Thursday, September 16, 2010


I usually have a four step approach to “commentaries.” I start with linguistics and cross references and work my way down until I am out of time or have enough. has lots links to resources in all catagories and information about how to study the Bible.
This is all free stuff online or downloadable. I put links on here because it is a helpful resource for me, not because I endorse the organization that makes it available.  Check out the web site (doctrinal statement, links, sponsoring person or organization) or Google the person to find out more about them. The important thing is that you understand the perspective and orientation of the source. Be aware of who you are using.

Versions, many with audio
NET Bible, I’m not a big fan of the translation but love the copious translation notes 
Blue Letter Bible has good word study and grammar identifications/explanations 
Download Greek / Hebrew interlinear Bible Software
Online study tools with helpful Greek and Hebrew concordance feature
Tons of cross-references in the Treasure of Scripture Knowledge 
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of the New Testament 
Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament 
Vincent’s Word Studies 
E-Sword has Keil and Delitzsch, 10 volume commentary on the OT which deals with a lot of OT textual issues, as a free module 

Alfred Edersheim is good on OT Bible history and the Gospels
Locations by Bible chapter with Google maps and ISBE articles
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia 1915 
Web Bible Encyclopedia is a good place to look up names, etc..
BlueLetter Bible multiple dictionary look up page

I recommend Dr. Constable's Expository (Bible Study) Notes
Lots of articles and commentaries, most scholarly
Barne's Notes on the New Testament
Charismatic, but still very good David Guzik's Enduring Commentaries on the Bible
Dispensational general commentaries, misc.
Lots of old and ancient resources
Classics: Calvin, Darby, Geneva, Gill, Jamieson-Faussett-Brown, Matthew Henry, Wesley
Lots of stuff on David Cox's Online Religious Library
2,800 word vocabulary commentaries that have all the cookies on the lowest shelf

Paul Apple details lesson notes with good insights
Matthew Henry is not dispensational, but has tons of good applications.
Spurgeon sermons are helpful for developing a homiletic strategies for your text  has a wealth of popular teachers and preachers (living and dead) from a variety of backgrounds
Skeptic’s Annotated Bible helps to anticipate criticisms of the Bible text

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

100915 1 King 13-

1Kings 13
13.33  After this thing Jeroboam did not turn...  Amazing. An illustration of spiritual blindness.
13.34  this thing became a sin to the house of Jeroboam...  It is sobering to think of how we can be getting our family stuck in generations of our sings.
1 Kings 14
14.7-8  I exalted you...and tore the kingdom away...  So much for rebellions never being of God.
14.9 an ignominious distinction
14.28  as often as the king went into the house of the Lord...  That doesn't sound very inspiring.  I don't think he ever figured it out.

100913 1 King 11-12

1 Kings 11
11.1  loved many foreign women...  Part 3 of Solomon's three part downfall. "acquire many wives" De. 17.16-17
11.3b  And his wives turned away his heart.  This is a verse they every older childd should memorize and meditate on before their hormones kick in.
11.41  the rest of the acts of Solomon...  This is a depressing statement.  How much of my life will fits in the "and the rest of his acts" category?
1 Kings 12

12.2   Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon... Now this begs the question of what kind of relationship Solomon really had with the Egyptians, if they would harbor someone who was trying to unseat him.
12.8  At this point I am screaming, "Don't be an idiot!!"
12.13  forsaking the counsel of the old men...  more screaming...
12.15  a turn of affairs brought about by the Lord that He might fulfill his Word...  This is another example of the folly of men completing God's will.  Free agency (or in this case stupidity) and the soveriegnty of God going hand in hand.  Blows my mind.