Study Bibles

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  1. Pathwalker

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    What is the best Study Bible out today?
     
  2. Dr. Bob

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    Way too complicated, Pathwalker. It will depend on whether you can handle various translations or are kjvo.

    The NIV Study Bible is a great (and cheap) study bible if you're into the NIV

    The MacArthur Study Bible is fabulous for Baptists (he is calvinistic and dispensational and you can't beat that!) and is NKJV, the version of choice for me.

    Old standby and one I grew up with is the Scofield Reference Bible (1909 edition or early, not the "new" Scofield where they talk about the ordinances as "sacraments) and is KJV. I think they have it in other versions, too.

    And one vote for the Reformer Study Bible (called the New Geneva Study Bible previously) which is way reformed - duh - and almost a little anti-baptist bias.
     
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    Enjoying my Ryrie.
     
  4. west

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    All the ones mentioned above I have and like .I also have and like the notes of the Life Applicaiton Study Bible .I have one in NLT and NIV .
    The Scofield that Dr.Bob mentioned I don't have .I have the newer one in KJV and another Scofield in NIV .
     
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    NIV Life Application Study Bible. [​IMG] 2nd favorite is the NIV Quest Study Bible. [​IMG]
     
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    I used the Scofield for years but now use the KJ Study Bible ( I am kj preferred).My understanding is the NASB & NIV also have good study Bibles.My sister really likes the Life Application Bible.Lots of people like Ryrie or McCaurthor study Bibles
    The above would probably be you top choices.I would check to see what you could check out for free on the internet before spending any money especially if your funds are limited. Study Bibles are generally expensive.
     
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    Myself ,I'm looking for a computer that can either spell or forces me to edit my entries.
     
  8. Turpius

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    All I have is a "new" Scofield-KJV which I don't really use anymore. I prefer using a plain text Bible and use separate volumes from concordances and commentaries.
     
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    What about Dake's Annotated Reference Bible?
     
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    Dake's is full of faulty teaching and error in theology. Its teachings are often reflected in the heretical teachings of Word Faith.

    Another article on Dake's
     
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    It depends on the application. I just got the MacArthur as a present for my ordination and It is very practical. Scofield will deal with dispensationalism, and Ryrie is very practical. My first study Bible was the new open study bible (KJV) and I enjoyed it much. Right now my main Bible is a wide margin Cambridge KJV and it only has center column cross referances. It is my study Bible.
     
  12. Pathwalker

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    I have seen the " Open Study Bible" KJV, does this also come in wide margin?
     
  13. BruceB

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    I have tried several study Bible's and found I like the Baptist Study Edition published by Nelson. It comes in the NKJV (one of my three favorite translations) and has study notes compiled by W.A.Criswell. The notes are on the bottom of the page, under the text, which I prefer as opposed to being in a separate section. If you can still find a copy (discontinued I think) look it over and see what you think. I found a new, leatherbound copy at a Books-A-Million store last June for $35.00 - it has been worth the investment to me. BruceB
     
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    If I may add another favorite of mine is John MacArthur's .
     
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    The best study Bible out there is the Bible that is studied not a book of notes that one reads.

    People will get the same knowledge they can get from a "study Bible" if they will simply read. Most people who buy a study Bible, buy it because it agrees with what they believe. If they already know what they believe and can make that kind of critical evaluation then why buy a study Bible.

    For the first three years of my Christian life I read my Bible one hour each day and studying it. During that time I never had any other helps. Then I bought a concordance and spent a little less time reading. Then when I bought other books I spent even less time reading my Bible until one day I realized I was spending so much time reading what others thought instead of reading my Bible. I put those books away and started reading my Bible more again. To this day I spend much more time on the text itself rather than reading what others think. Sometimes our time can be spent trying to digest what other have written rather than the text itself.

    What I suggest is for people to spend their money on a plain Bible and then buy some good books on the background of each book of the Bible. If you understand well the background of each book the rest is usually rather easy.

    Furthermore how many of those study Bibles are names after people and how many of those people give to missions with their profits.
     
  16. Ben W

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    I have Nelsons NKJV Study Bible and I find it really helpful. In fact pretty much anything published by Nelson is worthwhile!
     
  17. west

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    You know I have a "Wesley Study Bible " its published
    by Nelson .I think its the same as the NKJV but I think they add notes by John Wesley .Like I have a Concordia Self -Study Bible and it has the same notes as my NIV Study Bible but has notes added by Luther .
     
  18. Dr. Bob

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    You will enjoy a paper back from Nelson with all the graphs, maps and charts (and permission to freely reproduce them for SS, cell groups, study) that have been gleaned from all their Bibles.

    300 pages of truly worthwhile stuff for $20 US. I can't tell you how many charts or such I've copied and handed out to folks in church or class. They think I am really smart!!

    http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=11543&netp_id=122529&event=ESRCN&item_code=WW
     
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    I just bought the NIV Learnig Bible and so far I am very, very pleased!

    I bought this after looking a some key verses to see what their theory was on the Second Coming as most all presented a pre-mil view of the rapture. I like the NIV comments on those key verses better because they did not seem to come down on any on particular side except for as it was put forth in the scripture itself.Therefore, I am better able to let scripture speak for itself as I do in Luke 17.
     
  20. Ben W

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    You will enjoy a paper back from Nelson with all the graphs, maps and charts (and permission to freely reproduce them for SS, cell groups, study) that have been gleaned from all their Bibles.

    300 pages of truly worthwhile stuff for $20 US. I can't tell you how many charts or such I've copied and handed out to folks in church or class. They think I am really smart!!

    http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=11543&netp_id=122529&event=ESRCN&item_code=WW
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