Zondervan Study Bible

Zondervan Study Bible

The Zondervan Study Bible has been a top-selling study bible
for many years.  It is a well-rounded study bible that appeals
to a wide variety of people.

What's unique about this study bible?

Zondervan has found a way to create one of the most well
balanced study bibles ever offered.  It has lots of study notes,
approximately 20,000 of them.  When the notes discuss
controversial topics it often presents multiple viewpoints.  It
has lots of cross references, a small topical reference
section, good concordance, color maps, and in-text maps.

How does this balance help me?

This bible is ideal for the person who wants to be able to
carry one bible, with an almost ideal mix of features, that is of
moderate physical size.  The notes cover many topics
including theology, archeology, history, culture, language,
application, and  devotion.  They tend to be short and to the
point, which is how they were able to fit 20,000 of them in a
reasonably sized bible.  This variety of notes, combined with
the cross references, concordance, and various diagrams
and maps make for a great all purpose study bible.

There are two natural results of this approach that some
people consider to be drawbacks.  The first is that some of
the notes reference another scripture rather than restating
the same note.  This of course saves space but can be
tiresome if you have to refer to other pages too often.  The
other drawback is that some of the notes may be a little too
brief.  At times you want more information and have to look
elsewhere to get it.  All things considered, this is a great study

Physical Construction

Zondervan, who owns and produces the Zondervan Study
Bible, is one of the largest bible publishers in the world and
features a lifetime warranty on some of it's bibles.  

Binding - The bindings are glued rather than smyth sewn.  
This can be considered a weakness of this bible.

(The pages of a glued binding are held in place by glue
rather than being held in place by the strong threads that are
used in smyth sewn bindings.  Most people prefer smyth sewn
bindings over glued bindings.)

Paper - The paper quality is quite good.  There is no
objectional bleed-through.

(Bleed-through occurs when the paper is not as thick or
opaque as it needs to be and you can see the text printed on
the reverse side of the paper.  Some people are not bothered
by bleed-through... others find it distracting... and some
simply cannot read text with significant bleed-through.)

Versions Available

This bible is available in standard print in the:

  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New International Version (NIV)

It is available in large print in the:

  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New International Version (NIV)

The large print KJV edition features a 10.2 point font.  The
large print NIV edition features an 11 point font.  Both are
very clear and readable.

Who is this bible best suited for?

Your Age
- The Zondervan Study Bible is well suited for high
school age and above.  The notes may be suitable for some
older middle school students.  For the most part the notes
would not be suitable for elementary school children.

Your Style – If you like to read scripture and have a nice
mixture of study tools at your disposal then this is a great
study bible.

Your Work in the Church – This bible is very useful for
Sunday School lesson preparation, small group bible study
discussions, and sermon preparation.

Your Background – People with a wide variety of
backgrounds will find this bible useful and enjoyable.

Your Vision - If you are a person with vision difficulties the
large print editions of this bible are very good.


This is a wonderful general purpose study bible and deserves
consideration by all.
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