The Bible is a rich, complex text that's open to you!
If you've every thought the Bible is too intimidating to tackle, relax!
The Bible's a complex text and we all have questions about it. With a little digging, you'll find this ancient, divinely-inspired text. is accessible and relevant to your life today.
Ways to Explore the Bible Right Now:
How to Read the Bible:
The Language of the Bible:
Choosing a Translation
There are dozens of well-loved and well-respected translations of the Bible in hundreds of languages. Choosing the right one for you can be a rewarding experience. Consider the following three kinds of translation:
Context, Context, Context!
READ THE BIBLE ONLINE FOR FREE:
NRSV Bible | Read the New Revised Standard Version translation of the Bible for free. This is the translation we use most Sundays.
Bible Gateway | Read dozens of Bible translations and paraphrases for free. This includes The Message paraphrase we explore on some Sundays.
Common English Bible | The Methodist publishing house Abingdon Press has partnered with many inter-denominational scholars to craft a new translation (2011).
DIG DEEPER IN THE BIBLE ONLINE:
New Interpreter's Bible Dictionary | A free online resource to look up Bible books, themes, characters, settings, terms, and more. There's also a print copy of this helpful five-volume set in the Fireside Room at EUMC.
Enter The Bible | Professors and Bible scholars from Luther Seminary break down each book of the Bible and provide exegetical work on specific texts.
Biblos | Read multiple translations and look up the original words in Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT).
The Text This Week | Read what Bible scholars and preachers are exploring in the Lectionary text for this Sunday.
RESOURCES AT EXCELSIOR UMC:
New Interpreter's Bible | A 12-volume set of the NRSV with highly-detailed scholarly commentary. You can read our copy in the EUMC Library.
Commentaries | The EUMC Library has a short selection of Bible commentaries and studies you can explore.
Sermons of John Wesley | Get to know what Methodism founder John Wesley thought of Scripture. Again, this resource is in the EUMC Library.
Print Bibles Are Available | There are NRSV copies in the Sanctuary pews and a myriad of translations and paraphrases in the Youth Room if you'd like to sit and read. We can order you a Bible, too.
Bible Study | Drop in for our Thursday "Scripture and a Sandwich" Bible study or Men's Breakfast on Mondays to explore the lectionary text.