Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted July 7, 2021. Updated March 15, 2022.
WARNING: The online Interlinear Bible on BibleHub does not match the 1890 Strong’s Concordance and is inserting words that are not in the original text. It also differs from the Greek Interlinear Bible on eSword. I’m not sure if the paper copy is accurate or not, so use both with caution. You can access the online version for free here, or buy a paper copy here.
The following are recommended foundational bible study resources (all links open in a new tab):
- 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.
No longer recommended:
1) The Matthew Henry Study Bible has condensed Mr. Henry’s commentary down so much that it’s changed the original meaning. Mr. Henry also held some dispensationalist views which are confusing for beginners.
2) The Holman KJV Study Bible is also confusing beginners due to the extensive dispensationalist views throughout the entire commentary (although it’s helpful for those who want to educate themselves on the false doctrines being taught in most church houses).
2. 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).
3. The Blue Letter Bible for researching the actual words used in the original Hebrew and Greek.
4. For a paper copy of the parts of speech (noun, verb, adverb, etc.) of a word, and to better learn a word’s correct context, I recommend Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, and also Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.
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. Optional but so helpful: 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.
7. A very fine pen with archival ink for writing notes and underlining in your bible.
8. If you like highlighting, these gel highlighters are great.
9. A notebook for each topic or binder of paper with dividers for making notes.
1) For most of the above resources in a digital format, download eSword bible software (it’s free). You can download the Greek New Testament and Hebrew Old Testament Interlinear Bibles within their program.
2) The KJV on Bible Gateway – it also reads the KJV aloud, if desired.
3) The Blue Letter Bible.
4) The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.2 Timothy 2:15
Note: “Rightly dividing the word of truth” does not mean to separate God’s Word by falsely creating two New Covenants for 2 races of people — there is only one New Covenant for all people of all races. Please see my article “God’s Chosen People.”
Consider not having internet, electricity or technology… what would you need for your bible studies then?
Consider also having no bible at all — the day is fast approaching when God’s authentic Word will be illegal in ALL countries. What scriptures would you need to write in your mind/memorize to provide you with comfort, hope, instruction and guidance?
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