Being the start of Catholic Schools Week, I felt that it would be a great idea to share some resources that will allow you to reconnect with your Catholic Education roots!
It’s the year 2015. We have hoverboards, self lacing Nike shoes, and flying cars! Ok, maybe I’m dreaming a little bit and thinking that Back to the Future 2 had it all right.
One thing that is a reality in 2015, is access to God’s Word has never been more available than it is today. So whether you are just a beginner at getting into the Word, or if you are a rock star at it, there is a resource for you, at your level!
Below you will find four different resources to help you in your study of His Holy Word.
Beginner: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Website
The USCCB has published the NABRE on their website. It is a static site, but a great reference point to jumping into the Word. While it doesn’t offer you the ability to take notes or study with a group, it does give you the ability to quickly jump to different parallel resources for each passage. If you are just starting, this is a great place to start.
YouVersion is a great App and website. It gives you the ability to take notes, highlight, and share your thoughts with others. The layout of the Bible is nice and you can navigate quickly during a study. The only downside is you currently require an internet connection to access the NABRE, but hopefully it will be downloadable soon!
As stated earlier, this program has an App (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Kindle Fire) as well as a website (http://www.bible.com).
Kindle Fire = http://www.amazon.com/YouVersion-Bible/dp/B004MC8CA2
Advanced: The Sword Project
The Sword Project is a very advanced Bible Study tool. Originally developed to deliver the Word of God to persecuted countries without the government finding them, this project allows you to dig into the Greek and Hebrew translations of the Bible. You can install other works of the church and cross reference them with the passage that you are studying. While it isn’t the cleanest interface in the world, it will allow you to get into some serious study. The best part, is that it is free!
Rock Star: Verbum
Verbum is built off of the Logos 6 engine. Logos has been the #1 source for Bible Study for the past 20 years. They take any resource, digitize it, tag it, and make it searchable. By doing this, the product that you end up with is the most robust study aid that you could ever have. This product comes at a cost. To get the basic package, it will cost you $235. That sounds like a lot of money, but if you purchased a hard copy of all of the resources that gets you, it would cost you $2200, and they wouldn’t be tagged or digitally searchable.
As you can see, there is something for everyone when it comes to studying the Word of our Lord. I meant it before when I said access to the Bible has never been higher than it is right now. Find the digital version that is right for you!