How to Make Your Browser Bible Study Ready

Turn your bookmark bar into a bible study tool.

Turn your bookmark bar into a bible study tool.

You can turn your internet brower’s Bookmark Bar into a valuable partner for personal Bible Study. This easy navigation tool helps you avoid memorizing lengthy web addresses filled with bizarre combinations of characters…//:%.com/nsP4.php?=10!!

Many online resources now exist to aid our study of Scripture. They make in-depth personal Bible study possible without the financial investment in research books and the shelf space of a library. Commentaries, Bible dictionaries, concordances, Greek lexicons, translations, and maps can now be found within a few clicks of the mouse into trustworthy websites.

Frustration mounts, however, when you are ready to dig deeper into the scriptures and you are unable to find the best website of Bible study tools. To keep study time focused on study instead of google-search-time, consider creating bookmarks on your internet browser’s Bookmark Bar.

Create Bookmarks

If you need help creating bookmarks, here are links to directions for several of the more popular internet browsers:

If your Bookmark Bar is already full, create a Folder (name it “Bible Study,” for example) and move all of the bookmarks into it. You can find the directions to creating a folder through the links above also. Once all of your links of Bible study tools are nestled in the folder, you just need to click on its drop down menu for a world of research to ready to open as your convenience.

Add Bible Study Tools

Your laptop can become a most valuable bible study resource.

Your laptop can become a most valuable bible study resource.

Now, let’s load up your Bookmark Bar (or your new “Bible Study” folder) with  the online bible study tools. Numerous websites exist to enhance your research. The challenge is to choose the best ones that work for you.  

Below are the most popular among the online Bible study tools. They differ in organization, editorial style and types of resources. 

Biblios
Bible Gateway
Bible Study Tools
Bible.org
Blue Letter Bible
Open Bible
StudyLight

The home pages of these sites offer the full navigational options but you may also want to choose specific resources to bookmark. As you browse the websites, consider which commentary, handbook, topical studies, etc. that you prefer. Rename the tab for clarity.

So, now your bookmark bar (or “Bible Study” folder) may also include the following:

Strong’s Concordance
Bible dictionaries
Dictionary of Bible Themes
Bible Atlas
Commentaries
Interlinear Bible
Harmony of the Gospels

With the many free resources available online today, we have every opportunity to study God’s Word in great depth. With a customized bookmark bar, you are able to move with ease among the wealth of research options.

If you are interested in better understanding how to use bible study tools, you can study the scripture in a series of articles that uses these online resources to explore the Gospel of Mark.

A Word of Caution

As you study the Word, please also take time for devotional reading. Differences exist between the historical analysis of a passage and the meditation on a passage of scripture.

Studying a psalm adds breadth and dimension to understanding God’s Word, while dwelling in a psalm can bring restoration in your life no other resource!

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
(Psalm 42:1-2)

Your Turn

  • Customize your bookmark bar. 
  • What additional sites do you use to study and research the Bible online?

Posted by Sharon R. Hoover

Top Photo Credit: serdar via photopin cc

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About Sharon R Hoover

Serving the church for over twenty years in discipleship and mission ministries, I've walked alongside many people travelling and exploring the journey of faith. Add in my own crazy path and I hope my writing will offer glimpses of life worth sharing.
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