chapters/book you are currently reading.  If you will read the Bible chapter and the corresponding commentary information for the chapter, you will find it more interesting and educational.  Occasionally, you may want to use a Bible dictionary to learn more about a person, place, or practice.  

 

Don't think you can do it?  If you have tried for many years to read the entire Bible and you feel you haven't succeeded, take the time to highlight every verse you read so it is easy to systematically eliminate unread portions.   Keep your Bible in a location where you will be more apt to read it: nightstand, bathroom, easy chair.   Keep your highlighters clipped to your Bible.  You may want to get a cd/clock for your nightstand and buy the CEV Bible on mp3 cd to listen to for a short while before sleeping.  If you have difficulty reading, use a version that is easier to read such as the Contemporary English Version (CEV) or listen to an audio version.  Once you have found the audio version you prefer, bookmark the page where you choose the book/chapter for quick access.  Print this sheet and keep near your cd player to mark off chapters.  

 

General Bible reading: Many people will read a chapter of Proverbs and a chapter of Psalms each day along with 1-2 chapters of the Bible.  You can print this record sheet to mark off chapters read (1 sheet).  

 

Tips for veteran Bible readers: You should try to use the three major methods of Bible study throughout your life: in-depth chapter by chapter, straight through, and topical.  

 

The in-depth chapter by chapter method is a good method to use first.  This would include reading commentary and dictionary information while understanding the timeline (chart).  Some will follow along with an audio teacher using a through the Bible approach for their teaching such as J. Vernon McGee or Bob Davis.  As with any information that might affect your viewpoint, always check multiple sources and your pastor's opinion.

 

The straight through method is often better to use after you have gone through the Bible with the chapter by chapter method above.  The main purpose of the straight through method is to learn more about the big picture (see the forest instead of the trees) which can be missed when dissecting the Bible.  The average reader can read the Old Testament in approximately 28 hours and the New Testament in approximately 7 hours.   This is a good time to use a highlighter to mark verses that stand out to you.  The Bible reading will go fast if you also attempt to write a book report on the Bible as if you were going to present the report to people that had never heard of it.  Your report will help remind you of the big picture for years to come.    

 

Studying topics where information is found in several locations of the Bible can be very beneficial.  The use of concordances, word searches, lexicons, topical searches, dictionaries, commentaries, encyclopedias, and other tools can often assist you.  It is advised to take a hermeneutics course so you are reminded of important guidelines to formulate your conclusions.  There is a brief overview of Bible study methods/hermeneutics above.   Usually, it is beneficial to know Jewish custom or laws. It is also beneficial to understand the difference between the law and grace.  It is important to understand the importance of context.  It is usually helpful to understand how wildcard searches can speed things up (if allowed).  Using *ites would show most of the ancient nations (Midianites, Canaanites, etc.).  Using marr* would show marry, marrying, married, marriages, marriage, etc. 

 

 

 

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