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The Bible is not like any other book because its ultimate Author is God. As the psalmist prayed in Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law,” the new Reformation Study Bible emphasizes the need for the grace of God to lead out of darkness and into the light of Scripture.

The Reformation Study Bible is carefully crafted to offer an unparalleled reading, study, and discipleship experience for every age and stage of the Christian life.

Click here for more information about its contributors and contents (PDF, opens in a new window).

Commentary By Trustworthy Reformed Scholars

  • New theological notes from general editor, R.C. Sproul
  • Commentary from 75 faithful theologians from around the world
  • New topical articles to enrich additional study of Scripture

Thoroughly Revised & Expanded Study Aids

  • Over 1.1 million words of verse-by-verse and topical explanations
  • Over 20,000 new, revised, or expanded study notes
  • Historical creeds and confessions from 2,000 years of church history

New Study Tools & Visual Helps

  • 16 pages of high-resolution full color maps at back of Bible
  • In-text embedded maps provide quick references as you read
  • Concordance, table of weights and measures, and more

Additional Features

  • Presentation page
  • Ribbon marker
  • Gold page edges
  • 9.5-point text size
  • 9.75" x 7.00" x 2.00"
  • Over $400 in free Bible study resources with online registration

Product Information

Format: Imitation Leather
Number of Pages: 2560
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.50 X 6.75 X 2.0 (inches)
ISBN: 1567694438
ISBN-13: 9781567694437
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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Ink smeared pages, publisher not helpful
    May 13, 2015
    J L
    Quality: 1
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Love the study notes and the single column print. My problem was with ink smearing on some pages. Like it wasn't allowed to dry properly before they put it together. Ink smears on both sides of the pages, so I think that means it was put together too soon. I have had three copies and the smearing was on different pages and sections each time.

    I contacted the publisher, and Campbell Sproul (Resource Consultant, Ligonier Ministries) e-mailed back a week later saying to take it up with where I bought it, but that they stand behind their Bible. I e-mailed again saying that I went through where I purchased it three times, and received the same smudging, and if I could get a different copy through them. That was 11 days ago, no response. Guess the publisher is too busy to handle customer service of their new Bible. Not sure.

    Anyway, it is nice, but have to put up with some ink smears. Too bad now I get to think how non-customer service oriented their ministry is. I rather like listening to RC and the crew.

    I forgive them, and wish them the best. Thought I would share with you however. I do not recommend this product if you care about ink smearing. If that doesn't bother you, then I do recommend it. I personally returned it.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great notes, beautiful binding, amazing presentation
    May 7, 2015
    Shakespeareteacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a review of the new Reformation Study Bible (2015) in Montana Cowhide. How it got to be called Montana Cowhide isn't explained, but more on the binding later. The most important parts of a study Bible, besides the Scripture itself, are the notes and articles, and that is where this study Bible shines. If the previous two versions of this Bible were amethyst and topaz, then this edition is definitely diamond. At roughly 2500 pages, it is fully 300 pages more than the MacArthur and HCSB Study Bibles, and 200 pages less than the ESV Study Bible. It is black and white: there is no color other than the end maps. The notes however, are second to none.

    The Reformation Study Bible's notes were compiled by over 75 scholars who hold to a reformed doctrine. Thus the notes are some of the most erudite and complete that you will find. Those of an Arminian persuasion beware, however, you will find a lot to be unhappy about, unless you want to change your mind. In most general purpose study Bibles, like the NKJV Study Bible or the Life Application Study Bible, the notes are written so as not to offend anyone and often controversial topics are either ignored or given short shrift. Not so with this study Bible. It definitely takes a point of view and gives good reason for it. A good example is the note on John 6:44, "Since the fall, human beings born in Adam are inclined against the things of God and they will not and cannot place saving faith in the gospel message unless the Lord first changes their hearts. God must give fallen people the ability to believe and He does that only for His elect."

    Besides the excellent bottom-of-the-page notes, this Bible has numerous theological mini-essays throughout the text and fourteen topical articles by specific authors that are quite well developed. The introductions to the books of the Bible are the best I have seen in a study Bible. Besides giving you the usual information, they also discuss the literary features, the history of interpretation, special issues and a host of other facts.

