Hello, all lame people (a.k.a. everyone except me).
I’m Dejected Dog, and I’m here to welcome you to Scriptural Sunday, the last day of Stuffie Takeover Week. Just in case you’re a new person (don’t get fooled, you’re still lame), Stuffie Takeover Week is a week where, instead of our owners writing posts about us, we’ll have a chance to make posts and manage the blog ourselves.
Lame idea, but it’ll do.
Today I’m going to show you the basics of using Blue Letter Bible, my favorite resource for studying Scripture. Cornell will be tagging along to help me make this post.
Next time I might post about the importance of studying the Bible itself. You never know. 😏😏😏
(a.k.a. best thing in the world)
GUYS. BLUE LETTER BIBLE IS AMAZING.
Sorry. That was Cornell. I’m not the type to rant in all caps.
Blue Letter Bible is probably my top favorite resource. You can do just about anything: look up passages, browse Bible dictionaries, study Hebrew and Greek, and a lot more. I’ll just teach you some of the basics.
To find a passage in the Bible, type in the book and chapter (and verse, if you’d like), in the search bar on the home page.
You can select your Bible version underneath. I set NKJV as my default, since I use that version the most. It’s the best, after all. 😎
You shall then be swiftly apparated to the passage you searched up. How cool is that?
To study the passage in depth, hover over the little “Tools” button on the left of every verse. There should be six buttons that pop up: Interlinear, Bibles, Cross-Refs, Commentaries, Dictionaries, and Miscellaneous. Click on the one you’d like to study.
Something like this should appear. “Interlinear” is basically Greek and Hebrew words. Click on the Strong’s number (center column) of a word to learn more about the Greek/Hebrew word.
From there, you can learn pretty much all about the word. Ok, back to the Tools.
In the “Bibles” tab, you can compare and contrast different versions. I used to ignore this resource, but it’s actually really helpful. By doing this, something that you may not understand in your base Bible version can be explained with another.
Next is the “Cross-Refs” tab. For the un-informed, Cross-References are OTHER verses in the Bible that relate/correlate to the verse you’re studying.
This is probably one of the tools I use most, second only to Interlinear. Because honestly. They just give you a whole list of Cross-Refs like bam. Disclaimer: They give way too many, so only pick out the relevant ones to the context of what you’re studying.
Did I mention that you can click the checkbox next to multiple cross-references, and then the Copy button at the top in order to copy-and-paste verses?
And not just for cross-references, you can do this for any verse at all.
The next tool is “Commentaries.” Here, you can find links to all sorts of different commentaries by all sorts of different authors. Have fun surfing through them. 😏
And the second-to-last tool is “Dictionaries.” Blue Letter Bible automatically picks out key words in the verse and provides links to their definitions in Bible dictionaries. I told you BLB is the awesomest.
And finally, you have “Miscellaneous.” I don’t use this one very often, but you could find it helpful. In this tab is all sorts of cool stuff, like images, maps, and links to songs.
Okay, done with Tools. But the thing is, you can do more than just search up verses!
You can search up keywords. For example, here I typed in “grace.” Now click the green search button!
You get to see all the times “grace” was mentioned in the Scriptures, definitions from various Bible dictionaries, and a “Lexiconc” (which is basically the different Hebrew/Greek definitions for grace). BLB even retrieves a ton of relevant FAQs for you!
So that’s searching. Before I leave, though, I wanna show you three more awesome features.
In your sidebar, you should see a widget called “Multi-Verse Retrieval.” Although you could technically just open two different verses in different tabs, I’ve found this is an easier way to compare and contrast passages. Just type in two references, separated by semicolons, and hit Retrieve.
Boom! There ya go.
Another feature I want to show you is “Quicknav.” When you have two Bibles in your lap, a Strong’s Concordance on your head, sixteen notebooks on your keyboard, and five highlighters on either shoulder, you don’t exactly want to type.
So comes the life-saving Quicknav. Click the button, select your book and chapter, and you’re good to go. It’s pretty much the same thing as typing it in, but easier if for some reason you’re too lazy to reach your keyboard.
Okay, last feature. I promise.
It’s the Listen To The Bible feature!
You literally have recordings of the Bible, right at your fingertips. I find this is really helpful if I’m stumped on memorizing a Bible passage, because I’m an auditory learner and I can memorize better by listening to things. 😏
Just select your version and type.
There will be a pop-up window, and you can listen from there! (And BTW, Cornell added that exclamation mark. I don’t use exclamation marks except in times of dire need. I think I’ve said this before, but Cornell can be a bother at times).
Ok, so that’s pretty much all you need to know about Blue Letter Bible. Of course, there’s more, but…we won’t get into that.
I hope you check out BLB! They have a ton of great resources and the entire website is pretty awesome overall.
Do you use Blue Letter Bible? If you don’t, will you check it out? If you do, did you learn something new? What is YOUR favorite resource for studying the Bible? And HAVE YOU ENJOYED JULY STUFFIE TAKEOVER WEEK??
EDIT: This is our 50th post on Stuffie Adventures! *throws confetti*