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Famous Bible Passages
Every word, sentence, and paragraph in the Bible has its source in God and is helpful to those who choose to follow Him (2 Tim. 3:16). However, certain verses and passages have become famous over the centuries because of their wit, wisdom, and direct application to everyday life.
Bible Terms and Definitions
One of the reasons people sometimes feel frustrated when reading the Bible is because they're unfamiliar with its unique terms and phrases. Therefore, use these important biblical definitions to gain confidence and clarity as you engage the different portions of God's Word.
Names of God
There are dozens of words and phrases throughout the Bible that are translated simply as
People and Places in the Bible
The Bible is packed with a multitude of different people and places, which can make it difficult to remember who did what and where specific events took place. Here you'll find some clarity on the different characters and locations in God's Word.
The Structure of the Bible
People often think of the Bible as a singular book. In reality, the Scriptures are a collection of 66 separate books written by more than 40 human authors and divided into a number of distinct literary genres. For that reason, understanding the structure of the Bible will go a long way in successfully engaging and applying God's Word.
Reading God's Word is a wonderful gift that always brings about spiritual fruit. But your engagement with the Scriptures shouldn't stop with reading. Consider the wonder of making God's Word a part of you. That's the joy (and the responsibility) of Scripture memory.
While the ancient followers of God celebrated
Pronunciation Guide for the Bible
Here's how to pronounce some of those tricky terms from God's Word.
Who Is the "Anointed One" in the Bible?
Learn the meaning behind this uncommon (but interesting) term.
Who Was Simeon in the Christmas Story?
Learn about an interesting minor character in the story of Jesus' birth.
The Myth of the Nativity Wise Men
Did the wise men see Jesus during the first Christmas?
The Bible and the Doctrine of Inerrancy
You need to understand this key truth about what you'll find in God's Word.
The Bible and War
Answering the question:
The Bible's Promise of Heaven
These 5 passages from God's Word offer us comfort in the reality of heaven.
John 3:16 -- The Most Popular Bible Verse
Learn the background and full meaning of Jesus' incredible words.
The Bible and Atonement
Learn the definition of this key element in God's plan to save His people.
Is the Word "Trinity" in the Bible?
Addressing a common question about an important doctrine
Books of the Bible
There are 66 books in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and each one communicates a unique and vital message for living as a follower of God. Look here to find overviews and helpful information to gain a better understanding of the important books that make up God's Word.
New Testament People
Learn about some of the most important people in the second half of God's Word.
Old Testament People
Learn about some of the most important people from the first half of God's Word.
Background and historical information on some of the most important places mentioned in God's Word.
Commands in the Bible
There are many instances in the Bible where God gives specific commands and instructions to His people. These are not optional; they are meant to be obeyed. Therefore, it's important for us to be aware of these commands, and aware of how to follow them, as we seek to apply the Bible in our everyday lives.
The Life and Teachings of Jesus
Jesus Christ is far and away the most influential person in the history of the world, and, at its core, the Bible is His story told on a grand scale. Therefore, understanding Jesus' life and foundational teachings will go a long way in understanding the Scriptures as a whole.
Studying the Bible chapter-by-chapter is a great way to approach the text and message of God's Word. Here you'll find brief overviews of each chapter in a number of Bible books -- in addition to key verses, key themes, key questions, and more.
Jonah 1: Bible Chapter Summary
A brief overview of Jonah 1 in the Old Testament
A Quick Overview of Bible Translations
This summary of the major Bible translations will help you decide which version is best for you.
Resource Review: "The Jesus Storybook Bible"
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5 Great Memory Verses for Spring
Five Bible passages that connect with the themes of spring
Your Guide to Understanding the Bible from About.com
Find helpful tips, useful information, and resources for understanding, engaging, and applying the truths of the sacred texts of the Bible.
Bible Snapshot: the Trinity
Here are the primary Scripture passages that support this important doctrine.
