Bible Study Lesson 3

We are learning how to use the Blue Letter Bible, an online, interactive, and very powerful study tool. If you are just joining us, place the link in your favorites or on your desktop. And welcome to the study. You may want to subscribe to this blog in order to keep up with the lessons. You may do so by signing up with the FeedBlitz on the right-hand side of the blog. However, all lessons will be archived under the category titled Bible Study Methods. You can go there at any time and get a lesson to review or to catch up.

Open your BLB to the home page. Find the Search box labeled New Bible Search.

Notice just above the box (help) (abbreviations) (drop list). Each of those are “hot-linked” and give a drop down list that you can use for the books of the Bible. 

Click on the (drop list ), which will change the window you are viewing. You now have four boxes labeled from left to right “Book” “Chapter” “Verse” “Version”.

Use the drop down arrow under Book to locate Philippians. Enter a 4 in the “Chapter” box and 13 in the “Verse” box. Make sure you have your version of choice set, and click the Search button.

When the verse pops up at the top of your screen, you will notice six buttons to the left of the verse. Five of them are “hot” and one is not.

Each of those buttons brings up a different tool or set of tools to use with that verse.

Click on the “V” button. A window opens underneath the verse with all the available translations of that particular verse. Each version has its own box with its copyright information available.

Knowing how others have translated a particular verse helps to gain understanding of the nuances of meaning that may be appropriate from the original language.

You can close the versions window by clicking on the red ‘x’ at the top of the drop down window just below the verse we are looking at.

That’s it for today’s lesson. Be sure to explore as much as you want with this incredible study tool. There is more to learn than we will possibly be able to cover in these few short lessons.

In the next lesson, we will begin to uncover the power of this tool for its use in word studies.

NOTE: As we progress, you may have a question about something that we have covered. Be sure to use the comments section for all comments and questions. Also, read the comments section, because someone may ask or say something that will benefit you as you go through this study. Thanks

Bible Study Lesson 1

I am beginning a series on how to use the online Blue Letter Bible (BLB) for study. It is one of the most powerful of the free study tools that I have found.

The Blue Letter Bible now has over 4,000,000 links onsite to over 165,000 pages of concordances, lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries, images, and Bible versions! Our prayer is that you will enjoy the site, in Jesus’ name! (taken from their site 2/5/09)

The first thing to do, then, is to get your copy. You do not have to download it. It is always online. Just add it to your “Favorites” on your browser, or set a link on your desktop.

The link above will take you to the homepage of the BLB.

The first thing to do is to set your preferred translation.

Look on the right-hand column and find the third blue bar from the top. It is labeled “Featured Items.” Under that, the first item is My BLB with a hotlink that says “My Preferred Bible.” Click on that and you will be taken to a new section.

Look in the middle column lableled My BLB Preferences. Click on the dropdown arrow. The available translations are listed. Set yours.

Notice that even a Spanish version is available. If you have an Hispanic friend, let them know about this. Invite them to join in this study.

You should still see three columns. On the left is a blue column with many links for various things that you should become familiar with. Many of those links open a window that explains part of how the BLB works. Others show the feature-rich aspects of this study tool. You can always return to the home page by clicking on the Bible logo at the top of the left column.

Explore this column.

If you take the time to go exploring, you will have done plenty for the day’s lesson. You will probably get side-tracked with some of the tools they make available. That’s okay.

We will come back to this to learn how to use some of the various and exciting tools of the BLB.