Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tools for Bible Study


Part 3 of "The Holy Bible" Series

Bible study can be difficult work. A. W. Pink once said, "No verse of Scripture yields its meaning to lazy people." But the work can be made easier with the help of some good tools.

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of Truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).

Here are a few recommended Bible study tools:
  • ESV Study Bible - I have been using this study Bible for about a year. In my opinion, it's the best one I've read so far. If you could own only one book other than the Bible, this might be the one you'd want. Those who purchase the ESV Study Bible also receive online access to the study notes at esvbible.org.
  • NIV Study Bible - This study Bible has been a great help to me over the years. Zondervan has also published versions of this Bible, with similar notes, in the King James Version and the New American Standard Bible.
  • Dig Deeper - This book by Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach offers 16 "tools" for understanding the Bible. For example, one of the tools is the author's purpose tool ("Why did the author write this?").
  • YouVersion - YouVersion is available both online and as a mobile app called the Bible. You can also browse or search the Bible in multiple translations.