Introduction to the Book of Matthew
Learn key facts and major themes from the first book in the New Testament.
Who Was Hosea in the Bible?
The unbelievable story of an Old Testament prophet commanded to marry a prostitute
Who Was Pontius Pilate in the Bible?
Learn more about Pontius Pilate - one of the key villains in the Easter story - from a historical background and scripture verses.
Definition and Examples of Prophets in the Bible
Understanding the role and function of the prophets in the Bible. This article includes some specific examples of prophets found in Scripture.
Learn How the Books of the Bible Are Organized
Here's a quick look at how the Bible's 66 books have been arranged.
Psalm 51 Is a Picture of Repentance
In writing Psalm 51, David offered a path to follow for all who need to repent of their sins and seek forgiveness.
The Bible and Marijuana
Does the Bible permit the use of marijuana if there are no laws against it?
5 Great Memory Verses for Summer
Here are five inspiring Bible verses to read and memorize during the summer months.
An Overview of Exodus in the Bible
Review key facts and major themes for Exodus in the Bible.
Promises in the Bible
The Bible is full of promises from God to us. These are not vague declarations, but specific, actionable promises we can rely on as we conform our lives to the truth of God's Word.
Jonah 3: Bible Chapter Summary
A brief exploration of Jonah 3 in the Old Testament
Jonah 4: Bible Chapter Summary
A brief look at the final chapter in the Book of Jonah
Galatians 3: Bible Chapter Summary
Get a quick overview of Galatians 3 in the New Testament.
Galatians 4: Bible Chapter Summary
Exploring the key themes and concepts in the fourth chapter of Galatians.
Galatians 5: Bible Chapter Summary
Take a look at the key themes and concepts of Galatians 5.
Galatians 6: Bible Chapter Summary
Explore the conclusion of this important book from the apostle Paul.
5 Bible Memory Verses for Fall
Celebrate the changes of autumn by engaging God's unchanging Word.
3 Christmas Verses from the Old Testament
Because the entire Bible describes God's Christmas story.
How to Explain the Christmas Story to Children
Here's an easy to read summary of Jesus' birth, including the relevant Bible passages.
Should I Buy a Study Bible?
The pros and cons of buying a study Bible as a means of experiencing Scripture.
How to "Agree to Disagree" About the Bible
When it comes to the Bible and biblical doctrine, Christians really can agree to disagree.
What the Bible Says About Doctrinal Disagreements
A look at biblical precedents and instructions for maintaining unity when Christians disagree
Circumcision in the New Testament and Beyond
Exploring the impact of circumcision in the New Testament and its application today.
What Does It Mean to Believe in Jesus?
Two ideas we must understand in order to truly believe in Jesus
Review: "Everything You Need to Know About the Bible"
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Hope in the Garden of Gethsemane
Highlighting the hope to be found in Peter's failure in the Garden of Gethsemane.
How Long Was Jesus in the Tomb?
Proof from the Bible that Jesus was in His tomb for three days and two nights.
The Bible and Circumcision
Exploring the origins of circumcision as a practice and its impact on God's people throughout the Old Testament
The Doctrine of Justification
Take a quick tour through the Bible to explore what it means to be justified as a follower of Christ.
The Doctrine of Sanctification
Take a quick tour through the pages of Scripture to gain a better understanding of what it means to be sanctified as a follower of Christ.
The Bible and Spanking
See what the Scriptures say about spanking and corporal punishment.
The Bible and Halloween
Let's turn to God's Word to settle the
What Are the Psalms in the Bible?
Make sure you have a proper understanding of this important term.
The Importance of Repetition in the Bible
Identifying the use of repetition is an important element in studying God's Word.
The Amazing Promise of Jeremiah 31
Explore an Old Testament passage of Scripture that points to the New Testament's message of salvation.
5 Memory Verses from the Old Testament
Don't ignore these powerful passages of Scripture from the first portion of the Bible
How Long Was Noah's Flood?
