AMBSLOGO.GIFResources for Biblical Studies


In what follows, I have organized links to resources that I consider useful for biblical studies around 15 broad categories. Click on the category to get to the submenu.

Read and Search Biblical Texts and Translations

Other Ancient Texts and Translations

Biblical Manuscripts and Textual Criticism

Resources Organized by Biblical Book

Bible Study Software

Biblical Hebrew Language Helps

Biblical Greek Language Helps

Sermon Illustrations and Helps

History and Archaeology

Theology and Ethics

Find Helpful Secondary Literature

Other Web Search Resources

Other Educational Resources

Guide to Commentaries and Commentary Series

Other Gateways to Biblical Studies Resources

Read and Search Biblical Texts and Translations [top]

World Wide Study Bible

Bible Study Tools

The Blue Letter Bible

The New English Translation

Gospel Communications Network: Search the Bible in more than 20 English translations or 30 languages

A selection of nineteenth-century Bible study tools and commentaries

A feature of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, maintained by Calvin College

A collection of biblical texts (translations), public-domain commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, encyclopedias, historical resources, and lexicons for Bible study.

A conservative Evangelical ministry and educational resource of Sowing Circle, “dedicated to sowing the Gospel of Jesus Christ”

A new translation with substantial documentation of text and translation issues.

Or download the NET Bible in pdf format!

Other Ancient Texts and Translations [top]

The Apocrypha

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (Northwest Nazarene University site)

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (Mormon site)

Ancient Near Eastern Texts

The Dead Sea Scrolls


Philo Judaeus

The Church Fathers

Classics in Christian Spirituality

Perseus (Greek and Roman Classics)




Biblical Manuscripts and Textual Criticism [top]









Resources Organized by Biblical Book [top] (see also the World Wide Study Bible)









1 Samuel

2 Samuel

1 Kings

2 Kings

1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles








Song of Songs
























1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians





1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Timothy

2 Timothy





1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

2 John

3 John



Bible Study Software [top]

Logos Bible Software



The best all-round Bible study software available; expandable

An excellent alternative to Logos with limited secondary materials

Advanced Bible study software for the Mac

Biblical Hebrew Language Helps [top]

The Hebrew Bible in Parallel Hebrew and English (with Hebrew audio)

Hebrew Alphabet Flash Cards

Hebrew for Christians

A Modern Grammar for Classical Hebrew (Workbook)

A great site, with the Hebrew Bible on the left and an English translation on the right. Click to hear the Hebrew read.

A simple web site for learning the Hebrew alphabet

… and others!

By Duane A. Garrett

Biblical Greek Language Helps [top]

Elementary Greek (Jim West)

New Testament Greek (Corey Keating)

Little Greek 101 (Jonathan Robie)

Wordbase Greek 3.1 (Dag Kihlman)

Perseus Lexical Tools

Biblical Greek Online (N. Clayton Croy)



Sermon Illustrations and Helps [top]



The largest library of free mp3 audio sermons on the web; conservative, Evangelical

Use the Yahoo! video search to find and save video clips for use in preaching and teaching

A clearing house for sermon illustrations and especially video clips for use in sermons


History and Archaeology [top]

Biblical Archaeology Society

Publishers of:

Biblical Archaeology Review

Bible Review

Archaeology Odyssey

Learning Archaeology

Nazareth Village

Maps Related to the Study of the New Testament

The leading society for the study and preservation of biblical archaeology

An educational interactive visual/virtual introduction to archaeology

A reconstruction and “reenactment” of first-century village life in Nazareth

Mark Goodacre’s NT Gateway guide to maps

Zippori (Sepphoris)

Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology

Hebrew University’s 2008 Excavations

The Jerusalem Archaeological Park & Davidson Center

Hebrew University’s guide to ongoing excavations of a major city just four miles from Nazareth (see link to the right)

Conducts excavations in Israel and abroad. Long-term projects include Beth Shean, Caesarea, Dor, Hazor, Sha`ar Hagolan, and Sepphoris

Wanna go on a dig?

