There are many study Bibles available, but for my money, the Ryrie Study Bible is by far the best. Developed by Charles Caldwell Ryrie who served as professor of systematic theology and dean of doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, the Ryrie Study Bible is full of the kind of well-researched guidance needed for a deeper study of the Word of God. You can buy this Bible in several different translations, my preference being the New American Standard Bible. Each version is full of a number of great study aids that will greatly broaden your perspective of the text.
Each book of the Bible begins with an introduction that is easy to read and understand. The introduction includes details on the authorship, when the book was written, who it was written for, and what the basic structure of the book is all about. This will instantly give you a clearer picture of what you are about to read.
Following the introduction of each book of the Bible is a comprehensive outline that breaks down each chapter into topical headings. This will further establish the journey you are about to take and prepare for what’s ahead. In addition, this is a fantastic reference tool when trying to find sections you’ve read before.
There are footnotes on almost every page that will help you easily understand difficult verses or clarify a deeper understanding of the text.
Every page includes cross references to verses with similar thoughts. This is a wonderful way to connect the Bible together from book-to-book.
You’ll also find a topical index, a section on church history, an introduction to the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Gospels, historical timelines, a summary of biblical doctrine, maps, and a concordance to help you find specific words of interest.
Reading the Ryrie Study Bible is like reading the Word of God with a professor of theology sitting next to you to answer any questions you have and to point you to deeper truths you might be missing. Without question, the best way to study the Bible is with the help of a great teacher, and the Ryrie Study Bible provides you with that experience without having to pay the tuition of a Bible college.