Defining the actual duration of Noah's flood in the Bible
Inspiring Bible Verses for Easter
Two Scripture passages that echo the hope and inspiration of the Easter season.
What Is "The Fruit of the Spirit"?
A quick exploration of what
5 Phrases You Didn't Know Were from the Bible
A quick reminder that the Bible still has a major influence on language and culture.
Who Was Cornelius in the Bible?
How the story of Cornelius and Peter confirmed God's offer of salvation for all people.
Exploring the New Testament City of Antioch
Learn about the New Testament city where people were first called
Why Memorize Bible Verses?
Three powerful reasons for memorizing God's Word
Who Were the Assyrians in the Bible?
How the Assyrian Empire supports the historical reliability of the Bible
Who Was Seth in the Bible?
Explore what the Bible says about Adam and Eve's third (and perhaps most-important) son.
Who Were the Nephilim in the Bible?
Exploring a mysterious element in the Old Testament story of Noah and the flood
Who Were the Judaizers in the New Testament?
See how false teachers almost derailed the earliest expressions of the church.
Who Was Jonah in the Bible?
Find answers to key questions about this important figure from the Old Testament.
Did the Israelites Build the Egyptian Pyramids?
Here's a quick answer to a common question.
Which Pharaoh Ruled During the Exodus?
Scholars agree on three options, but which one is the best choice?
John and the Synoptic Gospels (Differences)
Here are three ways to explain the differences between the Gospel of John and the other Gospels of the New Testament.
Overview: the Epistles of the New Testament
A one-paragraph summary of each epistle in the New Testament
Outline: the Book of Romans
Highlighting the key themes and principles from the Book of Romans.
The Early Church at Rome
Learn about the church Paul risked everything to serve.
Introduction to the Book of Jonah
Find background information, key facts, and major themes for the 32nd book of the Bible.
Comparing John and the Synoptic Gospels
Highlighting the similarities and differences between the Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels
The Romantic Story of Jacob and Rachel
A wonderful tale that remains a poignant example of romantic love to this day.
Introduction to the Historical Books
A brief exploration of the historical books in the Bible's Old Testament
Introduction to the Gospels
Here are the four books we should be referring to when we use the word
Introduction to the Bible's Apocalyptic Literature
A brief overview of the genre known as Apocalyptic Literature found in the Bible
Exploring the Epistles
Remember these three important ideas when you read the epistles of the New Testament.
Bible Timeline: The Pentateuch
Get oriented with this chronological outline of the first five books in the Bible.
Introduction to the Wisdom Literature
A brief overview of the books considered Wisdom Literature in God's Word.
Introduction to the Pentateuch
A quick overview of the first five books of the Bible
Introduction to the Major Prophets in the Bible
A brief overview of the five Major Prophets in the Bible
Inspiring Verses for Thanksgiving
Three key Bible verses that inspire us toward an attitude of thanksgiving.
What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?
Exploring what the Scriptures say (and don't say) about homosexuality, including some personal commentary by the author.
Find evaluations for specific Bibles and other resources you may find helpful.
Choosing a Bible
Bibles today come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, translations, versions, languages, and packages. This is both a blessing and a curse. Here you'll find helpful tips and tools for choosing the Bible that's right for you.
How to Study the Bible
The Bible is a complex collection of ancient documents and texts, but that doesn't mean studying the Bible has to be overwhelming or overly complicated. These basic guidelines will help you approach God's Word with confidence and excitement.
Where Does the Bible Say "Love Is Patient..."?
See the power of perfect love in 1 Corinthians 13.
The Bible and the Doctrine of Inspiration
You need to understand this key belief about the Bible's ultimate Source.
Who Was Simeon (Niger) in the Bible?
This little-known New Testament character carries big implications.
Why Was Jesus Called "the Son of David"?
Learn the history behind one of titles used for Jesus in the New Testament
Why Was the Veil Torn After the Crucifixion?
