I grew up in a denomination that only read and approved the King James Version of the Bible, and viewed other translations with a great deal of skepticism. But in seminary, I began to read, enjoy, and prefer modern translations (that was also during a time when several translations were developed, including God’s Word, the Contemporary English Version, and the New Living Translation). In fact, each time I read through the Bible nowadays, I try to read a different translation (I’m currently reading through the the NET translation using The Bible App).
My translation of choice in recent years (especially for preaching), and the one I read through previously, is the new Common English Bible.
Recently, they published The CEB Study Bible. I pre-ordered it a few months ago and have been using it as a study resource ever since I received it. At the official site, you can view a sample section from the study Bible.
It’s hard to give an in-depth review of such an extensive work, but just from the portions of Scripture I’ve studied in recent months, I have been thoroughly pleased. In fact, it has been my favorite study Bible ever since the first passaged I read!
While study Bibles don’t go in depth to the degree that full-length commentaries do, study Bibles focus on the highlights, often providing some great nuggets (with commentaries, you often have to weed through a lot of chaff!). Other study Bibles I commonly refer to include: NLT Study Bible (another favorite), The New Interpreter’s Study Bible (which I received at ordination), Life Application Study Bible (good for practical application), and the Archaeological Study Bible (good for historical/geographical context). I also really like The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament and New Testament (which I believe is in the process of being revised).
You may also be interested in a 2009-post I wrote on Online Bible Study Tools.
What are your favorite study Bibles or other study resources?