Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
An international team of researches based at Tyndale House, Cambridge (“a Christian community dedicated to researching all the primary evidence relevant to the study of the Bible”), has provided the STEP Bible, an online and free resource for research and study of the Bible.
What characterises STEP is its focus on the original languages, with tools specifically designed to allow those with no Hebrew and Greek to understand the original languages of the Bible. Readers can explore how any word in a passage has been translated everywhere else in the Bible. Additionally readers can access full dictionary entries and see how the original word was used within ancient sources. STEP gives an interlinear view allowing readers to see an array of Bible translations with equivalent words under each other.
STEP is for everyone interested in the Bible, from those just starting to read it to those who want to dig deeper. Typing a few letters into a single box enables readers to pick a language, a Bible translation, a passage, a subject, or a word. It will work out whether readers want to find all the passages where a word or subject occurs, or if they just want to read a passage.
It is our vision to equip churches in every country with the tools to study the Bible in its original languages from the best that Cambridge and international scholars have to offer. While we’ve spent years pre-loading STEP with unique and cutting edge content, this re-launch is a significant stride toward making this accessible for all.
Peter Williams, Warden of Tyndale House
Volunteers and donors are helping with many exciting developments to make the Bible even easier to study: tools for in-depth Bible study; interfaces and dictionaries in many more mother-tongues, dedicated apps for phones and tablets; and a micro-SD version for places without internet access. We want everyone to be able to study the Bible, whatever their language, location or income.
David Instone-Brewer, Senior Research Fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament, and STEP’s lead developer
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