Study Bibles Comparison Chart | with Video

Study bibles not only contain the inspired text of Scripture, but also include notes, commentary, timelines, charts, and illustrations that help readers understand God’s Word and apply it to their lives.

The comparison chart below is a quick-reference guide to 50 different study bibles.

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NameTranslation/
Red Letter/
Columns
Theme
Uniqueness
Notes & IllustrationsBrowse
The Amplified Study Bible
amplified study bible
– Amplified
– No
– two
enhanced understanding of Greek and Hebrew5,000+ study notes; Full-color maps Amazon

CBD
The
Apologetics
Study Bible
apologetics study bible
– CSB
– No
– two
helping readers defend the faithbottom of page, apologetics articles; charts, maps, defending the Bible’s credibilityAmazon

CBD
Archaeological
Study Bible
archaeological study bible
– NIV
– Yes
– one
color pictures of statues, artifacts, scrolls, morebottom of page, 520 articles; 500 four-color picturesAmazon
Biblical
Theological
Study Bible
biblical theology study bible
– NIV
– No
– one
tracing God’s redemptive plan in Scripture20,000 verse-by-verse study notes; 100’s of color photos, 90 maps, 60 chartsAmazon

CBD
The
Catholic
Study Bible
catholic study bible
– NABRE
– No
– two
Roman Catholic perspectives and interpretationsbottom of page; 32 full-color mapsAmazon

CBD
Chronological
Life Application
Study Bible
chronological life application study bible
– NLT
– No
– two
tracing 10 eras of Bible history in chronological ordersection intros, timelines, historical notes; full-color photosAmazon

CBD
The
Complete Jewish
Study Bible
complete jewish study bible
– original
– No
– one
seeing how the OT points to Jesus145 articles, Hebrew keywords; color-coded overviews, maps, chartsAmazon

CBD
CSB
Ancient Faith
Study Bible
ancient faith study bible
– CSB
– No
– two
study notes from early church fathersbios of early church fathers; decorated, styled headings, chapter titles, and lettersAmazon

CBD
CSB
Study Bible
csb study bible
– HCSB
– Yes
– two
16,000 study notes based on HCSB translation368 word studies explaining Greek and Hebrew words; 94 photos, 55 maps, 61 timelinesAmazon

CBD
Cultural
Backgrounds
Study Bible
Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
– NIV, NKJV
– Yes
– two
insight into the customs, culture, and literaturebottom of page; 300+ articles; 375 color photos; dozens of charts/mapsAmazon

CBD
Dake
Annotated
dake annotated study bible
– KJV, NKJV
– Yes
– two
35,000 notesbottom of page, 500k chain references; color mapsAmazon

CBD
ESV
Archaeology
Study Bible
ESV Archaeology Study Bible
– ESV
– No
– two
notes written by field-trained archaeologistsbottom of page, additional articles; 400+ full-color pics; 200+, maps, diagramsAmazon

CBD
ESV
Study
Bible
ESV Study Bible
– ESV
– Yes
– one
20,000 notes; endorsed by John Piperbottom of page, 50+ articles; 200+ chartsAmazon

CBD
ESV
Systematic Theology
Study Bible
biblical theology study bible
– ESV
– No
– two
showing how Christian doctrine arises the Bible400+ doctrinal summaries, 25+ longer articles; styled headingsAmazon

CBD
Every
Man’s
Bible
every man's study bible
– NLT
– No
– two
thousands of notes on topics related to menexplanatory notes on select verses, 44 chartsAmazon

CBD
Everyday
Life Bible
(Joyce Meyer)
everyday life study bible
– Amplified
– No
– two
Meyer’s notes, commentary, and applicationin-text articles, application notes; color-shaded articlesAmazon

CBD
Fire Bible
fire study bible
– KJV, ESV
– No
– two
helps Pentecostal pastors and lay leadersstudy notes for select verses, 70 articles; in-text charts and mapsAmazon

CBD
First-Century
Study Bible
first-century study bible
– NIV
– No
– two
answers questions about life in Bible timesnotes, articles, word studies; color maps, charts, diagramsAmazon

CBD
The
HarperCollins
Study Bible
Harper Collins Study Bible
– NRSV
– No
– one
based on the latest critical scholarshipexplanations on difficulties in biblical text; maps, tables, and chartsAmazon

CBD
Henry Morris
Study Bible
Henry Morris study bible
– KJV
– Yes
-one
apologetics focusing on creationism10,000 study notes; Full-color mapsAmazon

CBD
HCSB
Study Bible
HCSB study bible
– HCSB
– No
– two
every clarifying resource is on the same page15,000+ notes, bottom of page; 141 photos; 62 timelinesAmazon

CBD
The Jeremiah
Study Bible
David Jeremiah Study Bible
– NJKV
– Yes
– two
from pastor David Jeremiah10,000+ notes and 55 articles; maps, charts, and tables are in colorAmazon

CBD
The Jewish
Study Bible
jewish study bible
– JPS
– Yes
– one
40 essays on Jewish life and worshipstudy notes in right column, bottom of page; color, Oxford bible mapsAmazon

CBD
Key Word
Study Bible
key word study bible
– KJV, NIV
– Yes
– two
Greek and Hebrew word studieskey words, word studies, Strong’s numbersAmazon

