There are so many wonderful Bible study tools available! These days, many of them are conveniently online.
FREE Online Bible Study Reference Tools
- Bible Gateway: BibleGateway.com. My first and most-used site on the internet! In fact, I generally have 2 BibleGateway.com tabs open on my computer – a BG1 and a BG2, holding 10 of my favorite translations of scripture accessible for anytime use. BibleGateway has tons of Bible translations, along with other study and devotional resources available, but the way I use it most is in comparing the same verse in various translations.
- Blue Letter Bible: BlueLetterBible.com – I LOVE this site! It has tons of reference materials on it, devotionals, access to the Elizabeth Elliot library (a treasure!), but my favorite parts of this site are the easy to understand access to the definition of every Greek and Hebrew word (through interlinear studies) and the wealth of commentaries and sermon series by preachers and scholars from both the past and present.
- Bible Hub: BibleHub.com – An “online suite” offering topical, Greek and Hebrew study tools, plus concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, sermons and devotionals. This is one that I use when I need Bible dictionaries and word study lexicons.
- Online Bible Dictionary – “Bible dictionaries are one of the most practical and useful theological reference books available. The combination of definitions and proper names for Biblical words with online verse reference, allows users to define and analyze Scripture. Discover the meaning of words and study them in context to the theological concepts of that specific verse or passage. Many word searches also include the original Greek and Hebrew word with meaning. Popular dictionaries of the Bible include Baker’s Evangelical, Easton’s, and Smiths – named after their well-known theological authors.” Source: BibleStudyTools.com. Click here for a link to several different Bible dictionaries.
- Online Bible Concordances – “A Bible concordance is an alphabetical listing of words and phrases found in the Holy Bible and shows where the terms occur throughout all books of Scripture. With cross-references for verses, concordances make it easy to understand the meaning of terms and the context in which those words are used. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is the most widely known and popular and includes Greek and Hebrew dictionaries for a better understanding of the original meaning. Additional concordances such as Naves Topical and Torreys Topical are valuable Bible study resources.” Source: BibleStudyTools.com Click here for a link to Strongs Concordance.
- Online Bible Commentaries –“Written by well-known and popular theologians, Bible commentaries aid in the study of Scripture by providing explanation and interpretation of Biblical text. Whether you are just beginning to read Scripture or have been studying the Bible daily, commentaries offer greater understanding with background information on authorship, history, setting, and theme of the writing. Verse by verse exposition of the New and Old Testament can be found in commentaries written by some of the greatest Christian church leaders including John Calvin, Matthew Henry, Charles Spurgeon, John McArthur, R.C. Sproul, andWarren Wiersbe.
You can find many of these commentaries through the sites listed above.