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Study Bibles

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A study Bible is an edition of the Bible with extra typography) but the NRSV edition is still available. helps. Tempting as it is to jump to the helps directly, Not sure John Wesley would have liked the CEB do make sure you start with a careful study of the text though! itself. What is the text really saying? What is it not The New Interpreters Study Bible (NRSV), edited by saying? What about cross-references? they are in the W J Harrelson. A good choice for those who prefer the margin or in the notes, and using them is important NRSV. The notes are very extensive and usually wellsince one text is often explained by another related balanced, although leaning a bit more towards critical passage. Dont neglect the maps. scholarship. No cross-references, but the thoroughness of the notes makes up for this. SOME RECOMMENDATIONS Recommended for those doing DISCPLE studies. The ESV Study Bible Its heavy! - 2750 pages (plus maps).Very thorough. The notes blend sound scholarship with practical insights. Each Bible book has an excellent introduction and outline. The in-text maps and charts are some of the best you can find. To top it all, it has a large section at the end full of useful doctrinal articles. While not everyone will agree with every point, they do a good job of summing up what the Bible teaches.The ESV translation is excellent for careful study, though not as easy to read as the NRSV or the NIV. If you dont mind the Calvinistic bias in a few of the notes, this is a pretty good buy. The HSCB Study Bible Published in 2010, its as heavy as the ESV Study Bible but a bit more userfriendly: the HSCB is somewhere between the NRSV and the NIV in readability. 15,000 Study Notes, coloured maps and many colour photographs of sites in Israel, ancient artefacts and more. Good set of crossreferences but no real concordance. Includes 290 word studies and almost all of it is online at: The NIV Study Bible -- First published in 1985, and recently re-published with the 2010 updated translation, the NIVSB has been a bestseller. It combines careful scholarship with devotional warmth, includes the best cross-reference system you can find in any Bible, plus helpful coloured charts, maps and articles. I especially appreciate that notes sometimes give alternative interpretations without dictating which one is the best: they leave it to you, the reader, to think and make up your own mind. Literary features of most books are highlighted, and the latest NIVSB has very comprehensive indexes. The NKJV Study Bible 2nd Edition For those who prefer the NKJV this is the better choice. It has all the generous helps you expect from a study Bible, the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor. Comes bundled with a CD-ROM with additional helps and a searchable Bible. Layout and typography are attractive and inviting. Next, we look at several Study Bibles using the NRSV: The NRSV Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon Press) This is a very welcome resource, giving a distinctly Wesleyan perspective on the Scriptures. The notes are very clear, combining the best of John Wesleys insights with those of modern Wesleyan Bible scholars. Too bad they left out a proper set of cross-references, although important ones are in the footnotes. No miniconcordance either. Plus point: this is one of the lighter study bibles to carry around. It has now been re-issued using the new CEB translation (with better layout and The NRSV Discipleship Study Bible, edited by B C Birch and others. Discipleship is emphasized throughout, with special attention to issues of social justice as well as personal piety. The print is quite large. Less extensive notes. No cross-references. The NRSV Cambridge Annotated Study Bible, edited by H. Clark Kee. The notes are quite brief but this edition does have a set of cross-references. Print is small, but the margins are a bit wider than in most study Bibles, so you can annotate yourself.. Life with God BibleNRSV The emphasis in the notes is on spiritual formation. Although the notes are concise, they yield surprisingly refreshing insights. Richard Foster, D. Willard and E. Peterson (of the Message) all contributed to this work. Other translations: Life Application Study Bible: available for several translations like NRSV, NIV, NASB & NLT. The copious notes focus on how to apply each passage. It also contains helpful profiles on key people in the Bible. The NLT Study Bible: The NLTSB is an easy-to-read modern translation. More than 400 profiles and theme articles. A recent edition even combines the NLTSB notes and the Life Application notes in one (hefty) volume 2 for the price of 1. The Oxford Study Bible Revised English Bible. The notes are concise. The only Study Bible to use the elegant REB version, and to have a major section of introductory articles by scholars. The NET Bible (New English Translation). This Bible was produced entirely by scholars connected via the Internet. The resulting translation is a bit uneven but it has a vast amount of notes helpful for a close study of the text. Check it out for free online first before you spend money on this one. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON: Scofield, Ryrie, and especially Dakes Study Bibles: they give one-sided, occasionally misleading and in the case of Dakes very questionable interpretations! MacArthurs is also somewhat biased and not recommended. A preview of sample pages from most of these Bibles can be found at Not ready to spend money on a Study Bible yet? Try the web: or
StudyBibles.odt compiled by Andr De Winne 2012 updated 2013