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The following are the main resources I use to prepare Bible study posts. One-time quotes from an article or book are not on this list.
I intend to always reference the resource within each lesson post.
PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT quote from BSF notes, the lesson questions, or any other copyrighted material unless the source allows it or I have asked for and received permission.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
This is a great website for looking up keywords, specific verses, or passages. Many versions are available and in many languages. They also have a free app for smartphones.
Even with the free version (with ads), if you set up a login, the site saves your settings for preferred versions and anything you highlight. It also allows you to view parallel Bible versions onscreen side by side. I usually read 4 or 5 versions of each passage and the additional references included in the lessons.
The site does have some commentaries and other resources that are now easier to access.
The best tool on this website allows you to look up the Greek or Hebrew word for each English word in a verse with an explanation of how it is used elsewhere in the Bible and in other literature. The Strong’s Concordance information is also there.
Bible Hub is another good Bible search tool. It works differently than Bible searches. It includes many tools and resources including commentaries. If you look up one specific verse, by default they display that verse in 25 other versions plus cross references.
Occasionally, when one of the questions seems obscure, I’ve found that the question is directly related to something MacLaren wrote on that passage. It’s challenging to read, so I don’t consult it unless I’m stumped.
An easy-to-read and understand resource. The material is subject to copyright, so I avoid posting quotes.
If you are ever tempted to doubt Jesus is the son of God, this amazing list of 353 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ will reassure you. This list never fails to restore a sense of awe.
Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
Used by written permission
This amazing, free, online resource is a work in progress. This commentary quotes and references other scholars, so it is a good compilation resource with his own comments included. I have especially loved this resource since I discovered it in March 2017. I wrote to David Guzik and asked for and received permission to use quotes with attribution in my lessons. I have his email on file.
Used by written permission AWMI granted permission to quote the commentary as long as only direct quotes are used. It is not a free resource.
Adam Clarke Commentaries
Public domain and available in various locations online.
Barnes Notes on the Whole Bible
Public domain and available online through various websites.
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Public domain and available online through BlueLetterBible.org (link above) and other websites. (Quotes found in older posts.)
Spirit Filled Life Bible
® copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Strongs Exhaustive Concordance
Public Domain. Available online through BlueLetterBible and other websites.
The link is for an archive version. BlueLetterBible also has it.
The Names of God Bible (without notes)
© 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.
The Passion Translation
Scripture quotations marked TPT are from The Passion Translation®
Copyright © 2017, 2018, 2020, 2023 by BroadStreet Publishing® Group, LLC.
Used by permission. All rights reserved. ThePassionTranslation.com
I use hard copy editions of the New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Ezekiel and Daniel © 2023, primarily for the amazing footnotes.
(The above is an affiliate link.)*
To my knowledge, this version is not available online. Wuest was a renowned Greek scholar and many consider his New Testament an accurate translation. It isn’t an engaging readers’ version, but it is a valuable resource.