Someone asked me recently about what Bible study materials I would recommend. I thought it would make a good series of blog posts.
I’ll begin at the beginning… a good study Bible.
The study Bible I use is the New Interpreter’s Study Bible.
It is based on the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV), the translation used by most academics. I believe it is the most accurate English translation of the Bible from the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic.
The NISB is different from the various Life Application Bibles on the market. I like the Life Application Bibles, but they have a different purpose from the NISB.
While the Life Application Bibles focus on personal application of a Scripture text to 21st century life, The New Interpreter’s Study Bible helps readers to understand what the Bible means in the first place. Once you better understand the original meaning of the Bible, you can apply it to your life with confidence. The NISB can help the Bible to come alive for you.
It is a study Bible without the hype. The cover is not cool. Like the hole-in-the-wall restaurant that serves the best food, this is a study Bible that delivers without looking pretty on the outside. It is a study Bible for thoughtful people who want to think intelligently about their faith, ask questions, and seek to understand what the Bible actually means.
Even more, it is a steal, at $28! This is a GREAT sale price considering what you get, very helpful notes and maps, hardcover, and articles about the Bible, itself, and Bible translation. I think it’s the best English translation of the Bible on the market.
While $28 is an amazing price for this Bible, if $28 is too steep, click here to purchase a very inexpensive NRSV translation.