The Christian Bible Reference Site
Home Page A quick summary of the Bible Frequently asked questions about the Bible and its teachings Bible stories for children, teens, adults and all ages The Bible's wisdom. Family Life, Wealth, Good vs. Evil and more Jesus' teachings. Includes Bible quotes and maps. Test your knowledge of the Bible with these interactive quizzes Interactive crossword puzzles with Biblical themes Interactive word search puzzles with Biblical themes Bible Studies for groups or personal use Get a personal answer to a Bible question Topical index for our Website Search our Website Comments, corrections or suggestions? Send them to us

About the Christian Bible Reference Site

What and Why?

Purpose

The Christian Bible Reference Site is a noncommercial, nonprofit Christian Bible study website devoted to better understanding the Bible and its messages for the modern world.

Articles on our site are arranged by topic. Broad topics include Jesus' teachings and Biblical wisdom. More focused topics include the answers to frequently asked questions about the Bible and its teachings. Hundreds of Bible quotations are included in the articles.

Bible Interpretation

The Bible is the sacred Book, or collection of books, accepted by Christians as uniquely inspired by God, and thus authoritative, providing guidelines for belief and behavior1. However, the Bible was written a long time ago in different languages, and many of the cultural references and literary styles used are unfamiliar to us today. Bible translations into English cannot adequately capture all the shades of meaning of the original Hebrew and Greek writings. To truly understand the Bible, we need to understand the background of life, language, literature and religion 2000 to 3000 years ago as the Bible was being written.

The Bible is sometimes interpreted through the "lens" of denominational or personal beliefs or present day culture. But the scholarly method of hermeneutics makes use of knowledge of the nuances of the original Biblical languages as well as the history and cultures of Biblical lands to best understand what messages the original authors intended to convey. We at the Christian Bible Reference Site use many reference books written by the best qualified Bible scholars to bring some of that knowledge from seminaries and universities to the Internet community. Our References page lists the primary reference materials we use. In total, we have over 200 Bibles, Bible commentaries, Bible Dictionaries, Hebrew/Greek references, concordances and cross references in searchable electronic form where we can find information on almost any Bible passage or topic.

Our Services

Features on our website include a short summary of the Bible and its history,  the teachings of Jesus, Biblical wisdom, answers to frequently asked questions,  famous Bible stories, and Bible studies for individual or group use. We also give personal answers to Bible-related questions by email and provide interactive Bible-themed Bible quizzes,  crossword puzzles and word search puzzles to combine fun and learning. There is no charge to access any of our materials or services, and no registration or membership is required.

When?

Our website began in January, 1996, with the publication of Wisdom of the Bible at members.aol.com. In 1999, we registered the TwoPaths.com domain name which alludes to the two roads we can choose in life. The broad, easy way leads to destruction, but the narrow, more demanding way leads to eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14). In 2006, we changed the name of our website to The Christian Bible Reference Site to better reflect our content and services. Now you can find us on the Internet at either www.ChristianBibleReference.org or www.TwoPaths.com. Photo of Helen and Cliff Leitch

Who?

Site owner and General Editor Cliff Leitch, M.S., U. Florida, has been studying the Bible in depth since 1990. He has published over 90 Bible study articles on the Web and some in print. In addition to writing articles and answering questions for this website, he is head of the Ushers Ministry and leader of two Bible study groups at his church. He is also a volunteer in one of his wife Helen's school-based mentoring programs, Listen to Children.

Helen Leitch, B.S., Nova U., serves as Copy Editor and uses her writing and proofreading skills to correct problems with spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, and completeness. She is Director of Children's Services for Mental Health America of Southeast Florida and also volunteers as a church usher.

Cliff and Helen live in Coral Springs, Florida, United States of America. They have two grown sons and one grandson.

Acknowledgments

Many other people and organizations have contributed to the success of The Christian Bible Reference Site.  Many visitors have contributed ideas for Bible word search puzzles. Jess and the team at Applied Innovations have provided fast and reliable web hosting since 2001. The copyright owners of several Bibles have given us permission to quote beyond their normal fair use limits. Some of our illustrations were supplied courtesy of ChristiansUnite.com. Many Christian Websites, churches and individuals have posted Web links to our site. Many thanks to all of you who have contributed in many ways! Special thanks to the many hundreds of people who have written offering corrections, ideas, suggestions and words of encouragement!

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1R. F. Youngblood, F. F. Bruce, R. K. Harrison & Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, "Bible," Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, TN, 1995.

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