It’s been a while since we rounded up the best Android Bible study apps so lets take another shot at it for 2019. This list of the best Android Bible study apps for 2019 includes Bible study apps as opposed to Bible reading apps. What’s the difference?
- Study original language with more than just Strong’s
- Offers modern translations and powerful searching
- Offers modern scholarly, pastoral and devotional commentaries
- May also offer other eBooks and digital reference books like dictionaries, lexicons and atlases
Please note that we’ve updated this to the 5 Best Bible Apps for Android. Click here to see it.
Many Bible apps will include a few of the above, but they usually only include public domain or just one or two. Instead the Android apps we’re offering helps users study the Bible on a deeper level. A scholar or pastor could use them while mobile. Maybe they won’t fully replace a desktop Bible research tool, but they can help the studier stay productive on the go while they wait at a restaurant for a spouse who’s shopping or while sitting in the car picking up their child from school or soccer practice.
To test these out and compare them, we’ll give them a score of 1 to 20 in a five different areas.
- Ease of Use
- Cost of Ownership (app plus books)
- Quality of Features
- Library Size and Quality
- Attractiveness of the App’s Design
To get a full score in each of these the app would mean the app’s perfect in that area. So let’s take a look at the 5 Best Android Bible Study Apps for 2019!
Olive Tree Bible
It’s not surprising that we’d put Olive Tree Bible (Free plus cost of add-on books) on this list since it made our list of top Kindle Fire Bible apps.
Olive Tree looks beautiful on most platforms. It’s not as pretty on Android as it is on other devices, but does look nice and professional. You can tell that designers made the buttons and menus instead of just coders cobbling together something that’s functional.
Olive Tree does a great job of quickly showing the user all of their content thanks to the Resource Guide. This section looks at the current passage and then display all the content in the user’s library related to that passage. You can quickly find all the commentary entries, all the cross references and more.
For original language study, you tap a word with Strong’s tagging added and a popup will show a definition of the Greek or Hebrew word. This will also let you look the word up in other lexicons and dictionaries as well as search the Bible for that word.
It’s one of the easiest of the five to use, but could be easier. For example, it’s a little clunky to add personal notes. A pop up note editor blocks your content. You can also use the Resource Guide to add and view notes, however, you can’t do that and see your Bible and commentary or lexicon or dictionary at the same time.
The app is free but add-on books cost extra. They aren’t the most expensive, but you can end up paying thousands for a scholarly level library. The company offers one of the biggest libraries of add-on books and their not just public domain books. You can get high-quality content.
Olive Tree packed more features into this app in a way that’s easy to get at them.
- Ease of Use – 3
- Cost of Ownership (app plus books) – 2
- Quality of Features – 3
- Library Size and Quality – 4
- Attractiveness of the App’s Design – 3
- TOTAL SCORE – 15
We could say a lot more about this excellent app. Instead read my full review over at ChurchTechToday. Also see the video above.
Faithlife publishes the Logos Bible suite of apps. They don’t just offer one, but multiple apps. You can get the following apps.
- Logos Bible Study Tools – their main app with more advanced features.
- Study Bible by Faithlife – the same app with a focus on their Faithlife Study Bible book which is a nice study Bible.
- Verbum Catholic Bible Study – Like the main app (first above) but focused on Catholic students.
- Faithlife Ebooks (formerly Vyrso) – Focused mainly on reading eBooks instead of serious Bible study and not recommended for this list.
Logos offers an excellent collection of training videos, so that’s one of the best ways for you to learn more about the Logos Bible apps.
The app opens to show you how to the main features work the first time you start it. Then it shows the main home page. From there you can use the tabs at the bottom to view the various sections of the app.
The app shows Bibles and books in a tabbed environment. The center button is where you open these tabs. You can connect them so they all advance to the same passages or just connect certain tabs.
The library shows all your books and lets you check out new books in the store. There’s also a store button on the toolbar of the app. Open the menu to see all the advanced features like the Passage Guide (looks for content related to a passage and shows a list of entries), Exegetical Guide (same as passage guide but focuses on language study tools) and more.
