Hey there friends! I am often asked about recommendations for Bible Study. So I am publishing this article as a resource so that I can point people to it for resources to help them with private study, sermon or devotional prep, and small groups. It features only links to online free resources with a brief annotation about what each site contains. I have broken things into two simple categories: “Bible” and “Other Resources.” This list may be updated, revised, or adapted in the future, but for now it is sufficient according to my present knowledge. I pray it might be a blessing to you in whatever endeavor you find yourself.
Bible Gateway – You can search and use a broad range of translations, parallel multiple translations, and view various study notes, cross references, and commentary. A unique feature is the “Scripture Engagement” page. It offers various ways to engage with scripture based on how you might prefer to engage given your personality. For example, there are tips for journaling scripture, singing scripture, memorizing scripture, dramatizing scripture, hand copying scripture, and more. The suggestions are simple, but helpful and several of these ways to engage include tips for practicing the method in a small group. Mobile app is available.
Blue Letter Bible – This online Bible is best recommended for its search features. After performing a search of various kinds you have easy options for sharing, printing, or citing. It also includes commentary, cross references, and a miscellaneous section that includes word cloud generations. The page “Study” includes various resources worth combing through depending on what you may use it for. Mobile app is available.
STEP Bible – Scripture Tools for Every Person contains multiple translations and includes key vocabulary highlighted in blue. When your cursor hovers over these key vocabulary words you can see some facts about the original word such as definitions and number of occurrences. It will also highlight any other occurrences of the word in the same chapter. There is also a page full of “reports.” Think of this page as the digital version of those appendices and maps in a print Bible. It includes free interactive versions of various “reports” such as a gospel harmony, list of Old Testament usage in the New Testament, and more. Mobile app is available.
NABRE Bible – This online version of the New American Bible Revised Edition is a part of the website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The NABRE is a Catholic translation, but is still an excellent resource for the non-catholic Christian. This site includes introductions and study notes for each of the books of the Bible (including the Apocrypha).
NET Bible – The New English Translation is a fully original, ongoing, and online translation. The notes included with the NET are excellent observations including background information and comments about the grammar of the Greek or Hebrew behind it. There are also some blogs available on a related site (find here). Mobile app is available.
Bible Odyssey – The self-description of this site is informative: Explore the fascinating origins of the Bible and its eventful history. On Bible Odyssey, the world’s leading scholars share the latest historical and literary research on key people, places, and passages of the Bible. It also has a page that allows you to search the entries of the full HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. This site has a great layout and organization with plenty of quality material. Some of it is critical and may be more than a typical believer cares to know, but it is still worth your time to comb through and find what you could use.
Biblical Studies Online – A vast library of videos of lectures about the Bible and related literature. Some of it may be more than you care to look into, but some of it may be for popular interest and add some depth to your study. I recommend watching a video that relates to a text you are studying (use the index) and taking notes.
The Visual Commentary on Scripture – An online collection of art exhibits curated around Biblical texts and themes.
The Bible Project – Collection and organization of material produced by the Bible Project group. There are videos, articles, and study guides outlining scripture, explaining Biblical words and themes, and exploring Biblical genres. Mobile app is available.
Spoken Gospel – Poetic meditation, introduction, and devotional material on scripture.
Best Commentaries – This site rates commentaries based on various criteria. This is provided in case you are looking for a commentary on a particular book of the Bible. Read through the recommendations and consider what might be most helpful for you.
N. T. Wright’s Website – N. T. Wright is the world’s leading New Testament scholar. This site is full of his material in a variety of forms. Explore this site if you are studying something in the New Testament.
Bible Places – High quality photos of places in and related to the Bible.
Holy Land Photos – High quality photos of the Holy Land and surrounding areas.
Life in the Holy Land – Illustrations of the People and Places of the Biblical world.
Bible Reading Plan Generator – Use this link to customize your own Bible reading plan.