Make sure you're clear on this poignant and powerful moment from the Easter story.
How Long Was Jesus' Crucifixion on the Cross?
The painful truth is recorded in the Scriptures.
Did God Forsake Jesus on the Cross?
Learn about an important exchange during Jesus' final moments on the cross.
A Pronunciation Guide for Easter
Be ready to pronounce those long names and places connected with Jesus' death and resurrection.
Did the Jews Kill Jesus Christ?
Make sure you understand this important distinction in the Easter story.
- By Category
An index of categories in the
Resource Review: The New BibleGateway.com
I'm excited about the new tools and features on BibleGateway.com.
Who Were the Pharisees in the Bible?
Learn more about the
The Bible and Parables
Learn about this important form of teaching often used in the Scriptures.
How to Pronounce "Sadducee" from the Bible
Learn how to say this popular term from the Gospels.
How to Pronounce "Pharisee" from the Bible
Learn the proper way to speak this popular term from the Gospels.
Who Was Achan in the Bible?
The Old Testament story of Achan is both strange and disturbing.
What Was the Sanhedrin in the Bible?
Learn more about the court that put Jesus on trial.
Who Were the Sadducees in the Bible?
Learn about the lesser-known villains of the New Testament.
The Difference Between Pharisees and Sadducees in the Bible
Learn what separated these two groups of villains in the New Testament.
What Does It Mean to "Anoint" in the Bible?
Here are some tips for understanding this common practice of the ancient world.
What's the Difference Between Biblical Inerrancy and Infallibility?
Exploring the subtle divide between these two important doctrines.
The Bible and the Doctrine of Infallibility
It's important to understand this subtle (but powerful) characteristic of God's Word.
My goal throughout this site is to provide clear and helpful articles to help you engage God's Word. There may be times, however, when you don't want to hear from me -- you simply want to see what the Bible says about a given topic. Fair enough! Bible Snapshots will do just that.
What Does the Bible Say About the Trinity?
Take a deeper look into the nature of God.
Does the Bible Require Christians to Tithe?
See what the Bible teaches about tithing in the modern church.
The Bible and Alcohol
What do the Scriptures teach about beer, wine, and other spirits?
Who Was Jesus' Father?
Exploring the complex relationship between Jesus, Joseph, and the Father.
"The Lord Is My Shepherd"
Learn why Psalm 23 is one of the best-known passages in Scripture.
"Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind..."
Take a quick look at 1 Corinthians 13 in the Bible.
"Make Disciples of All Nations"
Find some background information on the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20.
The Loving Heart of God Our Father
Exploring a picture of God's character from Hosea 11
What Does the Great Commission Say?
Here is the full text of Jesus' instructions to His disciples.
Jesus' Five Commissions in the Gospels
Get the full story on Jesus' final instructions for His disciples.
The Bible and the Origin of Demons
The Scriptures provide a brief history of fallen angels.
The Bible and the Armor of God
Dig deeper into this important Bible passage from Ephesians 6.
The Bible and Demons
Seeking guidance from God's Word about a real and serious threat
The Names of God: Jesus
Take a deeper look at the Name above all names.
The Names of God: Jehovah-Jireh
Learn about the Lord God our Provider.
Does God Really Forget Our Sins?
Exploring the depth and breadth of God's forgiveness
Why People in the Bible Tore Their Clothes
Learn about this ancient expression of grief and despair.
The Names of God: Adonai
Learn more about the Lord -- the God Who Rules.
The Names of God in the Bible
Here is a quick list of the main ways God has revealed His Name throughout His Word.
5 Inspiring Bible Verses for the Fall
These passages from God's Word are deeply connected to the major themes of autumn.
The Names of God: Immanuel
Have we been calling Jesus by the wrong name all these years?
Exploring the Use of Lord and LORD in the Bible
There is a good reason behind all those capital letters in your copy of the Scriptures.
