Modifying the HomePage of the BLB

Annie asked if there is a way to modify your personal homepage in the Blue Letter Bible. Her study of Hebrew makes her want to be able to search for words using Strong’s numbers as soon as she opens her BLB.

Sadly, modifications other than choosing which version you want to use are not possible.

However, there is a way to access the search tool more rapidly than through the numereous steps of a verse search, which we studied in previous lessons. (If you are new here, you can access these short and simple lessons by clicking on the category “Bible Study Methods” to the left of this post.)

  1. Bring up your homepage of the BLB in a new window. (so you can click back and forth between these instructions and the BLB)
  2. Enter a search criteria in the upper right-hand search box. (doesn’t matter at this point what you enter, as long as it is in the Bible.)
  3. Click on the blue arrow for the search.
  4. Click on the highlight address of any verse that comes up.
  5. Click on the “C” button next to the verse.
  6. Click on any highlighted Strong’s number in the middle column.
  7. At the extreme left of your browser address bar, click and hold the BLB emblem.
  8. Drag it to your links bar.

You now have quick access from your internet browser page directly to the search box which appears at the bottom of that information page.

If you do not know how to set up a links bar on your browser, simply add the search page to your ‘Favorites.’ This will require one extra step in accessing the search page, but is still faster than going from the homepage through all the search boxes.

To learn how to set up a links bar on your browser, go to http://www.webjunction.org/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=433332&name=DLFE-10525.doc by opening a new tab and then copy/paste this address into your web browser and click the ‘go’ arrow. This will request that you open an MSWord application. It is perfectly safe to do so.

I hope this helps all those who are beginning to use the BLB more and more as their electronic Bible.

Bible Study Lesson 6

We are learning how to use the Blue Letter Bible, an online, interactive, and very powerful study tool. If you are just joining us, place the link for the BLB in your favorites or on your desktop. You do not need to download anything. And welcome to the study. You may want to subscribe to this blog in order to keep up with the lessons. You may do so by signing up with the Free Subscription on the right-hand side of this blog. However, all lessons will be archived under the category titled Bible Study Methods. You can go there at any time and get a lesson to review or to catch up.

The more I use this tool, the more I realize how powerful it is. The BLB is a benefit for the casual student and for the one who wants to go into the deepest depths of study of God’s Word possible without actually learning the original languages. Today, just before I began this post, I learned something else about its power. I can quickly discover how many times a particular Greek or Hebrew word is used; or I can just as quickly learn how many times a particular English word is used. I can also find out how many different ways a particular original language word is translated. This is a powerful resource, and will be a great benefit. I will explain how to use this for your study in a future lesson.

We are now learning how to use the BLB as we look into what it means to be pleasing to the Lord, or how to please God. Our main text, or launching place is Hebrews 11:6 where we are told that without faith it is impossible to please God.  Bring that verse up in your window now. For information on how to do this, go to Lesson 1. Our search through the scriptures for the time being are launched from this verse and the keys associated with it in the BLB.

In our last lesson, we looked at how to access the information from Vine’s Expository Dictionary using the Strong’s numbering system. There were many verses with differing nuances of meaning that were listed just for the Strong’s word #2100. If you have just joined us, then you should go back to the last lesson by clicking on the link at the beginning of this paragraph and follow the few steps covered in that lesson.

You should now be gaining insight not only on how to use the BLB, but also on what it means to please God. So, let’s continue with learning other aspects of the BLB. You should have Hebrews 11:6 in your main window of the BLB.

Look at the blue keys to the left of the verse. We have already delved into the “C” and the “V” keys. Now click on the “D” key next to the verse. That should bring up a small window labeled “Available Dictionary Aids for Hebrews 11:6.” Beneath that blue bar is a box labeled “Choose Dictionary Topic for Hbr 11:6 – Then Click “Go” .” Next to that box is a drop-down arrow. Click on that.

That gives you plenty of resources to continue your study on what it means to please God. One of the most outstanding and often used resources is the Nave’s Topical Bible, which is listed here with various topics around the idea of pleasing God. Click on one of the topics listed such as “Desire – Spiritual.” Then clck “Go.”

