Good study bible?

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  1. Jkdbuck76

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    Don't know if this belongs here or not.
    If not, then a MOD can move it.

    What would be a good study bible?

    Recommendations please. Thanks.
     
  2. webdog

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    One that agrees with your theology. :D (just kidding)

    Macarthur's study Bible is good, as is the NIV study Bible.
     
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    The TNIV Study Bible -- it's " the most noteworhy in history " .
     
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    I recommend the English Standard Version - Reformation Study Bible

    The NKV McArthur Study Bible
     
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    I like the KJ Study Bible and the ESV SchofieldIII Study Bible.:godisgood: The Ryrie Study Bible is also good and comes in several translations.
     
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    POB , it's not Schofield . It's Scofield . It's amazing how many folks who like the Scofield Bible don't know how to spell the commentator's name .
     
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    the evidence bible. period. :p
     
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    Set the KJV beside the NASB beside the REV beside the CLV, add in Robertson's Word Pictures and Vincent's Word Studies, and a good etymology dictionary, and you have a good layout without denominational influences.

    It's easier when you do in electronic format. Really, it is.
     
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    If not in electronic format, get a really big desk!:laugh: :wavey: :thumbs:
     
  10. Friend of God

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    The KJV Study Bible by Zondervan. IMHO It has the best study notes, and verse references I've seen.
     
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    I'm still rather fond of my "Believer's Study Bible" now called the "Baptist Study Bible." Good conservative study notes.
     
  12. Rippon

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    Actually my old NIV with no notes in the edition is my favorite Study Bible -- I transferred a whole bunch of notes from my even older MLB several years ago . It takes so much time to transfer notes . I have scattered notes from my NASU , REB , NLTse , and others also which I yet to move to my TNIV etc.

    So maybe what I'm saying is that the best Study Bible is the kind you have studied for yourself . I'm not taking anything away from the conventional Study Bibles some are excellent and very helpful .
     
  13. Keith M

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    I would recommend the Ryrie Study Bible. My favorite Ryrie is in the NKJV translation, but that edition is no longer in print. It is also available in the KJV, the NIV and the NASB.

    Another good study Bible is the Matthew Henry Study Bible which contains many of Matthew Henry's comments along with the KJV text.

    If you are really interested in studying for yourself more than in what commentators think, you might want to give the Thompson's Chain Reference Bible a try.

    No matter what study Bible you eventually select what really matters is that you study God's word. A study Bible is not really necessary to study God's word, but sometimes a study Bible can be helpful.
     
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    I agree wholeheartedly. I started with a Scofield, went to Ryrie, then a Rice Reference Bible, and now prefer Bibles with no notes except textual notes. This year I am reading through the ESV and next year I plan to read through the 1611 edition of the KJV if I ever find a print edition with the textual notes that is reasonably priced .
     
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    Speaking of a study bible with no notes - I just looked over a Nelson published NKJV last night at the Salt Shaker Christian Bookstore in Wilmington NC. I have never seen this Bible before; it is a double column printing with wide margins in the center and on both sides of the pages (three decent size areas for notes on each page) and the type size was okay too. It was edited by Hank Hanegraaff. I might have to go back and take another look. They had it in hardback and bonded leather too. Bruce

    PS went to Nelson website after I wrote the para above; they list this Bible as "coming soon" but it is here now;
    http://www.thomasnelson.com/consume...t_id=190800&sku=0718018044&TopLevel_id=190000
     
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    I've got my eye on this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0785204059/?tag=baptis04-20

    It's hard to find, but the Open Bible has a lot of really good study helps, and the annotated one has many useful notes.

    I currently use the Blackaby Study Bible. It's not bad, except for a dearth of informative notes. It's more devotional than proper study.

    I find that Ryrie and Scofield focus a bit too much on eschatology for my tastes, and since I disagree with their views, I wouldn't use or recommend their Bibles to anyone who's not pre-mil dispy (or at least pre-mil, even if you're not dispensationalist). After all, it would be frustrating to be in a state of constant debate with one's Bible commentator.

    The main reason I recommend that Open at the top is that the notes and helps tend more toward a textual/historical sort rather than a theological/denominational sort. That's the reason I picked up the Blackaby, too.

    So, that's my two cents, for what it's worth.

    Snitzelhoff
     
  17. Major B

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    The Bible's Commentary On Itself

    Otherwise known as the Thompson Chain Reference Bible. I have worn out several of them over the last 35 years, and it is the first Bible I mention to anyone I am discipling. It helps the student see how the Bible addresses thousands of topics, helping the student to draw their own conclusions. It comes in KJV, NIV, NASB, and NKJV. As a bonus, it has the toughest binding I've ever seen in a Bible.
     
  18. Psalm 95

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    As a new believer a few years ago I used (besides a Swedish translation) the NIV Study Bible, I think it was good in many ways and I learned a lot, it gave a direction to an Bible based evangelical faith. But, as I became more and more used to study the Bible, I discovered the notes toke to much attention from the Bible text. Now I mostly never use the NIV Study BIble.

    Now I use the Thompson and a wide margin Bible. The Thompson is very good to find things, to study subject through the Bible and the chain references can also be used a a very brief commentary to the text. There is also a lot of other helps, but the best thing with the Thompson is thet it makes you focus on the words in the Bible, not the helps.

    I use a wide margin Bible to take notes. Notes may come from things I find reading the Bible in prayer, from subject studies in the Thompson, from Bibles studies or sermons in church and also from studies in secondary litterature.

    I still think the NIV Study Bible is good and I quite often use the Ryrie Study Bible.

    If I should choose only one book besides a Bible in my mother tounge it would definitly be a Thompson Chain Reference Bible.
     
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    Life Application Bible. Available in many versons. Published by Tyndale.
     
  20. Keith M

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    The Open Bible seems to be not so hard to find in the Christian bookstores I have been in lately. Maybe in your area there isn't a great demand for it so it isn't as frequently stocked.

    Is that the HCSB by any chance? I have a Blackaby NT in the HCSB. I got the NT before the entire HCSB was published. Now that I have the entire Bible (and it's also online at http://www.studylight.org and maybe some other web sites) I find myself not going back to the NT copy very frequently.

    You're right about that. I am pre-trib and pre-mil and I find the notes in the Ryrie and Scofield agree with my own views very frequently. I'm not "in a state of constant debate" with the stance of these Bible notes. However I can easily see how someone holding other views would not be as comfortable with these study Bibles.

    I have copies of the original Open Bible in both the KJV and the NASB. I wonder if there are many differences between the original and the newer version?
     

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