Many free Bible study tools are now available on the Internet. Some are freeware or open-source programs you can download and install. Others are online tools you can access through a browser. With the help of Dr. Rick Lowery, Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at CTS, I have evaluated 13 tools with respect to (1) features, (2) ease of use, and (3) scholarly authority.
Caveat: Rick asked me to note that the Biblical commentary resources provided by many of these tools are of rather poor quality (e.g., they are outdated, are theologically problematic, have weak scholarly credentials, etc.). As with any information resource, you should evaluate what you find with a critical mindset. Quality obviously varies, but even with their weaknesses all of these tools have their uses as Bible study tools. Tools that are very weak in some respects are sometimes very good in others.
The tools in this group are still very useful for certain purposes, but offer little functionality and content that you can’t get at least as easily, and often in better quality, from the top- and middle-tier tools.
Alan R. Rhoda, Ph.D.
Systems & Academic Technology Librarian
Christian Theological Seminary
Comments welcome. If you discover a new Bible study tool that you think should be added to this list, please let me know!