Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Lots of Free Modules for e-Sword

Many of the blog's readers already know about my fondness for e-Sword. I have been a long time user of this free Bible study software program (alongside BibleWorks) and cannot recommend it highly enough. In my opinion, the program -- currently in version 10.1.0 -- rivals many that you would have to pay for and is better than most. It makes basic word studies a breeze and has been of great use to those in my congregation to whom I have recommended it. In fact, they often tell me that they love the layout and how user-friendly the program is. In addition, there is not a very steep learning curve with this program, so most anyone can catch on to it quickly.

But there is also a very active user community creating many quality modules for use with e-Sword. You can check them out at the BibleSupport website, where you can find an assortment of free books, commentaries, dictionaries, and Bible versions. Here is a list of some resources that this blog's readers might be interested in:

- A collection of writings by John Calvin, including his Institutes of the Christian Religion and his complete commentary

- The complete Commentary on the Old Testament and Commentary on the New Testament by the Puritan scholar John Trapp

- A Body of Divinity by John Gill (his complete commentary is already available for free through the e-Sword program)

- An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews by John Owen

- A collection of writings by J.C. Ryle, including his Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

- A collection of writings by Jonathon Edwards including Notes on The Scriptures with a Commentary on Hebrews edited by John H. Gerstner

- A collection of writings by Charles Spurgeon, including Treasury of David and Verse Expositions of the Bible

- A collection of writings by Horatius Bonar

- The complete 49 volume set of The Expositor's Bible, edited by William Robertson Nicoll

- The complete 56 volume Biblical Illustrator commentary edited and compiled by Joseph S. Exell

- The complete Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by John Peter Lange

- The complete Pulpit Commentary edited by Joseph S. Exell and Henry Donald Maurice Spence-Jones

- Heinrich Meyer's Commentary on the New Testament: Critical and Exegetical

- William Burkitt's Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

- Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae Commentary

- Henry Alford's Greek Testament: An Exegetical and Critical Commentary

- John Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

- William Robertson Nicoll's The Expositor's Greek Testament

- F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

- The Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges

- G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

- Louis Berkhof's Introduction to the New Testament

- Charles Hodge's Systematic Theology

Of course one has to use such resources with discernment, and there are many modules at the site that I would stay far away from (such as those by the Pelagian heretic Charles Finney!), but there are also many worthwhile modules that are helpful for Bible exposition.

P.S. However, the site also thankfully has a review of Finney's Lectures on Systematic Theology written by Charles Hodge.

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