Again you will see why it is important ot have your notebook with you, for nothing but scripture addresses is given–and there are many! However, each address is “hot” and can be clicked to take you directly to that verse. However, each verse will open up in that window, so that you will have to click your back button on the browser to return to the list of verses.

If you are preparing a lesson on some aspect of pleasing the Lord, then there is the tremendously useful tool of Torrey’s Topical Textbook that is also listed as a resource under the available dictionary aids. Since we are studying Hebrews 11:6 which teaches us that faith is necessary in order to please God, lets look at how Torrey presents that to us.

As you scroll down through the available dictionary aids, you will find Torrey’s Topical Textbook at the bottom. Underneath that you will see “Faith – Impossible to Please God Without.” Select that and choose “Go.” You will notice that you are given a basic outline of what the Bible teaches concerning this vast subject.

 If you are following along on this study, you have enough in front of you now to keep you busy for quite some time. Enjoy, and share with us the fruits of your study.

NOTE: As we progress, you may have a question about something that we have covered. Be sure to use the comments section for all comments and questions. Also, read the comments section, because someone may ask or say something that will benefit you as you go through this study. Thanks

Bible Study Lesson 5

We are learning how to use the Blue Letter Bible, an online, interactive, and very powerful study tool. If you are just joining us, place the link for the BLB in your favorites or on your desktop. You do not need to download anything. And welcome to the study. You may want to subscribe to this blog in order to keep up with the lessons. You may do so by signing up with the Free Subscription on the right-hand side of this blog. However, all lessons will be archived under the category titled Bible Study Methods. You can go there at any time and get a lesson to review or to catch up.

I recently received the following note from the folks at the Blue Letter Bible:
Dale,
Thank you so much for this. Your blog is extremely helpful. It’s
encouraging to read a thorough and clear use of the BLB tools! So you
have encouraged us greatly. I really like your idea of parallel
viewing panes. Right now the only way to do that right now is to line
up BLB windows next to each other.

Your participation in this study is helping to encourage others as well as build yourself up in the faith.

In our last lesson we learned about using Strong’s numbers to aid in our study. Strong’s is the word used to reference the original comprehensive concordance to the Bible. If you are not familiar with the reference work, that is okay. Using it within the BLB will open a new world of study for you.

Bring up the homepage of the BLB, and in the search box enter Hebrews 11:6. For information on how to do this, go to Lesson 1.

Notice the blue buttons next to the verse on the left-hand side. Click the “C” button. A window opens that is labeled Lexicon/Concordance for Hebrews 11:6. Scroll down until you find the phrase “to please.” Next to that is the number G2100 in the column labeled Strong’s.

Click on the G2100. That brings up an entirely new window labeled Lexicon Results with a lot of information in it, and new roads to take in our exploration. For this lesson, we will look into Vine’s Expository Dictionary of NT Words.

Locate the blue bar labeled “Vines” and click on “View Entry.” That opens a new window containing the basic information from Vine’s work.

Then, underneath the first simple entry is the phrase in brackets [View Entry in Its Context]. Click on that and you are brought to the full entry from Vine’s that contains all the various ways the words translated “please” are used.

Remember, we are looking into what the Bible says about pleasing God, because it is our desire to be found pleasing in His sight.

You should have your notebook out, because the amount of information now becomes much more than your mind can assimilate.

Notice that all Scripture references are “hot” so that you can click on any one of them and be taken to that verse. It would be better if that link opened in a new window, but it doesn’t. So, you will always have to use your back button at the top of your browser to return to where you were.

I’m going to leave you with this for now. Begin your own study of what it means to be found pleasing to the Lord. Search through the verses listed in the Vine’s window. Make notes as you go. Add what you learn to the comments section below, so that we may all benefit from what the Lord gives you (Matt. 4:4).

If you click on a verse, and then get sidetracked by the buttons on the side that you have already learned how to use, you should REJOICE! You will not come to the end of the study anytime soon if that happens to you.

As you explore the idea of what it means to please the Lord, you will discover many wonderful things from the Word. Be sure to take notes from your study. This is not only about how to use the BLB. It is also about trying to discover “what is pleasing to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).

NOTE: As we progress, you may have a question about something that we have covered. Be sure to use the comments section for all comments and questions. Also, read the comments section, because someone may ask or say something that will benefit you as you go through this study. Thanks