The app includes a ton of features. In fact it’s the most feature packed app in our roundup. You can use things like…
- Prayer lists
- Clippings (collections of things you find in your study)
- Word studies
- Text comparisons (show more than one translation at a time)
- Audio books
- Courses (Faithlife has a rich collection of high-quality courses similar to what you might get in a seminary or Bible college)
We scored Logos as follows:
- Ease of Use – 2
- Cost of Ownership (app plus books) – 2
- Quality of Features – 4
- Library Size and Quality – 4
- Attractiveness of the App’s Design – 2
- TOTAL SCORE – 14
We’re just scraping the surface in this description. Take a look at my post about which Logos Mobile App to Use and my series on how to do creative digital sermon prep using Logos. I also wrote a review last year at ChurchTechToday.
Accordance Mobile brings us one of the latest entries into the Android Bible app space. Their iOS version never really measured up till recently, but now they’re doing a great job on both iOS and Android.
The app seems deceptively simple at first. However, under the hood, it has a lot of advanced features for you to discover. You can view two books at once with the main book and secondary book syncing up to scroll through a passage together if you wish.
Tap on verses to get more study options and tap on words to learn more about the word, especially if the Bible has strong’s numbers attached.
The powerful Accordance search engine comes to mobile in the app. They’re still adding more advanced features and it’s growing more powerful all the time.
Here’s how I’m rating the app:
- Ease of Use – 2
- Cost of Ownership (app plus books) – 3
- Quality of Features – 3
- Library Size and Quality – 4
- Attractiveness of the App’s Design – 3
- TOTAL SCORE – 15
While the app looks deceptively simple, it does have some powerful features. However, it’s not as strong as it could be. In a year I expect that to change. You also have to play around to discover the advanced language study features it does have. Be sure to check out their excellent tutorials. Accordance also offers a great library of add-ons available to buy at great prices. If you already own a book on another platform, ask the company and they will likely give you a deal. I’ve saved hundreds by buying that way from Accordance.
I should probably add a category for support, because Accordance really shines in this area with some of the best training post purchase of any of the companies. They have live webinars both online and in person. Here’s a recent podcast covering the Accordance Mobile app on iOS.
Here’s a link to an episode of their podcast covering Android.
You Version is, to me, the best Bible study app around. You can make notes, highlight passages, and even make graphics from your favorite verses. I even find my daily devotionals on here! Just search for YouVersion Bible App or visit here (and it will be called The Bible App by Life Church).Is there a free Study Bible app? ›
NIV Quest Study Bible
The app comes with full-color maps, photos, and over 20,000 notes and is among the most liked free Bible study apps. It works great on both iOS and Android devices.
- Amplified Bible with Audio. Books.
- Daily Bible: Easy to read, Simple, offline, free Bible Book in English for daily bible inspirational readings. Books.
- Holy Bible - KJV,NLT,NIV,ESV. Books.
- ERV Bible. Books.
- Holy Bible for Daily Reading. Books.
YouVersion (also known as Bible.com or the Bible App) is an online and mobile Bible platform published for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and many other operating platforms.What is the best method of Bible study? ›
S.O.A.P. Study of the Bible
Scripture: Write the verse in your journal. Observation: Write down observations about the Scripture. Application: How can you apply what you observed in your life? Prayer: Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask Him to give you opportunities to live out this truth.
- Think about the specific women in your group. ...
- Look at the time you have available to meet. ...
- Decide how many weeks of Bible study work best for your group's calendar. ...
- Determine if you want a video-driven or print-only study. ...
- Talk about expectations between sessions.
Daily Bible – Bible App for Android
The DailyBible is the most liked Bible app on Android and includes daily Bible Verses, daily Bible reading plans, and easy and fast search of any Bible verse or topic. Daily Bible supports many versions( NIV, KJV, ESV, etc.)
- Christian Leaders Institute's Courses. ...
- International Seminary for Distance Education's courses. ...
- World Bible School's Courses. ...
- Harvard's Course on Religious Literacy. ...
- Bold Christian University's Degree Programs. ...
- Trinity International Theological Seminary.
