***Note: This is kind of a departure from your typical "Works for Me Wednesday," but I love simplicity, so I'm throwing it out there.***
In case you have been working in an orphanage in Haiti or training at an off-the-grid missions school in Montana for the past...10 years...the web rocks. Especially for you, Bible Scholar. If you don't believe me, let me share with you my two favorite bible websites and how they make studying the bible much simpler than it has been in the past.
Have you ever used Strong's Exhaustive Concordance? I mean that huge hardcover monster with which you can, literally, beat away the devil's advances?
I love that baby, just holding it made me feel like a scholar. But it's a little hard on your back, especially if you are also carrying around The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Dorsalgia notwithstanding, these two references tomes are, arguably, the twin pillars of bible study. So what's a budding exegete with lower back pain to do?
*Enter the World Wide Web. Cue angelic voices and grateful weeping*
In bible college, while the rest of the girls were finding husbands, I fell in love with the Blue Letter Bible website.
This is a beast of a bible reference website, and the "blue letters" refer to the hyperlink buttons to the left of each scripture which access the various references available on the site.
BLB does reference amazingly well, but it has been slow to integrate more dynamic or interactive features. It wouldn't be fair say that without mentioning the Blue Letter Bible Institute which offers free courses in theology, apologetics and straight scripture study. This is a very, very cool program (did I mention that it's free?). Still, it's a more traditional "Web 1.0" kind of site: lots of great information, not a lot of interaction. So, if you are looking for a more dynamic, customizable, "Web 2.0" kinda tool with greater interaction, you have to check out my new cyber-bible infatuation, YouVersion.com.
A product of LifeChurch.tv, YouVersion is probably the most popular (free) bible mobile app out there but they have a great website as well.
It has this lovely interface that all you app-ers are going to love.
Enchanted as I am with YouVersion's snazzy appish cover, it really doesn't have much in the way of reference tools (yet) while Blue Letter Bible pretty much scores straight 10's when it comes to hermeneutics (oh yeah, "hermeneutics" and "exegesis" in one post!). Instead, YouVersion is geared more toward user-interaction which you can see by their "My" and "Community" menus at the top of the screen.
I really haven't explored the community feature all that much, but it looks to be an attempt to create a kind of bible-oriented social networking site. I like the idea of connecting with other people based on what they are reading; I've already received some comments on my public notes which is kind of fun, but I have found that the best way for a site to create a "networking" option for their users is just to use Facebook Connect.