Philippians - Pursuing Christ to Know Him

by Thomas W. Finley

APPENDIX B

Free Study Resources for the Bible Student

If you have a computer:


An excellent Bible Study program can be downloaded for free and it is very popular worldwide. That program is called e-sword. It can be downloaded from the following site: www.e-sword.net. This program has many free resources that can be added onto the basic program, such as different Bible versions, commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. Other resources can be added for a fee. This program has been put together by Christian volunteers as a service to believers all over the world. This is the Bible study program I use.

The Internet Bible study sites listed below can also be a great help with study, providing many free resources.

If you have access to a computer, such as through a family member or at a library or Internet café:

There are a number of different Bible study sites which have various study tools that can be used while on-line (no download needed). Two of the sites that may be most useful to students are:

www.Biblestudytools.com This site has many features for searching the Bible and comparing versions, etc. It also has a number of commentaries and Bible dictionaries, along with other resources. Most of the commentaries and dictionaries are older, not requiring copyright permission for quoting.

www.studylight.org This site is similar to the one just above. It does have one general Bible dictionary that is a more modern book and entries could reflect current scholarship (Holman’s Bible Dictionary). General Bible dictionaries are extremely helpful, having scholarly entries on names, places, Bible topics, books of the Bible, etc. This site also has a NT word dictionary, as well as an OT word dictionary. (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of NT Words; Vine’s Expository Dictionary of OT Words). These dictionaries are designed with the entries listed according to the English words as they appear in the King James Version. Vincent’s Word Studies is another excellent book on certain NT words (keyed to verses) and you can find it under Commentaries on the site. An additional valuable resource on this site is Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. This modern academic work gives definitions of theological terms. This book is also on the Bible Study Tools site shown above.

Another useful site is www.biblehub.com. Besides a number of commentaries and dictionaries, this site also has an Interlinear Bible. The Interlinear shows the English text along with the Hebrew text for the OT and the Greek text for the NT. This Interlinear gives much information on the original language words. There is a text analysis tool which shows the various linguistic aspects of the Hebrew and Greek words. For the Greek NT it provides information on the part of speech, the gender, the case, as well as the tense, the voice and the mood of verbs, etc.

Finally, one more popular site is www.blueletterbible.com

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And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13, NASB)