- Study Bible
A study Bible is an edition of the
Bibleprepared for the use of a serious student of the Bible. Such a Bible usually contains an extensive apparatus, which may contain such features as:
* Annotations explaining difficult passages or points of
* References to indicate where one passage of the text relates to others;
* A concordance, a word index that indicates where various key words are used in the Bible.
* Variant translations or interpretations of certain debatable passages, or possible textual emendations (i.e. alterations of the original Hebrew or Greek);
* Introductions and historical notes for each book of the Bible;
Mapsthat illustrate the Holy Landduring Bible times;
* Harmonies of the
Gospels, pointing out parallel incidents in the life of Jesus;
* Timelines of Bible history that relate it to world history.
Perhaps the first edition of the Bible in English that qualified as a "study Bible" was the
Geneva Bible; it contained extensive cross references, synopses, and doctrinal points. The text of the Geneva Bible was usually not printed without the commentary. A Cambridge edition was printed without commentary. The Church of Englanddisputed some of the statements made in the Geneva Bible annotations; this led to the creation of the King James Bible, which was typically printed with a much less extensive apparatus, or none at all. Several commentators have supplied annotated King James Bibles containing their own points of view, but unlike the Geneva Bible, these commentaries are not as thoroughly integrated into the text.
Another historically significant study Bible was the "
Scofield Reference Bible", first printed by Cyrus I. Scofieldin 1909. This study Bible became widely popular in the United States, where it spread the interpretation system known as dispensationalismamong fundamentalist Christians.
Jerusalem Bible" is a widely respected study Bible originally made by French monks in Jerusalemunder the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church. The original French edition of 1961 became the basis of versions of this study Bible in several other languages, including English (1966), revised as the " New Jerusalem Bible", (1985); some versions have more extensive notes than others. Nearly all Roman Catholic Bibles have explanatory and interpretative footnotes.
Study Bible software
With the introduction of the
personal computer, study Bible softwarehas come to existence which can aid readers in the study of the Bible.
This software normally includes several
Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, maps, and other content. They also include search engines to enable users to find Bible passages by keyword and by theme.
Some Bible software commonly used are:
* [http://www.kiyut.com/products/alkitab/ Alkitab Bible Study] (public domain and cross platform)
* [http://crosswire.org/bibledesktop/index.html Bible Desktop] (GPL and Cross platform)
BibleQuote(mostly in Russian-speaking countries, but also used by MAF missionaries around the world)
Blue Letter Bible
Logos Bible Software
NoteScribe(to help organize your bible verses and phrases)
PC Study Bible
*The SWORD Project for Windows
Workman's Study Bible
Online Bible Linux:
GnomeSword Palm OS:
Bible Reader for Palm
Olive Tree Bible Software - BibleReader
Palm Bible Plus Pocket PC:
Olive Tree Bible Software - BibleReader Smartphone, Symbian, BlackBerry, J2ME:
Olive Tree Bible Software - BibleReader
Go Biblefor Java enabled mobile phones
Online Study Bibles
* BibleFootnotes at http://www.biblefootnotes.org
* The 1560/1599 Geneva Bible at http://www.genevabible.org
* The Open Bible Project at http://www.openbibleproject.org
* The NKJV Bible with the Geneva Bible Notes http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries/GenevaStudyBible
* Learning Bible Today at http://www.bible.x10hosting.com/
* Heartlight's Bible study tools at http://www.searchgodsword.org
* Blue Letter Bible at http://blueletterbible.org
* Olive Tree Bible Search at http://OliveTree.com/bible
* Bible Browser at http://biblebrowser.com
* The Online Bible at [http://www.onlinebible.net] (North America), [http://www.onlinebible.org] (Europe) & [http://www.onlinebible.co.uk] (United Kingdom)
* [http://www.verselink.org/ King James Version with study aids] Cascading Bible
* Articles and Maps from the American Bible Society's Learning Bible at http://www.bibles.com/brcpages/alearningbible
* The Online Recovery Version at http://online.recoveryversion.org/
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