This post is a review of the currently available study bibles. These are English translations of the Old and New Testaments found in the Christian Bible that include notes, maps, cross-references, and other features that delineate them as a “study” bible. At the time I performed this aggregation (1/16/12) there were 1,127 results for study bibles on Christian Book Distributor’s website.1I also utilized Amazon’s site. A search for “study bible” on the same day filtered down to include only books returned 10,309 results. I reviewed 528 of these results, after which time I was fairly confident I had located most of the major study bibles and a few of the smaller ones. I have attempted to compile almost all of them below – excluding study bible’s which differ only by translation or are foreign language. I’ve also excluded a number of others which I include at the bottom in a list for anyone interested in performing further research.
|MacArthur Study Bible||NKJV, NASB, ESV||25,000||140+||80,000||Yes||Yes||1997|
|ESV Study Bible||ESV||20,000||440+||80,000||2009|
|Zondervan Study Bible||NASB, NIV||20,000||80||100,000||Yes||Yes||1999|
|Life Application Study Bible||NIV, NLT, NKJV, NASB|
|Archaeological Study Bible||NIV, KJV|
|NLT Study Bible||NLT|
|Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible|
|NASB New Inductive Study Bible||NASB|
|Scofield Study Bible (Original)||KJV|
|Scofield Study Bible (Revised)|
|Scofield Study Bible (III)||NIV|
|NRSV New Oxford Annotated Bible||NRSV|
|C.S. Lewis Bible||NRSV||2010|
|ESV Reformation Study Bible||ESV|
|Transformation Study Bible||NLT|
|The Orthodox Study Bible|
|HCSB Study Bible|
|Ryrie Study Bible||NASB, KJV|
|The Jewish Study Bible||2011|
|The Literary Study Bible|
|The New Interpreter’s Study Bible||NRSV||2003|
|The Wesley Study Bible|
|The Harper Collins Study Bible||NRSV|
|The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible|
Other Notes About Versions
- MacArthur Study Bible – Written by Rev. John MacArthur. MacArthur is well-known for his evangelical commentaries and controversial position on lordship salvation. This study bible takes a premillennial eschatological position and a limited atonement interpretation.
- ESV Study Bible – Includes 50 articles.
- Zondervan Study Bible – Includes articles.
The following for various subjective reasons where not included in this list…if you believe these offer some distinctive feature which should be included please let me know and I will reconsider…
|The Chronological Study Bible||KJV Study Bible||The New Defender’s Study Bible||New Spirit Filled Life Bible (aka FIRE Bible)||The Charles Stanley Life Principles Bible|
|Rainbow Study Bible||Life in the Spirit Study Bible||The American Patriot’s Bible||HCSB Apologetics Study Bible||The Geneva Bible.|
|Quest Study Bible||Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible||Thompson Chain Reference Bible||The Evidence Bible||Prophecy Study Bible.|
|Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible||Cambridge Study Bible||Lutheran Study Bible||African Heritage Study Bible.||The King James Study Bible, 400th Anniversary Edition (Thomas Nelson, 2010).|
|Faith in Action Study Bible.||The Matthew Henry Bible.||HCSB Life Essentials Study Bible.||The Case for Christ Study Bible.||The Maxwell Leadership Bible.|
|The Master Study Bible.||The Revival Study Bible.||Living Water Bible.||NRSV Access Bible.||Life Lessons Study Bible.|
|The New American Catholic Study Bible.||Mission of God Study Bible||Harper Study Bible.||Stewardship Study Bible.||Blackaby Study Bible|
|Comparative Study Bible.||Andrews Study Bible.||Full Life Study Bible.||Life for Today.||Praise and Worship Study Bible.|
|Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible.||The Inspirational Study Bible.||The Journey.||Little Rock Catholic Study Bible.||Faith in Action Study Bible.|
|Reflecting God Study Bible.||Discover God Study Bible.||The Everyday Study Bible.||Disciple’s Study Bible.||The Discipleship Study Bible.|
|The People’s Study Bible.||The Life Plan Study Bible.||Prophecy Study Bible.||The Legacy Study Bible.||The Henry Morris Study Bible.|
|The Experiencing God Study Bible.||The Discover Study Bible.||The Living Insights Study Bible.||The Expositor’s Study Bible.||Cambridge Annotated Study Bible.|
|The Message Study Bible.||The A.W. Tozer Bible.||Concordia Self-Study Bible.|
- The Expanded Bible (Thomas Nelson, 2011).
- Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible (Kregel Publications, 1994).