You have no doubt already surmised what type of content you will find on a web site with the domain name BibleStudyTools.com. That’s right! A wide variety of tools to help you explore and study God’s Word, including Bible text from over 30 different translations, concordances, Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, reading plans and more. Of course, the best way to get a feel for what’s on their site is to explore it yourself, but before you do, here are a couple of my comments and observations about the site:
- In addition to the freely-available King James Version (KJV), you will find more recent translations like the English Standard Version (ESV), the New Living Translation (NLT), the New American Standard Bible (NASB) and even the New International Version (NIV), which is found on relatively few “Bible sites.”
- Like a lot of free online reference libraries, many of the Bible study resources on the BibleStudyTools.com site – commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. – are “public domain” which means “old.” While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as they were written by some of the best-known theologians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the writing style may be a bit dated and verse quotations, almost without exception, will be from the KJV.
- Tucked away in their “Other Resources” section are some classic writings on Bible study methodology, including R.A. Torrey’s “Methods of Bible Study” and J.W. McGarvey’s “A Guide to Bible Study,” that you might want to check out.
- The site offers a number of good devotional materials, including “Quiet Walk” (Walk thru the Bible’s daily devotional) and “Bible Pathway” (through the Bible in one year in 15 minutes a day). The various devotionals are well organized by type and audience through their sister site crosswalk.com, which is owned and managed by the same company.
- By signing up for a free “MyBible” account, you will gain additional online study capabilities, such as being able to highlight and bookmark your favorite passages, write and save your own study notes and, if you choose, share those notes in their online community.
So, if you haven’t already come across this web site full of helpful resources, (as it’s an obvious “hit” if you’ve ever Goolged “Bible study resources” or anything similar), check it out and let me know what you think.
Bible Study Tools link: www.biblestudytools.com
[Update 8/8/11 – Follow them on Twitter at @BibleStudyTools for links to great articles on the “how to’s” of Bible study, Bible trivia questions and much more.]