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Revd Dr Bill GoodmanThis page is compiled and updated by Revd Dr Bill Goodman.  Bill is Assistant Principal of St Peter's College and Director of Ongoing Ministerial Development.  Feedback and suggestions are welcome.  

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Here are some useful resources, particularly websites, grouped into three sections:

  1. The Biblical Text                                                        Go to section

  2. Commentary and Study Resources from Scholars    Go to section

  3. Useful Resources for Church Leaders and Groups    Go to section




The Biblical Text

Various translations and study aids.      Click on the logos to open these resources.

Bible Gateway logo

Here you can find numerous different bible translations, which can be viewed in parallel.  Also good for word searches.

Biblia.com logo Similar to Bible Gateway, but a different presentation format. Also includes Greek New Testament.
Bible Hub logo

Along with various translations, this also offers interlinear texts, Hebrew-English and Greek-English.

Tynedale House logo

Biblical text study resources from Tyndale House in Cambridge. More specifically, try https://www.stepbible.org/  


Blue Letter Bible Logo

Useful for word searches, includes Greek and Hebrew lexicon and Strong’s numbers.  Also has commentaries with a conservative perspective.

Bible.org logo

A recent bible translation with accompanying study resources.  Includes good quality maps of the ancient world.





Commentary and Study Resources

Produced by various biblical scholars, some of these are detailed and technical, others aim at a wider audience.      Click on the logos to open these resources..

St Johns College logo Visually rich videos on biblical books by a wide variety of leading scholars, produced by St John’s College, Nottingham.  
Bible dex logo

A video approach, largely ‘talking heads’, with scholars from Nottingham University introducing books of the bible.  

OT Gateway logo

An annotated, academic directory of internet sites on the Old Testament.  Produced from Tabor College, Australia.

Similar to OT Gateway, but for the New Testament.  Edited by Mark Goodacre, of Duke University, USA. 
John and Kathleen Show logo

Resources from leading OT scholar John Goldingay and his wife Kathleen; see the various tabs on the left side of their page.  

Ralph Klein logo

Site by Ralph Klein, OT scholar.  Good for historical background to the Old Testament.

Dead Sea scrolls logo See what the Dead Sea Scrolls look like, and some commentary on what’s in them.
paul page logo

Explains and discusses recent thinking about the apostle Paul, such as the ‘New Perspective’ and Paul’s attitudes to the Roman empire.

nt wright page logo

An ‘unofficial website’ dedicated to the work of N.T. (Tom) Wright, including lectures, articles, interviews and sermons.




Useful Resources for Church Leaders and Groups 

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The Bible Project - visual storytelling meets the bible

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Introducing Proverbs

Example of a Bible Project animated video

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1 Timothy overview

Example of a Bible Project animated video

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Lost in Translations

So many versions of the bible. Which one(s) shall we choose?

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Tools for Exegesis

Practical guidance for preachers. Bill Goodman offers tools to Readers at their monthly gathering (Sept 20...

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Tools for Exegesis

Handout accompanying teaching session by Bill Goodman

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BRF bible reading notes by Bill Goodman

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1 Corinthians

BRF bible reading notes by Bill Goodman.

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Characters in the Bible

A series of Bible studies on the men and women of scripture.

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The Bible in the Life of the Church

Resources from and for the Anglican Communion

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Unlock Bible Study Resources

Study resources for the text-shy culture

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Unlock Taster Session Resources

Short activities to demonstrate the Unlock approach

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Psephizo - a new testament blog

A blog by Ian Paul, NT scholar. Good for making thoughtful links between the bible and contemporary issues.

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LICC - Bible & Culture Resources

Articles, videos and other resources illuminating the bible for our culture

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LICC - Video Resources

A wide variety of bible teaching video talks to impact our lives and our culture

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Bible Dudes

A light-hearted introduction to biblical studies with cartoon elements!

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The Bible Society Bible Course

This online video set contains the full 8 teaching sessions with each session available to stream online or...

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You Version - Bible App

God's Word is with you - a free Bible app with most versions available for all smart phone platforms

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