Bible Explained
An interactive commentary on the whole Bible (Guide to specific chapters, below)
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The DaVinci deception. See note with Luke 4.
Accuracy of Bible translations See note with 2 Tim. 3:16..
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"The conditions prevailing in society, and especially in the great cities of the nations, proclaim in thunder tones that the hour of God's judgment is come and that the end of all things earthly is at hand. We are standing on the threshold of the crisis of the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another—fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war and bloodshed. . . . The storm of God's wrath is gathering; and those only will stand who respond to the invitations of mercy, . . . and become sanctified through obedience to the laws of the divine Ruler. The righteous alone will be hid with Christ in God till the desolation be overpast...."
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Books of Moses Genesis | Exodus | Leviticus | Numbers | Deuteronomy
Other early books Joshua | Judges | Ruth | 1&2 Samuel | 1&2 Kings | 1&2 Chronicles | Ezra | Nehemiah | Esther | Job
Poetic books Psalms | Proverbs | Ecclesiastes |Song of Solomon
Prophets Isaiah | Jeremiah | Lamentations | Ezekiel | Daniel | Hosea | Joel | Amos | Obadiah | Jonah | Micah | Nahum | Habakkuk | Zephaniah | Haggai | Zechariah | Malachi
Gospels and Acts Matthew | Mark | Luke | John | Acts
Epistles Romans | 1 Corinthians | 2 Corinthians | Galatians | Ephesians | Philippians | Colossians | 1&2 Thessalonians | 1&2 Timothy | Titus & Philemon | Hebrews | James | 1&2 Peter | 1,2,3 John | Jude
Revelation, etc. Revelation
Whole Bible: Pattern/summary chart; Finding verses
Maps Go
Topic index A page that points you to where selected topics are discussed. Go.
Alphabetic index - Acts | Amos | 1&2 Chronicles | Colossians | 1 Corinthians | 2 Corinthians | Daniel | Deuteronomy |Ecclesiastes | Ephesians | Esther | Exodus | Ezekiel | Ezra| Galatians | Genesis | Habakkuk | Haggai | Hebrews | Hosea | Isaiah | James | Jeremiah | Job | Joel | John | 1,2,3 John | Jonah | Joshua | Jude | Judges | 1&2 Kings | Lamentations | Leviticus | Luke | Malachi | Mark | Matthew | Micah | Nahum | Nehemiah | Numbers | Obadiah | 1&2 Peter | Philemon | Philippians | Proverbs | Psalms | Revelation | Romans | Ruth | 1&2 Samuel | Song of Solomon | 1&2 Thessalonians | 1&2 Timothy | Titus | Zechariah | Zephaniah |
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About this commentary
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    Welcome to an adventure in exploring the Scriptures. Around 1985, I began studying the apocalyptic books of Daniel and Revelation. Around 1994, after posting to an Internet group studying various books of the Bible, I began sharing my thoughts on Revelation. From there, I developed an on-line commentary on Revelation. It has expanded and the rest of the 66 books of the Bible have been added to become what you see here. The Scriptures are a magnificent picture of a loving God who wants the very best for us, forever. We may know Him through the Bible.
    When you are reading comments on a verse, you will want to click for other verses which explain it. Be sure to read more than one verse in the passage linked to. Often the thought requires several clarifying references.

Statement of faith — confidence in the Bible
   I accept the Scriptures the way they have come to us – as the Word of God. In looking closely, I have found them to be consistent and reliable. We can understand them by studying the context and related Bible passages. Furthermore, I hold that the same Holy Spirit who inspired them has protected their messages through the centuries, and indeed will help us understand them. I accept that they were given for doctrine as Paul wrote to Timothy. I also believe that they are totally adequate as a guide to belief and practice.
    I encourage you to take your own Bible and read for yourself. Also, I'm not a prophet so when I say something you have reason to question, be like the Bereans who, when they heard Paul, searched the Scriptures to discover if he was telling them the truth. At first, they didn't know he was a prophet.
   The King James Version is used because it is widely accepted and in the public domain. It is also a good translation. For some passages, other versions have better represented the manuscripts. As needed, we look at word meanings from the original languages.

