Bible, Bible Study, and Sacred Texts

 
 
 
Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were found in desert caves, some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls went online for the first time on Monday in a project launched by Israel's national museum and Google. Read the story Here. Go to the site Dead Sea Scrolls
 
 
Guide to Popular Bible Translations offered here by Cokesbury
 
 
 
Common English Bible A new translation available online.
 
 
The African American Lectionary, more than 5000 pages of free material presenting all the annual days of the African American church and more Visit it here.

''Daily Grace’’, iPhone app from Women of the ELCA, is now available! Daily Grace, an on-the-go companion for your journey, offers a faith reflection every day. Go to dailyGrace for more information and to download this free app.

IPhone App demo

Luther Seminary's Enter the Bible has extensive historical, theological, and literary analyses of every book in the Bible with supporting information about ancient Near Eastern history and culture. It includes passage-by-passage comments on biblical texts, many of which also offer links to video presentations by biblical scholars. It has maps, glossaries, identifications of biblical people and places, and art images. If you create a free account and log in, you can save links, take notes, and follow ready-made study paths.

Read the Bible in a Year, a schedule from the N. GA Conference, UMC.

OpenYale free online courses in New Testament and the Hebrew Bible taught by Yale professors.

Revised Common Lectionary

Common Lectionary designed especially for Baptist, Reformed and Free Church/Congregationalist traditions.

Audio Bible Study from BaptistWay Press.

ScriptureEcho an unusual and dramatic process for reading scripture in a group.

Launched this January, a new service called FaithElement brings several innovations to small group Bible study for youth and adults. The materials are free for church groups to use, with funding coming from sponsorships. You won’t want to miss FaithElement and The Faith Lab; read more and find links at FaithElement
Find The Gospel of Contradiction: An Interview with Mary Gordon and other essays and materials about our sacred texts at Patheos

Regional Council collection of Bible On Line resources.
Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World at the Royal Ontario Museum has closed but the website still offers fascinating lectures by authorities on the scrolls and the world that produced them. The Anne Tanenbaum Lecture Series explores the Scrolls’ continued relevance to the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths. ROM
 
Bible Gateway has most versions of the Bible available on line-- amazing resource!! 
Maps Old Testament, New Testament and more
Map of sites in story of Jesus
Interactive Bible Maps
Map of Paul's first Missionary Journey

Treasures of Heaven brings together over 150 objects from institutions like the Vatican and art museums across Europe and the United States.  Visit now.     

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Light of new hope

God of refuge,
hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut
in our hearts at this time.
Fill us with compassion
and move us to reach out in love.

In your mercy,
bring comfort to those who mourn,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless
sustenance to those who hunger.

Give strength to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable
especially in a time of coronavirus.

Lead us in your ways
so that together we may bring
the light of new hope
wherever there is destruction and despair.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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