Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted July 7, 2021. Updated August 10, 2022.
The following are recommended foundational bible study resources (all links open in a new tab). There is a “Digital Resources” section which you can use to get started now for free, but the goal is to eventually get hard-copies of all of your most helpful study resources which you will find in the “Hard-Copy Resources” section.
Download eSword bible software onto your computer, tablet or laptop — it’s free but consider giving a donation (there is also an eSword app for both Apple and Android).
Then click on Download > Bibles and download the following under Caption:
- Greek NT INT+
- Greek NT TR+
- Hebrew OT+
- YLT (Young’s Literal Translation – closest to the original Hebrew and Greek)
Then click on Download > Commentaries and download the following under Caption:
- John Wesley
- Matthew Henry
Then click on Download > Dictionaries and download the following under Caption:
You are now setup with everything you need to study God’s Word without an internet connection. For tutorials on how to navigate eSword, choose your favorite YouTube video from this list.
Other Digital Resources
These links are helpful if you prefer to work from tabs in a browser rather than within the eSword program.
1) The Blue Letter Bible — this has all of the interlinear bibles, dictionaries and commentaries within their website.
2) The bible on Bible Gateway – it also reads the KJV aloud, if desired.
3) The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary.
1. Worth ordering: A few resources in the online Blue Letter Bible is available on CD here. It’s only the KJV and doesn’t contain word parsing sources. One CD is free but please consider ordering with a donation to support their awesome website. There are instructions on how to copy the CD to your hard-drive or network.
2. A King James Bible (not a NKJV — see this article for details). The KJV Spurgeon Study Bible (link here), the KJV Sword Bible (example here), and The KJV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible (see here) are all excellent options.
Use with caution:
~ The KJV Matthew Henry Study Bible has condensed Mr. Henry’s commentary down so much that it’s changed the original meaning in places.
3. A Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to look up the meaning of a word in it’s original Greek or Hebrew text (a used copy of the 1890 edition is best… eBay has a few).
4. For a paper copy of basic word parsing (the parts of speech of a word – noun, verb, adverb, etc.), and a more thorough word definition in its proper context, I recommend the following:
- Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (my personal favorite).
- Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (easy to use).
- Expository Dictionary of Bible Words edited by Stephen D. Renn (easy to use but doesn’t contain some of the words I look up).
5. A Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language (the 2,000 page version) to correctly define the words we find in the Strong’s. ISBN 978-0912498034. Here is a free online version, but not sure how true it is to the original paper copy.
6. A whole bible commentary written (or edited) before the *1830’s — I enjoy Matthew Henry. Here is a free online version, but I do not know how much abridgement or editing has occurred.
The sermons/commentaries of Charles H. Spurgeon are wonderful as well and can be accessed online for free.
*The 1830’s was after a great reset when the end times narrative began to be skewed — Darby flooded the U.S. with dispensationalist false doctrines, and 1 Enoch was first printed and released to the public without our having access to the original text. The book of 1 Enoch disappeared in 800 AD and was considered lost until 1773 (source) when they were planning the great reset and the founding of the United States… it was released in 1821 and is fraudulent propaganda that distorts biblical accounts into something resembling a sci-fi movie.
Tips for Enjoying Your Bible Study
If you just want to leisurely sit down and enjoy reading the bible along with great commentary to further your understanding, all you need is the 6 volume set of Matthew Henry’s Commentary. He includes the entire KJV bible within the commentary. He is very thorough and easy to understand.
If you prefer an entertaining, guided study that includes cross references, an Index, a Dictionary, maps, interesting historical facts, character studies, and plenty of pages to write notes, I highly recommend the KJV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible. It is my personal study bible and leads me to new revelations of God’s Word quite often, but I find I frequently reach for the Interlinear Bibles in eSword to check the KJV words against the original Hebrew and Greek while I am reading it (that’s just me). It’s an awesome bible!
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.John 14:26
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