Popular among charismatics, the “heart-level” Bible version was criticized as a paraphrase posing as translation. A Bible version designed to “recapture the emotion of God’s Word” was removed from Bible Gateway last week. The Passion Translation (TPT) is listed as “no longer available” among the site’s 90 English-language Bible offerings. First released as a New Testament in 2017, The Passion Translation includes additions that do not appear in the source manuscripts, phrases meant to draw out God’s “tone” and “heart” in each passage. Translator Brian Simmons—a former missionary linguist and pastor who now leads Passion and Fire Ministries—sees his work…

If you’re a fan of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, you know what March Madness is all about. In single-elimination tournament games, 68 college basketball teams compete to determine the national champion and people across America follow along with their own March Madness brackets. This year has been especially wild in game results; for example, the Oral Roberts team ranked 15 knocked out number 2 ranked Ohio State. [Browse the Sports section in the Bible Gateway Store] Sign up to get the Know the Bible free email lesson series from Bible Gateway. We thought…

While many of us are stuck at home, unable to attend church services or join a household Bible study, it’s more important than ever that we pursue a deeper understanding of Scripture and remain in the Word. Bible Gateway Plus is a digital Bible study service that gives you access to a library of study & reference books—including commentaries, language tools, and sermons—that equips you to gain daily biblical insight and find biblical answers during the toughest times and situations. Now is the time to draw closer to God’s Word and to share that knowledge with those close to you….

New to Bible Gateway Plus? $3.99 a month puts a library of commentaries, study notes, and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. It’s the easiest way for Bible Gateway lovers to simplify and deepen their personal or group study of the Bible! And we’ve just added a new feature that will change the way you do word studies on Bible Gateway. Members now have the ability to apply the Reverse Interlinear Bible to passage pages in the New International Version (NIV)—putting the original-language words below the English Bible text. This powerful feature is paired with the notes…

During this time of trial and uncertainty, when many of us are facing a fast-developing reality that includes ‘social distancing’ and school and church closures, we at Bible Gateway are more aware than ever of our mission to be a source of light in God’s world. We’re working hard to make sure our many visitors, followers, and members are readily equipped to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are. Many of us are at home, temporarily cut off from our larger communities. Many of us have children home from school. Many of us have jobs that have been thrown…

With extended school closures around the country, many families are now facing a new reality this Monday morning. If you’re looking for learning opportunities to keep you and your children occupied during this time, Bible Gateway has a number of useful, free resources. Streams in the Desert for Kids Parents, if you’re looking for a devotional that you can read with your children, this devotional shares all the amazing scriptural insights from the original Streams in the Desert in ways that 9- to 12-year-olds can easily relate to–teaching them how to approach life’s most difficult issues. When you sign up,…

Archaeological Lessons Offer Clearer Bible Understanding Advances in archaeology science are allowing archaeologists in Israel to continually find ancient mosaics, altars, temples, and villages that corroborate and clarify the stories of the Bible. Using research of top scholars in the fields of archaeology, history, and biblical study, historian and bestselling author Ray Vander Laan has guided more than 10,000 people on in-depth study tours of the Holy Land. His teaching ministry is focused on understanding the Bible keeping in mind the historical and cultural context in which God placed it. Beginning March 9, 2020, the most visited Christian website in…

The year 2019 saw an American rapper infuse his latest album with references to biblical themes, a horror movie spark international interest in the Bible, a children’s TV host raise awareness of sacred ideas, and the commemoration of communion on the Moon. As all the news transpired, Bible Gateway helped you process it through a scriptural lens. At the start of the year, Open Doors reported that Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world, experiencing imprisonment, loss of home and assets, rape, torture, beheadings, and other forms of murder because of their identification with Jesus…

If the above headline to this post is “Greek” to you, that’s because it really is! The English Standard Version (ESV) Bible translation renders it, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1) We’re excited to announce that The Tyndale House Greek New Testament (Crossway, 2017) is now available for reading on Bible Gateway, along with other Greek language editions. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Greek New Testament Aims to be ‘World’s Most Accurate’] You’ve probably noticed lately that the Bible Gateway Blog has been celebrating a Greek…

Can’t read ancient Greek?  Neither can I. Which is why we made a recent update to one of the most detailed dictionaries on Bible Gateway Plus. We wanted the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology to be far more accessible for those who don’t have biblical Greek language training. Or even for those who do! What you used to see when you opened this resource in the Bible Gateway Plus sidebar were only the original Greek word and it’s corresponding Goodrick-Kohlenberger number, making it difficult to find the entry you were looking for: Before The new version adds to each entry…

If you’re a Bible Gateway Plus member, you know many valuable resources are available to you. Here are 5 quick tricks to make it easier to find what you’re looking for and get the most out of the service. If you’re new to Bible Gateway Plus, you can find out more about it here. 1. How to Find “Gospel Awakening” Sermons in Bible Gateway Plus You probably know there are sections in the “Study This” sidebar for different types of resources. You’ll see Study Bible notes at the top, followed by Encyclopedias, Commentaries, Dictionaries, even Maps; but there’s a harder-to-find…

This month, Bible Gateway added to its resource library 2 new Study Bibles and another volume from the NIV Application Commentary series. They are: The NKJV Maxwell Leadership Bible NIV Storyline Bible NIV Application Commentary for the book of Acts [See how Bible Gateway Plus works here] We’re excited to be able to share the notes from these excellent resources with you when you sign up for a 30-day free trial to Bible Gateway Plus. Below is a brief introduction to each of the new additions. NKJV Maxwell Leadership Bible For those interested in leadership, this Study Bible in the…