Clarence is a speaker, Bible teacher, author and co-founder of The Bible Study. My Bible offers users a great opportunity to study the Bible. Search verses with the translation and version you want with over 29 to choose from, including King James (KJV), New International (NIV), New American Standard (NASB), The Message, New Living (NLT), Holman Christian Standard (HCSB), English Standard (ESV) and many more versions of the Holy Bible. Our rich online library includes well-known and trusted commentaries such as the popular Matthew Henry Commentary, concordances such as Strong's Comprehensive Concordance and Topical Ships Concordance, biblical dictionaries, biblical encyclopedias, and Christian and church historical books, including Fox's Book of Martyrs.
Our resource library also includes Bible reading plans, parallel Bible, and many other additional Christian resources, including dictionaries and encyclopedias. For a deeper study of the Scriptures, our website offers interlinear Greek and Hebrew for the New and Old Testaments, lexicons for the original reading of the scriptures in Greek and Hebrew, as well as popular Church history books. Read more About us, use BST on your site and view our online Bible Site Map. In a culture that is hostile to faith, and to Christianity in particular, we need biblical literacy more than ever.
And before we can teach our children how to interact with culture, how to discern, we need to know the word of God and know it well. Topical devotionals and books that combine a Bible verse with an inspirational verse may be enough for a quick and easy meeting, but when it comes to building a deep relationship with the text and appropriating it, they will always be insufficient. What we need is to develop biblical literacy. These tools are the essential resources you will need in your quest to develop your biblical literacy and your understanding of God's word.
You don't need a full library of resources or the latest and greatest Bible studies prepared and marketed. A few simple Bible study tools will get you started and take you a long way. A concordance has a lot to offer as you delve deeper into your personal Bible study. Use it to search for the original Greek, Aramaic or Hebrew words used.
You will find that not every time a particular English word is used, it was translated from the same original word. A concordance will also help you find other passages in the Bible where the same word is used. If you have a study Bible, your cross-references will also help you with this, but a match will show you every time the same word appears in the original language. Not sure how to use a match? Here is a useful video from Zondervan.
While a good Bible commentary is an important tool for your personal study of the Bible, I have listed it at the end because it should be the last resort you use in your study. It's tempting to look up the notes or commentaries of the study Bible when you find something you don't understand. But there is value in struggling with an idea or question and allowing yourself to stretch out to try to figure out the answer for yourself. Read the passage that has hung up on you repeatedly.
Read the entire chapter and book for context. Use your dictionary to define terms. Then, after you've put it to work, check out the opinions of trusted experts. With free devotionals, study guides, useful articles and rich customization features, visitors to Bible Study Tools will be able to make the most of their time studying the Bible and discover its meaning for their lives in new and important ways.
So save your precious leather Bible to take to church or sit on your nightstand and get a journal Bible with wide margins or, better yet, print the passage you're studying in a double-space, wide-margin format from an online Bible. I thought that a Biblical Atlas would help me locate the places referred to in the text, to understand the distances between places and to show the political boundaries involved. It offers Bible study plans where you read the Bible in a year and you can choose the plan that best suits your needs. Again, the best study and explanation of biblical truth comes from a life, not just a process or a method.
But when we think of better tools for Bible study, we often think only of biblical software programs, books, methods, or other practical approaches. All writers are selected based on their training and familiarity with religious and cultural studies. In this first article I will introduce three important character traits that make a good student and teacher of the Bible; in a second article I will introduce three more. I will write about three most important character qualities for Bible students, preachers and teachers in part two.