SOAP is a simple method for reading and applying God's word to our lives. SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer and involves four simple steps: Scripture – Read a short Bible passage out loud and/or write it out. Observation – What do you notice about the verses?What is the most accepted Bible version? ›
King James Version (55%) New International Version (19%) New Revised Standard Version (7%) New American Bible (6%)
The New Testament is the best place to start reading the Bible. The first four books (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are accounts of Jesus' life and ministry and are often referred to as the gospels. Reading the gospels is like reading the journals of four friends who went on a road trip together.Which version of the Bible is the closest to the original? ›
The New American Standard Bible is a literal translation from the original texts, well suited to study because of its accurate rendering of the source texts.What religion is the YouVersion Bible App? ›
The team's dedication to technology and anticipation of the growth of mobile apps aided the construction of a successful platform, and it remains successful by that same eye for innovation and care for Christian community.What's the best Bible App to download? ›
The Olive Tree Bible app is an app that offers the Bible along with many other helpful resources. Their app is free, and you can download it on Apple, Android, and Amazon products. Olive Tree's Bible app is free, and many translations are free, they also have scripture in a few different languages.What is the SOAP method of Bible study? ›
stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. It is a way of getting more out of your time in God's Word. The S.O.A.P method of Bible Study (for individuals or small groups) does not require a theology degree or special leadership skills.What are the three modes of Bible study? ›
Inductive Bible study helps me to understand the Bible passages I read, and the in-depth study of God's Word enriches my soul! The Inductive Bible study Method consists of three main Bible study techniques: observation, interpretation, and application.What is the 3 question method of Bible study? ›
List the facts (What does God's Word say?) Learn the lessons (What does God's Word mean?) Listen to His voice (What does God's Word mean to me?)What Study Bible do pastors use? ›
The CSB Pastor's Bible is ideal for preaching, officiating special services, and studying.What should I study first in the Bible? ›
Gospel of Mark
The book of Mark is the shortest gospel and is a great place to start reading the Bible for the first time because it is short, punchy and to the point.
Regular time in God's Word has so many benefits: The more you read, the more you learn about God. Especially if you are new to the faith, regular time reading the Bible is a great way to immerse yourself in all there is to learn about your newfound faith. Daily Bible study keeps Jesus and His mission top of mind.
Christian Leaders Institute offers free online Bible courses on a wide variety of Biblical subjects, such as Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, The Book of Acts, Old Testament Theology, and Exegesis. There are over 100 free Bible school courses to pick from.Is the Blue Letter Bible app free? ›
Our Bible study resources are online, in-depth, and always free. Download the app to your mobile device of choice and experience BLB anywhere you go by clicking on the badges below.What are good Bible study resources? ›
- ESV Study Bible.
- Life Application Study Bible*
- NASB Note-Taker's Bible.
- ESV Single Column Journaling Bible*
- Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words*
- Zondervan's Compact Bible Dictionary*
- The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance*
- Nelson's Little Book of Where To Find It in the Bible.
- Step 1: Read and Meditate. The most common way most of us try to memorize Scripture is to read it over and over again. ...
- Step 2: Write It Into Your Heart. Reading the Scripture is a great place to start, but there is more. ...
- Step 3: Recall the Verse.
Read the verse through several times thoughtfully, aloud or in a whisper. This will help you grasp the verse as a whole. Each time you read it, say the topic, reference, verse, and then the reference again out loud. Discuss the verse with God in prayer, and ask for His help memorizing Scripture.What is the sword method of Bible study? ›
The Sword Method helps believers learn how to read the Bible as well as understand and apply it to their lives. It starts with a simple picture of a sword, which has four sides that coincide with four questions. We encourage them to ask these same four questions every time they read a passage of Scripture.What Bible did Billy Graham use? ›
Review of the Billy Graham Training Center Bible: The text is the New King James Version, and is a red letter edition (words of the Lord Jesus in red letters).Which Bible is closest to KJV? ›
The Geneva Bible is one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James Version by 51 years.What is the world's most accurate Bible translation? ›
BeDuhn said that the New World Translation was "not bias free", adding that whilst the general public and various biblical scholars might assume that the differences in the New World Translation are the result of religious bias, he considered it to be "the most accurate of the translations compared", and a "remarkably ...Which chapter of Bible should I read first? ›
Naturally, reading the beginning of any book would help you understand the rest. However, Genesis proves to be a more important beginning to a story than any other beginning you have ever read. You desperately need to read it. It's the beginning of God's story, but it is also the beginning of your story.
