The first Bible study tool we discussed was that of a Study Bible. (See post here)
I want to introduce a fantastic tool for those of you who have a computer and internet access.
The first reason I love this tool is that it is free. I said FREE.
You say, “Yippee!! Free! But wait, noting is free. How could it be free?”
Well the books that are offered in this computer program are all old books and there are not copyrights on them. If you were buying the tool in the form of a traditional book you would have to pay for the paper, and ink, and shipping, you get the idea. But on the internet it’s a simple download.
Now you might think that since the books are old with no copyrights on them that they are not worth much. Not so! Ultimately it is good to study both old and new books. But there are some excellent older books that work very well for the Christian in the pew as well as the pulpit.
How do I get this tool?
Getting this is easy. Just click the link above in this article, or go to http://www.e-sword.net. You’ll need to download the program first. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the program, you open it up and click the “download” tab at the top of the page. The drop down menu will display the following categories: Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, graphics, and topic notes. When you click on one of the categories a window will come up with a list of books to download. Simply choose the ones you want and download them. This may sound complicated if you’ve never done something like this before, but if you have basic familiarity with computers it is simple.
Is the program hard to use once it is downloaded?
O man is it easy. You will have three or four windows open on the screen so you can see them all at once. One window will be the Bible. You can open several versions at once and see them in parrallel. Another window will have your dictionaries, and anther your commentaries. A fourth window could be used for taking notes.
One feature I find very useful is the KJV+ Bible. Each word has a Strong’s number above it. When you click on the number or hover over it, you get the Strong’s dictionary definition of the word.
In the future Ill explain how some of the books on e-sword are useful. The best thing to do is download it and start working with it. I always find that experimenting with a program is the best way to learn it.
There are other really great Bible study software programs out there which cost hundreds and some even thousands of dollars. Logos is one of them and it is worth every penny for what you get. It’s on my wish list. But if you don’t have that kind of money, e-sword is free and it will really be a great tool for your personal Bible study.