Methodist study bible are study aids that help readers understand Scripture from the Wesleyan-Methodist theological perspective. John Wesley (1703-1791) founded the Methodist denomination, which reflects his understanding of the bible and Christian living. The study bibles below are suggestions based on significant research written for other pages on Best Bible Commentaries, like this chart which compares 50 different study bibles and this article, How to Choose a Study Bible.
Methodist Study Bibles
The New Interpreter’s Study Bible
Published by Abingdon Press, which is the publishing arm of the United Methodist Publishing House, The New Interpreter’s Study Bible first appeared in early 2000’s. Using the NRSV English translation, the notes and illustrations are the work of 60 biblical scholars who are experts in their respective areas. The notes include theological, historical, and literary insights to help the reader understand Scripture and apply it to their lives.
Wesley Study Bible
Also utilizing the NRSV text, the (John) Wesley Study Bible contains notes by Wesleyan theologians who direct readings to the original works of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist denomination. This study bible is edited by Joel B. Green, Provost, Dean of the School of Theology, and Professor of New Testament Interpretation of the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
The CEB Student Bible for United Methodist Confirmation
The CEB Student Bible is by and for young people. It invites them into deeper forms of personal and social holiness, helps them make connections between the world of the Bible and their own world, offers resources for engaging the text in personal and group study, and embodies a commitment to taking young people seriously as Christian leaders now, not just in the future. It is a resource that helps young disciples of Jesus Christ as they transform the world.
The CEB Navigation Bible – Hardcover: Finding Your Way Through the Bible
The CEB Navigation Bible is an easy introduction to the challenging world of the Bible. From a guide to looking up passages to a dictionary of terms, it has everything a person who is new to the Bible needs to quickly become comfortable exploring this ancient book and start growing in faith. Ideal for many readers including Bible study leaders, new believers, and young people. Available in two bindings: a graphic hardcover for repeated use, such as in a classroom, and a beautiful dark blue for those wanting a finer cover.
• Brief introductions to each book of the Bible, complete with main characters, places, and memorable passages
• Notes that are factual, devotional, and inspirational
• List of favorite Bible stories and passages (with page numbers)
• 16 maps with index
• Dictionary of Bible terms
• Guide to using a Bible
• Reading plans (with page numbers)
The CEB Women’s Bible Hardcover
The CEB Women’s Bible is a full-featured, readable, and reliable women’s Bible for women’s groups and daily private devotion. It includes articles, reflections, and profiles on topics and biblical characters from women’s studies and women’s religious experience that are not typically found in Bibles for a non-academic audience. The goal was to produce a guide to help women grow in their understanding of and engagement with the Bible, and the life of a congregation.
The CEB Women’s Bible is intended for women in church leadership, women in the pews, and women who value spiritual practice in their lives. It is ideal for women who value equality and discussions related to issues of gender and justice and how those ideas are lived out through their faith.
CEB Study Bible
Written by leading scholars, the CEB Study Bible helps readers understand the biblical texts within the larger historical and literary framework of the Bible through book introductions, thousands of notes, more than 300 articles, and full-color images throughout, revealing cultural contexts and exploring relevant background information—while always seeking to inspire.
Sometimes we need a little help to understand ancient meanings and to line up the rich layers of history and revelation. The CEB Study Bible is a readable, reliable, and relevant invitation to grow in God.
The CEB Study Bible is for encouragement and challenge, for guidance and reflection, for study and prayer:
- The reliable, readable, and relevant Common English Bible translation in a single-column setting
- Detailed book introductions, outlines, and notes from the finest biblical studies professors
- Full-color throughout, including more than 200 illustrations, photographs, maps, and charts
- Hundreds of thousands of cross references
- More than 300 indexed sidebar and general articles
- 21 full-color maps designed by National Geographic and fully indexed
Several hundred leading biblical scholars were involved with the Common English Bible translation and as contributors to The CEB Study Bible. The Editorial Board includes Joel. B. Green (Fuller Theological Seminary), Seung Ai Yang (Chicago Theological Seminary), Mark J. Boda (McMaster Divinity College), Mignon R. Jacobs (Fuller Theological Seminary), Matthew R. Schlimm (University of Dubuque), and Marti J. Steussy (Christian Theological Seminary).
CEB Storytellers Bible
Stories convey truths through plot, character, and point of view. Nowhere is that more true than in the Bible. Jesus and the prophets taught through story, and The CEB Storytellers Bible helps readers see the big themes and important truths of the Bible while also guiding them in how to tell these stories in contemporary language.
The supplementary material in this Bible comes from the acclaimed Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible, which Madeleine L’Engle endorsed: “In a day when unquestioning literalism is on the increase, it is a delight to receive a book that takes biblical storytelling seriously and gloriously! The writers and editors are indeed to be commended for their willingness to understand biblical imagination and narrative richness. This book should be a real mindstretcher and encourage many people to return to the Bible with newly opened eyes.”
• Articles about reading and telling Bible stories.
• Extensive commentary on all the best-known (and many of the less common) stories of the Bible.
• Learn to tell Bible stories to make them come alive for listeners.
• Improve sermons with better storytelling and with better understanding of the Bible’s stories.
• Multiple indexes.
About the Common English Bible
The Common English Bible is a readable, reliable, and relevant invitation to Scripture.
Readable: It means more than reading phrases on a page. It means truly comprehending the words, the sentences, the ideas, and their meaning. With its approachable language, the CEB sets the reader on a path to new understanding.
Reliable: The CEB was built on the assembled knowledge of a diverse, cross-denominational group of men and women, translating directly from the original ancient texts—not revising tradition or inserting church doctrine. Exhaustive attention has been paid to ensure the work is impeccably balanced and rich in context.
Relevant: The times change, but the Bible meets you where you are, providing guidance for every situation you face and every season of life.