Smatterings

How to Research Via Computer

Researching Religious Information:

Step 1:

If nothing else works try a search engine.

When looking for a computer based Bible program, look for one with a searchable index. I always feel like I'm part of Babylon 5's society or have warped into Star Trek's era whenever I use the search function of computer based Bibles.

For example you are writing about angels:

"Computer search for references of angels."

Meanwhile I go to the "Find" command, and type in the word "angels." A prompt comes up asking if it should search the Old or New Testament.

"Computer, search both the Old and New Testament." I command.

I check the box that says, "Search Old and New Testament."

After a short while the computer screen shows me a list. My mind translates the information with Star Treks computer's voice. Presto, all the info I requested is at my fingertips.

The searchable texts are not as advanced as Star Trek's. One or two words work best.

Sometimes you get different results if you use the same word but a different Bible version.

Bible Interpretations is information on Bible versions, some guides on interpreting it and Bible background links.


The Bible Gateway(TM) is
a service of Gospel Communications Network (Gospelcom)
Gospelcom

 
Welcome to the Bible Gateway(TM) - Search the Bible in nine languages and multiple Bible Versions

Versions include: NIV, NLT, NASB, RSV, KJV, NKJV, 21stCKJV, Message, Darby, YLT, WE,
Lookup a word or passage in the Bible



(Remember; keep it down to 1 or 2 search terms.)

BibleGateway.com
Add this search tool on your webpage
 

I like Bible Gateway because they have hyper-links to related passages. To search for a specific topic try the on-line Bible tool below:

Search the Bible
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Below is a list of more excellent searchable on-line Bibles and a free Bible software tool that works similarly to the on-line Bibles.

Just a picture of a Bible.

Bible Study Tools on crosswalk.com has 16 searchable versions of the Bible, dictionaries, commentaries, a historical writing section and more.
Biblical Resource Sites
Blue Letter Bible Based on the King James Version. Word or Phrase Search linked with 6 Bible Dictionaries for any English Word. Strong's Number Search Tool searches a Hebrew/Greek Concordance plus a Lexicon, for any Strong's Number.
CrossWire Bible Society Several free Bible open source software packages: SWORD Project for Windows, Xiphos, Bible Time, Mac Sword, BP Bible, Alkitab Bible Study, FireBible- a toolbar for Firefox and free bible software for handhelds.
e-Sword Home Free Bible study software to use on your computer. Bibles, commentaries and dictionaries are readily viewed without having to "tile windows. Integrated editor and search capabilities. The verses in the commentaries are linked with the Bible and you can search multiple versions all at once. Well worth the download time. A download manager is very helpful tool for obtaining this program.

Step 2:

Read whatever you can get your hands on. Read as many books on the subject as you can either afford, find at the library or read in the book store about what ever topic you are researching with caution. Ask questions and go back to step 1.

Online Bible Software This Bible Study freeware program lets you add entire books, different Bible versions, commentaries and dictionaries to your computer and have multiple hyper-linked reference sources open at the same time. You need a download manager for this program too. Choose their Components link then choose their Installation files link to get started.

Step 3:

Surf the web. Below are some links I have come across. (Not all of them are Christian)


This is the traditonal way of illuminating your reading.

The Orthodox Christian Page The Eastern Orthodox point of view has information on the Western European Saints, a reading section, some other Bible links.

a page from history

Bible History Online Images and Resources for Biblical History is an awesome site. You could spend hours.

Hyper History contains 2000 files covering 3000 years. To find religious information choose the timeline of interest.

Exploring Ancient World Culture The Near East starts with Gilgamesh.
Jewish Encyclopedia The complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. Contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.
Resource Pages for Biblical Studies Culture A comprehensive link page. Includes Bible texts, aspects of the Mediterranean social world, and other websites on how to use your computer for biblical research.

Looking it up The Dead Sea Scrolls

Early Christian Writings

Internet History Sourcebooks Project edited by Paul Halsall and Fordham University are vast collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts including Ancient History, Medieval History and Modern History.

Evidence and Paul's Journeys Excerpts from his recently published book "Evidence and Paul's Journeys: An Historical Investigation into the Travels of the Apostle Paul."

Paul and the Pauline Epistles has lots of links on Paul.

Year A Calendar Revised Common Lectionary Study gives an outline of what many churches expect to hear about Sunday morning. This resource is similar to a magazines theme list for the year ahead. Though sometimes religious leaders hold the privilege of deviating from the list.

Revised Common Lectionary Current Lectionary readings for this Sunday or for a month from then or whenever.

GBOD Planning Helps On-line lectionary planning helps.

Scholars: You'll want to publish your work. The freeware listed below will help create a bibliography.

Dr. Abel Scribe PhD Guides to Research Style and Documentation are concise free guides to formatting and documenting research papers in AMA, APA, ASA, CBE, Chicago, and MLA style. The APA Web Sheet PDF and MLA Web Sheet PDF explain how to format Internet sources.

Zotero Crashed both Aurora and Nightly, March 2014, (FireFox's 64 bit versions). Only use as a Firefox 32 add-on, Chrome, Safari, Firefox standalone Automatic captures citation information from web pages, stores PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages, exports with thousands of popular publisher and journal styles and integrates with MS Word and Libre Office.

Zotero Word Processing Plugin Add-ons to integrate Zotero with MS Word Mac Word, LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org and NeoOffice.

People responded to the words in the Bible reprinted and re-translated in different ways. Some made music, some made art, and some wrote web pages.

Christian Link Page This page links to some the ones I like the best, current issues, holidays, and my Christian chain mail section.
Christian Search Engines and Directories page link Here are a collection of Christian search engines and directories.
 
 
 
 

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