Strengths of the Top 5 Bible Study Websites

You hear about these top 5 Bible study websites all the time. I confess I don’t use them very often, but I wanted to give you a review of what I thought about them. The top 5 Bible study websites can be very helpful to a person who doesn’t have Bible software or is a way from their computer.

The Internet is a powerful Bible study tool in itself, but I don’t recommend you just use Google for searches on Bible and Christian topics. These websites would be 100 times better than just using a search engine.

Let’s take a look at you can do on these top 5 Bible study websites and perhaps some of their limitations. I hope to inform you of their abilities and give you more resources to study the Bible in depth. With most of these resources, you don’t even have to know the original languages of Greek and Hebrew to still get great benefit from their capabilities.

Blue Letter Bible is the first of our top 5 Bible study websites. It is a powerful Bible study tool available to anyone who has access to the Internet. It also has apps for the IOS and Android systems. On their website, you can read, search, and study the Bible. There are even devotionals to read. It offers classes you can take, too.

The core of the website is a blue “tools” button to the left of the verse that allows you tabs to investigate the text with an interlinear, comparing Bible versions, cross-references, commentaries, dictionaries and encyclopedias, and miscellaneous Bible tools. It offers audio Bibles and viewing options.

 Blue Letter Bible

All the Greek and Hebrew features of the interlinear have a Strong’s number that connects to some lexicons and makes available meanings of that Greek or Hebrew word. The interlinear also offers different viewing options such as fluid, reverse, foreword in-line, and reverse in-line. You can compare Bible versions and even rearrange the order.

It allows you to cross reference in English, Hebrew, and Greek. This gives you other places in the Bible that talk about the same concepts or verses. There are commentaries you can dig into to understand the text better.  It even has some audio and video commentaries. The miscellaneous tab offers maps, images, and other media related to the verse or passage your studying.

It also has some built in accessibility features. You can change the text size of the verses and there Bible study tools at the top left of the verse viewing area. You can also change the color of the text. It even allows you to choose different fonts for English, Greek, and Hebrew. As with any website, your browser also has accessibility features if you have them installed. For instance, on my browser it can read the text out loud of any website and I can zoom in on the page.

Blue Letter Bible also has many help videos to show you how to use its resources and tools. I recommend you create an account so you can keep the preferences you wish every time you use the website to study. It also offers other services like ScriptureMark, which allows you to mark up the Bible text. It is a great place to start your Bible study.

Bible Gateway is next on our list of the top 5 Bible study websites. The website offers Bible reading plans, an advanced search of the Bible, audio Bibles, and over 60 different translation in English. You can also look at Greek and Hebrew texts.

They have quite a few audio Bibles available and anyone would be happy with their selection. With the advanced search, you can search for a passage or number of passages, run a keyword search, or search their topical index.

Bible Gateway

They also offer study tools. Under Scripture Engagement, they give you direction on how to study the Bible and engage with it better. The site recommends you follow their blog. It also offers more resources which shows you all the ways you can gain insight through their website and app. They also have newsletters and devotionals.

When you are in a passage in the NIV, you have access to Hebrew and Greek words. They also had a few options for accessibility. Basic accessibility features that come with your browser as I mentioned above apply to any website. Bible Gateway Plus is also available, a premium option that allows you to access $2600 worth of commentaries and other Bible study books.

Bible Gateway as a free website has a most powerful selection of Bible versions. Unless you purchase the premium version, that will probably be what you use this website for most of all.

Bible Hub is the third of our top 5 Bible study websites to explore. This is another powerful Bible research and study website. There are many options for whatever you want to do. This website has shown most tools of any website I have looked at so far.

For whatever chapter you are looking at, you can view a summary, outline, timeline, questions, topics and themes, a book by book summary from Wilmington’s Bible at a Glance, chapters, a parallel between the flesh and original language, cross-references from the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, a library, view an interlinear, and view the Hebrew New Testament.

You can also look at parallel versions together, sermons, audio Bibles, visuals, commentaries, an even more robust interlinear, a breakdown of the Greek or Hebrew text, lexicons, Strong’s, and view many languages of the Bible. There’s really a lot here to help you in your Bible studies.

 Bible Hub

If I were using online Bible study tools, I would definitely use this website to get my studies going. Both it and Blue Letter Bible have been the most comprehensive tools I have seen so far. But we’re not done analyzing these websites.

Bible Study Tools is the next of our top 5 Bible study websites to review. After you choose your Bible passage, you could find study tools at the bottom of the page. They offer a free and paid version of the website like Bible Gateway.

At the bottom of your passage you can find images and videos related to it. Next, it offers commentary from one of the free resources, cross-references, footnotes, a chapter summary, and more commentaries. The free site has Matthew Henry’s commentary and John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Bible Study Tools

The site offers 3 subscription plans. The first is to go ad-free. Next is the most popular, the Plus plan, and the final plan is All Access. On the free site that I accessed, I was not as impressed as with the other two websites I have already reviewed. I think you can get more out of the others than this one.

Study Light is the last of our top 5 Bible study websites to review. This website impressed me with the range of tools available for Bible study. After you type in your passage, it gives it to you one verse at a time. Each verse has above at the options to read the chapter, listen to the audio, view the context, have multiple translations, view the interlinear Bible, and a link for study tools.

The site boasts 128 Bible commentaries (across 4 languages), 6 concordances, 26 Bible dictionaries, and 6 Bible encyclopedias. It offers original language tools such as an interlinear for the Hebrew Old Testament, Greek Old Testament (Septuagint), and Greek New Testament, 3 lexicons, 4 original language studies, and 5 additional lexical resources.

The site also offers historical writing, pastoral resources including a sermon illustrations archive, sermon quotations archive, and additional resources. Personal resources include making your own personalized reading plan, other reading plans, and devotionals. Finally, the website itself offers resources for its management.

Study White

Of the 5 Bible study websites I reviewed, Study Light has by far the most resources for your Bible study. There’s a lot more here than any other one website for Bible study. I recommend you check out the resources on this website for yourself.

Final Thoughts

I’ve looked at these websites as a review. Three of the top 5 Bible study websites impressed me so much that I may be using these websites as part of my Bible study. If I were to rank these websites, it would be in the following order:

  1. Study Light
  2. Bible Hub
  3. Blue Letter Bible
  4. Bible Study Tools
  5. Bible Gateway

As with anything you will access (especially for free) on any of these Bible websites is that the tools used like commentaries, cross-reference tools, dictionaries and encyclopedias, lexicons, and anything else you use to study the Bible, you will find public domain resources. This is not all bad, but the scholarship and information may be older and not as up-to-date.

I was pleasantly surprised at the ability to study the Bible specially the original languages. Some of these websites offer quite a range of accessibility and study ability. I’m big on Bible resources to study the Bible with. My ranking above probably shows that.

You do not have to be afraid of not having your Bible software with you, at least for initial study. No matter the tools at your disposal, your best Bible tools are in the Bible itself. But when you need more explanation, these websites will help you in your study of the Bible so that you understand it and can prepare for anything from sermons to Bible studies, or just to go deeper in your understanding of the Bible.

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