What we do not supply
    The word of God is precious and far beyond human wisdom (Isa. 55:8; Prov. 3:5). But He has promised the Holy Spirit to help us understand (John 16:13). So, whenever you open the sacred word, also open your heart to God in prayer, allowing the words of this commentary to direct your thoughts to the Scriptures and to the One they tell us about.

Your prayers and financial support are appreciated.

Two ways to use the material on this website
    The program is for use in two ways:
To look up on a particular verse or passage. There the person can read comments and, when interested for a broader understanding, click to follow a link. The back button should bring you back through several pages. If you don't know where the verse is found, use a concordance where key words will lead you to it.
To read the Bible text for longer portions like chapters look at the comments in the box at the right of the Bible text for possible fuller understanding. For personal study, I suggest you start at the beginning of a chapter. Read your own Bible, the Bible as quoted on this site, and my comments.
   I encourage you to copy from the site with as few restrictions as possible. See conditions for use below.

Weekly notes E-mail list  - To join the list, send e-m to tedw @ andrews.edu (delete the blanks around the @ sign in the address.) We will send comments by e-mail. Posts are usually weekly. Usually we look at a page in the commentary and explore its meaning. You will rarely, if ever, get other mail from us unless you write. (The list began around 1995).

Bible questions
If you are interested in understanding a certain verse or just have heard something you would explained, write to the e-mail address tedw @ andrews.edu, but remove the space after the @ sign. (this protects from software designed to create spam lists from websites).

Questions about living the Christian life, facing problems, etc.
I have invited Marvin Krause to help you. He is a veteran Christian and can suggest ways to find solutions to personal problems. To reach him, enter theword@dslextreme.com.

Requesting a free offer for USA addresses
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The books can be shared with others. Use the "andrews.edu" e-mail address above following instructions. We will send boxes outside the US as we can afford it. Because Bibles are available all over the world at less expense, we do not generally send many Bibles. If you explain your special need. We may still be able to help. This is a family ministry. Remember to give us your postal address.

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     You may make copies of the Bible Explained 2.1 CD to distribute without charge or with charging only for the cost of duplication. This commentary project is not funded and we welcome your voluntary donation. See below for our contact information.
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LIABILITY
     Gazelle Publications or owners are not responsible for inappropriate use of the program. We will replace a defective disk if you got it from us but regret that we are unable to provide full tech support. If you received a copy of Bible Explained from a secondary source, we cannot be responsible for the resultant product.
     In time, situations may change. Users of the Bible Explained program should check the website for current information including the availability of a newer CD version. Our operation is governed by the State of Michigan, USA.

The CD commentary
    Some have asked for a print copy of the commentary. I am currently working on a print commentary for the book of Revelation (next Daniel). Don't expect it before summer or fall 2006. As explained above, we have now published the work on a CD. The advantages of having the whole commentary accessible off line are being able to use it without being connected to the Internet and instant linking to supporting texts. Also, if the site closes, you have your copy. Your browser is the engine that runs the commentary. It should activate automatically.
    We have added maps and a good Bible concordance with lexicons (dictionaries for the Greek and Hebrew words). In all, I expect you will find the CD commentary helpful. The on-line commentary contains much more information. The CD was recorded in October 2003. The more important comments are on it.
    For copies of the work, we suggest a donation. We have set the list price at $17 but send whatever you wish or request a free copy. You may order the CD through a bookstore, too. Its ISBN is 0-930192-40-0.
    Send direct orders to: Gazelle Publications, 11560 Red Bud Trl., Berrien Springs, MI 49103 (usa). The address on the website is subject to change in 2006. Sorry we aren't set up for credit cards although we do currently accept PayPal. Click for the Gazelle site below. It has buttons for ordering with PayPal. Or just write to us with your request. If you can send a donation, personal US$ checks are fine. For bookstores we package it in a DVD case with descriptive cover. We can mail the CD for one or two ounces postage costs us under $2. If you are unsure of the value of the CD commentary, we'll mail it and you can send a donation if you like it. No need to return it. It has less information that is on the website because it was prepared in 2003.
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Updates for the CD (including corrections)
    Go to the online commentary to see if changes have been made. Let us know if a point is missing or unclear. Thank you. The current CD is version 2.1. A new version may be expected in 2006 or 2007.
    This site has 1600 html pages (files) and 40,000 links mostly for navigation within the site.