    One of the downsides of this study Bible are the gray-scale in-text maps. Compared to the excellent in-text maps in the ESV study Bible and especially the amazing maps in the HCSB Study Bible, these are pathetic. I hate it when the graphic designers shrink a larger map to fit in a small space, making all the labels almost too small to read. That is what they have done here. For example in Mark 7 there is a map of Jesus' ministry beyond Galilee. It is next to impossible to read the labels even with reading glasses. Sad. The total lack of color is also too bad. In this day it would not have added any expense to add a splash of color here or there. While I think the NKJV Study Bible (color edition) goes too far in this regard, I think the HCSB Study Bible is nicely done and the ESV Study Bible handsomely understated with color. The Reformation Study Bible seems dull by comparison. Still, color is a rather minor concern next to the text itself.

    The layout of the text of this Bible is pleasing and easy to read. It is single column with three columns of notes beneath the text. An exception to the generally good layout are the references that are tucked in the gutter and are in way too small a font. If I was using this Bible as a reference Bible I would be frustrated indeed. For the occasional reference, it is OK, but the editors need to do something different in the next edition. I have read a lot about some of the text being smudged or smeared in this Bible, but I have not seen that except in two tiny and almost unnoticeable spots. Overall the text is very good, with a clear, albeit thin font. I prefer the font in the ESV Study Bible as both the text and note fonts are thicker. The paper is pretty good average Bible paper, nothing to write home about, but not bad either. It is not anywhere nearly as good as my wide margin Cambridge paper, but for a Bible with over 2000 pages, the editors had to choose an especially thin stock. There is some minor ghosting, but it is acceptable.

    This edition of the Reformation Study Bible came decked out in black "Montana Cowhide." It is beautiful. Though it is not leather lined, the cowhide binding is firm, but soft and has a nice hand. The gold on the page edges is thick and lustrous, not the awful powdery gold of so many Bibles today. Interestingly, the title of the Bible is laid out horizontally, so you read it properly with the Bible on its side, like it should be when it is stored. The spine also has R.C. Sproul General Editor on it. Fair enough. For some strange reason my Bible came with five (count them 5!) ribbon markers. I'm not a ribbon marker person and so keep my ribbons folded and out of sight on my Bibles, but what am I going to do with five of them! Still, it is kind of cool. I've got more ribbons than you do. Ha! The whole Bible came in a lovely cloth box with a large gold band. It is truly the best presentation of a Bible I have ever seen. I mean, I loved the presentation of the NLT Select Bibles a few years ago, but this is even better.

    I want to end on a really positive note. Of course the ESV translation is great and is perfect for this type of study Bible, but it is the Creeds, Confessions and Catechisms section of this Bible that really makes it stand out. In a day when the Church is losing much of its gravitas to the weak willed and fashionable, it is nice to see that he the newest study Bible out there includes some of the great documents of Christian history. Bravo Reformation Study Bible and bravo Ligonier Ministries!
  3. Baltimore, Maryland
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    2015 Reformed Study Bible
    April 26, 2015
    Robert
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    AWESOME!! WORTH THE WAIT AND EVERY PENNY!!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exceptional diligence to the truth
    April 23, 2015
    Dan
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This complete revision of the prior ESV Reformation Bible is outstanding. For that part I don't have any issues. What I would have like to have seen was all of the ESV Study Bible notes in the back of the current ESV Study Bible along with what is currently there. I do like the additions, don't get me wrong, but I was expecting a FULL combination of both, and for that reason I felt a little bit let down. I realize that would have made the Bible weigh about five to six pounds and about four inches thick, but it would have contained all of what I wanted to see in it. The ESV Study Bible notes in the back are excellent to have on hand when writing papers for college classes, whereas the these notes cover much less areas and are not nearly as complete. A marriage of the two would have been prefect, and that was what I hoped was going to happen.
  5. Midwest USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Worth Every Penny
    April 20, 2015
    wgm1957
    Midwest USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This study Bible has exceeded my expectations. What sets it apart are the study notes and careful attention that's been given to the craftsmanship and bonus study materials. The booklet that comes inside the protective slipcase offers a helpful introduction to the history of the Reformation and the doctrines of grace we cherish as Christians. My hope is that Ligonier darkens the study notes with the next printing. It's easy to read and really love the new layout. The three-column study notes clearly distinguish Scripture from "study" content and are very easy to follow. Overall, I'd give the quality of printing a 8-out-of-10, but the content can't be beat and deserves a 10-out-of-10.
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