If you own a computer or have access to one I suggest purchasing Bible Software, which can greatly enhance your studies. I use a package called Quickverse. The software comes with many translations, commentaries, handbooks, books on history, maps, charts, photos, art, sermon helps, word studies and so on. For the new student, it offers the ability to view translations side by side. which comes with lots of translations, study helps and so on.
There are also some very helpful FREE software programs you can use. One that comes immediately to mind, which is used for researching new materials for the site, is E-Sword. The program is available for free download at e-sword.net. This software is quite versatile. It comes with some Bible translations, maps, pictures, charts, images, reference books such as The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Numbers in Scripture, The Temple during the Time of Jesus and several others. Also included are commentaries, dictionaries, studies, etc. Another free program to try is called OnlineBible, which can be downloaded from OnlineBible.net.
I highly suggest visited the site's Software page to review some of the more widely-used programs and study tools.
People today, unlike any other time in human history, have access to a plethora of books dedicated to aiding research into the word of God. This every-growing collection includes dictionaries, commentaries, interlinears, word studies, lexicons, Biblical maps and still more. Although the selection of tools available to the average student of the Bible is truly amazing, choosing an initial set of basic reference works can seem daunting. Biblestudy.org, however, can make your selection a bit easier. We suggest getting a copy of the following books to start your own personal library of study helps.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
Nave's Complete Word Study Topical Bible
New Unger's Bible Dictionary
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon
Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament
New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties
New Manners and Customs of Bible Times
The site has been offering FREE study materials since 1996. Some of the site's most popular FREE basic tools for beginning to study the word of God include the following.
We also highly suggest visiting the site's section dedicated to Beginners.
In closing, we leave you with a motto used by this site near its inception. The principle it supports is something to keep in mind as your travel down the road to discovering the mind of God as revealed in his word.
The Bible is the written authority of truth given by God directly to man.
Do not believe us (or anyone else for that matter)
just because we (or they) say so.
Believe your Bible!