How to Choose the Best Bible

4 Tips to Consider Before You Buy a Bible

Which Is the Best Bible to Buy?
Bill Fairchild

If you're having trouble choosing a Bible, you are not alone. With so many versions, translations and hundreds of different study Bibles to select from, not only new believers wonder, Which is the best Bible to buy?

Choosing the Best Bible for You

Nowadays, Bibles come in every shape, size, and variety you can imagine, from serious study Bibles like the ESV Study Bible [Buy on Amazon], to trendy editions like Faithgirlz!

Bible [Buy on Amazon], and even a video game-themed variety--the Minecrafters Bible [Buy on Amazon].

I'm embarrassed to admit that I've accumulated fourteen different study Bibles over the years. But most of us don't have the budget or time to build such a collection. Instead, let me present a few tips to help you narrow down your search.

Compare Translations

Take time to compare Bible translations before you buy. For a brief and basic look at some of the major translations today, Sam O'Neal has done a first-rate job unscrambling the mystery in thisĀ quick overview of Bible translations.

It's a good idea to have at least one Bible in the same translation that your minister uses to teach and preach from in church. You'll find it easier to follow along during services. But you may also want to have a personal study Bible in the translation that is easiest for you to understand.

What's Your Goal?

Consider the main goal for purchasing your Bible.

Will you be taking it to church or Sunday School class, or will it stay at home for daily reading or Bible study? A large print, leather bound version may not be the best option for your grab-and-go Bible.

If you're in Bible school, the purchase of a Thompson Chain-Reference Bible [Buy on Amazon] could make in-depth topical study much easier.

A Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible [Buy on Amazon] will help you become familiar with the meaning of biblical words in their original languages. And an Archaeological Study Bible [Buy on Amazon] will enrich your cultural and historical understanding of the Bible.

As you can see, it's important to think about how, where, and for what purpose you will use your Bible.

Personal Research Before You Buy

One of the best ways to research is to talk to people about their favorite Bibles. Ask them to explain which features they like most. For example, a site-reader, Jo, offered this advice: "The Life Application Study Bible, New Living Translation (NLT) rather than New International Version (which I also own), is the best Bible I've ever owned. Even my ministers have liked the translation. I think the NLT is easier to understand than the New International Version, and it costs considerably less."

Ask Christians teachers, leaders, and believers you admire and respect about which Bibles they use. As you gain input from different points of view, carefully keep in mind what's most important to you before you buy.

What's Your Budget?

You can spend as much or as little as you want to on a Bible. If you're on a tight budget, obtaining a free Bible is easier than you might think.

In this article, I explain seven ways to acquire a free Bible.

Once you've narrowed down your selection, take the time to compare prices. Often the same Bible will come in different cover formats and text sizes, which can change the price point. Genuine leather will be the most expensive, next bonded leather, then hardback, and paperback as your least expensive option.

Here are a few more resources to look over before you buy:

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