NLT Study Bible
The Truth Made Clear

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  • 25,900 study notes
  • 100 Greek and 100 Hebrew word studies
  • 406 total person profiles
  • 100 quotations from modern and ancient writers
  • Charts, maps and illustrations throughout

Product Details

Introducing the NLT Study Bible. The product of over forty Bible scholars and seven years' work, it is the most comprehensive study Bible ever created. The notes focus on bringing out the full meaning of the text, allowing the reader to understand the Bible more deeply than ever. Features include 25,900 study notes (over 820,000 words), maps, charts, illustrations, a word-study system, and much more.

Key Feature details:

Author, Date, and other Historical Issues
What do we know about who wrote this book and when it was written? What are the difficulties in determining the historical facts? Even though these issues might not be familiar ground, they are important. Understanding these things can help us appreciate the complexity of the Bible. Far from undermining confidence in Scripture, the issues discussed here give us a greater appreciation of how magnificent Scripture truly is. At the same time, we learn to be humble in how we interpret God's word.

Charts organize textual information into a form that is easy to understand quickly.

Cross-Reference System
Some cross-reference systems are based on connections between individual words, without regard to whether there is any connection in meaning between the two verses or passages. With the NLT Study Bible, the cross-references relate to the meaning of the whole verse or passage, so the cross-references are always directly applicable.

To compare specific ideas within a verse, the study notes at the bottom of the page often include cross references for individual words and phrases, along with a brief explanation of the nature of the connection.

In the cross-reference system, parallel lines (//) show that a particular cross-reference is a parallel passage that describes the same events or says much the same thing. An asterisk (*) is used to indicate where the New Testament quotes the Old Testament.

Diagrams organize information visually in order to show relationships. For example, the genealogy of Terah, Abraham's father, helps sort out the relationships among many of the people who play a role in the book of Genesis.

Sometimes other authors say insightful things about a book of the Bible, or they make a poignant observation about something that a given book discusses. The editors have gathered some of the best quotations they could find about each book and put them in the margins of the book introductions, to stimulate thinking and to promote meaningful interaction with each book of the Bible.

Illustrations help visualize objects that might be difficult to imagine without a picture. For example, the illustration of Noah's Ark shows just how big that floating storage box was and how much it was able to hold.

Maps throughout the study materials visualize the events and places mentioned in the text of Scripture.

Meaning & Message
What is the message of each book of the Bible? What is its significance now? Here's where the rubber meets the road. Everything in a book's introduction—setting, summary, author, date, genre—is intended to prepare us to understand what that book of the Bible has to say, its message and significance. Reading these paragraphs carefully and reflectively will give us the keys to understanding that book of the Bible.

Each book includes an outline with up to three levels of headings. In the introduction, we provide the first level of the outline to give the reader an overview. The full outline is embedded in the NLT text as running headings. These book outlines follow the literary structure of the book—how the authors themselves thought about the organization and flow of ideas.

Person Profiles
The NLT Study Bible includes person profiles that describe the lives of the individuals who inhabit the pages of Scripture. Each of these people contributes significantly to the story and message of the Bible. Their lives instruct us with examples and counterexamples, and their stories help us better understand the Bible, its world, and its message. Their relationship with God, or lack of it, helps us to understand how we can have a relationship with God.

What is the story behind each book of the Bible? What was the need for each book in its setting? Every book of the Bible was written by flesh-and-blood people living in a particular time and place in history. They faced real challenges and difficulties. They wrote to other real flesh-and-blood people living at their own time in history. They wrote to address specific problems in their world, to help their readers understand God's mind regarding the issues and problems that they faced.

The world of the Bible is very different from our world today, but people are the same everywhere. If we understand the setting in which each book of the Bible was written, we will be in a much better position to understand what problems it addressed, what actions it was prompting, and what message it communicates.

Study Notes
Sometimes readers look at a note in a study Bible to understand the meaning of a verse and find themselves asking, “So what?” about a seemingly unrelated fact.

The notes in the NLT Study Bible have been developed with the “So what?” test in mind—the editors' goal is that the study notes will clearly help us as readers to understand the verse or passage better. The notes focus on the meaning and message of Scripture, not just facts. This means that there are notes on words, phrases, sentences, verses, paragraphs, and whole sections. The editors have included historical and literary notes to help draw us into the world of the Bible and the context in which it was originally read and heard. Also included in the study notes is the full NLT textual footnote apparatus, which identifies variations in the Hebrew and Greek text as well as providing alternate translation possibilities.

Every excerpt from the NLT text is easily identified in bold italic type.

What is the structure and flow of ideas in each book of the Bible? The Summary provides just that—a brief summary of the contents of the book. If the book is narrative, the Summary tells its story. If the book is a letter, the Summary explains its contents and the flow of its reasoning. If the book is an anthology, the Summary describes the structure and contents of the collection. If we have in mind the flow of the book.

Theme Notes
How does the NLT Study Bible explain the themes of the Bible? Theme notes develop the main themes and topics that arise in each book. They are placed alongside particularly relevant passages but go beyond the passage at hand and extend to other books of the Bible. References for further study are included in the margin.

The topics in the theme notes have been chosen based on the major themes that occur in Scripture. They provide the first steps in developing a biblical theology without attempting to formulate a specific doctrinal system (such as reformed, charismatic, or Baptist). Because of this, the theme notes are designed to make us think and will stretch us to consider the teaching of Scripture more fully, whatever our doctrinal background.


The NLT Study Bible is an essential tool for the student of the Bible. As no carpentry bench is complete without a hammer, no study desk is equipped without this valuable study Bible.
Max Lucado, New York Times bestselling author, Minister, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, TX
The beautiful new NLT Study Bible combines easy readability, for which the Living translations have long been known, with most accessible and enlightening notes. I'll use it enthusiastically and expect it to inform my writing for years.
Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times bestselling author
We are supposed to 'read, mark, learn and inwardly digest' the Bible but that’s easier said than done. The NLT certainly made reading it more understandable and the NLT Study Bible will most certainly make marking, learning and digesting more possible, probable and profitable.
Stuart Briscoe, Author, Speaker, Broadcaster
The NLT Study Bible brings readers of Scripture into the very heart of God’s written Word. A wonderful resource for serious Bible study.
Timothy George, Founding dean, Beeson Divinity School, Senior editor, Christianity Today
The rich resources of the NLT Study Bible will equip followers of Christ to read the Word with understanding, to grasp its meaning, and to be transformed by its truth.
Ron Blue, President of Kingdom Advisors, Chairman, Crown Financial Ministries Board of Directors, Author of Faith-Based Family Finances.