Have you ever questioned the Bible traditions passed down through the ages? Where did they come from? Did they exclusively come from a study of Holy writ or from another place? If you are willing to approach the Bible with an open mind and a willingness to believe what God teaches you, your efforts will open up vistas of truth that will amaze you.
You can never go wrong with obtaining a King James translation for Bible study. Although some of its words are a bit dated, many reference tools such as Strong's Concordance are keyed to its verses. You can purchase this translation, at a reasonable price, through retailers like Amazon. If you do not have the money to buy a copy, organizations and outreaches exist that will provide them to you for free (do a Google search for such groups). You may also wish to try contacting a local church in your area.
Computer software is a great way to aid your understanding of the Bible. Programs exist that can give you access to countless tools, reference books, maps, charts, timelines and a whole host of other aids all at your fingertips. They allow a person to view different translations at the same time (great for those just starting) and have access to definitions of the underlying Hebrew or Greek text. We recommend using a free Bible software package such as E-Sword or purchasing a more robust one like WordSearch (formerly known as Quickverse).
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. There is an every-growing collection of tools that includes dictionaries, commentaries, interlinears, word studies, lexicons, Biblical maps and still more. Although the selection of tools available to the average student is truly amazing, choosing an initial set of basic reference works can seem daunting.
BibleStudy.org offers the following suggested reading materials for those starting Bible study. We suggest getting a copy of Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, as well as the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, and Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament. We suggest dictionaries such as Unger's or Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words. For word or topical studies, we recommend Nave's or the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. We also recommend basic commentaries such as Halley's, Barnes' Notes and the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary.
The Web site you are now visiting was built with the goal of helping those new to the Bible. You may wish to visit our section dedicated to beginners or our Basic articles section. Feel free to read answers to questions submitted by our visitors or submit your own inquiry to the site. The desire to comprehend the truth of God is a lifelong pursuit that is worth your time and effort. Do it with all of your might and you will reap eternal rewards!