An interactive guide to archaeology and to the archaeology of the Temple Mount area in Jerusalem; tour a virtual reconstruction model of Herod’s Temple

Israel Exploration Society


Menorah Coin Project


Founded in 1914, IES organizes excavations, does fund-raising for archaeological projects, publishes excavation reports, and encourages cooperation among archaeologists.

A wide variety of materials and tools for the study of women and gender in the ancient world

The best source of information on coins from the biblical world


Theology and Ethics [top]

Women, Men, and the Bible

Homosexuality and the Bible

Homosexuality and the Mennonite Church

Homosexuality and Other Religious Traditions

Is it okay for women to be ordained and to serve as pastors? What does the Bible say? (Loren Johns)

What does the Bible say about homosexuality and how should Christians today make sense of what it says? (Loren Johns)

What has the Mennonite Church said about gays and lesbians? (Loren Johns)

A compilation of materials by “Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance”

The Jesus Film

The Left Behind Series and Christian Eschatology



A description and critique by Loren Johns of the movie watched by more people in the history of film-making than any other

A description and critique by Loren Johns of a series of novels ready by many American Evangelicals imagining the End Times



Find Helpful Secondary Literature [top]

Search Google Scholar

Librarians’ Internet Index

The World of Books

Sage Journals Online

“A simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature”

Who better to consult on how to find the right information than librarians?

A guide to bibliographical searches and online bookstores (Loren Johns)

A great resource for accessing journals online (for those with academic subscriptions)

EBSCO Host Research Databases

AMBS Library Resources

FirstSearch WorldCat


The place to start when doing research.

An excellent guide to library resources, including online resources; include various research guides (not just for AMBS students)

A catalog of materials in libraries around the world

A collection of online books from many publishers (requires academic subscription)

Other Web Search Resources [top]

Tool Kit for the Expert Web Searcher




The link points to a Wiki on “Tricks for Searching the Web”




Other Educational and Inter-Religious Resources [top]

The American Academy of Religion Syllabus Project

Learning and Using the English Language

The Society of Biblical Literature

As the creative constructions of religion professors, syllabi can sometimes serve as an excellent introduction to a topic and to key resources.

Common misspellings, grammatical errors, how to write a book review, how to succeed in good historical writing (Loren Johns and Theron Schlabach)

The oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in biblical studies; access to resources is somewhat limited for nonmembers

A light-hearted, accessible guide to Jewish education on the Internet

Religion, Religions, and Religious Studies

Religious Resources on the Net

Wabash Center’s Teaching and Learning Resources

Wabash Center’s Internet Guide to Religion

Information about religious traditions around the world, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism/Taoism, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Shintoism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, New Religious Movements, and Interfaith Relations

A commercially oriented directory of internet resources for “all major religions,” though privileging Christianity. Beware the pop-ups and commercial come-ons.

A useful guide to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

A remarkable annotated guide to resources for those involved in the study and practice of religion

Resources for Understanding the Middle East Today



A dated introduction to resources useful for understanding the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Loren Johns)

Resources and services for interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life.



Guide to Commentaries and Commentary Series [top]









Other Gateways to Biblical Studies Resources [top]

Mark Goodacre’s “All-in-One Biblical Resources” Page

Mark Goodacre’s New Testament Gateway

Catholic Resources for Bible, Liturgy, and More (Felix Just)

Resource Pages for Biblical Studies (Torrey Seland)

One of the best sites around for biblical studies. Be sure to check it out and become familiar with his organization of the material.

An award-winning directory of internet resources on the New Testament. A great place to start.

An excellent collection of biblical and liturgical resources primarily (but not exclusively) for a Roman Catholic audience

Another good gateway to useful resources for biblical studies

Women, Men, and the Bible [top]



Learning and Using the English Language [top]



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Last updated 16 April 2010.
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