Best Study Bibles for Preachers and Pastors
Most Preachers and Pastors use basic Bibles for preaching and teaching, but study Bibles are a great resource for sermon and classroom preparation, and counseling duties that Ministers often face… and they can make great preaching Bibles. Here is a list of study Bibles that I find the most useful for these tasks. As always, I cannot give a blanket recommendation on the accuracy of study notes as they all have a bias (even mine would have a bias). I still find them to be great resources. They’re in no particular order.
ESV Study Bible (ESV)
25,000 notes, 80,000 cross references, 50 articles, 200 full-color maps, 200 charts, word studies, concordance, 9-point font.
Holman Study Bible (HCSB, KJV, NKJV)
24 essay’s, 408 word studies, 100+ color photos, topical concordance, commentary, etc.
Archaeological Study Bible (NIV, KJV)
This is my favorite study Bible. Rather than notes on Theology, its notes are on history. It does a great job of proving the accuracy and inerrancy of Scripture. 520 articles, 500 color photos, cultural facts, archaeological notes.
Thompson Chain Reference (KJV, NKJV, NASB, NIV)
Rather than commentary, the Thompson Chain Reference has topical chains that run throughout the Bible. It also has topical lists in the back and an archaeological supplement. I consider it a ‘study Bible’ and not a ‘commentary Bible’ or ‘study Bible with commentary notes’. It still has lots of useful study tools.
Keyword Study Bible (KJV, ESV, NASB, NIV, NKJV)
The primary focus of this Bible is Hebrew and Greek word studies. This is the only study Bible available that I’m aware of that has Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionaries in the back.
Hendrickson Minister’s Bible (KJV, NKJV, NIV)
This one doesn’t have any commentary in the text. Instead, it has Minister’s helps in the back. It has several articles on key Ministerial duties such as funerals (I used it for this), grief counseling, weddings, etc. It’s now out of print and might be difficult to find.
Holman Minister’s Bible (KJV, HCSB)
Like the Hendrickson, the Holman doesn’t have commentary, but instead has Ministerial helps in the back. This one is giant print with wider margins for notes.
Hendrickson Ministry Essentials Bible (NIV, KJV)
This one has lots of articles throughout the Bible on many ministerial topics.
Did I miss your favorite? Is there something you would add to this list?