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Not since the first days of the printing press has the Bible been so suddenly prolific.
In Johannes Gutenberg’s day, it was a wondrous thing to hold a single copy of the Bible. Readers today can enter a virtual library of Bible study tools with just a few clicks on a keyboard or taps on a touchscreen.
We asked our readers which electronic Bible study tools they use the most, and compiled their suggestions here. These are not reviews or recommendations — simply information about the tools our readers use that we hope you find useful in your quest to experience the living and active Word of God.
1. Olive Tree BibleReader : includes two Bible versions, Nave’s Topical Bible, and a handful of commentaries and dictionaries. Users can take notes and highlight texts, and then sync these between smartphone, e-reader and computer. Other resources can be purchased to add to the program. Free, download necessary, apps available
2. YouVersion : This online Bible offers many different versions, with the ability to choose any two parallel. Users can also take notes, follow a reading plan and view the notes of other users. Free, no download necessary, apps available
3. E-Sword : This program allows users to view up to four translations at once. Like other software programs that cost, the user can customize the view so that translation, commentary, and other resources are all visible at once. Free, download necessary
4. Bible Gateway : With about 25 searchable English translations, three commentaries, and many audio translations available, this website offers a quick way to search the Word and switch between translations. Free, no download necessary, phone-friendly website available
5. Blue Letter Bible : This searchable Bible website has almost 20 translations, including Hebrew and Greek, and searchable Hebrew and Greek lexicons. It also has a rich library of charts, outlines, and articles. Free, no download necessary, apps available
6. Bible.is : this searchable Bible, formatted like a physical page, offers a clean format for reading, with audio options for most translations. The site offers a Twitter feed, Facebook page and podcasts. Users who register for free can make notes and highlights and sync between smartphone and computer. Free, no download necessary, apps available.
7. Bible Explorer : This free download is from the makers of WordSearch, and includes access to more than 200 resources: translations, commentaries, dictionaries, and even classic Christian literature. Free, download necessary
Resources that cost
8. WordSearch 8 : the basic version of this software includes ten translations and 48 reference books. Larger libraries intended for preachers and teachers are available for a higher price. Individual electronic reference books can also be purchased through the site to be used with the basic program. iPad and iPhone apps are also available for free with the purchase of the software. Starts at $49.99, download necessary, apps available
9. Logos : Created with teachers in mind, this highly customizable software program has a clean, simple format and includes many infographics and maps. There are eight packages to choose from. Apps are free, but if the user also has purchased software, the app is much more powerful and can be synced to the computer. Starts at $149.95, download necessary, apps available
10. Bibleworks : this software program focuses on the text, with more than 200 translations in 40 languages, many word study resources and reference works. It has a customizable interface and many options for searching. $359, group discounts available, CD-ROM necessary
Do you have a favorite Bible app or program? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.
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