When I read Scripture, I much prefer reading off the printed page from a Bible that I can hold in my hands, feel the weight, finger the pages, and take my time. But when I’m online and want to quote Scripture in a blog article, or need to double check a reference for a sermon, I often turn to BibleGateway.com as a free and easy-to-use source for online Bible translations.
Since Facebook rolled out its latest re-design, I keep seeing the same comment over and over from friends: “I hate the new Facebook.” Some find it confusing or ugly or both. In contrast the Bible Gateway re-design has made its website even easier to use and looks great. The website now automatically adjusts to various devices and screen sizes so there’s no more need to scroll from side to side. A menu for study tools, devotionals, and other extras now appears in a handy sidebar. And if you prefer the Classic site, you can choose to use it instead.
The main page still features the search box for a Bible passage, keyword, or topic with a drop down menu of Bible translations to choose from. I’m glad that’s stayed the same, since it’s the Bible Gateway feature I use most often. Below the search box, there’s a new Bible book list that gives a chapter-by-chapter summary that can help narrow down a search. When I’m on my laptop, the right side of the screen shows introductory material for each book of the Bible with room for note-taking.
For writers and for anyone interested in reading and studying Scripture, Bible Gateway is an excellent go-to resource. While I mainly use it for quick reference, the website offers much more:
Create a free account, and you’ll be able to save your notes, sync them across your devices, and take advantage of Bible reading plans and other features.
Join Bible Gateway Plus, and you’ll gain access to digital Bible study resources from Zondervan Publishing, which owns Bible Gateway. There’s a 30-day free trial before the fees begin.
For more information, see the Tips for Navigating the New Bible Gateway Website.
Writing/Reflection Prompt: Do you read Scripture from a printed book or in digital format? Which do you prefer and why?
Disclosure: I’m a #BibleGatewayPartner which means my blog is part of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid, and I link Bible verse references on my website to the Bible Gateway website. At the same time, the choice to review and any opinions expressed are my own and freely given.
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