Need some free Bible study software?

Free e-Sword Bible Software
Free e-Sword Bible Software

Have you ever wanted to have some Bible study software on your computer, but you either did not want to spend the money or you were unsure which software to get?  Well, e-Sword is available for FREE!

 While most free software is worthless, e-Sword actually is a nice user-friendly program that has some nice applications available for it.  The initial free download includes the King James Bible and the Strong’s Concordance.  The Bible and concordance are linked for easy word studies using the Strong’s numbering system.  If you want additional applications, there are many others available for free (and for purchase) at the e-Sword website.  Below are some applications that I believe are worth the download:

  1. The ESV Bible – it is free and it is a newer translation.
  2. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon – this is a standard reference for Hebrew word studies and it works with the Strong’s numbering system as well.
  3. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon – also a standard in Greek language study.  It is also keyed to Strong’s.
  4. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) – want to know more about a person, place, or thing in the Bible?  This is an excellent source arranged alphabetically by topic.
  5. If you are a student of Greek or Hebrew, do not fail to download any or all of the original language texts available (a few are keyed to Strong’s for easy cross-referencing).
  6. Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin – a must for every library!
  7. A good devotional is Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening.
  8. Keil & Delitzsch’s Commentary on the Bible – it is older, but still excellent.
  9. Barne’s Notes on the Bible – still has some value even if it is older.
  10. The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary – another older commentary that still has some great value.
  11. There are many atlases that are good if you want to study maps.
  12. Also valuable are Nave’s Topical Bible and Torrey’s Topical Textbook if you want to study what Scripture says about a particular topic.

There are many other add-ons available for download.  You can go and decide for yourslef what will be helpful to you.  For a free program, I think e-Sword is tough to beat!  Let me know what you think if you already have it or decide to give it a try.

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3 Responses to Need some free Bible study software?

  1. Ben A says:

    I’m a http://www.biblegateway.com addict. I was just recently pointed towards e-Sword by a different friend just a few weeks ago. It looks pretty nice.

    I thought e-Sword’s interface took some getting used to. But it’s really not too bad.

    I still have my BDB, but I’ve been neglecting it. I should kick myself hard.

  2. Tim Farley says:

    Ben A:

    Yeah, Bible Gateway is nice as long as you have internet access and as long as your connection is pretty fast. I like e-Sword because it downloads right to your computer and you always have it. The interface does take some getting used to, but it is not too bad after you play with it for a while. For free, it is worth the effort! 🙂

    As far as using BDB, you better use it. You spent good money learning how!

  3. Robynne says:

    Yay Torrey’s Topical Textbook. It makes me happy that I’ll (probably) be going to a school founded in part by him.
    I’ve used it a few times to look up some things. It’s been pretty handy so far.

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