This week I have officially made the switch over to BlueLetterBible.org for all my online reference, linking and reading needs. While this may seem juvenile to some, this is a big deal to me on a number of levels.
- Bible Gateway used to be my choice of reading online but in many ways I feel taken advantage of on their site. I don’t want to be advertised to while I’m reading and studying the Bible. In the past year, Zondervan bought Bible Gateway and is adding it to their machine of products they “can have more impact on the Internet.” I have already mentioned here that I don’t necessarily appreciate Zondervan, so that didn’t help.
- BlueLetterBible has a web ethic I love. “We desire to operate the Blue Letter Bible as a ministry. This is a zero revenue project. There will be no charge for any services, nor are there any banner ads on the website to generate revenue.” While I am not opposed to making revenue through websites (after all, that is my career) I do think that some things should not be used to further a capitalist agenda. So props to you BlueLetterBible.
- BlueLetterBible is just a way better website with more features and real study tools.
- The lexicon is by far the best one I’ve seen online and has helped me in numerous studies. Simply go to your verse normally and click on the C and you get a screen that looks like below. You can click on any of the words and it will take you to a definition along with a list of all the other times that these Greek/Hebrew words show up elsewhere. There is nothing easier than this.
- The copy to clipboard feature is amazing. Whenever I’m trying to get text onto a Powerpoint I always have to delete all the numbers and footnotes. With BlueLetterBible you can select copy options in the top left and choose the style of text you want to copy, hit copy and move it right into whatever media you need. Smooth and beautiful.
- It also comes packed with study/commentary tools including audio and video which I haven’t even begun to unpack and they are all searchable as well.
- They also have a great mobile version of the site. It’s a little less feature rich (you can still view the full site on your phone if you need the features) but it’s quicker and cleaner. You can see the mobile version at mobile.blb.org
- The only thing I think I will miss was how in Firefox I could add a Bible Gateway search bar right into my browser (anyone know if you can do this for Blue Letter Bible?) so I didn’t have to navigate to their home page first.
It’s enough for me to switch.