Someone recently gave me a copy of “The Ryrie Study Bible” published by Moody Press (last copyrighted in 1978). Based on the New American Standard translation (last copyrighted in 1977), this study Bible contains a “Gospel Harmony” section, a topical index, multiple maps, multiple time-lines, numerous chain-reference scriptures, a table for weights, measure and coins, a breakdown of Jesus’ parables, a schedule to read the Bible in a year, ample space for marginal notes and a footnote commentary provided by Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D.. 591 more words
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It seems almost unbiblical to ask Christians not to study the Bible, and yet a careful reading of the text supports the request.
As a teacher of the Bible, one of my first instructions to students is to find the best study Bible they can…and then cut all of the study notes out of it so that only the biblical text remains. 830 more words
In several denominations for several years, I had the blessing of leading Bible study groups with Christians from diverse backgrounds. Depending on the hosting church, we followed Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, or interdenominational study guides, usually on a particular book of the Bible, but sometimes on a biblical topic such as prayer, healing, or the Holy Spirit. 597 more words
Often times in my conversations with individuals across the broad spectrum of Christianity I get asked the question, “what are some of the ways I can better study the Bible?” Well, at face value this seems to be a very simple question that should elicit a simple answer, right? 805 more words