Have you ever heard of Biblehub.com? I mentioned it in last week’s post on my favorite Bible study tools, but this week I wanted to expand on all the awesomeness this website has to offer! If you’ve ever wondered how to do an in-depth word study, topical study, or read Biblical commentaries when you don’t have a huge library at your disposal – this post is for you!
They explain their mission clearly on the Bible hub website:
Our mission is best summarized as follows:
1) Increase the visibility and accessibility of the Scriptures online.
2) Provide free access to Bible study tools in many languages.
3) Promote the Gospel of Christ through the learning, study and application of God’s word.
Now that sounds like a worthwhile mission to me!
1. Navigate to a passage
Lets start out with something simple – finding a passage!
To find a passage, you can use the drop down menus at the top of the page, but the easiest thing to do is just type what you are looking for into the search box in the top middle of the screen. Hit enter/return and you’ll be brought to…
… your passage!
Now, you can use the blue arrows on the side of the passage name or the circles on the outermost sides of the page to navigate to the previous and next chapters.
2. Search for key words
You can also use the search bar to search for key words, names, places, etc.
Just type in the word(s) you want to search for and it will pop up with a list of verses!
3. Find parallel verses and cross references
There are a few ways to find the page with this information…
The first way is to type in the exact verse that you want to look up, both chapter and verse. If you just put the chapter number this will not work, it will take you to the page that shows you the full chapter.
That will bring you right to this page! Again, you can use the blue arrows to navigate forward and backward through the passage. However, before we get into all the goodies located here, lets look at a few more ways to find it.
For the second way, maybe you want to view the parallel versions of the whole chapter. This time, type the chapter you are looking for in the search bar and it will bring you to this familiar page. Next, click on the word “parallel” in the second (white) menu bar.
It will assume that you want to see verse one, so to get back to the whole chapter, click the chapter link in the breadcrumb trail in the upper left corner.
Voila! You can now read the whole chapter in different versions side by side.
Okay, lets look at one more way…
For this third way, perhaps you have a general idea of where the verse is, but you don’t know the exact reference. First, search for the book and chapter in the search bar. Use the blue arrows to navigate around if you didn’t get to the chapter you were thinking of. Then, scan through the chapter until you find the verse you were looking for. To see the parallel verses, click on the blue number at the beginning of the verse.
Yay! We are back here once again! Lets have a look around…
Over to the left we have a nice long list of parallel verses.
To the right you’ll find the verse in context. If you start scrolling down right below it you will see a list of cross references.
If you continue to scroll down, underneath the cross references you will find the “Treasury of Scripture” which will break the verse down and find more related verses. These two sections are so handy to have when studying the Bible!
4. Do a word study
If you’ve always heard about the awesome practice of doing a word study but was never quite sure how to go about it – this section is for you! Biblehub.com makes it super easy to do an in depth word study.
First, use the search bar to navigate to the verse that has the word you’d like to study.
Like previously, there are multiple ways you can go about this, but this way is my favorite. Once, you’ve got your verse, click on the word “lexicon” in the white menu bar.
Clicking that will pop you over to this handy little chart. It has the verse broken down along with the Greek (or Hebrew), the transliteration (aka the way we would spell the Greek word with our alphabet), link to Strong’s, and a brief definition and origin. If you scroll down you will find a little more info at the bottom as well.
Next, you are going to want to find your chosen word in the verse and click on the blue Strong’s number in the fourth column.
That will bring you to this lovely page! There is a lot of information here that you can explore, but I’ll highlight a couple of my favorite things.
Over on the left side of the page you will find word definitions from different sources. My favorite is the HELPS Word-studies. It gives an in-depth explanation of the word in a way that is usually pretty simple to understand.
Over on the right side of the page is a concordance listing. Here, you can find other verses that use the same word in the original language. This can be of great help to further understand the meaning that the author was intending when he used that word.
