Biblical Research Tools

Here are the tools I used to do almost every study I do in regards to the Bible. Rest assured, even if I don’t use information from the source, I most likely consulted it.

  • One extremely valuable tool is Esword. And if you are an Android user, get mysword. MUST MUST MUST have. These are both much more than just a Bible. Take time to explore all the features they each offer.
  • Logos free Bible app, it’s available for all kinds of platforms.
  • Lots of Bible Translations, I don’t use just one, I like the different perspectives. Never know what word or phrase from which version is going to jump out at you.
    • My favorite for study AMP: Amplified Bible(R)
      Copyright (C) 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by
      The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631
      All rights reserved. http://www.lockman.org
    • ASV American Standard Version
    • BBE 1949/1964 Bible In Basic English
    • My favorite for reading ESV: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version ©2001 Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved.
    • Must have for true study KJV+: This is the 1769 King James Version of the Holy Bible (also known as the Authorized Version).  Includes Strong’s numbers for looking up the original Hebrew or Greek word in a lexicon.
    • LITV: Literal Translation of the Holy Bible, copyright © 1976-2000 by Jay P. Green, Sr.  All rights reserved.
    • YLT: Young’s Literal Translation of the Holy Bible by J.N. Young, 1862, 1898 (Author of the Young’s Analytical Concordance)
    • And my favorite for pleasure reading: MSG Message Version
  • Commentaries
    • Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible – Albert Barnes (1798-1870)
    • Synopsis of the Old and New Testaments – John Nelson Darby (1800 – 1882)
    • John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible – Dr. John Gill (1690-1771)
    • Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible – Matthew Henry (1662 – 1714
    • WORD PICTURES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT – by Archibald Thomas Robertson
    • Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition) by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (1843-1921)
    • Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge by Canne, Browne, Blayney, Scott, and others about 1880, with introduction by R. A. Torrey.
    • Vincent’s Word Studies Marvin R. Vincent, D.D. Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature in Union Theological Seminary New York.
    • John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible
  • Dictionaries
    • John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible
    • International Standard Bible Encyclopedia James Orr, M.A., D.D., General Editor
    • Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries Dictionaries of Hebrew and Greek Words taken from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., 1890.
    • Thayer’s Greek Definitions – a really valuable site is on StudyLight.org
    • Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of American English
  • Word Flow Charts
    • When I do a study, I look up the original text (Greek/Hebrew) and study the word from there. This helps make sure I am collecting all the surrounding data on a topic.
    • When we read our English translation – it is just that – a transalation. So you may THINK you are doing a study on a topic, but really you are not. You will be reading text that doesn’t apply as well as missing texts which does. Love is one of the best examples. There are 3-4 different kinds of love and those are translated as other words sometimes, like charity.
    • Here are a few word charts I’ve done. They may be hard to use online, you may have to print them out. When you print them out, make sure on the print screen you pick 2 pages per sheet (saves lots of paper).
    • Here are some notes about them.
      • The little boxes with numbers next to the scripture indicate which of the definitions in the Word/Defintion box (at the very top) is being used in that scripture.
      • The boxes with words in them to the right of the scripture are other words referenced in that scripture and the numbers corresponded with there meaning. If there are more than one number in the little box, it means there is more than one meaning used throughout the verse. The numbers will go in the order of the translated words. Eventually I will have a sheet for each of those words.
      • There are other boxes on the right that have various notes, definitions, and misc information that may help in interpreting the scripture verse(s).
      • The scriptures are in order as they would appear in the Bible. Although Mat, Mark, Luke, John repeat events, the scriptures are not repeated. That is what the little upside down triangles on the left hand side represent.
    • Below is a collection of some studies I’ve worked on. You won’t find “answers” in them, just some notes or observations I’ve made on various words I’ve decided to look up. There are very few conclusions stated on these sheets. I’ve only posted them to aid in someone else’s studies. They may be able to give a starting point when knowing where to start is difficult.
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