Recommended Bible Translations
Word for Word "Literal" Translations
- Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
- New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Thought for Thought "Dynamic Equivalence" Translations
- New Living Translation (NLT)
- New International Version (NIV)
Get the Idea "Paraphrase" Translations
- The Message (MSG)
- The Passion Translation (TPT)
- J. B. Phillips New Testament (PHP)
Suggestion: Pick one from the Word for Word or Thought for Thought as your main Bible. Then add one from the Get the Idea list. Then add one from the remaining list. The first ones listed in each category are a good place to start.
Reading Plans & Life Journals
- ReadScripture app from BibleProject
- Dwell Bible Listening App $
- Read the Story of the Bible in One Year with BibleProject
Study Bibles & Commentaries
- The Life Application Study Bible, New Living Translation (NLT)
- Overview videos for each book of the Bible
- How to Read the Bible videos
- Theme & visual commentary videos
- The BibleProject app
Commentaries are books that go in-depth explaining the Bible. Usually a commentary covers one book of the Bible. Want to check one out? At BibleProject, the page for each book of the Bible has a section of recommended books listing popular and academic books and commentaries for that book of the Bible. (See the "Learn" section as on this page for the Gospel of Matthew...) Start with one in from the "popular" list.
- Example journal entries and more resources at brianforeman.org...
$ indicates items that are not free.
Links to apps go to the Apple app store, but the apps are available for Android also.