Bible Study

  • Amos: Postmodern Bible Commentary
  • Bible.org – develops Bible study tools and provides resources so Christians in every culture can be equipped for global impact. They provide free access on the Internet to the finest, most trustworthy biblical truths and materials.
  • Bible Commentaries – a collection of Bible commentaries compiled under the Virtual Theological Library Project by the Association of Christian Librarians.
  • Bible Gateway – a rich social and personal connection to freely read, research, and reference Scripture on your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone in more than 200 versions and more than 70 languages.
  • Bible Research – more than 30 links to Bible research websites. These links are found on Regent University’s Library web page.
  • Bible Researcher – this is a site for Bible students who are looking for detailed information on the history of the canon, texts, and versions of Scripture.
  • Bible Sprout – Online Bible study resource, an educational Christian website focused on helping people know more about God’s truth through reliance on scripture.
  • Bible Study Tools (from Liberty University) – free online Bible website for verse search and in-depth studies. Includes 29 versions of the Bible, commentaries, concordances, Bible dictionaries, Biblical encyclopedias and historical Christian and church books including Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. They also offer Greek and Hebrew Interlinear for the New and old Testament, lexicons for original Greek and Hebrew reading of Scripture, as well as popular Church history books.
  • Blue Letter Bible – provides powerful tools for an in-depth study of God’s Word through our free online reference library, with study tools that are grounded in the historical, conservative Christian faith.
  • Classic Christian Library – A library of the best Christian works from over the centuries. Commentaries recommended by Charles Spurgeon are indicated with an asterisk (*). Also includes devotional Bible studies, works on doctrinal studies and systematic theology, topical Bible studies, and complete/collected works of noted authors such as Augustine, Richard Baxter, Jonathan Edwards, John Flavel, John Owen, and Charles Spurgeon, among others.
  • Evangelical Textual Criticism – a blog describes itself as a forum for people with knowledge of the Bible in its original languages to discuss its manuscripts and textual history from the perspective of historic evangelical theology.
  • International Standard Bible Encyclopedia – An exhaustive Biblical encyclopedia that details every significant word in the Bible. Contains articles by nearly 200 scholars about every aspect of the culture, language, people, and literature of the Bible.
  • Dictionary of Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation – This site contains detailed descriptions and examples of arguably the most robust exegetical methodology around. SRI is used as the method of choice in our graduate program.
  • K. C. Hanson’s Palestine in the Time of Jesus – K. C. Hanson is the editor-in-chief of Wipf and Stock Publishers. This site contains extensive links that support Hanson’s 2nd edition of the book Palestine in the Time of Jesus. There are links to photos of Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Israel, West Bank, Sinai, Greece and Rome, ancient documents, chronologies of the ancient world, New Testament papyri and codices, and more.
  • Logos 7 – Logos 7 Basic Bible software is now being offered free of charge. Once you’ve downloaded the software, there are training videos to get you started using Logos 7. Once you have signed up for Logos’ email list you will receive offers for free eBook downloads each month as well as discounts on other titles.
  • Ministry Matters Legacy Library – Ministry Matters™ offers practical and immediate inspiration for preachers, teachers, and worship leaders. With thousands of original articles and blogs, unique book reviews, and weekly worship and preaching helps in our This Sunday area, MinistryMatters.com provides both community and inspiration to Christian leaders. A research library called Legacy Library is free to use and offers Bible commentaries, lectionary resources, sermon and preaching resources, worship resources, Christian theology resources and much more.
  • NT Gateway – a comprehensive directory of academic internet resources related to the New Testament. It is divided into several sub-directories and dozens of pages, each relating to a specific topic. Every link is annotated. The annotations help users to pinpoint the information for which they are looking. The New Testament Gateway focuses on resources that will be of interest to both scholars and students of the New Testament. Authored by Dr Mark Goodacre, Associate Professor in the Dept of Religion at Duke University in partnership with Logos since 2009.
  • Online Biblical Studies Journals Search – Google Custom Search engine for open access Biblical studies journals.
  • Online Commentaries (from Western Seminary) – This custom Google search engine “Open Access Bible Commentaries Quick Search” created by Sally Shelton (ORU) makes searching online commentaries easy. Not all of the newest and most scholarly commentaries are available on the internet or through subscription research databases. Due to publisher arrangements, one can only gain access to these preferred resources through Bible study software programs such as Logos. Many older commentaries are now available. See also Recommended Commentary Series for Papers (Common abbreviation)
    • Pillar New Testament Commentary (Pillar or PNTC)
    • New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)
    • New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT)
    • New International Greek Commentary (NIGTC)
    • Expositor’s Bible Commentary (REBC)
    • Zondervan Exegetical Commentary (ZECNT or ZECOT)
    • Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (ZIBBC)
    • Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Baker or BECNT)
    • New American Commentary (NAC)
    • The Story of God Bible Commentary (SoGBC)

    and Some of Western Seminary’s faculty’s recommended sites for and about resources

  • Open Access Bible Commentaries Quick Search – This is a Google custom search just for commentaries that pulls entries from other commentaries’ sites. All you have to do is enter a book of the Bible or a passage of scripture and several links will come up.
  • Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) – a virtual library for theology, religious studies, and related disciplines. The mission of OADTL is to make all open access content in religious studies and related fields discoverable to everyone, everywhere in the world through a single search experience for free forever. The OADTL currently contains about 100,000 OA ebooks and several hundred thousand articles in religious studies. The collections also contain thousands of Ph.D. and D.Min. dissertations. The collections are growing quickly. TheOADTL offers both simple and advanced searching for content. All content is fully cataloged by professional librarians. The sponsors of the OADTL are: Claremont School of Theology, Denver Seminary, Evangelical Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Hartford Seminary, International Baptist Theological Study Centre (Amsterdam), Lexington Seminary, and Singapore Bible College.
  • Religion Online – full texts by recognized religious scholars. More than 6,000 articles and chapters. Topics include Old and New Testament. Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions, and Religious Education.
  • Research Pages for Biblical Studies – intended as a resource for serious, scholarly studies of the early Christian writings and their social world.
  • Resources for New Testament Exegesis – by Roy E. Clampa, PhD, Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. This site has been prepared for my students at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary but I am happy to know that others have found it useful as well.
  • StudyLight – provides quality Bible study tools such as commentaries, concordances, Bible dictionaries, and encyclopedias, and includes original language tools, historical writings, pastoral resources, and personal resources such as Bible reading plans and devotionals.
  • TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism – a peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to study of the Jewish and Christian biblical texts.
  • Virtual Theological Library Project / sponsored by Association of Christian Librarians – The Virtual Library contains bibliographic records to open access theological resources and is organized by format.  These include: E-booksBible CommentariesOpen Access Journalsand Research Websites