KJV with Strongs
Letter Bible (see
Strong's note* below)
Bible Version Reading (view any two versions side by side,
i.e. New KJV and Good News)
Chapters of Bibles in Any Version (choose version
then read by chapter)
Multiple Versions by Keyword (search by word and see
results in multiple versions)
(free Bible/study software to install on your computer)
(good information about Bible reading)
to the Bible Online: (After page opens,
select version, use NIV with Flash if you do not have RealPlayer.
Windows Vista users will need to click Allow to use Real Player.)
English Version Choose Chapter (Real Player
English Version Entire New Testament Starting With Matthew
(Real Player required)
James Version (Real Player required)
International Version (Flash)
international Version (Real Player required)
New International Version (Real Player required)
Install by going to real.com, click Get
RealPlayer Free, click Download, Run/Continue, Accept,
allow it to open files not associated elsewhere, choose
the free Basic setup, Finish. Be careful to uncheck
permission to send advertising, etc.
Gift Idea (MP3 CD that plays on most cd players
with Contemporary English Version NT (CEV) dramatized with
sound effects by Hosanna $14, with MP3 like player and ear
buds $29, Native
American speaker version also available)
(After choosing Greek:NT or Hebrew:OT, scroll to bottom of page to
search for a word or Strong's number. See Strong's note below.)
Index (enter a name or use letter index)
Study Methods or Hermeneutics (overview
of Bible study)
Other Audio/Video Tools:
Audio/Video Teaching and Sermons (over 150 ministries)
of Origins Creation/Evolution Movie (normally choose 300k or
500k link to watch movie)
Contemporary Christian Radio Stations (over 350)
Gospel Radio Stations (over 75)
Religious Radio Stations (over 450)
Some online tools
may require something besides Media Player such as RealPlayer or
Winamp. You will usually find information on
requirements/setup directly on their website.
Help Directory (Info on 100 main topics from
Outlines, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Cults, Misc.
Information (Alfred Edersheim on traditions, law,
and the Bible (ChristianAnswers.net)
Encyclopedia (explains terms, history, and views)
or Fiction (check out an email story that you've received
before passing on an untrue story, put any unique word of the story
in the search box to find story)
to Use the Internet to Study Theology (tutorial)
Be careful following the listed base words or word origin as a
definition! The practice of using base words or word origins to
formulate a definition will usually miss the nuance or context. See
Bible Study Methods or Hermeneutics link above.
Commentary Note- Remember that many commentary authors have a
biased theological or denominational perspective. As with
any information that might affect your viewpoint, always check
Notes- Be careful to understand the differences and critiques of
the version you use. Check with your pastor or Google the
version to see what people are saying.
Sure Where to Begin?
Understand the big picture. Make sure you know the
basic outline of the Bible. Consider watching one of
Story- From Creation to Eternity (80 min.
movie) on ChristianAnswers.net. (Normally
click the 256k link next to Windows Media. May
have to click bar across top and Run Active X.)
Hope- Overview of the
Bible (Normally click the 256k or 384k link next
to Windows Media)
Don't stop with thinking you have the basic message of the
Bible in your head. Read your Bible regularly to
benefit from a deeper understanding and to protect
yourself from people who twist the Scripture. If
you have trouble reading, consider reading or listening to
the CEV, otherwise consider using the version that you
hear your pastor using. Read below about Bible
Reading. Your first food should be God's Word, then
Bible-based preaching and teaching.
Go beyond Bible reading and memorize and meditate on
verses that are promises that you currently need in your
Go beyond Bible reading and use Bible-based study helps
and tools to develop understanding about themes,
characters, doctrines, and how to live from the Bible.
(Use tools from above.)
for success! Own multiple Bibles. Place a Bible in
the bathroom, nightstand, easy chair, and in the car.
