Study bible for non-Christians?

Discussion in 'Evangelism, Missions and the Persecuted Church' started by dimib116, Jul 5, 2011.

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  1. CharlieJ

    CharlieJ Puritan Board Junior

    My recommendation would be the ESV Literary Study Bible. Each book gets an introduction, and all the notes are put in boxes before the sections to which they refer. Check out the link. It's specifically designed to facilitate reading, not to distract with lots of miscellaneous details.
  2. BlackCalvinist

    BlackCalvinist Puritan Board Senior

    Hey Dimi - I didn't know you were over here! :)

    MacArthur Study Bible or an ESV Study Bible. MacArthur is good with the basic doctrines of the faith, ESV is good for explaining an overall look at the faith.

    Amazing how folks make a simple topic so difficult. :lol:
  3. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    I don't know your friend's background, but the Geneva Bible notes are solidly Reformed. If he's at all literary then he should be able to follow them pretty easily.
  4. dimib116

    dimib116 Puritan Board Freshman

    Sup Kerry :)

    Yeah I remembered you mentioning something about the PB. I joined up recently.

    Got a little bit freaked out by the Christian rap thread haha

    Anyway thanks for your help, im probs just gonna get him the Macarthur
  5. MarieP

    MarieP Puritan Board Senior


    What exactly doesn't he understand? Is he confused by the Old Testament quotations? Is he confused because he doesn't understand the Biblical culture? An introduction to the Bible might be helpful.

    My other thought is this: I think it was Mark Twain who said that it wasn't the parts of the Bible he couldn't understand that worried him, it was the parts he could understand. Could this be the case with your friend?

    Also, remember that he's not going to be able to understanding everything in Scripture. As someone once said, the Bible is deep enough for a lamb to wade in and for an elephant to swim. How much more for the non-believer, who is not subject to the law of God nor indeed can be!

    Perhaps you going through his questions with him would be better than just getting another book (of course, you could read up on his questions if you need to).
  6. Josh Williamson

    Josh Williamson Puritan Board Freshman

    Good to see another Aussie on the board. Sadly Melbourne isn't known for having great preaching. But I know of a couple of churches down there that are solid.
  7. NB3K

    NB3K Puritan Board Sophomore

    Either the Reformation Study Bible or the ESV Study bible
  8. Fogetaboutit

    Fogetaboutit Puritan Board Freshman

    I personaly believe that if he is interested and has questions he should be discipled, I don't think trying to find a bible that is "easy" to understand is the key. If somebody is having trouble to understand the bible you should answer his questions or teach him how to read. I get uneasy when people switch bible because they claim another (usually dynamic translation) is easier to read. The bible is not supposed to be easy to understand to the carnal mind, the Holy Spirit enlights us as we read and in order to do that you need a bible that is faithfull to God's actual words. In today's world with tons of online dictionaries there is no excuse for this type of attitude, english is not my native tongue and I do just fine with the KJV. This is the same attitiude as watering down doctrine to make it more appealing to unsaved people.

    I would recommend the KJV with a good commentary (ie:Matthew Henry) or a Geneva bible for the footnotes. Might as well start him up on the right path rather than having to re-educate him later on ;)

    my :2cents:
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