Reading the Bible on a regular and consistent basis has several benefits. First, the Bible shows us God's character and provides us God's revelation of himself to his people. In each section of the Bible, we see God's holy, unchanging, faithful, gracious and loving character.What prayer do you say before reading the Bible? ›
Father, anoint me with your Holy Spirit, so that as I read your eternal word, your word may penetrate my whole being and transform me. Grant me the blessing to be a faithful disciple in believing the Word of God and that I may be a light shining upon all who are in darkness. Amen.Which Bible does the Catholic Church use? ›
The New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition (NRSV-CE) is a Bible translation approved for use by the Catholic Church, receiving the imprimatur of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1991.Why the King James Bible is best? ›
Bringing the Bible directly to the people
Published in 1611, the King James Bible spread quickly throughout Europe. Because of the wealth of resources devoted to the project, it was the most faithful and scholarly translation to date—not to mention the most accessible.
Hebrew Bible, also called Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament, or Tanakh, collection of writings that was first compiled and preserved as the sacred books of the Jewish people. It also constitutes a large portion of the Christian Bible, known as the Old Testament.What church started the Bible app? ›
Bobby Gruenewald (born July 31, 1976) is Pastor and Innovation Leader at Life. Church, a multisite church based in Oklahoma. He is also the founder of the YouVersion Bible App and a former entrepreneur, making and selling two multi-million dollar online companies.What denomination is Life Church? ›
Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC)—a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world.What is the WMB Bible? ›
"The World Messianic Bible (WMB) is a Modern English update of the American Standard Version. It has also been known as the Hebrew Names Version (HNV) and the World English Bible: Messianic Edition (WEB:ME)." New Messianic Version Bible.Which Bible App gives daily? ›
Editor's choice : Testimonio is a ground-breaking app built to help you memorize Scripture into your heart. If you are struggling to find God in your daily life, use this verse of the day app to memorize Scripture through fun brain games. Testimonio provides you verses by topics so that you can lean on God every day.What is the most comprehensive Bible commentary? ›
From the publisher: “The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles.
The New American Standard Bible is a literal translation from the original texts, well suited to study because of its accurate rendering of the source texts. It follows the style of the King James Version but uses modern English for words that have fallen out of use or changed their meanings.Is there a wide margin Study Bible? ›
The ESV Aquila Wide-Margin Reference Bible is an enlargement of the ESV Pitt Minion Bible. The layout and pagination of the Bible text are identical but this edition has enlarged text, wide margins for personal notes and is printed on paper that stands up well to note-taking.What version of the Bible do most scholars use? ›
With regard to the use of Bible translations among biblical scholarship, the New Revised Standard Version is used broadly, but the English Standard Version is emerging as a primary text of choice among biblical scholars and theologians inclined toward theological conservatism.Which of the Gospels is most accurate? ›
Scholars tend to consider Luke's works (Luke-Acts) to be closer in genre to "pure" history, although they also note that "This is not to say that he [Luke] was always reliably informed, or that – any more than modern historians – he always presented a severely factual account of events." New Testament scholar, James ...What are the 3 major themes of the Bible? ›
- There are 4 main themes that interconnect the history of the Judeo-Christian worldview. ...
- He created the stars, galaxies, fish, cucumbers, trees, giraffes, and his greatest work of all, humankind.
Published in 1611, the King James Bible spread quickly throughout Europe. Because of the wealth of resources devoted to the project, it was the most faithful and scholarly translation to date—not to mention the most accessible.How can I study the Bible more deeply? ›
- Find the Right Version or Translation. ...
- Understand How the Different Translations Work. ...
- Start Reading. ...
- Learn to Ask Questions. ...
- Ask the Holy Spirit for Help. ...
- Get a Concordance. ...
- Use an Interlinear. ...
- Consider Using a Study Bible.
The inductive method is an investigative way of studying the Bible. It helps to provide an overall understanding of a passage of Scripture: what it says, the intended meaning to the original audience, and how it can be applied to today.How should a beginner study the Bible? ›
- Begin your study with prayer.
- You don't have to start at the beginning.
- Choose a topic relevant to you.
- Get to know a character.
- Write down what you learn.
- Listen to the Bible online.
- Read or share with someone else.
- Look up what you don't understand.
The New Testament is the best place to start reading the Bible. The first four books (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are accounts of Jesus' life and ministry and are often referred to as the gospels. Reading the gospels is like reading the journals of four friends who went on a road trip together.