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May the Holy Spirit be your guide
as you rest your soul in Christ
(See John 7:17). Ted Wade
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Our permission to copy and yours

    See the terms of use you accepted before installing the software on your computer. They are also above. This material is protected by copyright, but you may distribute the CD except not the concordance part (which installs separately) without charge or for a small charge to cover reproduction expenses. We would appreciate mention of the BibleExplained.com website.
  Images and quotations You may not republish or distribute images in this work except for those known to be in the public domain. For images from Justinen Creative Group or GoodSalt (same organization), contact them through their website, www.goodsalt.com. Most black and white images were taken from public domain sources. Most of the background images are copyrighted by Gini Schmitz (but not the one on this page). You can try to contact her but I believe she has passed to her rest. I have her permission to use her work in creating my pages, especially backgrounds, thus you should be clear in copying whole pages but not individual images (including backgrounds) to be used otherwise. I have used images (color photos and .gifs) from Corel Corporation (Canada) for which you would also need permission if copied individually.
  Bible quotations (Other than from the King James Version which is in the public domain):
   Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society. Used by Permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. The Modern Bible, the New Berkeley Version also copyrighted by Zondervan is noted as "NBV." Scripture quotations marked "NKJV" are taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Scripture taken from New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. www.Lockman.org. Scripture from the Revised Standard Version used by permission of National Council of Churches of Christ USA. © 1952, 1971. Scripture taken from the Modern King James Version of the Holy Bible, Copyright © 1962 – 1998, By Jay P. Green, Sr. - All rights reserved - Used with the permission of the copyright holder. [MKJV]. The Bible in Basic English is understood to be in the public domain. It seems accurate although using a limited vocabulary. It is referenced with the letters, BBE.
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E-mail contact
  My current e-mail is tedw then the @ then andrews.edu. Unfortunately spammers spider the web and pull e-mail addresses. 11560 Red Bud Trl., Berrien Springs, MI 49103; (269) 471-4717; (Ted Wade).
  If you find that the book or CD is helpful and want to support this ministry, you may send a check or money order to Gazelle Publications at 11560 Redbud Trl, Berrien Springs, MI 49103, usa. Absolutely no obligation. Don't hesitate to accept our offers whether contributing or not. And we appreciate your prayers.
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  Before you write I have a request: I receive many good e-letters from readers. I appreciate this but tend to run out of time. So, before you write with a question or idea, please go to the commentary to see if I've already covered it.

Recommended sites
among many good ones

  Gazelle Publications For good books. Another site of mine. http://www.gazellepublications.com.
  Pickle Publishing for a happy vegan lifestyle or for Bible topics. http://www.pickle-publishing.com/index.htm.
  Hidden Treasure Bible School Here you have an opportunity to study the major Bible topics in a systematic way. I have known the gentleman in charge for a hundred years (more or less). :-o)  Write to Hidden Treasure Bible School, 30 Uchee Pines Rd., Box 85, Seale, AL 36875 or contact: http://www.hiddentreasurebibleschool.com/
  Ellen White About the issues of the prophetic gift and the Adventist author, Ellen White. http://www/ellenwhite.info.
  Bible info Questions with answers in major world languages http://www.bibleinfo.com.
  Free in Christ Support for men addicted to wrong habits: http://freeinchrist.truepath.com/
  Bibleland Studios Pictorial information and highlights. http://www.biblelandstudios.com.
  Bible mail You can read the Bible or have portions sent by e-mail in the schedule you prefer. Click on this link http://www.ineffingham.com/bible/.
  Bible studies or topics See the topics page.
  General information A lot of it relates to boxes. http://boxesinfo4u.com/