Tips and Resources for Studying the Bible

Tips and Resources for Studying the Bible

September 16, 2021

I’m new to the Bible. Where should I start?

Choose a user-friendly translation
Since the Bible was written primarily in Hebrew and Greek, most of us must read a translation. Try the New International Version (NIV), The New Living Translation (NLT), or the Common English Bible (CEB).

Begin with one of the four Gospels: Matthew, Luke, or John, then move on to Genesis.
Via this website you can download an app that will help you establish a daily rhythm of reading the Bible. You can read right on your digital device or take the passages and look them up in your own bible.

Study the Bible with others
Take a look at Northland’s website and see what is on offer at the moment. It is encouraging to study Scripture with others. When you have questions, you can just ask someone. Join Bible Study Fellowship or Community Bible Study in your area.

The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Even though this Bible is written for children, it provides a great introduction to the truths of the Bible. 

I’m somewhat experienced in studying the Bible. What are some resources to help me?
This website is an excellent and creative resource for reading the Bible. They offer videos, a podcast, a blog, and a bible study. 

Re-think your Bible translation.
Take steps in your understanding of how we arrived at our various English translations of the Bible so that you can choose with more knowledge and intentionality. This article from Christianity Today may help you get started.

Add a commentary to your Bible study
NIV Application Commentary: Old Testament & New Testament, 42 Volumes (NIVAC)
Genesis from The Story of God Bible Commentary series
by Tremper Longman, III.
Comentario del contexto cultural de la Biblia. Nuevo Testamento (Spanish Edition) by Craig S. Keener

Or a Study Bible
Africa Study Bible

When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel according to Paul by Beverly Roberts Gaventa

I have a lot of experience reading the Bible and want to be challenged. Where should I start?

Get a handle on the key debates in the fields of New Testament studies and Old Testament Studies
A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies
by Nijay Gupta
— Nijay is a biblical scholar who is a Christian. He is compiling a New Testament Resource Guide that you might find helpful.
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
by John J. Collins

Learn more about the original context in which the biblical texts were written.
The First Urban Christians
by Wayne A. Meeks

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
(IVP Bible Background Commentary Set)

Invest in Bible software 
Accordance Bible Software

Logos Bible Software

Learn Greek!

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