So, why do you come to eInquisitive? Most people end up on eInquisitive looking for free Bible study materials for youth groups. There are two reasons for this. First, about 22% of eInquisitive’s audience are international youth workers. We get traffic from the largest to the smallest countries around the globe. In most of these places, it is simply not practical to get good research materials to prepare lessons.
I just ordered two commentaries on James from CBD on Friday. They are in the mail and will be on my doorstep this afternoon. In many other countries you may not even be able to place an order and if you can, the shipping is astronomical and it could take months to get your books.
Other you leaders simply don’t have the money to buy good resources or don’t know what resources to buy. In this case they go to Google for help and here you are.
My goal is to provide free materials to youth workers so that we can be confident our teens are getting the Bible education they need to become life-long disciples of Jesus Christ.
But, I don’t just intend to provide my own materials. The other day someone filled out a contact form. I tend to get two sorts of questions: troubled teens, and youth leader questions. This form sort of looked like spam, which I normally just delete, but something about it intrigued me. It said this:
Verse by verse, exegetical commentaries in several languages
now online free
- Video Bible commentaries
- Audio Bible commentaries
- Written Bible commentaries
- Bible Interpretation Seminar (audio & video )
In general, there is little good on the internet when it comes to commentaries. Sure, you can find commentaries by many different pastors, but they are really just manuscripts of their Sunday sermons, which surely have value, but differently.
A good commentary is not concerned with the application of the text or communicating the text; it is simply concerned with the meaning of the text. What does it say. Or even better, what was the original author saying to the original audience.
A commentary is a tool for checking or refining your exegesis. Once you have understood a passage, you want to see if others agree or if they can help you to build your understanding further. A Sunday sermon leaves out all of this technical background.
Anyway, I checked out the website. It’s visually unappealing, but I could generally recommend the Written Bible Commentaries. The author, Bob Utley, is a retired professor from East Texas Baptist University. They audio and video commentaries are probably recordings of his classes and could therefore be very valuable in understanding the Bible as a whole, but probably not so much when you are concentrating on a specific passage. Someone tell me if you disagree.
I’d love it if anyone uses this site to leave some feedback in the comments below. My hope and prayer is that the internet can serve as a venue for uniting Chris’t followers in mind and purpose and that we can sharpen each other, even from thousands of miles away, as iron sharpens iron. May this resource serve you well.