Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Giving Thanks #20 Bible Gateway

I love using Bible Gateway. I love using it when I'm writing my posts. I love using it to find certain verses that I almost remember, but not quite. I love the keyword search. I love looking up passages on it: love refreshing my memory, love being able to refer to a passage as I write. I LOVE being able to compare translations side by side by adding parallel columns. It is important for me to be as accurate as possible. I don't want to rely on my memory when I write. I love using the bible as a foundation, and showing my work as much as possible.

Bible Gateway has gotten even better in recent years. Have you looked at their available versions recently?! It seems to have almost doubled since I first began using Bible Gateway (and I was using it years before I had a blog). There are over forty English translations available to read! I was THRILLED to learn that the Living Bible is now among the included versions! There are only two translations that I can think of that I wish were on the list: the New English Bible and the Revised English Bible.

Audio Bibles. They have three audio bibles in the NIV translation (dramatized; Max McLean; George W. Sarris), two audio bibles in the ESV (Max McLean; Marquis Laughlin), three audio bibles in the KJV (dramatized; Max McLean; Paul Mims), one audio bible in the NASB (Dale McConachie), one audio bible in the HCSB (Dale McConachie)

Commentaries and Study Helps. I was THRILLED to see that Bible Gateway now offers the notes from the Reformation Study Bible. Other commentaries available include Matthew Henry, the Asbury Bible Commentary, IVP New Testament Commentary.

Videos. A sermon series by R.C. Sproul, eleven messages in all. Knowing Scripture. So exciting to see this resource available to everyone!!!

How do you use Bible Gateway?

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible


Nikki said...

I enjoy biblegateway too! I love the Expanded Bible version available on it. But there are so many others I enjoy too. For numerous reasons, many of which you already stated, I use the website...commentary, parallel, keyword search, comparison, etc.
In another post, I noticed you said you do not use the CEB anymore. Any particular reason? I'm guessing that's the common english bible? I dont have it but saw it and curiousity got me.

Joyful Reader said...

Yes, Bible Gateway is a great tool! But I am a fan of KJV/NKJV. I love how it sounds. I think that is coming with age and maybe understanding.

Becky said...

Nikki, I wrote about it at the end of this post. It is the Common English Bible, I referred to. The deal breaker for me was their translation of Genesis 3:15. I wrote about it in detail on the post I linked to above.