Adventist Bible Study Resources
- For a wonderful selection of both study Bible and reading Bibles, please check out the Bible section in our Amazon store.
- Also see the Biblical Hermeneutics: The Interpretation of Scripture page on SSNET.
- Topical Bible Studies – another resource page on Sabbath School Net.
- Methods of Bible Study One of the best ways of studying the Bible is to read and study the Bible, one book at a time. This article on the GC Biblical Research Committee site discusses this and several other ways of studying the Bible.
- God in all 66 – In these freely downloadable MP3 files, the late Graham Maxwell takes the listener through all 66 books of the Bible to demonstrate how each book reveals God’s character of love. (MP3 audio files.)
- Bible Study Resources at RevivalandReformation.org
- Bible Info Brief, straightforward replies to life’s big questions. Surfers may submit their own questions and have then answered by volunteers.
- Kids Bible Info Big answers for little people. Resource for discipling children.
- Official Ellen White Website – Information and online books and articles by and about Ellen G.White.
- Ellen White Writings Site is optimized for searching as well as reading online.
- BiblicalResearch Society Biblical scholarship sponsored by theSeventh-day Adventist world church.
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.]
- Search Bible Gateway, Nave’sTopical Bible, and Ellen White writings
–Research all from a single page on our site.
- Bible Gateway – Search by keyword, or search for Bible passages. Here you can also compare different Bible versions by keeping two or three parallel versions on your screen. This is helpful for researching which Bible version to buy if you want a new Bible for either devotional reading and/or study.
- 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 may 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 minimalistic site with same resources as the main site. The “Concordance” will allow you to research the meaning of the words in original languages. This even includes the TSK (Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge.)
- Bible Hub – lots of Bible translations and study tools all in one place in many languages of the world.
- World Wide Study Bible Online study Bible with commentaries, encyclopedias, sermons and notes. Main Bible text is New Revised Standard Version (1989).
- The History of the English Bible is 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). To understand the philosophy behind various kinds of translations, it is helpful to read “Part III: From the KJV to the RV (from Elegance to Accuracy).” Definitely worth reading is “Part IV: Why So Many Versions?” 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.
- Nave’s Topical Bible – Search any Bible topic.
Nave’s Topical Bible, the best known of all topical bibles, has been a valuable Bible-study reference and a best-seller for more than 75 years. It is a comprehensive digest of over 20,000 topics and subtopics with more than 100,000 associated Scripture references. The most significant references for each topic actually include the full text of the verse cited-saving the need to separately look up each verse.
Because Nave’s groups verses by “idea” (or “topic”), it offers a better overview of relevant Scriptures than a concordance, which only lists or indexes verses according to specific words. This edition also includes the helpful Scripture index (left out of some other editions), which makes it possible for the reader studying a particular biblical text to locate every topic and grouping of Scripture in Nave’s whenever a particular verse is included. That way, it is possible for the reader to study either all the verses related to a particular topic or all the topics related to a particular verse-it works both ways.
A “Topic” search can sometimes turn up a text whose exact wording you may not remember. All searches have an implicit wildcard before and after the topic searched.
- 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.
- “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, although it doesn’t look quite as “pretty” as the “Bible” by Lifechurch.tv.
- “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.
- “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!)
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
Click on heading for a full page of Bible Study opportunities.
- 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.