Choosing a Study Bible can be hard.
What sort of notes are included?
Which translation should I use?
In this post we’re going to explore the various Study Bibles and help you pick out the right one for you.
Below this table are more detailed summaries about each Bible, including a Pros/Cons list.
|Study Bible Name||Translation||Why this Study Bible?|
|Life Application Study Bible||NIV||This life application study notes help the reader understand what it means to put this text into action.||Check Price|
|NIV Study Bible||NIV||Loaded with four-color photos, maps, and illustrations this Bible helps the reader see the text.||Check Prices|
|ESV Study Bible||ESV||Over 20,000 study notes and an amazing collections of articles make this a must-have study Bible.||Check Prices|
|The New Inductive Study Bible||NASB||You'll be guided through the inductive study approach with the help of tools and questions that will enable you to make the most of the spiritual riches offered in Scripture.||Check Prices|
|The Jeremiah Study Bible||NKJV||Dr. David Jeremiah has produced a deeply personal and comprehensive study Bible packed with features specifically focused to help you discover what Scripture says, what Scripture means and, most importantly, what Scripture means for you.||Check Prices|
THE BEST STUDY BIBLES
The Life Application Study Bible has been the consistent #1 best-selling study Bible for many years. After using it myself I understand why.
The study notes with this Bible help take the passages and relate them to real life. What did God mean by this? How can I apply this to my life today? The study notes help you do that. I love Bibles that not only give you the scripture but also give you a hands-on approach to how to use that in my life today.
There are over 10,000 study and application notes in this Bible.
This Bible is also full of timelines, maps, character sketches. The character sketches will give you a glimpse into individuals (men and women) from the Bible with a basic cliff notes summary of each.
You can also get this Bible with the words of Christ in red letters.
This is another Bible that I own and use often in my studies.
What you’ll notice first about this Bible is the four-color interior with photos, maps, timelines, and illustrations.
What I love about these photos is that they show you the places and objects from the Bible text and what they actually look like. Different weapons used, pottery, coliseums, locations. These photos help me see through the words and give me a visual as to what the text and times are referring to.
This Bible features over 20,000 study notes and life application references. It’s one thing to learn the facts of the text but how will you apply this to your life? The text will help with that.
The NIV Study Bible also features book-by-book summaries. Who wrote it? Where were they? Who were they writing to? What is the intent of the book?
The ESV is one of the fastest growing translations. Having an amazing study bible to complement the translation is a major plus.
This Bible is loaded with study notes and life application. Well over 20,000 of these notes can be read throughout the scripture.
What’s also great about this Bible is the 240 full-color maps and illustrations, charts, timelines, and introductions.
You’ll want to study the introduction and look at the symbol charts. The ESV Study Bible uses these icons throughout the Bible to help steer the reader to a deeper experience with God.
The back of this Bible is loaded with articles talking about the History of Salvation, Biblical Ethics, a summary of other religions and cults. This helps me go deeper into theology without having to buy additional books.
The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation study Bible.
This bible’s promise is a more intimate understanding of the word and God’s promise. It does does with a study technique of observation, interpretation, and application.
This Bible is packed with 23 pages of full-color charts, historical timelines, and maps.
The NASB translation (completed in 1971) has quickly become one of the most popular translations in print. According to the NASB’s preface, the translators had a “Fourfold Aim” in this work:
- These publications shall be true to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
- They shall be grammatically correct.
- They shall be understandable.
- They shall give the Lord Jesus Christ His proper place, the place which the Word gives Him; therefore, no work will ever be personalized.
What this Bible does not have is the devotional notes at the bottom (like the Life Application Study Bible). The publishers of this Bible want you to use the Bible text for study, along with the Holy Spirit.
NEW AND LIFE-CHANGING…
What It Says.
What It Means.
What It Means for You.
Drawn from more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah, one of America’s leading Bible teachers, has produced a deeply personal and comprehensive study Bible packed with features specifically focused to help you discover what Scripture says, what Scripture means and, most importantly, what Scripture means for you. The Jeremiah Study Bible presents the best of biblical insight and study tools along with clear, practical application to bring about authentic transformation in your life.
This Bible includes:
- Book Introductions by Dr. Jeremiah
- More than 8,000 Study Notes
- Hundreds of Sidebars
- Words of Christ in Red
- 60+ Essentials of the Christian Faith articles
- Cross-Reference Embedded in the Study Notes
- Teacher’s Topical Index
- Full-Color Maps
- Easy-to-Read Full Size Print – Although the print is a little smaller than other Bibles.
Here is a video introduction from Dr. David Jeremiah to help you understand the features of this Bible.