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Study Bible or Commentary – which is better?

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel 5 Comments

Study Bibles have become very popular over the last few decades. Today they come in many sizes and flavors with some even targeted at specific groups (i.e. women, grandmothers, teens) or purposes (i.e. apologetics, archaeology, recovery). Study Bibles offer a combination of Bible text, brief commentary and extra study helps such as maps, tables, and explanatory or introductory articles. With PocketBible, we provide the study part separately from the Bible text so you can mix and match (with the exception of the ESV Study Bible which includes the Bible text). By “mix and match”, we mean you could use the NIV Study Bible Notes side-by-side with your NKJV Bible or your NLT Study Bible Notes with your ESV Bible.

Think of study Bibles as the Swiss army knife of Bible learning. You get a little bit of everything but you sacrifice depth for breadth as compared to a single purpose tool like a commentary or Bible atlas. For example, the notes or commentary part of a study Bible are designed for quick insight into the Bible. There simply isn’t room for lengthy arguments about what everyone thinks a passage means as is done with multi-volume commentaries.

It’s easy to see the benefit of having a multi-volume commentary on your phone but what about a study Bible? There is still a weight factor to consider even with study Bibles! Wouldn’t you rather have a study Bible on your phone than carry around a mammoth book (even if it is only one volume)? Plus, study Bibles offer extensive cross-references which are more convenient to check with PocketBible.

One of the frustrations I have with study Bibles in general is that they don’t always have a comment on the verse I am interested in. Unfortunately, for brevity’s sake, most study Bibles won’t comment on every verse in the Bible. Thus, it is a good idea to have at least one verse-by-verse commentary in your PocketBible library. On the positive side, if you just want a quick understanding of what a verse means, study Bibles are ideal. You can check there first and move to a commentary for more information. In this way, your study Bible and commentary can work hand-in-hand.

We often get asked “which study Bible is best?” Rather than say one is better than the other, we suggest you consider things like the Bible translation it is based on, any unique helps it offers and how much of the Bible it covers. Here is a comparison chart of the study Bibles we currently offer that can help you make a decision based on those features.

  Based on Bible Translation Study Notes Maps Charts Illustrations Unique Features Price
ESV Study Bible ESV (included) 20,000 200 200 40 80,000 cross-refs; 50 articles $34.99
NIV Study Bible Notes NIV 1984 Ed. 20,000 16+ 24 10 Topical and Note Index $14.99
NLT Study Bible Notes NLT 2nd Ed. 20,900 Yes Yes Yes Personality Profiles, Book Themes $14.99
Life Application NA 10,000 NA 200 NA Personality Profiles, TouchPoint Topics $14.99
MacArthur’s Study Bible Notes NKJV 20,000 35 100 10 Overview of Theology, Harmony of Gospels $39.99
Dake’s Study Bible Notes KJV 35,000 NA NA NA 500,000 cross-refs, Pentecostal, Dispensational $39.99
Women’s Study Bible Notes NA Hundreds NA Yes NA Topical Articles, Character Portraits, Quotes $29.99
Spirit of the Reformation NIV 1984 Ed. 20,000 NA NA NA Catechisms and Creeds, Reformed Theology Articles $14.99

New for PocketBible: Wiersbe’s Bible Commentary

Posted on: November 28th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

Weirsbe's CommentaryStudy the Bible verse by verse with one of America’s best-loved Pastors, Warren Wiersbe. Former Bible teacher for Back to the Bible radio program, Warren Wiersbe is known for his warm, personal style in sharing the truth of Scripture. Recently released for use with PocketBible and MyBible, the Wiersbe Bible Commentaries are based on his popular “Be” Series of Bible study books.

Wiersbe’s “Be” Series were originally published as 50 titles covering the entire Bible. Over 4 million of these titles are in print. Now the practical wisdom and insight of this series can be available to you as you study the Bible in PocketBible with the Wiersbe Bible Commentaries.

New for PocketBible: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, New Testament

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary walks you verse by verse through the entire New Testament revealing background information about the stories, people and places of the Bible. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. Originally published in four volumes, this material is now available with full-color pictures, illustrations, maps, etc. as a PocketBible book. The printed volumes retail at $159.99. The PocketBible edition is only $127.99.