5. Use a concordance to do a topical study
Studying the Bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse is often the best way to really dig into the text. However, it can also be fruitful to do a topical study. When you take a topic like “love” or “justice” and follow it through the whole Bible your understanding can greatly increase.
There are a couple ways you can begin your topical study. One easy way is to enter the topic you are studying in the search bar, like we did in tutorial #3, bringing up a list of verses with that word in them. However, if you are looking for more information, try scrolling down to the “bible study tools” section.
Once you are there, click on “concordance.” (“Topical” will get you the same place)
Then, enter your topic in the “concordance search” box.
That will bring you to the “topical search” page where it will break your topic down into sub-categories. Scroll through and click what you would like.
That will bring you to this page which is full of info! You’ll find entries from dictionaries and encyclopedias, information on the original languages, books from their library, thesaurus and concordance entries, and a lit of subtopics and related topics. Whew! All that info right at your fingertips!
6. Access commentaries
Alright, now let’s look at some ways to access the many commentaries you can find on bible hub!
First, there is a drop down menu on the top of the page that lists the commentaries and some different topics you can explore.
For a more complete list of their commentary options, scroll down to the “bible study tools” section and click on “commentary.”
That will bring you to this awesome “Bible Commentaries” page. If you scroll down you will find over 50 commentaries broken down into various categories and by book of the Bible.
Okay – let’s look at one more way to get to the commentaries. This time for if you are looking for commentary on a specific passage.
Enter the passage you are looking for into the search bar on the main page. Then, click on the “comment” button in the white menu bar.
That will bring up a list of all the commentaries they have starting with the first verse in that passage. Use the blue arrows on the left and right of the page to navigate forward and backward in the passage.
7. Chapter Outline
Sometimes it can be really helpful to have an overview of the chapter you are studying. Here is a quick way to find one!
Using the search bar, search for the passage you want to outline. Then, on the bottom blue menu bar, find the little bitty outline icon (it looks like three rows of a dot followed by a line) and give it a click.
Then, you’ll get a page with lists of the people and places and an outline of the passage. Everything is conveniently a clickable link, so you can easily find more information on the different topics.
Using atlases to actually be able to see where the people and stories you are reading about are taking place can be very helpful. Let’s look at two ways to find some!
On the main page, scroll down to the “bible study tools” section and click “atlas.”
Type a name, location, or key word in the “atlas search” box. (I searched for “Moses”)
Scroll through the results that pop up to find what you are needing…
…and you’ll get a page with a nice map, plus a bunch of other helpful info!
Here’s one other quick way to get to an atlas…
For this, just enter your passage into the search bar and right to the left you will see a couple related maps pop up! Click on any of them to bring up the page with all the additional information.
9. Parallel Gospels
If you’ve never used a parallel gospel, it is pretty neat! It takes the accounts in the gospels, arranges them in chronological order, and lines them up so you can see the same stories side by side. It’s especially helpful when you are studying a passage in one of the gospels and you want to see the same account from the other gospel writers.
Just scroll down on the main page to the “Bible Study Tools” section and click on “Par Gospels.”
That will bring you to this page. If you scroll down…
…you will find the chronological list of the contents of the gospels. Click on the topic you are looking for…
…and it will bring up a page with the passages in any of the gospels they are found in!
10. Bible history timeline, Library of Christian works, Weights and Measures and More!
There is lots more to explore on Bible hub, but here’s a last few quick things!
This timeline comes in handy! Especially when you are trying to sort out the order of events in the Old Testament. If you click on “timeline” under “Bible Study Tools” it will take you to a complete timeline of the Bible.
A huge resource they have is their library of Christian works! From the early church fathers, to Bible studies, to church history, and much more! Just click on “library” in the “Bible Study Tools” section to see the whole collection.
I thought this was a neat feature – a list of weights, measures, etc. It’s a handy list for any unfamiliar unit of measure that you may run across in your studying.
Well, that’s all I have! There is definitely more you can discover on Bible hub, but hopefully that will get you started! Do you want to see more Bible study tutorials? Just let me know what you need in the comments below!
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