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Adventist Bible Study Resources

Christian Bible Study Resources

[Please note that these are not “Adventist” resources, and thus commentaries and notes may not agree with an Adventist understanding of biblical truth.]

  • Bible Gateway, Nave’sTopical Bible, and Ellen White writings
    -Research all from one page.
  • Bible Gateway – Search by keyword, or search for Bible passages.
  • Blue Letter Bible A very handy reference, with the Bible text plus concordances, lexicons, dictionaries and commentaries all available from one page.
    We recommend only the Bible/Dictionary Search (including Bible versions) at the top of the main page, not the rest of the links, since other resources will promote teachings with which we disagree. When you type in a key word, the site will bring up all the texts in the Bible where that word is used. You will also see superscript numbers linked to the meaning of the original words. Clicking on any of these links  will bring up a window with the original Hebrew or Greek word and its meanings, according to Strong’s Concordance, plus how many times it occurs in the Bible and the different ways it is translated. Farther down the page, you will see “Concordance Results,” which will show you all the texts that use that particular Greek or Hebrew word. This is much more helpful than the lexicon entry alone and much faster than attempting to do the same lookup in a hard-copy lexicon.
  • Blue Letter Bible Mobile
  • Biblos Bible Study Tools in many languages of the world.
  • World Wide Study Bible Huge resource with online Bibles in 10 – 20 version, commentaries,encyclopedias, sermons, meditations, treatises, notes.
  • The History of the English Bible a series of article by Daniel B. Wallace. Find out why Dr. Wallace wrote, “Frankly, it is my conviction that every Christian should own a copy of the King James Bible. It may not be the most accurate, but it is the most elegant. And you only deny your own rich literary and religious heritage if you do not own and read a King James Bible” in Part II: The Reign of the King James (The Era of Elegance).
    Also see his NET, NIV, ESV: A Brief Historical Comparison a  comparison of several modern versions of the Bible.
  • The NET (New English Translation) Bible – intends to be a clear, accurate, and powerful translation. And the notes include scholarly insights and discussions that have up till now been accessible only to those trained in the biblical languages. (Also available on the “Bible” app for Android, including notes.) And if you like to hold a real Bible in your hands, you can also get it in various formats on Amazon.com, including leather binding, as well as in Kindle format.
  • Bible in a Year
    – Have you ever read your Bible all the way through? It’s easier than you think by reading an average of 3 1/4 chapters a day. And now you can do it online. Check out our daily reading plan.
  • What the Bible Says About
    Online search page based on Nave’s Topical Bible
  • King James Version AudioBible read by Alexander Scourby
    We can often hear things in Scourby’s readings that we don’t see in our own reading. For listening, the King James version, with its poetic rhythms, is incomparable. This version also includes the text on your screen. And here’s the Version for the Visually Impaired
  • United Bible Societies
    Find a local Bible society here if you want to find a Bible in your language.
  • American Bible Society
    – world-wide translation, publication and distribution of Bibles.
  • BibleStudyTools.com Search Bible translations, commentaries, and dictionaries all in one site. (Commentaries will disagree with distinctive Adventist teachings.

Mobile Apps

Android Market

  • Bible” by Lifechurch.tv. The app is free and comes in many different languages.  Many Bible versions are free. Some require a small fee to download. You can download different versions of the Bible and go from one version to the other without losing your place. You can also highlight and take notes. Some Bible versions include free high-quality audio. The Search function does not work as well as on the KJV Bible by Tecarta (below).
  • I like the And Bible App (for Android) because it is simple and provides easy access to favorite reference tools: The TSK (Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge) provides “center references” on steroids. I currently also have the Barnes and Luther commentaries, as well as Strong’s Concordance, each available through the tap of a finger, not to mention many Bible versions.
  • The “Blackberry Bible App” is the same Bible app by Lifechurch.tv.
  • KJV Bible” by Tecarta Inc. is free and has an excellent search function. But Tecarta also offers several other Bible versions for a small price. I like the clean interface and fast loading, as opposed to the Lifechurch.tv app, which tends to be slow – maybe because I have too many versions installed. The Tecarta versions also have better navigation: You can just swipe from one chapter to the next. “The Bible” from Lifechurch.tv, by contrast, makes you go back and pick a book, a chapter, and a verse. (Annoying!)
  • MySword for Android” a free app which includes the KJV, completely indexed to Strong’s numbers in the Strong’s Hebrew & Greek lexicons. You can click on the hyperlinked words to see the Strong’s lexicon entry. If you will pick the full Strong lexicon, rather than Lite, this app provides the same functionality as the Blue Letter Bible referenced above. (The same functionality is provided in the And Bible app. Take your pick)
    Additionally, we recommend the TSK, or Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge” in the MySword app, because it provides extended cross references to biblical texts (more than available in even the most expensive printed Bibles).
    As Johan Steyn points out in a comment below, MySword also has a lot of other downloadable modules, including a (hidden under the Journals tab) a Bible atlas and commentaries (which we do not specifically recommend), historic Christian books, and Bible dictionaries.
    If you can have only one Bible App, this would probably be the best one to choose.

