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Missionary Geek

Open BibleThere are many different places I go to get information while studying the Bible, but there are two websites that I tend to go back to much more than any others. These are BibleGateway.com and BlueLetterBible.org. While they both have Bible texts on them, I use them very differently from one another because of their individual strengths.

Bible Gateway
There are Bibles in more than 50 languages at Bible Gateway. Obviously this is one of the strengths of the website. It is easy to set your preferred language and Bible translation. When you do various searches, either searching by verse or word, the results show up using the version of the Bible you chose. As far as a quick and easy search tool, Bible Gateway fits that perfectly.

Bible Gateway has paid for copyright permission for many different translations that normally don’t show up in free Bible study tools. If the text of the version of translation you use is not available on other tools, then Bible Gateway may be the place to get the text you need. The value of this is that you can cut and paste the Bible text into your sermon notes. Otherwise you would have to manually type each text.

Blue Letter Bible
The website for Blue Letter Bible allows you to search Bible texts just like you would at Bible Gateway, but the choice of translations is considerably smaller. The study tools that they provide more than make up for the lack of translations.

Blue Letter Bible provides scripture commentaries by 25 different authors. There are maps and Bible charts along with multiple devotionals. The list of tools is extensive: dictionaries, encyclopedias, book introductions and outlines, timelines, and information about cults. There are many more tools than I have ever ventured to figure out.

Personally I use Blue Letter Bible because of the Strong’s concordance information. On each verse you are able to display the Strong’s numbers in the passage. Clicking on the number gives you the Strong’s information in a matter of seconds instead of having to take up half your desk trying to open the physical book.

Both of these tools have their strengths and weaknesses. They complement each other well.

Which are your favorite online Bible study tools? Please leave a comment and let other readers know.

About the author

David is a missionary working with the Deaf. His focus is helping churches in Latin America start ministries for the Deaf in their communities. He currently lives with his wife and kids in Mérida, México. David also serves as the Director of Deaf Ministries for his mission board, Baptist International Outreach.

6 Comments for this entry

  • Ken Mullins says:

    My favorite is http://bible.org/.

    Ken & Chyrl Mullins
    Wycliffe Bible Translators

    “The NET Bible New Testament is faithful to the original Greek. It is a refreshing and radical departure from previous translations of the Bible into English. It includes extensive translators’ notes explaining and defending the translation and showing other options for handling difficult passages. The translators’ notes, along with the study notes and textual notes, form an excellent resource for pastors, teachers, and students of the Bible. Yet the translation itself is still easy to read and understand, well suited for pulpit use as well as personal reading and study. Highly recommended!”
    ~ Howard G. Hendricks

  • Kristie says:

    Bible Study Tools is my favorite. They have all the English translations that BG has, plus they have all of the commentaries that you mention BlueLetter having and more. I use their dictionaries and commentaries a lot. Plus, I like the fact that I can tag verses and take notes that I save in my account. It’s nice to be able to look back at notes and comments I’ve made on passages.

    • David Peach says:

      Thanks Kristie. I was not aware of that website. I will put it in my list of places to start using. It doesn’t have as many Bible translations as Bible Gateway, but no one else seems to either.

      I appreciate you giving me a new resource and leaving a comment.

  • I actually like youversion.com. Now that I am doing more and more online and in the cloud (on a netbook running one program sure beats 7 or more) it is a nice alternative to other bible software, while it isn’t as full as dedicated software, I like the layout.

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