This is the second guest blog by Tyler Bream-you can find more information about Tyler, his ministry, and his resources at TylerBream.com
As a seminary student I have my nose in the Bible a lot. This means that have some pretty expensive tools for study, but I can honestly tell you that for the majority of my own Biblical study, whether school or personal, I generally use free resources. Today I want to introduce you to four of the free resources I use the most so that you can use them too
The bottom line is that these resources will completely transform your personal Bible study.
This is your one stop shop for a little bit of everything. I use it to compare Bible versions and do quick keyword searches.
Have you ever had to flip through a paper Bible trying to find a particular verse? Not fun. I use the search tool frequently. All you need to do is type in one or two words from a verse and you are virtually guaranteed to find it.
The audio Bibles are without a doubt my favorite feature. If you have not tried listening to the Bible I highly advise it. When listening to the Bible you will encounter things that you have never encountered before. When I was a kid we had the Bible on cassette (like 700 cassette tapes), in college I had it on CD (like 45 cds), now I can stream it from my phone while washing dishes. I use these all the time.
BibleHub.com might at first glance look like the same stuff just packaged differently, but Biblehub has tools that allow you to dig deeper into the Bible than Biblegateway.com.
In addition to the user friendly Interlinear Bibles (where the English is right beside the original language), Biblehub allows you to break down each verse and see significant words, cross references, study Bible notes, and commentary notes.
Of all the resources this one seems the most intimidating because it is designed to help you study the Greek New Testament yet it is beautifully simple.
All you need to do is click on the English word and it will display the underlying Greek word, a list of every time it is used in the New Testament, and how it is used elsewhere. Basically, with the help of this website if you can read English you can read Greek.
This website opens up a whole new realm of Biblical study that was previously only available to a few highly trained scholars.
I have been using Evernote for 5+ years and it is without a doubt the single-most important Bible study tool I have ever used. The reason is simple: It helps me remember everything I have learned. Seriously, I have thousands of pages of notes all organized and categorized so that I can find whatever I need, whenever I need it.
I categorize my notes by Book and Chapter. If I have a question about Matthew 7, Jeremiah 29 or Genesis 1, all I need to do is to open Evernote and flip to the chapter and see what I have written, studied, or recorded.
The bottom line is this, if you are only going to use one tool to study the bible you need to use Evernote. Evernote is more important than a Bible dictionary, commentary, or book. Looking up Greek words, comparing translations or reading commentaries does you little good if you can’t remember what you learned. Get it, use it and you won’t regret it-I promise.
Too many people find themselves frustrated with Bible study, you don’t have to be one of them. If you use these resources you can kick your Bible study up a notch, learning more, understanding more and enjoying it more.
For more information and resources go to TylerBream.com
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