Last week, I wrote about the most important factors to consider when choosing a study Bible, and I explained how the Faithlife Study Bible performs in each of them. This is a powerful resource that has something to offer no matter where you are in your faith journey. But you may want to augment your FSB with an additional set of study notes, and there are number of other exceptional study Bibles available for purchase on Logos.com. Here’s a quick rundown of some of them:
ESV Study Bible—One of them most highly regarded study Bibles ever produced, the ESV was the first Bible to be named Christian Book of the Year. J. I. Packer, who chaired the ESV translation team, served as the theological editor for the study Bible. This study tool commands the respect of church leaders from virtually every denomination.
Nelson Study Bible—I’ll admit to a little bias here because I carried Nelson through high school and much of college, but ask anyone who has used it, and they’ll tell you that the Nelson Study Bible is one of the most theologically balanced study Bibles available today. It’s more pastoral than some of the other study Bibles on the list. Its scholarship is delivered in plain English with an emphasis on life application.
Believer’s Study Bible—In many ways, Believer’s is the predecessor of the Nelson Study Bible. Edited by W. A. Criswell, the Believer’s Study Bible reflects the fundamental Baptist tradition that undergirds much of the American church.
Apologetics Study Bible—Rather than offering an exegetical overview and historical background like most study Bibles, the Apologetics Study Bible articulates a compelling reason to believe at every turn. Many of the church’s leading apologists and thinkers—such as Ravi Zacharias, Norman Geisler, and Al Mohler—contributed to this great resource. Inside you’ll find expansive notes—more like essays—that address important questions like, “Is the Bible reliable and true?”
The MacArthur Study Bible—John MacArthur has plenty of critics, but few scholars have studied the Word as extensively as he has. MacArthur famously set aside 30 hours each week for purposed Bible study throughout his 30-year ministry. That amounts to more than 46,000 hours of deliberate Bible study. I think it’s safe to say that we all have something to learn from him.
Women’s Study Bible—In addition to a rich exegetical commentary written by women for women, the Women’s Study Bible also includes portraits of more than 100 women of the Bible. This is a valuable resource for both women and men of faith.
The Scofield Reference Bible—The Geneva Bible is widely regarded as the first-ever study Bible. But the Scofield was the first published in the modern era. It was groundbreaking in several ways. In a practical sense, it was one of the first Bibles to be printed alongside supplemental notes. In a theological sense, it brought dispensationalism into the mainstream. Now more than 100 years old, the Scofield is undoubtedly a classic Bible study tool.
Buy one or more of these study Bibles on Logos.com, and you can enjoy it right away in your FSB app.
Which of these study Bibles do you prefer? Tell us in the comments.