Bible Study

Bible Study

"...they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day..."

Acts 17:11


The main resource for gaining wisdom is the study of the ancient texts themselves. The ability to view and search multiple translations in various languages simultaneously, is of considerable value. One of the best resources that I have found online is the The Bible Gateway.   There is also the World Wide Study Bible which contains the Apocrypha, some older translations, and links to other sites for ancillary reference material.    Another searchable, parallel resource for the study of Luke is the The Polyglot Bible   which offers 30 translations to choose from.

The World Wide Encyclopedia of Christianity provides searchable hyperlinks to various dictionaries and online resources. Useful when topics you are researching are not necessarily evangelical, i.e. Roman Catholic theology.

Often when reading materials written into a context which is several millenia old it is useful to have concise definitions of certain words. The Easton Bible Dictionary provides just such.

When pondering a passage, sometimes it is useful to find out what others have thought while reading the same text. You might want to have a look at The Concise Matthew Henry Commentary for such.

No study of these ancient texts is possible without some knowledge of the historical context. The books of the Messianic period were written during the reign of the Iron Kingdom, Rome. For a comprehensive coverage of the events of this period, refer to Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.   

The events leading up to the coming of the Meshiach, were heavily rooted in Hebrew history. Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian who was a contemporary of Jesus. He wrote several books which are available online, probably the most well-known are the Antiquities of the Jews.

These and other valuable resources are made available by the CCEL   project at Calvin College. There are literally hundreds of books available in electronic form (e-texts) as well as audio books (MP3s) and so on.

Rooted in the Reformation in the 1500s, the Mennonites have long stood for values such as peace and justice in a world which too often exhibits neither. These Mennonites advocated a faith based religion which would be grounded on the reading of scripture and individual conviction. Often misunderstood, these followers of Jesus have faced a long history of persecution and dislocation, many now settled in Canada. The history and theology of this movement is documented by the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada.    The scriptural basis for this faith can be found in the Mennonite Brethren Confession of Faith.  

Many of the resources for the study of the scriptures have their maintenance tied to some denominational system. Numerous secular sources of information also exist, although, the quality of information from that realm has tended to be quite inconsistant. However, a good source of information from a non-christian viewpoint is from the US based television network, PBS. Their program From Jesus to Christ   is insightful and informative.

Theology Portal (Christian Philosophy Trinity Evangelical)

Zondervan Internet Portal (NIV Publishing House)

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