Study Bible

Study Bible

A study Bible is an edition of the Bible prepared 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 theology and doctrine;
* 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;
* Maps that illustrate the Holy Land during 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 England disputed 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. Scofield in 1909. This study Bible became widely popular in the United States, where it spread the interpretation system known as dispensationalism among fundamentalist Christians.

The "Jerusalem Bible" is a widely respected study Bible originally made by French monks in Jerusalem under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church.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 software has 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:

Microsoft Windows:

* [ Alkitab Bible Study] (public domain and cross platform)
* [ Bible Desktop] (GPL and Cross platform)
*Bible Explorer
*BibleQuote (mostly in Russian-speaking countries, but also used by MAF missionaries around the world)
*Blue Letter Bible
*Logos Bible Software
*Online Bible
*NoteScribe (to help organize your bible verses and phrases)
*PC Study Bible
*The SWORD Project for Windows
*The Word
*Workman's Study Bible


*Online Bible



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 Bible for Java enabled mobile phones

Bible Software

Online Study Bibles

* BibleFootnotes at
* The 1560/1599 Geneva Bible at
* The Open Bible Project at
* The NKJV Bible with the Geneva Bible Notes
* Learning Bible Today at
* Heartlight's Bible study tools at
* Blue Letter Bible at
* Olive Tree Bible Search at
* Bible Browser at
* The Online Bible at [] (North America), [] (Europe) & [] (United Kingdom)
* [ King James Version with study aids] Cascading Bible
* Articles and Maps from the American Bible Society's Learning Bible at
* The Online Recovery Version at

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