Study Bibles Comparison Chart | with Video

Study bibles not only contain the full text of Scripture, but also include explanatory notes, insightful commentary, historical timelines, comparison charts, and colorful illustrations, which 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.

If you need help further help making a choice, please see this helpful guide: How to Choose a Study Bible.

This video shows different kinds of Study Bibles

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The Amplified Study Bible

amplified study bible
– Amplified
– No
– two
enhanced understanding of Greek and Hebrew5,000+ study notes; Full-color maps See on
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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 credibilitySee on
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Archaeological
Study Bible

archaeological study bible
– NIV
– Yes
– one
color pictures of statues, artifacts, scrolls, morebottom of page, 520 articles; 500 four-color picturesSee on
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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 chartsSee on
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The
Catholic
Study Bible

catholic study bible
– NABRE
– No
– two
Roman Catholic perspectives and interpretationsbottom of page; 32 full-color mapsSee on
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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 photosSee on
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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, chartsSee on
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CSB
Ancient Faith
Study Bible

ancient faith study bible
– CSB
– No
– two
study notes from early church fathersbios of early church fathers; styled headings, chapter titles, and lettersSee on
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CSB
Study Bible

csb study bible
– HCSB
– Yes
– two
16,000 study notes based on HCSB translation368 word studies on
Greek and Hebrew words; 94 photos, 55 maps, 61 timelines
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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/mapsSee on
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Dake
Annotated

dake annotated study bible
– KJV, NKJV
– Yes
– two
35,000 notesbottom of page, 500k chain references; color mapsSee on
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ESV
Archaeology
Study Bible

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

ESV Study Bible
– ESV
– Yes
– one
20,000 notes; endorsed by John Piperbottom of page, 50+ articles; 200+ chartsSee on
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Systematic Theology
Study Bible

Systematic Theology Study Bible
– ESV
– No
– two
showing how Christian doctrine arises the Bible400+ doctrinal summaries, 25+ longer articlesSee on
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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 chartsSee on
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Everyday
Life Bible
(Joyce Meyer)

everyday life study bible
– Amplified
– No
– two
Meyer’s notes, commentary, and applicationin-text articles, application notes; color-shaded articlesSee on
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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 mapsSee on
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First-Century
Study Bible

first-century study bible
– NIV
– No
– two
answers questions about life in Bible timesnotes, articles, word studies; color maps, charts, diagramsSee on
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HarperCollins
Study Bible

Harper Collins Study Bible
– NRSV
– No
– one
based on the latest critical scholarshipexplanations on difficulties in biblical text; maps, tables, and chartsSee on
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Henry Morris
Study Bible

Henry Morris study bible
– KJV
– Yes
-one
apologetics focusing on creationism10,000 study notes; Full-color mapsSee on
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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 timelinesSee on
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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 colorSee on
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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 mapsSee on
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Key Word
Study Bible

key word study bible
– KJV, NIV
– Yes
– two
Greek and Hebrew word studieskey words, word studies, Strong’s numbersSee on
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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 chartsSee on
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The
Lutheran
Study Bible

lutheran study bible
– ESV
– Yes
– two
Lutheran perspectives and lectionarybottom of page; prayers quotations; maps, info graphicsSee on
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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, chartsSee on
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Life Principles
(Charles Stanley)

life principles study bible
– NKJV, NIV
– Yes
– two
Stanley’s study notes and applicationsbottom of page notes;
bios, Q & A’s,
articles, maps
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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, timelinesSee on
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The Maxwell
Leadership Bible

John Maxwell Study Bible
– NKJV
– Yes
– Two
Articles on Maxwell’s leadershipNotes connect with leadership principles; color-shaded articlesSee on
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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 mapsSee on
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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, mapsSee on
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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, diagramsSee on
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NLT
Illustrated

NLT illustrated study bible
– NLT
– Yes
– two
lots of color; targets visual learnersbottom of page, articles, tables, charts, graphics; color mapsSee on
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The
Orthodox
Study Bible

Orthodox Study Bible
– LXX, NKJV
– No
– two
notes from Orthodox perspectiveliturgical readings, book intros, outlines, color maps and iconsSee on
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Prophecy
Study Bible

prophecy study bible
– NKJV
– No
– two
Pastor John Haggee is the General Editorprophecy articles; prophecy Q & A: prophecy index; mapsSee on
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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 textSee on
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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, mapsSee on
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Rainbow
Study Bible

rainbow study bible
– NIV
– No
-one
underlines all words directly spoken by Godcolor-system; reading guide, concordance; 12 pages of color mapsSee on
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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 mapsSee on
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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 timelineSee on
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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, mapsSee on
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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 MapsSee on
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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 chartsSee on
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Spiritual
Warfare
Bible

spiritual warfare study bible
– MEV
– Yes
– two
Spiritual Warfare focused notes250 prayers; 200 tips for spiritual warfare; maps, charts, styled textsSee on
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The Swindoll
Study Bible

swindoll study bible
– NLT
– Yes
– two
pastoral commentary, application focusbio articles, geography articles, written prayers; blue and gray theme; maps, photosSee on
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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 mapsSee on
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The Wiersbe
Study Bible

wiersbe study bible
– NKJV
– Yes
– two
teaching from Warren Wiersbeverse-by-verse notes, color mapsSee on
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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, tablesSee on
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