There are more Bible study tools and apps available in today’s world than ever before that are suitable for every device and situation.
In a previous post, I presented why it’s important to have a Bible reading plan. In the next post, I’m going to present a variety of Bible reading plans that are available both digitally and for download and print.
Here are some of the tools I’m using on a regular basis and why I use them. I also want to know about your favorite Bible study tools, so please let me know in the comments at the end of the article.
Bible Study Tools on the Web
I use Bible Gateway (BibleGateway.com) almost exclusively while researching scripture in my browser. Bible Gateway provides passage lookup, keyword search, topical index, commentaries, dictionaries and a ton of versions and languages.
There are several online Bible study websites and I’ve used many of them. The reason I stick with Bible Gateway though is because it’s a pretty full package, as you can see from that list of features. The design of the site is clean and navigates easily. You don’t have to create an account, or give up any of your personal information to use the site, but if you choose to create an account, you can sync notes, bookmarks, reading plans and you can sync your highlighted text.
I use Bible Gateway when I have an internet connection and I’m working from my browser, which is very frequently.
Bible Study Tools for Devices
This one is for Android users. On my tablet, this is my tool of choice. It’s compact, it can be loaded with tons of resources, many of which users have ported from E-Sword, and it’s amazing. The added resources are downloaded and installed as modules.
I first discovered MySword when I lived in Eastern Europe and frequently found myself without wifi or internet. You don’t have to have an internet connection which is a tremendous benefit. This app is regularly updated and it’s strength is definitely in the add-on modules and in it’s usability while away from wifi.
You can make a donation to the developers which supports their ministry of further development on this tool and that unlocks even more features, but this is pretty sufficient on it’s own. I have found after having used MySword for about 2 years that the added features would be nice, and supporting development is something I desire to do.
While using MySword, I often have my tablet on a stand next to my laptop while I’m writing or studying. This allows me to have access to the resources I’ve plugged into MySword, like commentaries, Greek and Hebrew interlinear Bibles, and a concordance. This has become a power tool in my study and Bible reading.
Download from their website: MySword
Bible Gateway, Android
I’ve only just begun using Bible Gateway on my tablet and I am really liking the features. On both my phone and tablet, I like the audio feature. For offline reading, you can download certain translations, but not all of them and not the translations I use most, at least not yet. The sync feature is a plus, and for my own study habits, I get more use out of that on my tablet than on my phone.
I wouldn’t consider it a “power tool” like My Sword just yet, but I’ve not been using the app version of Bible Gateway as long as I have used the web version. Just like their website, the app is really clean and has a natural flow to the navigation. And did I mention that the audio feature is really cool? It’s the Bible and it’s read by Max McLean. That is cool.
One More Power Tool
This one is for the serious student. It’s called Interlinear Scripture Analyzer and it is powerful Greek/Hebrew Interlinear Bible software for Windows. ILS is also available in pdf, though I haven’t used those.
This truly is a tool that you’ll hjust have to experience if your a Windows user. And, it’s completely free, though donations can be made towards the project. Check out the screenshots:
And What About Your Bible Study Tools?
That’s the short list of my my frequently used Bible study tools. I would love to know about other tools people are using, especially those of you who use Apple since I’m coming from an Android user’s perspective.