CBD
The
King James
Study Bible
king james study bible
– KJV
– Yes
– two
study aids developed for KJV5,700 notes on theology, people, history; 100’s of maps and chartsAmazon

CBD
The
Lutheran
Study Bible
lutheran study bible
– ESV
– Yes
– two
Lutheran perspectives and lectionarybottom of page; prayers quotations; maps, info graphicsAmazon

CBD
Life Application
Study Bible
Life Application Study Bible
– NIV
– Yes
– Single
helps bible readers “take it personally”bottom of page; 16 full-color maps; 400+, maps, chartsAmazon

CBD
Life Principles
(Charles Stanley)
life principles study bible
– NKJV, NIV
– Yes
– two
Stanley’s study notes and applicationsbottom of page; bios, Q & A’s, and articles, maps, styled textAmazon

CBD
MacArthur
Study Bible
John MacArthur Study Bible
– NASB, NKJV
– No
– two
utilizes MacArthur’s research20,000+ notes, 80,000 references; color maps: 140+ 2-color maps, timelinesAmazon

CBD
The Maxwell
Leadership Bible
John Maxwell Study Bible
– NKJV
– Yes
– Two
Articles on Maxwell’s leadershipNotes connect with leadership principles; color-shaded articlesAmazon

CBD
The Nelson
Study Bible /
NKJV Study Bible
– NKJV
– Yes
– two
“the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor”15,000+ notes, 114 theology articles; 16 full-color mapsAmazon

CBD
The
New Inductive
Study Bible
new inductive study bible
– NASB, ESV
– No
– one
32-page explanation of the inductive study methodstep-by-step instructions for how to mark text; 23 pages of color charts, timelines, mapsAmazon

CBD
NIV
Study
Bible
NIV Study Bible
– NIV
– Yes
– two
NIV concordance, subject and study notes indexescharacter studies, archaeology, application; 16 color maps; in-text maps, charts, diagramsAmazon

CBD
NLT
Illustrated
NLT illustrated study bible
– NLT
– Yes
– two
lots of color; targets visual learnersbottom of page, articles, tables, charts, graphics; color mapsAmazon

CBD
The
Orthodox
Study Bible
Orthodox Study Bible
– LXX, NKJV
– No
– two
notes from Orthodox perspectiveliturgical readings, book intros, outlines, color maps and iconsAmazon

CBD
Prophecy
Study Bible
prophecy study bible
– NKJV
– No
– two
Pastor John Haggee is the General Editorprophecy articles; prophecy Q & A: prophecy index; maps, stylized textAmazon

CBD
The Pursuit
of God Bible
(A.W. Tozer)
tozer study bible
– NIV
– No
– two
Tozer’s insights on Christian living600 readings from Tozer; maps, stylized textAmazon

CBD
Quest
Study Bible
quest study bible
– NIV
– No
– one
helps new and young Christians7,000 sidebar notes, 350 articles; 16 pages of color map; 150 charts, timelines, mapsAmazon

CBD
Rainbow
Study Bible
rainbow study bible
– NIV
– No
-one
underlines all words directly spoken by Godcolor-system; reading guide, concordance; 12 pages of color mapsAmazon

CBD
Reformation
Study Bible
reformation study bible
– ESV, NKJV
– No
– one
team of 75 pastors and theologians led by R.C. Sproul10,000+ notes, bottom of page; 8 pages of color mapsAmazon

CBD
The Ryrie
Study Bible
charles ryrie study bible
– NASB, KJV, ESV
– Yes
– two
premillennial perspective10,000+ notes, articles on theology; 16 color maps; 8-page timelineAmazon

CBD
The Scofield
Study Bible
(New)
scofield study bible new
– NKJV
– Yes
– two
550 in-text definitions; chain reference systemtopical articles, charts, and lists; 16 color maps; 70 charts, mapsAmazon

CBD
The Scofield
Study Bible
(Old)
scofield study bible old
– KJV
– Yes
– two
premillennial teaching from C.I. Scofield1917 notes; 16 pages of color; Oxford Bible MapsAmazon

CBD
Spirit-Filled
Life Bible
spirit-filled life study bible
– NKJV
– Yes
– two
Jack Hayford, General Editor650 word studies; 192 guided prayers; color design maps and chartsAmazon

CBD
Spiritual
Warfare
Bible
spiritual warfare study bible
– MEV
– Yes
– two
Spiritual Warfare focused notes250 prayers; 200 tips for spiritual warfare; maps, charts, styled textsAmazon

CBD
The Swindoll
Study Bible
swindoll study bible
– NLT
– Yes
– two
pastoral commentary, application focusbio articles, geography articles, written prayers; blue and gray theme; maps, photosAmazon

CBD
Thompson
Chain-Reference
theompson chain reference bible
– KJV, ESV
– Yes
– two
“self-contained
library” of bible study tools
100,000 topical references; 8,000 chain topics; 14 color mapsAmazon

CBD
The Wiersbe
Study Bible
wiersbe study bible
– NKJV
– Yes
– two
teaching from Warren Wiersbeverse-by-verse notes, color mapsAmazon

CBD
The Woman’s
Study Bible
women's study bible
– NIV
– Yes
– two
contributions from over 80 women300 in-text articles, essays for women; full-color throughout, charts, maps, tablesAmazon

CBD