I plan to come back to the Christian music series at some point in the future, but this morning as I was studying I thought I would highlight a few Bible study tools that I use regularly as I prepare for sermons.
Many people think that serious Bible study requires knowledge of Greek or Hebrew and/or a significant library. While these things certainly don’t hurt, anybody can study the Scriptures well these days thanks to a variety of online tools and commentaries that are extremely helpful.
Here are a few of my favorites (FYI, I’m not being paid to shill any of this — just stuff I find helpful):
SonicLight — Dr. Thomas Constable of Dallas Theological Seminary (my alma mater) has prepared extensive study notes on every book of the Bible. Imagine getting an entire 7000-page commentary set for free; that’s Sonic Light for you. Dr. Constable has spent 25 years compiling this information — there are even audio lessons on many of the books as well.
Bible.org — Bible.org contains thousands of articles on various theological and biblical subjects, along with a searchable online NET Bible (translated almost entirely by DTS scholars). The theological viewpoints on the site are not necessarily uniform because of the broad variety of contributors, so read with care. Nonetheless, it’s a huge resources if you are looking for free commentaries and articles from top scholars.
Biblia.com — This is the online version of Logos software. You can get an account for free and use some of their commentaries and searchable resources online. It’s like having your own Bible software free online. Incidentally, if you are looking for a stellar Bible software package, I highly recommend Logos. There are several versions depending upon the level of study you are looking for. The Home Study Library starts at about $120. I would recommend starting with the Leader’s Library if possible, which runs around $260. I use Logos every week to prepare and it’s been one of the best investments I’ve ever made. But check out the online version first to get a taste of what’s available.
Blue Letter Bible — Another excellent searchable Bible tool. There are a number of translations on here, and also some charts, dictionaries, timelines, and outlines of biblical books.
At any rate, these are just a few to get you started. If anybody knows of others that are helpful, feel free to pass them along by commenting here. Happy studying!