Primary (or standard) Study Bibles¶
These are listed not in alphabetical order, but more-or-less according to “rank” of what we encourage you to use, with the more important sources listed first.
- ESV Study Bible (Crossway Bibles. The ESV Study Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2008.) Evangelical. Excellent, thorough Study Bible.
- NIV Study Bible (Barker, Kenneth, gen. ed. NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1985, 2012.) Evangelical. Well-balanced, standard Study Bible.
- NIV Zondervan Study Bible (Carson, D. A., ed. NIV Zondervan Study Bible: Built on the Truth of Scripture and Centered on the Gospel Message. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015.) Evangelical. Solid, emphasis on theological interpretation.
- Faithlife Study Bible (Barry, John D., Michael S. Heiser, Miles Custis, Douglas Mangum, and Matthew M. Whitehead. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012.) Evangelical. Solid Study Bible published by Logos Bible Software with links to other sources within Logos. Available for free at <https://faithlifebible.com/>.
- HCSB Study Bible (HCSB Study Bible: Holman Christian Standard Bible. Nashville, TN: Holman, 2010.) Evangelical, Southern Baptist. Solid Study Bible, yet not as thorough as some.
- Open Study Bible (The Open Bible: New King James Version. Electronic ed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1998.) Evangelical. Older, less-well known but solid.
- Nelson Study Bible (Radmacher, Earl D., Ronald Barclay Allen, and H. Wayne House. The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997.) Evangelical. Older, less well-known but solid.
- NET Bible (Biblical Studies Press. The NET Bible First Edition Notes. Biblical Studies Press, 2006.) Evangelical. Outstanding Bible but most of the notes center around translation and text critical options so will not be directly helpful in writing UBN. Available free online at <https://lumina.bible.org>.
- KJV Study Bible (King James Version Study Bible. Electronic ed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997.) Evangelical. Older, less-well known.
- NLT Study Bible (New Living Translation Study Bible. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, Inc., 2008.)
To be consulted along with Primary.
- Believer’s Study Bible (Criswell, W. A., Paige Patterson, E. Ray Clendenen, Daniel L. Akin, Mallory Chamberlin, Dorothy Kelley Patterson, and Jack Pogue, eds. Believer’s Study Bible. Electronic ed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991.) Southern Baptist.
- Reformation Study Bible (Whitlock, Luder G., R. C. Sproul, Bruce K. Waltke, and Moisés Silva. The Reformation Study Bible: Bringing the Light of the Reformation to Scripture: New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1995.) Reformed.
- Reformation Study Bible (Sproul, R. C., ed. The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version [2015 Edition]. Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust, 2015.) Reformed.
- Apologetics Study Bible (Cabal, Ted, Chad Owen Brand, E. Ray Clendenen, Paul Copan, J.P. Moreland, and Doug Powell. The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith. Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2007.) Specifically addresses issues related to apologetics.
- Archaeological Study Bible (NIV Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk through Biblical History and Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005.) Not necessarily conservative. Not a standard Study Bible but is very useful for archaeological and background/culture information. Should be used only to supplement Study Bibles listed above as primary.
- NT Background Commentary (Mare, W. Harold. New Testament Background Commentary: A New Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Situations in Bible Order. Ross-shire, UK: Mentor, 2004.) Not a Study Bible, but concise enough that its notes are comparable to what is found in many Study Bibles. Specifically deals with issues of background.
- NIV First-Century Study Bible (Dobson, Kent, ed. NIV First-Century Study Bible: Explore Scirpture in its Jewish and Early Christian Context. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014.) Not a standard Study Bible but is excellent for background/cultural issues.
- Word in Life Study Bible (Word in Life Study Bible. Electronic ed. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996.) Not a standard Study Bible. Emphasis on application and contemporary issues. May be useful but should not be relied on as the primary source for notes.)
- Spirit Filled Study Bible (Hayford, Jack W., ed. Spirit Filled Life Study Bible. Electronic ed. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1997.) Pentecostal/Charismatic.
- MacArthur Study Bible (The MacArthur Study Bible. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2013. Dispensational, Reformed.
- Reformation Heritage (Beeke, Joel R., Michael P. V. Barrett, and Gerald M. Bilkes, eds. The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014.) Reformed, Evangelical. A bit difficult to use because of KJV language, but excellent for devotional and application notes.
- Ryrie Study Bible (The Ryrie Study Bible. Chicago: Moody, 2012). Dispensational.
- Life Application Bible (The Life Application Bible. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale 2004.) As the name implies, it is especially strong on personal application.
- Lutheran Study Bible (Engelbrecht, Edward A. The Lutheran Study Bible. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009.) Lutheran.
- Ignatius Catholic Study Bible (The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The New Testament. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010.) Catholic.
- Catholic Study Bible (Senior, Donald, John J. Collins, and Mary Ann Getty, eds. The Catholic Study Bible, 2nd Ed.: Notes. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.) Catholic.
- Jewish Study Bible (Berlin, Adele, Marc Zvi Brettler, and Michael Fishbane, eds. The Jewish Study Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.) Jewish. Comments on OT only.