IPad/ iPhone Apps

[Let us know if you find good apps for the iPad. We are more familiar with Android apps. Apple makes it difficult to search their app store without actually having an iPad or iPod. You can try searching for the same apps as are available on the Android Market. Sometimes you luck out.]

  • Bible” by Lifechurch.tv. Audio versions are available on iTunes

Bible Studies Online

Click on heading for a full page of Bible Study opportunities.

Christian Classics

  • Christian Classics ElectronicLibrary Classic Christian books in electronic format –enough good reading material to last a lifetime, if you give each work the time it deserves
  • In His Steps the classic by Charles M. Sheldon, available for reading on this site. An imaginary account of what would happen if we really took seriously the idea of living just as Jesus would live in our culture.

 

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Bible Study Center — 7 Comments

  1. I use GoodReader app for iPad. I copy the lesson from the web. Paste it into an email to myself. When I open the email I forward it to myself. When I open this email, the lesson is only an icon type thing . I right click in the icon. A window comes up asking where I would like to open it, re: GoodReader, Pages, etc. I click on GoodReader and then go open the document acted in GoodReader. It looses it's unique style but it us all there in simple form. Now I can mark it up all I like and add notes that are saved in cool little comment boxes.

    Pages app is another good one. In Pages, I can actually edit. If I want to
    highlight something, I simply change the text color.

    Probably other ways, but this works for me :)

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    • Sylvia there might be another solution for you, since you have an iPad. When you open up the current sabbath school lesson via the Internet on your iPad, at the top there is a little box with an arrow coming out. If you click on it, a popup window appears and you can choose to 'save it to home screen' (it looks like an app when you do this)and there is an option to email it. You can also use iBooks on your iPad and the lesson will open in it without having to copy/paste. The other option is the Sabbath School app that is for both the iPhone and iPad.

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  2. Thank you for your suggestions for picking up the quarterly. Much appreciated. I went to the absg site and picked up the teachers qrtly. Then I remembered that if I put a "g" before the http on the address bar then all I have to do is hit the "go" button on my keypad (using iPad 2) and the lesson is sent directly to GoodReader. Now I am ready to scribble, highlight, creat notes and more! GoodReader is fun and colorful. :). Sme of us like such things :) :) :).

    Thank you again!

    Sv

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  3. You said that My Sword was not as flexible as Blue Letter Bible. Have personally used My Sword? I am not sure you have seen how extensive it is. It even has maps and other graphics I have not seen on blb. I have also not seen Barnes commentary, which is one of the better non sda commentaries. With My Sword you can also convert e-sword modules and bibles. I use the 1953 Afikaans Bible in My Sword. There are many other languages available of which I see none on blb. I use the Modern KJ as well, nowhere to be seen on blb. My Sword is by far the most extensive bible app available, yet you say not as flexible as blb. Please clarify or update your review. It is possible that somebody showed you My Sword that did not know it. MS also has a very good and flexible search engine. I have read of many iPhone/iPad users that wished that my sword would become available to them. Maybe one day.

    Even And Bible (Android) is better than blb. It has a very nice function for reading the text (especially good with iVona Voice. And Bible also has a better display on the Strong's numbers than My Sword, also with Robertson's morphological codes.

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    • Hi Johan,

      Thank you for your comment.

      MySword is my favorite Bible app for study, though I confess I use mainly the lexical aids, rather than the many other available modules. The maps aren't that helpful on my smart phone where I have used the app for a couple years or so, but they will be nice to have on our tablet. :) In the description, which I have now updated, I was referencing only this function. I'm not sure that the full Strong's Lexicon was available when I wrote the review. Now that I have installed that module, it makes MySword just as valuable as the BlueLetterBible.

      Thank you for updating us on this app. After visiting MySword Home Page, I see there are some exciting Premium and Deluxe features for smart phones and tablets.

      The "And Bible" app appears to be a newer app with some enthusiastic users. I look forward to checking it out. Thank you again. :)

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  4. Free app from Logos Bible Software puts powerful resources in the palm of your hand for the best in mobile Bible study. Available at www.logos.com/iPad or /iPhone or /Android or /KindleFire.
    Desktops & laptops have free access to 50 free Bibles, commentaries & theological books on www.Biblia.com

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