God's Compound Names in the Bible
Learn the difference between
The Names of God: Elohim
Learn about the name God used to introduce Himself in the Bible.
The Names of God: Jehovah
Learn about the most commonly used name for God in the Bible.
The Names of God: El
Learn about the most basic term for
Why Does God Have So Many Names?
Learn two reasons why the Bible doesn't stop at
Should Christians Obey the Laws of the Old Testament?
Learn two keys to engaging the Old Testament as modern followers of Christ.
The Bible and the 10 Commandments
Take a deeper look at the most famous laws in history.
How Often Did People Offer Sacrifices in the Old Testament?
Learn the truth about a common misconception.
The Bible and Guilt Offerings
Learn the motivations behind this important offering among Israel's priests.
The Bible and Fellowship Offerings
Learn about an Old Testament sacrifice that was also a party!
The Bible and Grain Offerings
Learn about one of the many sacrifices performed by the Israelites as part of their covenant relationship with God.
The Bible and the Burnt Offering
Learn about one of the main sacrifices performed by God's people as part of their covenant relationship with Him.
The Bible and Sin Offerings
See how this common sacrifice was different from other burnt offerings in the Old Testament.
The Primary Sacrifices in the Old Testament
Learn about the five major offerings performed by the Israelites as part of their covenant relationship with God.
Why Are Certain Verses Missing from My Bible?
Read this if you are looking for Matthew 17:21, Mark 7:16, and several other verses.
Clean Animals in the Old Testament
Learn which foods were allowed for God's people according to the dietary laws.
Unclean Animals in the Old Testament
See which types of food were off the menu for the Israelites based on God's dietary laws.
What Is The Pentateuch?
Learn more about this key term in the structure of the Bible.
Does the Bible Condone Slavery?
A guide through the complicated relationship between the Bible and slavery
Who Was Potiphar in the Bible?
A brief history of the man who purchased Joseph as a slave.
Was Jonah Swallowed By a Whale or a Fish?
Answering a burning question from the Old Testament story of Jonah
The Historical Accuracy of Jonah and the Whale
Was Jonah's survival in the belly of a whale an example of historical fact or spiritual allegory?
Jonah 2: Bible Chapter Summary
A brief overview of Jonah 2 in the Old Testament
Galatians 1: Bible Chapter Summary
Take a deeper look at the first chapter in the New Testament Book of Galatians.
Galatians 2: Bible Chapter Summary
Take a deeper look at the second chapter in the New Testament Book of Galatians.
5 Great Bible Memory Verses
Here are five Bible verses anyone can (and should) commit to memory.
5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Bible
Think through your goals and preferences for experiencing God's Word.
Introduction to the Minor Prophets
Exploring a lesser-known, but still vital segment of the Bible
Biblical Advice for Fathers
These two passages from the Bible offer great advice for Fathers.
Who Was Ehud in the Bible?
Meet the left-handed ninja assassin you never expected to see in the Scriptures.
How to Study the Bible for Transformation
Learn how to study the Bible in order to experience transformation and life-change, rather than simply gaining new information.
What the Bible Says About Itself
Exploring key verses in God's Word that illuminate the nature of God's Word
3 Great Fathers in the Bible
Meet these positive examples of fatherhood in God's Word.
Who Was Jephthah in the Bible?
Learn about this leader of God's people whose single choice cost him everything.
3 Terrible Fathers in the Bible
Learn from the negative examples of these men from God's Word.
Who Was Eli in the Bible?
Meet the man who proved that good priests don't always make good parents.
Who Was Lot in the Bible?
Learn why Abraham's nephew is such an interesting character in God's Word.
The Bible and Modern Ethics
Learn what the Scriptures have to say about the hot-button issues in today's world.
Bible Verses for Summer
Here are three passages from God's Word that will help you enjoy, and appreciate, the summer season.
Jesus and the Great Commission
Learn Jesus' critical instructions for His disciples.
Jesus and the Great Commandment
Take a moment to explore one of the most famous passages in the Bible.
