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Types of Study Bibles

If you are in the market for a new Bible, consider getting a study Bible that will provide you with many years of study material. When reading your Bible, you may prefer a Bible with just the text of God’s Word. However, when studying, you can take advantage of many different types of study Bibles.

Topical Bible

A topical study Bible arranges the Bible text into specific topics. Other topical Bibles simply give the references to verses of the same topic. Either way, having a topical Bible is a great way to find all, or at least most, of the verses in the Bible which deal with a certain subject.

Chain Reference Bible

A chain reference Bible is one which has references to verses on the same subject matter. Usually they will reference a verse positionally before and after the one you are reading. This lets you find a verse on your subject and then link forward and backward through the Bible to the next verses. One of the most well-known chain reference Bibles is the Thompson Chain Reference Bible.

Chronological Bible

There are Bibles which contain the text of God’s Word in a chronological format. Many books of the Bible contain the history of many years. There are overlapping stories which may be covered in more detail in one book of the Bible than in another. A chronological Bible lets you see how events unfold in time even though the details are contained in various books throughout the Bible.

Edited Study Bible

There are Bibles like Scofield Study Bible or The Defender’s Study Bible. These are Bibles which have commentary interwoven with the Bible text–usually at the bottom of the page so that the text is unbroken visually. Many of them contain a basic outline of the books of the Bible at the beginning of each book. One such Bible is the Ryrie Study Bible.

There are many other types of study Bibles. You should take some time to visit a local Christian bookstore to find one that fits your needs and expectations. Don’t forget to consider the different binding materials. The better bound a Bible is, the longer it will serve your needs.