Here is a list of resources to understand the Bible better. These scriptural resources are free and online. This site provides similar lists for lectionary resources, for music resources and so on, and invites you to add so that together we are sharing good resources we find. So if you know a similar biblical resource, please add it in the comments below.
There are well over 50 translations of the Bible into English made during the last century.
I recently read the following in a review of a particular translation (adapted in an attempt to avoid embarrassing the author):
When I want to decide if I like a translation of the Bible, I look at [mentions three specific passages] I do not read Greek or Hebrew, so I cannot ensure “accuracy” of the translations, but I just go on “gut” feeling and what SOUNDS to me like clarity, truth and beauty.
This expresses it well. So many translations appear to me not to be an honest translation of the original, but an expression into English of what the “translators” wished that the original had said! Hence, I am seeking to provide here a list of online tools to help people check what the original actually says. And remember: don’t believe anyone who says that translation is not interpretation. Translation is always interpretation.
More significantly, more than helping you win one of those tiresome theological debates generally at the level of angels on pinheads – delving into the original biblical languages enriches our lives. It is not the few parts of the Bible that we disagree about that should be our focus – but the central core of it that we DO agree on. There is much more that unites us than divides us! There is One who unites us, and can unite us…
Thanks to all those who have helped me so far in this collating – especially my twitter followers.
Usual disclaimers: Links here do not necessarily mean I agree with the translation, interpretation, theology, blah, blah, blah…
The NET Bible “offers the most comprehensive set of free resources available online, including commentaries, articles, word studies, original biblical languages and cross references”
Reader’s version of Greek and Hebrew Bible (does not work with IE) You can set the word frequency for which definitions are provided and choose whether you want the part of speech, morphology, or frequency displayed. Optional popups provide additional lexical info. Parts of speech can be colored as you wish. Fonts and size can also be selected. Thanks to John Dyer.
Bible Web App – another wonderful resource from John Dyer.
Septuagint.org The Bible in Greek, with lots of parsing information.
Greek Bible Study You open an account and then can keep notes etc. of your studies
Search God’s Word study resources
Blue Letter Bible “in-depth study of God’s Word through an on-line interactive reference library continuously updated from the teachings and commentaries of selected pastors and teachers who hold to the conservative, historical Christian faith”
Bibel Wissenschaft Online Greek, Hebrew, LXX
Tyndale Toolbar I have not tried this out yet – please comment below if you have