Tools for Bible Study

Bible study is essential for anyone who wants to more fully understand the colossal story of God’s intention for humanity.  To deepen our understanding of the Bible, it’s often helpful to use Bible study tools. Here are some of the best tools to help you on your journey of biblical literacy.

2022 Donald A. Wells Preaching Prize Winner

The Board of Trustees and Staff of the Massachusetts Bible Society are delighted to present Madison Boboltz with the 2022 Donald A. Wells Preaching Prize for her sermon, “Here We Are, Let Us Be: A Call for Image-Bearers to Tend Creation’s Wounds.”

What Is Pentecost?

Pentecost is one of the most important Christian holidays in the calendar. It’s a joyous celebration that commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' disciples. Here's a look at the history and observance of Pentecost Sunday.

MBS Bible Grant to Prison Book Program

In reviewing our Bible Grant Program in the recent years, we have noticed a decrease in requests for Scripture coming from prison chaplains and people who are incarcerated. We believe this decrease has to do with organizational staffing and policy changes, and that the need for hope and reform remains in all prisons and correctional facilities. We were searching for ways to help more people behind bars. People who are incarcerated are all too often out of sight and out of mind—but they do not have to be forgotten. They need hope.

Who Wrote the Bible?

The Bible was written by many authors, but all inspired by God. It is neither a simple collection of books written by human authors, nor is it the literal words of God dictated to human scribes. It is a source of religious truth, presented in a diversity of styles, genres, and languages.

Read the Bible in a Year Podcast

The Massachusetts Bible Society likes to share how the Bible inspires in new and exciting ways. Recently, we heard about the podcast on the for reading the Bible in a year by Father Mike Schmitz of the Catholic ministry at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The podcast is number one in America, with more than 238 million downloads and counting, landing a billboard in Times Square. They have listeners of many faiths and atheist followers from around the world, as well. The podcast has the largest following of any podcast in America.

The Composition of the Bible

Here is a look at that composition, including how many books are in the Bible, the Old and New Testaments, and the structural placing of some books that do not appear in all versions.

Christmas Blessing

Dear Friends,
The Board of Trustees and the Massachusetts Bible Society staff express heartfelt thanks to each of you for your ongoing support.

Exploring the Bible: The Dickinson Series

The "Exploring the Bible" series has been a wonderful addition to our church’s adult education program. It provides a challenging yet safe space to examine the Bible among a diversity of backgrounds and previously held opinions. Additionally, the materials are well developed and easy for laypersons to facilitate which takes pressure off of our pastor and staff.
-Todd Vosper, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, Coronado CA




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