- D.A. Carson
I can truly say that reading and studying the Bible is my favorite activity. Sure, I don't always act like it. Sometimes I'm content to fritter away my time reading endless Wikipedia articles, or looking at grainy sasquatch videos, or playing pointless games, etc. But the reality is, when I'm on my recliner in the morning with an open Bible, it's the most joyous time of my day. I love it. To quote C.S. Lewis, at those times my "heart sings unbidden."
With that said, here are some of my favorite Bible related things:
- E-Sword. It's free. It's deep. It's easy to use.
- The ESV Study Bible. The best study Bible I've ever used, and I own quite a few. It leans Reformed, but, heck, so did Paul. ;-)
- The New King James Bible. As far as I'm concerned the best translation in the history of the English language. It's literal, highly poetic, and not the least bit archaic. It supposedly uses less popular manuscripts than its peers (a debatable assertion), but the variations are noted in the margins (and its peers don't return the favor). The only unfortunate thing about this translation is its name.
- Genuine leather. Stay away from bonded leather. Genuine leather will ensure your Bible will be around to give to your grandchildren. Bonded leather will eventually crumble at your fingertips, so if you're into that sort of thing, go for it.
- Parallel Bibles. There is sometimes a lot of interpretation that goes into Bible translation. Generally, the more wooden a translation (e.g., NASB) the more literal it is; and the more readable a translation (e.g., NIV), the more, well, um, problematic it can be. Parallel Bibles help solve the wooden-or-readable conundrum by offering several translations on the same page.
Those are my top "Bible things." I'd be interested in hearing anyone else's favorite Bible resources.