Occasionally, you might get a call to the “big leagues.”
No I am not talking about baseball, I am talking about the opportunity to preach or teach at church, camp, or a small group. Getting the call can be very exciting and at the same time overwhelming. Exciting because you get to share with others what God has been teaching you and overwhelming because you have no clue where to turn for help.
So we look toward the experts and commentaries.
Commentaries are a great way to study passages of scripture (exegesis or exegete) and gain understanding of the original text of the passage (Hebrew for OT and Greek for NT). Having the chance to learn from scholars who have poured thousands of hours into studying the scripture that you are studying is a great resource and help.
Commentaries can be a great resource, but can also be pricey. Thank God for the internet! There are several sites that have commentaries and word studies available for you to learn from.
Here are 5 commentary resource sites that will help you in your study of scripture…
1. Best Commentaries
If you are going to start anywhere, you might as well start with the best. BestCommentaries.com does exactly what it says, it provides you with the best commentaries available for the scripture or specific word you are studying.
Providing you with the ability to search the site and then read reviews and rankings on each commentary makes the process of finding the best commentaries much easier. As well, it gives you the best use of your money. Taking out the guess work of wondering if a commentary is worth the price and will be the best available help to your study.
2. Precept Austin
Precept Austin is my favorite resource.
They have taken tons of commentaries, word studies, and bible studies and put them into one place. By selecting a book that you are studying you will then be directed to all the available commentaries and resources that they have provided.
Often, they take a verse from a passage and then break down each word for you as well as provide you information from scholars on the word or passage.
3. Blue Letter Bible
Blue Letter Bible is your one stop shop for any word study that you are in need of conducting. Providing you with a very easy way to search for words in scripture. Once you have found your word that you are searching for, blue letter bible provides you with the places that this word is mentioned in scripture, the root word, and even a definition and way of pronunciation. Great resource for understanding Greek and Hebrew a little bit better.
A great resource is to be able to find out what others have said about scripture and even being able to hear how they structured their message. Not saying you should plagiarize a message, but being able to hear someone speak on a topic that you are studying proves to be a valuable resource.
Desiring God has provided you a place to search topics and scripture to read, listen, and study messages and resources available.
5) Follow The Rabbi
Follow the Rabbi provides you a place to cross reference passages, study maps, examine Hebrew, and faith lessons that tell the stories of the ancient world, and share why they are still important for us today. As well, you get to learn from guys like Ray Vander Laan, who is the man.
The best part about all of these resources is that they are free.
These resources are a great way to study scripture, gain understanding, and be inspired by the Word of God.
Got any others that you use?