Dear Ones! I am gonna chat about something I enjoy… Bible Study Resources! We are going strong with our Word Girl Challenge and we are finishing up our first year! We are learning that with Bible Reading, it is not what you know, but Who you know! It is all about having an ‘ear to hear’ (Mark 4:9). Are you intimated by the thought of jumping in with us? I hope to encourage you that there need be no fear from joining us in this adventure of discovering the truth and wonder of His Word! So, with that in mind, here are some Bible Study Resources for you!
A Willing Heart
Beloved, Please know, the most important resource that you need is a willing heart! Being submitted to hearing the voice of our Adonai through His written Word! Opening your Bible with a prayerful and submitted spirit is the most important resource I can recommend!
First, you need a Bible! There is no more important Bible Study Resource than the Bible itself! I know this can be confusing because we have a plethora of different types to choose from! Should you get a study Bible or a reader Bible? What translation should I read? There are a lot of great options to choose from! Here are a few.
- ESV Study Bible The English Standard Version is an excellent study bible is an solid word-for-word translation. It has commentary from trusted Bible scholars and it is my personal favorite.
- She Reads Truth Bible This is a wonderful Bible for women. This Bible is the Christian Standard Bible which is a translation that is a little more in the middle of the spectrum between word-for-word and the dynamic (phrase by phrase) translations. She Reads Truth has notes and devotions which are pertinent to being a woman after God’s heart.
- The Word Study Bible This is my absolute favorite! I used the New American Standard as it is a wonderful word-for-word translation. This Bible allows the reader to look up the marked word in a given passage in the original language!
- The New Spirit Filled Life Bible This Bible is a great study Bible! I use the New King James version. The NKJV is also filled with commentary from leading scholars and useful notes! This was my first study Bible that I got 30 years ago! I recently got an updated version!
- Bible Gateway is an online Bible which also has commentaries, every translation out there and it is FREE!
Our community is reading through the Bible chronemically one chapter a day! I would LOVE to have you join us! It is never too late to join us! Just come to Facebook and find us at His Beloved Jewels Bible Study!
Next, I love to take notes! My favorite tools are markers, micron pens, notebooks, and even color pencils to highlight in my Bible! I wholeheartedly encourage you to mark up your Bible! When I study, Iwrite in the margins, notes and key words that I notice as I am reading. Here is a color coding system I use myself.
Nice to have but not necessary
- Commentaries. Sometimes, we need to hear from Bible Scholars when we are reading through His Word. The original writers used words, phrases, and wrote to audiences that were so different from our world today. Clarification from Scholars are wonderful to rely on!
- Concordances and Dictionaries. We use these to look up words in the original languages. Invaluable tools! All these you can find at BibleGateway.com and Biblia.com!
- If you can afford it, a good Bible software is wonderful! Check out Logos Bible software!
As you probably already know, I am concerned with Biblical Literacy. Want to know why? Biblical Literacy. WE all need to dig deep into the Word of God!