In this final installment on choosing a study Bible, I’ll give some examples of page layout and general sizes for comparison (you can click the photos for a slightly larger version).
Pictured above is a version of the NIV Study Bible that I’ve used for the past 8-9 years. It’s a red letter Bible, and the scripture text is printed using a 9 pt. font. The Bible is 9-1/2 inches tall, 6-1/2 inches wide, and about 2 inches thick.
The Bible in the picture above is a smaller ESV Student Study Bible. It’s not a red letter Bible, and the scripture text is printed using an 8 pt. font. The Bible is 8-1/2 inches tall, 5-1/2 inches wide, and a little over 1-1/2 inches thick.
Lastly, the Bible pictured above is a large print Life Application Bible. It’s a red letter Bible, and the scripture text is printed using an 11 pt. font. The Bible is 9-1/2 inches tall, 6-1/2 inches wide, and about 2-3/8 inches thick.
Where To Shop
If you’ve got a Christian bookstore nearby, you can actually go and hold different study Bibles, comparing their layouts and features. If not, there are quite a few options and christianbook.com and at Amazon. Of the two, christainbook.com (click the link over in the right-hand column of this site) has the widest variety, and for most study Bibles you can view sample pages. In the descriptions for each Bible, they also generally list the physical size, font size, and whether it’s a red letter or black letter Bible.
Another benefit on christainbook.com is that you can often find a “slightly imperfect” option of the Bible you want at a discount. This usually means a blemish on the cover or something similar. The same is true for imperfectly imprinted Bibles – a mistake imprinting someone’s name that is then covered over with a solid rectangle. Especially if you plan to get a Bible cover/carrier, this can be a great way to save some money.
I pray that you find a study Bible that you love to use, and that will help you dive deeper into God’s word. Be blessed!