When reading the Bible, if you struggle to read large amounts of text on paper, there’s a very helpful website I’ve found which has the entire Bible on audio available to listen to on-line. It’s in the ESV version (English Standard Version) and is available here. Search for the passage you want and click the ‘Listen’ link. The voice isn’t computerised, it’s a real person reading the Bible with all the right intonations in all the right places. In the options you can even choose between different people to read the Bible. So if you don’t like the default you can get a voice you prefer (although one does sound a little bit too much like Dr Who for my liking).
Another very cool idea from the people behind the ESV version of the Bible (Crossway), is the ESV Study Bible. You may be thinking, “Another study Bible, blah, blah, blah“, but this one is different for a number of reasons. Firstly it’s a study Bible. “How does that make it different?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s not one of these study Bibles that’s not really a study Bible:
- The Daily Study Bible for Women
- The Life Application Study Bible
- The Surfers Study Bible?
A study Bible should be a study Bible in my opinion and that’s what I want it to help me with – study. Secondly, it’s got some great articles, colour maps and a neat one column layout. Thirdly and most impressively in my opinion is the pioneering on-line version. If you buy a copy of the study Bible, go to their website, enter a special code you get with your study Bible, you get all the the study Bible features online as well. Print out the articles for your Bible Study group, search for phrases and passages etc…
I encourage you to take a look at the ESV Study Bible. It’s a little on the weighty side (physically) but if you can’t be bothered to lug it around you can always just use the online version instead.
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