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We’ve created a library of tools and resources to help you construct a life that is strong, steadfast, and stable in Christ. The LORD Jesus Christ teaches us that kind of life is only realized when it’s built on the rock of His Word (see Matthew 7:24-27). As the Irish proverb says, “Castles aren’t built in a day,” so it is also true that biblical literacy doesn’t happen overnight. Building takes time. And you don’t want a sandcastle. You want a strong fortress that will withstand any storm. If you want to study God’s Word and become biblically literate, you can. This is a great place to start, and you needn’t be overwhelmed. It simply requires the proper tools and resources.
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King James Version
The Authorized King James Version of 1611 (KJV) is the most time-trusted version of the English Bible available. For centuries it has been renown among scholars worldwide for its accuracy and literary precision, being meticulously translated word-for-word from the original Greek, Hebrew, and Chaldean texts. To this day it remains the standard.
Erin personally uses the Cambridge Concord bible, available for purchase via the link below (pictured here).
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The Geneva Bible predates the King James Version by more than half a century with its first printing in 1560, and was the bible used by the Puritans. Its conception was during the Protestant Reformation which experienced intense and radical persecution. This word-for-word translation was written in Geneva, Switzerland in a combined effort by Protestant reformers who escaped the tyrannical reign of “Bloody Mary”. Its translation was from the original Greek and Hebrew texts, containing extensive marginal notes by early reformers, making it the most unique English translation of its time. Through the Geneva, the Holy Bible freely reached the masses, very literally turning the religious world upside down and threatening the royal monarchy. As the hallmark of reform, its final printing was in 1599, and was soon succeeded by the Authorized King James in 1611. However noble its achievement, its literary style and language were rough, having contained many phonetically misspelled words and other lexical errors which have been corrected in this latest release. After centuries of replacement by the Authorized King James, this timeless and very special version has finally reappeared for the masses in these last days, fully preserved with its original notes.
An absolute treasure for any serious bible student, which Erin considers mandatory. View the links below for both the original and restored versions.
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Lexham English Bible
The Lexham English Bible (LEB) is a new word-for-word translation of the English Bible, recently released in 2010-2011. The Lexham is unique in that it shows the reader how translation occurred by revealing the intricate translation process in a word-for-word, step-by-step format. Its readability in comparison to the King James or Geneva is considerably easier, using modern English words and literary style. As a new English translation it provides both accuracy and readability, making it a friendly and desirable version for both study and daily reading. Its uniqueness is marked by the revelation of the translation process to the reader, giving insight to the Greek and Hebrew like never before.
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The Tree of Life Bible
If you are looking for a bible that is accurate, yet brings life to the Jewish roots of Christianity – look no further. The Tree of Life Bible is a project of various Jewish and Messianic scholars who have come together to create an accurate Hebrew translation of the New Testament. The scriptural text is fully supported with marginal notes to help the reader identify customs and otherwise hidden meanings within the Jewish culture, bringing scripture to life. For Gentiles who desire a deeper connection to their Jewish roots, and for Messianic Jews who long to understand their Messiah, this bible is one that will not disappoint, helping to fulfill the unity between Gentile and Jew that Christ died to achieve. An Old Testament is currently underway and to be announced.
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Apps & Downloads for Digital Libraries
I would like to introduce you to E-sword: the Sword of the Lord with an Electronic Edge, a free bible study and resource application you may download on your smartphone or PC. E-sword provides an incredible library of bible versions, lexicons, dictionaries and commentaries with opportunities for journaling and note-taking. It’s sophistication and user-friendly programming offers everything the serious student needs. I’ve personally used this reliable app for years, and it has provided me deep intense study as well as quick and easy finds. It gives the student a wonderful spread of resources that would otherwise cost hundreds of dollars. An incredible gift from Rick Meyers.
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Faithlife Study Bible
Faithlife Study Bible (FSB) is both a bible version and application you may download on your smartphone and PC. Faithlife has developed the most advanced study bible the world has to offer. It inherently provides the Lexham English Bible as its default study bible, offering numerous other bible versions and study tools the student may download free of charge. It also offers an exhaustive online library, providing thousands of literary works the student may purchase and download. Faithlife Study Bible is unique, providing students an opportunity to connect with others online in groups specific to their denomination. Faithlife Study Bible provides innumerable resources, both free and purchased, with a layering of notes, maps, commentaries and devotionals. It’s all here. It’s truly a unique and invaluable resource, delivering exceptional study materials in exhaustive quantities with a viable opportunity to connect with others online.
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Devotionals & Reading Plans
Our Daily Bread Ministries
Our Daily Bread Ministries (previously RBC Ministries) offers timeless bible resources and devotionals free of charge. Their ministry, which spans the globe, can be visited online or you may sign up for mailings. Their devotional, Our Daily Bread, is read by millions worldwide, providing daily nourishment for the spirit and soul of the believer. I have read this devotional for years, and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a daily devotional that is simple, yet poignant and powerful.
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The One Year Bible Online
The One Year Bible Online provides numerous one year reading plans in chronological and topical formats. They also offer discussion forums. Choose your own today by downloading and printing.
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