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The Blue Letter Bible

Don Stewart :: What Tools Are Necessary for Bible Study?

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Don Stewart
Before Bible study begins, the proper tools are needed. This includes a good study Bible, a concordance, and a Bible dictionary.

Good Study Bible

First, a good study Bible is recommended. This means the translation has notes that help to explain difficult terms and concepts. It must be stressed, however, that only the Scriptures are error-free-this is not true with the explanatory notes found in Bible translations no matter how helpful they are to the believer.


A concordance is a book that lists every word found in the Bible and then lists each verse in which that word is found. Therefore someone can use a concordance and look up a verse when only one word is remembered.

Bible Dictionary

A Bible dictionary is also useful. The dictionary will list different words and subjects found in the Bible and then give a definition of them. This can be extremely helpful because many of the customs found in Scripture are no longer practiced today.


It is absolutely essential to have the proper tools before Bible study begins. These include a study Bible, concordance, and Bible dictionary.

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Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.