The Bible comprises sixty-six books written by various authors over the
span of several millennia. The Bible's 39 Old Testament books were
written in the Hebrew language, whereas its 27 New Testament books were
written in Greek. The last Old Testament book was written prior to
400 B.C. by the prophet Malachi, while the New Testament books were
written between 35 A.D. and 100 A.D. Christians believe that the
Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God. "All scripture is given
by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness; That the man of God may be
perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy chapter 3,
verses 16 and 17).
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Bible study should be taken up with the mind and heart engaged to learn
of Jesus, rather than in a merely mental manner. For Jesus said,
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of me." (John chapter 5, verse 39).
The apostle Paul writes, in his second letter to Timothy, "Study to show
thyself approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy chapter 2, verse 15). These
quotations are taken from the 1611 King James Version of the Bible.
Noted Bible scholar James Butler Stoney (1814-1897) offers five helpful
approaches to studying the Bible:
To ascertain the one great subject of Scripture, to the expression
and development of which the whole without interruption conspires.
In reading it, to be convinced of its plenary inspiration, and
because of this, to note down every word and ascertain its meaning, which
is best done by writing the word and seeing then the use made of it.
To read a distinct book at a time and seek the leading idea or aim
of it, which is easy to do, but not so easy to sustain through all the
parts of the book. To connect all these points like the parts of a
map is very useful.
To take a subject and see how it is exemplified in different parts by
different aspects and different characters. This gives power in the
practical application of Scripture.
To read the Bible ad lib, by which the soul acquires a color and
tone. In trouble, sorrow, or conflict, it is wonderful the effect
which reading Scripture will have on you — you are carried into its
mind and current, almost unknown to yourself. It is change of air
and scene, the best restorative power to the moral invalid. The
better we understand Number 1, that is, the grand aim of Scripture, the
more strength do we imbibe from reading it, even in a desultory way.
With these considerations in view, there are several good English Bible
translations available, reflecting the English vocabulary at the times
in which they were translated, the Hebrew and Greek texts available to the
translators, and the predispositions and intents of the translators.
None of these Bible versions is perfect, but the 1611 King James Version,
the Darby translation, and the New King James Version are all regarded as
useful for Bible study purposes.
When studying the Bible, a Bible concordance can help you quickly find
verses which contain specific words. An interlinear Bible edition,
which literally translates the Hebrew and Greek texts word-for-word, can
provide important insights that are sometimes obscured in translation,
and a Bible dictionary can help you understand the meanings and varied
usages of Hebrew and Greek words found in the Bible. Some of these
resources are available online while others can be purchased at your local
Christian book store.
This website, Bible-Study.us, features convenient access to Christian book
publishers, ministries, and educational institutions that offer various
Bible translations and editions as well as online Bible study tools and
printed Bible study materials.
Bible Study Aids
Bible commentaries, Bible concordances, Bible dictionaries, and Interlinear Bibles
The Mission of the American Bible Society is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format that people can
understand and afford, so everyone may experience its life-changing message. Find a good selection of Bible study resources. www.AmericanBible.org
Provides premium scholarly publications to the academic
biblical studies community. Find interlinear Bibles and a selection of affordably priced Bibles in several translations and editions. www.Hendrickson.com
Offers a selection of Bible study tools including an online
study Bible, interlinear Bible, parallel Bible, Bible commentaries,
concordances, lexicons, Bible dictionaries, sermon helps, and other
This Gospel Communications ministry features online
Bible concordances for several languages and English translations.
Use this free service for reading and researching Scripture online
— in the language or translation of your choice! Find
advanced tools for searching the Bible by keywords or verse,
as well as other tools to enhance your study of the Bible. www.BibleGateway.com
Features a World Wide Study Bible that organizes web-based
Bible-related resources according to Scripture reference. Find
commentaries, meditations, sermons, pictures, word studies, musical
settings, and historical notes. www.CCEL.org
Tyndale House is an international centre for biblical
research, founded in a spirit of loyalty to the historic Christian
faith. It is a community of scholars at Cambridge University,
working mostly at postgraduate level. It welcomes bona fide
scholars in the field of Biblical Studies. www.Tyndale.CAM.ac.uk
This online Bible study website features several Bible
translations as well as interlinear Greek and Hebrew Bibles.
Resources include Strong's lexicon numbers and other Bible study texts. www.StudyBible.info
This Pennsylvania-based university invites students to walk a path that
(1) is centered on Jesus Christ and the Word of God,
(2) will challenge, inspire, and prepare them for life and work,
(3) will give them a broad, engaging, and purposeful perspective on the world, and
(4) will change and direct their lives to make a difference in this world and the lives of those around them. Cairn.edu