A video from the publisher explaining the concept and types of information provided in these volumes is linked below. The format and look will differ in PocketBible.

New for PocketBible: Halley’s Bible Handbook

Posted on: July 24th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 2 Comments

Halley’s Bible Handbook is a world-renowned Bible handbook that has been treasured by generations of Bible readers for its clarity, insight, and usefulness. The 25th edition of this classic title is now available for use with PocketBible.

Halley’s Bible Handbook makes the Bible’s wisdom and message accessible. Whether you are new to the Bible or have read it many times, you will find insights that can give you a firm grasp of God’s Word. It will help you develop an appreciation for the cultural, religious, and geographic settings in which the story of the Bible unfolds. You will see how its different themes fit together in a remarkable way. And you will see the heart of God and the person of Jesus Christ revealed from Genesis to Revelation.

In addition to its section by section commentary, the PocketBible edition of this handbook includes the full color pictures, maps and charts.

The handbook was born out of Henry H. Halley’s conviction that everyone ought to be a devoted reader of the Bible. His interesting story (links to PDF) is a testimony to a man who lived his beliefs.

Halley’s Bible Handbook sells for $19.99 and can be used with PocketBible for iOS, Android, Windows PC and Windows Mobile. It is also available for use with MyBible for Palm OS.

The NEW Matthew Henry Commentary for PocketBible

Posted on: June 26th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

New Matthew Henry Commentary Cover

We have released the NEW Matthew Henry Commentary for use with PocketBible and MyBible. This updated and edited version of Matthew Henry’s classic commentary retains the beauty and reliability of the original while making it easier to for today’s reader to enjoy and understand. The updated commentary is still based on the King James Version text and sells for $23.99.

The commentary was updated by Martin Manser (also author of the Dictionary of Bible Themes). He offers some insight into the challenge and decisions he had to make in updating the text in this article (links to PDF file).

Now complete: Expositor’s Bible Commentary for PocketBible

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 5 Comments

A few months back, we released the New Testament volumes of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary from Zondervan for use with PocketBible and MyBible. The Old Testament Volumes of this commentary set are now available as well. You can purchase New Testament ($79.99), Old Testament ($99.99) or a money-saving bundle of both ($129.99).

Features of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary include:

  • ECPA Gold Medallion Award Winner
  • Based on the New International Version text
  • This is the unabridged edition of the commentary that was originally published in 12 volumes (covers every book of the Bible plus introductory articles).
  • 78 contributors from various countries and Christian faith traditions
  • Includes introduction, outline, bibliography and expository comments for every book of the Bible
  • The chief principle of interpretation: grammatico-historical, which is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstancese of its writing.

If you are using the New Testament Volumes in PocketBible or own these titles in print, please share what you think of them in the comments.

New for PocketBible: KJV and NIV Commentary

Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

We have released new commentary for use with PocketBible and MyBible, Zondervan King James Version Commentary. The two volumes in this set can be purchased separately or as a bundle:

The Zondervan KJV Commentary is based on the best-selling Zondervan KJV Study Bible. Study notes have been expanded by a group of conservative, evangelical scholars from a wide range of denominations to encompass the two volumes of commentary. Includes verse-by-verse exposition that is based on the King James Version text.

Also available for use with PocketBible and MyBible is the NIV Bible Study Commentary from Zondervan. This is a one-volume commentary designed to be a companion to your reading of the New International Version (NIV) Bible. It is more of a quick reference resource rather than an in-depth study tool. Valuable when you want to get an overview rather than diving deep into a passage.

New for PocketBible: Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 11 Comments
We released six volumes in the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series this week:

We had previously released eleven volumes in this series. You can purchase each volume separately for $19.99 or all seventeen volumes in one money-saving bundle, Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series, for $249.99 (26% savings over purchasing separately). The books are available for use with PocketBible for Windows, iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.

This commentary series offers some unique features:

  • Comments are based on the New Living Translation Bible text (although you can use the commentary with any Bible in PocketBible). Many of the authors and editors of the commentary series participated in the creation of the NLT.
  • The commentary is recent scholarship (2006 to present – three volumes still to come).
  • Presents the message of each passage as well as an overview of other issues surrounding the text

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