Bible Study Resources

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Bible study | 0 comments

The fountain wall at Rosemary Hill.

There are lots of you journeying through the Bible based on the feedback I’ve received.

Welcome to you all! I’m posting today from our patio area here in Georgia on a rare cool and low humidity summer morning! Praise God. Seriously, praise him because this is fab! I wish you were here with me sipping a nice cup of coffee, tea, or iced beverage from Chick-Fil-A  right now or better yet, that you were here for a one day retreat of learning (with breakfast, lunch, and supper included)! But alas, we are apart looking at screens and clicking links to get a better grasp on  studying our Bibles. So, in this moment, I thank God for the means to communicate with you.

Out of consideration for some of you asking me via the contact form exactly what my supplies are and where to get them, I decided it’s easiest to share links. But please know that you do not need these exact supplies nor am I advocating you blow your splurge money. There is no benefit to using identical supplies. Trust me. Just because I may use a certain pencil, pen, or Bible is no magic formula for inductive study success.

Others of you who have contacted me need encouragement and a reboot in your Bible study habits to get motivated! Hopefully, those will be interspersed in the series, BUT, do not ever hesitate to ask questions via the comments below or privately in an email via the contact form.Either is fine and I will respond to you. Without further ado, here are my favorite resources for inductive study:

  1. New Inductive Study Bible – ESV – It has wide margins for notes and lists, the print is readable and large enough for my more wise eyes (aka eyes that need readers). With this, I don’t have to print the text unless I absolutely want to do that. I feel free to mark up the text within this Bible. I enjoy my ESV Study Bible, too, but I find the print is lighter and font size smaller. Plus it has limited margin space and has commentary. I have to guard against the tendency to read the commentary rather than the actual scriptures, though. If I had to choose between the two of these I would choose the ESV Study Bible because of its extra features. The ESV Study Bible also comes with access to a free ESV account.
  2. Colored pencils – I prefer using colored pencils as opposed to micron pens (that don’t bleed through Bible pages). And of all the colored pencils I have used, I like erasable twistable Crayola ones because of the fact my perfectionistic tendencies can relax and I don’t need to sharpen them either. I sometimes use my old automatic Pentel that has 8 colors in one clickable clear miracle. HOWEVER, it is prone to be contrary at times and it makes me want to hurt it as a result of its stubborn streak. BUT, it can be refilled. It is not erasable.
  3. Pen for making notes on paper – Frixion – Love this pen! I put them in my family’s Christmas stockings because I love them (my fam and the pens) so much! It is erasable and smooth in writing. I use it for my bullet journal and for sermon notes. They come in colors, too, but I like black. But you might like the colored marker set for marking. I have not tried that. Hmmmm. There’s a thought!

In the rest of today’s post are items you may want to have some time down the road. These are not necessary for us going through Ruth together, so know that I am not asking you to get any of these. Okay?

Commentaries:  Sometimes, you may run into questions that your own Bible’s commentary doesn’t answer as thoroughly as you hoped or you need more historical context for that particular book in the Bible. This is when an extra commentary that is far more thorough will be helpful. John Piper at desiring has a list of valuable resources so I direct you there for this part. I have also used Warren Weirsbe’s commentary (the BE series) in the past because his writing is very layperson friendly.

Dictionaries, concordances, and interlinear Bibles, on my!:  A good dictionary is a great thing to have and there are Bible dictionaries, English dictionaries, Hebrew dictionaries, and Greek ones. Which one will you use? Although you don’t need this right away, you may want to build up your resource library over a period of time. So, when I need to use the various dictionaries, a concordance, and (rarely) an online interlinear Bible, these are what I use:

Websites: A smidgen of similar helpful information cited above is online and available at no cost, but because it is free and due to copyright laws, the information is limited. Still, I think the sites below are worth exploring:

That’s it for today and that was way too much for one post, but I pray something in here was helpful. Feel free to share you favorite resources in the comments below that I may not have mentioned.

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