NLT Life Application Study Bible

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  1. sojourner

    sojourner Puritan Board Freshman

    In addition to my list of bible collection. I bought this one 2 or 3 yrs. ago.
    Is it reformed in its teaching.
  2. Jeri Tanner

    Jeri Tanner Moderator Staff Member

    Sojourner, if you're asking whether the study notes reflect reformed theology, then no, I don't believe they do (we had one of these a while back). In addition, my memory is that the study notes weren't dependable in their commentary on the text. The NLT is not a very good translation of the Bible, it's more of a paraphrase. Do you need a recommendation for a good study Bible?

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  3. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    Short answer: No.

    Longer answer: There was a limited amount of involvement in this study Bible and its translation by a few Reformed scholars, but the vast majority were not. There is much to be desired in the translation itself, though it is a marked improvement on the very non-Reformed (in fact, re-writing parts of Romans for example to conform better to Arminian teachings) Living Bible, it still retains TLB's paraphraser on the committee. The notes of this study Bible are generally orthodox, but there are far better places to go for Reformed teaching in a study Bible, and far better translations of the Scriptures to use.
  4. sojourner

    sojourner Puritan Board Freshman

    Thanks Jeri and Jake. :)

    Oh so I should keep this as a part of my bible collection, good for staying in the shelf only. :rolleyes:
    I have an ESV Study bible and right now... I am considering buying the New Reformation BIble (edited by R.C. Sproul).
  5. joebonni63

    joebonni63 Puritan Board Freshman

    anything by RC Sproul is the best I have his Reformation Bible awesome and also his commentary on John wow very good stuff. I also like and made it my number 1 Bible. The 1599 Geneva Bible by Tolle Lege Press this has notes from the original reformers like John Calvin and John Knots.
  6. sojourner

    sojourner Puritan Board Freshman

    Hello Joe! Really heard a lot of positive comments with regards to the New Reformation bible. The ESV is on the neutral side right its not a Reformed Study bible from what I understand...
  7. God'sElectSaint

    God'sElectSaint Puritan Board Freshman

    Matthew Henry's Study Bible is always a great one to use. It's time tested and classic just like the translation it's attached to(KJV)
  8. MichaelNZ

    MichaelNZ Puritan Board Freshman

    If you have an ESV Study Bible, then look no further. You've got a great resource for Bible study. I don't own a Reformation Study Bible but I hear it is a good resource. I do have a MacArthur Study Bible which has a Reformed perspective but also reflects the dispensational premillienialism of MacArthur (the study notes attest that certain passages are referring to the future millennial reign of Christ, such as Ezekiel's vision of the Temple.
  9. joebonni63

    joebonni63 Puritan Board Freshman

    I think the ESV Study is very good lots of great study tools in one place and one brother said the Matthew Henry Study Bible that is very good as well in the KJV. CBD sells these in hardcover foe like $13.00 USD
  10. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    Oh, the ESV Study Bible is an excellent resource. It's one to keep, for sure.
  11. crixus

    crixus Puritan Board Freshman

    I agree with you. I've read several versions and the ESV is a great study Bible.
  12. jamessh1990

    jamessh1990 Puritan Board Freshman

    I use the Reformation Heritage Study Bible. This is thoroughly reformed throughout.
  13. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    Well, if you're looking:

    I think the general list of Reformed study bibles currently in print are the: Reformation Heritage Study Bible, Reformation Study Bible, Matthew Henry Study Bible, 1599 Geneva Study Bible (modernized)

    I've looked at all of these, and think the Reformation Heritage Study Bible is the best overall.

    The ESV Study Bible is also a good resource, with a lot of Reformed input.

    I think I would describe, though perhaps someone else can do better than me, that the ESV Study Bible is more focused on 'biblical studies', whereas the Reformation Study Bible is more theologically oriented (though I've primarily looked at the older edition). The Reformation Heritage Study Bible focuses on practical, experimental theology.
  14. God'sElectSaint

    God'sElectSaint Puritan Board Freshman

    I will as well commend the ESV study bible. I have been using mine more often and find it to be a wonderful resource. I commend the translation as well. It's really growing on me.
  15. TrustGzus

    TrustGzus Puritan Board Freshman

    Jake, in your comparisons, are you referring to the newest 2015 Reformation Study Bible or an older version?
  16. sojourner

    sojourner Puritan Board Freshman

    Those of you who live in the US you are all blessed because its easy to purchase study bibles and its not that expensive. Bought my ESV for a thousand bucks, and Christian bookstores here most of them don't carry Reformed titles (A lot of Christians here are Pentecostal and they adore the prosperity preachers like Joel Osteen). Anyway, hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to get a Reformation bible but its not the 2015 edition, the previous edition.
  17. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    Since this may be an expensive purchase for you, I will mention that the 2015 Reformation Study Bible is thought by many people to be much superior to the older Reformation Study Bible. If you already have an ESV Study Bible, you may find that the older Reformation Study Bible is not worth the investment. It does not contain nearly as much material as the ESV Study Bible you already have contains. The older Reformation Study Bible is still an excellent resource with notes that explain theology from a Reformed perspective, but be aware that it does not contain as much material.
  18. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    If you go to they have the ESV Study, the NIV Study, KJV with Strong's, among many other choices. Kindle also has many, such as the Reformation Heritage KJV. The electronic editions are cheaper than the hard copies, and I assume would be available world wide ...... though I may be wrong about that, I was wrong once before.
  19. sojourner

    sojourner Puritan Board Freshman

    Thanks Jack for the info. but this is the Reformation bible that is available for now in the place where my churchmate buys Reformation books. So better than nothing I guess...

    Jimmy H. thanks for the online suggestions.. but I prefer books over electronic ones, and also coz' I collect Christian books. :)
  20. Ken

    Ken Puritan Board Freshman

    Can you order Bibles by mail?

    Evangelical Bibles - excellent selection of ESV Bibles
    Bibles Direct

    I have a whole bookshelf full of "Study" Bibles, now I just use what is called a reference Bible and let scripture interpret scripture, the center column references are your friend. Another excellent choice is what is called a wide margin Bible or note takers Bible, you write your own study Bible by writing your own notes as you study.

    If you read the KJV, there are some great Bibles at a reasonable price:

    Local Church Bible Publishers
    Trinitarian Bible Society (these can be purchased for a better price at Evangelical Bibles)

    And there is always Amazon.

    God bless you and keep you,
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2015
  21. sojourner

    sojourner Puritan Board Freshman

    Ty you for all your suggestions :)
  22. gracelife

    gracelife Puritan Board Freshman

    I recommend the MacArthur Study Bible. It is my favorite Bible and has really good study notes! I recommend you purchase the NASB version.
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