Acquire two audio versions of the Bible. One for the
car and one for the nightstand clock radio. Make
this web page your start page (Tools/Internet
Options/General or Main tab/Use Current). Find a
partner where you both agree to follow a particular
reading/listening goal. Join structured Bible
studies or classes that naturally force you to read and
study. Avoid anything that does not put the Word of God as
the highest authority for information.
Never read the
entire Bible? If you have never read the entire Bible, it is
usually beneficial to read the New Testament first, then read the
Old Testament. While reading the Bible , you should also read
the online commentary pages for the chapters/book you are currently
reading. If you will read the Bible chapter and the
corresponding commentary information for the chapter, you will find
it more interesting and educational. Occasionally, you may
want to use a Bible dictionary to learn more about a person, place,
Don't think you
can do it? If you have tried for many years to read the
entire Bible and you feel you haven't succeeded, take the time to
highlight every verse you read so it is easy to systematically
eliminate unread portions. Keep your Bible in a location
where you will be more apt to read it: nightstand, bathroom, easy
chair. Keep your highlighters clipped to your Bible.
You may want to get a cd/clock for your nightstand and buy the CEV
Bible on mp3 cd to listen to for a short while before
sleeping. If you have difficulty reading, use a version that
is easier to read such as the Contemporary English Version (CEV) or
listen to an audio version. Once you have found the audio
version you prefer, bookmark the page where you choose the
book/chapter for quick access. Print this
sheet and keep near your cd player to mark off chapters.
reading: Many people will read a chapter of Proverbs and a
chapter of Psalms each day along with 1-2 chapters of the Bible.
You can print this record
sheet to mark off chapters read (1 sheet).
Tips for veteran
Bible readers: You should try to use the three major methods of
Bible study throughout your life: in-depth chapter by chapter,
straight through, and topical.
The in-depth chapter
by chapter method is a good method to use first. This would
include reading commentary and dictionary information while
understanding the timeline (chart). Some will follow along
with an audio teacher using a through the Bible approach for their
teaching such as J.
Vernon McGee or Bob
Davis. As with any information that might affect
your viewpoint, always check multiple sources.
The straight through
method is often better to use after you have gone through the Bible
with the chapter by chapter method above. The main purpose of
the straight through method is to learn more about the big picture
(see the forest instead of the trees) which can be missed when
dissecting the Bible. The average reader can read the Old
Testament in approximately 28 hours and the New Testament in
approximately 7 hours. This is a good time to use a
highlighter to mark verses that stand out to you. The Bible
reading will go fast if you also attempt to write a book report on
the Bible as if you were going to present the report to people that
had never heard of it. Your report will help remind you of the
big picture for years to come.
where information is found in several locations of the Bible can be
very beneficial. The use of concordances, word searches,
lexicons, topical searches, dictionaries, commentaries,
encyclopedias, and other tools can often assist you. It is
advised to take a hermeneutics course so you are reminded of
important guidelines to formulate your conclusions. There is a
brief overview of Bible
study methods/hermeneutics above. Usually, it is
beneficial to know Jewish
custom or laws. It is also beneficial to understand the
difference between the law and grace. It is important to
understand the importance of context. It is usually helpful to
understand how wildcard searches can speed things up (if allowed).
Using *ites would show most of the ancient nations (Midianites,
Canaanites, etc.). Using marr* would show marry,
marrying, married, marriages, marriage, etc.
learning from the Bible: Four essentials: pray before
you start, highlighters, commentaries, dictionaries. Ask the
Holy Spirit to teach you. John 14:26 "...He shall teach
you all things." It is highly beneficial to buy some
highlighters to mark verses as you read. Maybe use one color
to mark verses that you really like, so you can skim your Bible
later to read your favorite verses. Then use another color to
mark verses you do not understand or have questions about, so you
can later revisit these verses for further study. Reading an
online commentary (above) at the same time will give you additional
information or reminders that may help you. You can use Chuck
Smith's online audio commentary to listen to each book if
you have Real Player
on your computer. You may want to use an online dictionary
whenever you are reading about a specific person or place to get an
overview that may include other historical records.