At one point or another, your average American Christian becomes fascinated with owning a “Study Bible.” Interesting name for it, in light of the fact that a regular, plain old, run-of-the-mill Bible can be studied. In other words, you do not have to own a study Bible to study the Bible! But if you are wanting help understanding what you are reading, a study Bible might be a good purchase for you. In the next five days I am going to lay out some basic thoughts about study Bibles. Today I will summarize the basics.
Fifty years ago today Columbia records released Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. It is considered the greatest jazz LP of all time. It is also one of my favorites of all time.
In case you were wondering (I know, very slim chance), here’s my all-time favorite LPs (in alphabetical order by title):
Do you recognize this piece of art?
Odds are pretty good that you do. Perhaps this picture was on the wall at your Grandmother’s house or your home church. You might even have the picture on your wall. It is one of the most reproduced pictures of the 20th Century.
But do you know the story behind it?
Painted by Rhoda Nyberg, this famous portrait is from a photograph taken in 1918 by Mrs. Nyberg’s father, Eric Enstrom, a photographer from Bovey, Minnesota.
If you are looking for a Bible with extensive study notes included, the International Inductive Study Bible (now called the New Inductive Study Bible) is the last Bible you should purchase. There is practically no explanatory notes or commentary in this Bible. But if you are looking for a Bible that will help you personally apply the principles of Bible study, then you should give this Bible serious consideration.