What Are Idols in the Bible?
See why God's Word makes a big deal about idols and idolatry.
The Bible and Abortion
These three profound truths explain why God's Word is pro-life.
The Bible and the Golden Rule
Explore some great advice from a great source.
What Is "The Body of Christ"?
Gain a little background on this New Testament term for the church.
Who Was Gamaliel in the Bible?
Learn more about an interesting (and important) character from the Book of Acts.
Why Did Tongues of Fire Appear During Pentecost?
The launch of the Early Church has an important Old Testament connection.
Who Was the Apostle Peter in the Bible?
Learn about the apostle Peter, one of the most important people in the New Testament.
Who Wrote the Book of Acts?
Meet the narrator behind the story of the early church.
Who Was Theophilus in the Bible?
Learn about this important
The Villains of the Easter Story
Meet the three men who carried out the most heinous crime in history.
Who Was Judas Iscariot in the Bible
Learn how one of Jesus' disciples became a key villain in the Easter story.
Who Was Caiaphas in the Bible?
Learn more about one of the key villains in the Easter story.
Did Jesus Really Die on the Cross?
Find the answer to this commonly asked Easter question.
The Bible and the Easter Bunny: Is There a Connection?
Let's get to the bottom of a common mistake.
The Three Curses of Easter
See how these curses from the Old Testament Law ultimately point to Jesus.
What Is "Good Friday"?
Learn about one of the darkest days in human history.
The Bible and the Story of Easter
See what the original sources say about the Easter holiday.
The Four Types of Love in the Bible
See what the Scriptures say about these different expressions of love.
Biblical Romance: 1 Corinthians 13
You know the more famous verses, but take a deeper look at this important passage.
Learn how the books of the Bible were first grouped together as God's Word.
Learn how the 66 books of the Bible were first grouped together as God's Word.
The Sexiest Chapter in the Bible
Take a deeper look at these surprisingly sensual Scripture verses.
When Was the Bible Written?
Find the original dates for each of the Bible's 66 books.
Are There Black People in the Bible?
Here's a little perspective on ethnic diversity within the Scriptures.
Who Was the Queen of Sheba in the Bible?
Learn more about this popular figure from the Old Testament.
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Eros: Romantic Love in the Bible
Find definitions and examples of erotic love in God's Word.
Phileo: Brotherly Love in the Bible
Find definitions and examples of friendship-love in God's Word.
Storge: Family Love in the Bible
Find examples and definitions of familial love in the Scriptures.
Agape: Divine Love in the Bible
Find definitions and examples of self-sacrificial love in the Scriptures.
Who Was the Ethiopian Eunuch in the Bible?
Learn about this miraculous conversion from the Book of Acts.
Snapshot: The Bible and Tattoos
Here is every Scripture passage connected with the practice of permanent ink.
Who Was Simone of Cyrene from the Bible?
Find background information on a man connected with the crucifixion of Jesus.
Key Bible Verses on Slavery
Find key verses summarizing the Bible's connection with slavery.
In What Language Was the Bible Written?
Learn about the three primarily languages used in the original versions of the Bible.
Does the Bible Tell Us What Year Jesus Was Born?
Biblical clues and historical details offer a compelling date for Jesus' birth.
What Do We Know about Joseph of Nazareth?
Meet the man who raised the Savior as a son.
Introduction to 1 and 2 Chronicles
Identifying key facts and major themes for the 13th and 14th books of the Bible
Review: Logos Bible Software
You have access to a deep and robust reservoir of biblical information.
The Sermon on the Mount: A Brief Overview
An overview of Jesus' most famous sermon. Includes some history around the sermon as well as an interpretation of the message and some excerpts.
2 Surprising Christmas Verses
Here are two Bible verses that tell the Christmas story in surprising ways.
Biblical Perspectives on General and Special Revelation
Explore what the Bible has to say about general revelation and special revelation.