A Poor Man’s Seminary Library (3): The Interwebs and Free Stuff

Finally, the free stuff, right? There are a lot of great resources on the web for the Bible. I’ll give you a breakdown on some of the stuff I use and some other stuff that’s just cool.

ESVBible.org – I store all of my notes here which allows me to access them from any computer I log onto. On top of that if you have an ESV Study Bible or ESV Gospel Transformation Bible, you can have the notes for them loaded into your account. The folks at ESV are really working to make this a platform; sadly their iPhone/iPad app has really suffered.

NET.bible.org – the NET Bible and all it’s glorious notes. Seriously, why aren’t you already bookmarking this and devouring them. (See my previous post on why you should have a NET Bible).

Latin Vulgate and Douy-Rheims parallel Bible – I find the more I work with the early church, the more I need to reference the Latin Vulgate. The Douy-Rheims Bible is a translation of the Vulgate, if I’m not mistaken.

BibleWebApp.com – the crowning acheivement of Bible applications on the web (hence the rather accurate name). It is was it is. A place to study the Bible. While it can’t compete with Accordance or BibleWorks, those programs costing $100s (if not $1,000) of dollars it does a fantastic job for what it is.

CCEL.org – The Christian Classics Etheral Library. I primarily use this website to read Calvin’s Commentaries (like a good Presbyterian), Schaff’s Church Fathers, and Josephus’s complete works. That alone would make it worth it, but CCEL has tons more works than that.

The Online Critical Psuedepigrapha – I couldn’t believe that this existed. It’s the motherload. With the exception of not being able to read Syriac, this allows me to see the original languages behind my translations of the Pseudepigrapha. This should be a bookmark, you’ll never know when you’ll need it. English translations of the texts abound online – just search for it.

Codex Sinaiticus Online – sadly Codex Sinaiticus was split a part and sent to a lot of international libaries (think of the ending to National Treasure). Fortunately these libaries joined together to digitize the entire work. Now it’s available online. You can actually see the pages to Sinaiticus (along with the various additions).

In terms of online Bibles I know there are some other services (Bible Gateway and Blue Letter Bible) but they aren’t terrible useful to me. I don’t really need to know what so-and-so translation said. I tend to stick with the ESV and the NET and then the Greek and Hebrew.

But if you have any awesome resources free resources, leave a comment.