A Critical Review By Ed.
Every word of God proves true; he is a
shield to those who take refuge in him.
I wrote an essay a
years ago on Study
Bibles explaining why I do not recommend them for reading and
general study. In my opinion
Study Bibles should be kept on the bookshelf and used only as a
reference like you would with any other commentary.
I recently found an
a Study Bible published
in 2005 by Jimmy Swaggart that I think is the most egregious example of
why one should not use Study Bibles for study and reading.
Expositor's Study Bible(1)
THE EXPOSITOR'S STUDY BIBLE IS THE MOST UNIQUE STUDY BIBLE IN THE WORLD!
Designed by the LORD for both the layman and minister alike.
"Expositor" simply means "one who explains." The two words, "Expositor" and "Commentator" both are very similar in meaning: however, the word "Expositor" has a more clinical connotation than does "Commentator". By "clinical," we mean an "Expositor" just explains the Text, rather than giving personal comments. But, at times, we most definitely give the latter also!
The actual Scripture is in black, Rev Swaggart's commentary notes are in red, Making it very easy to read.
For more on this subject see the article The Bible Without Comment.
(1) Expositors Study Bible, p. 1196, Jimmy Swaggart. Publisher: Jimmy Swaggart Ministries (www.jsm.org)
(2) Most Study Bibles at least put the author's
comments in footnotes or margins (which most consider an
(3) Rev. Swaggart wrote of his spiritual enlightenment, "That which the Lord gave to me, which I believe sheds more light on that which was originally given to Paul, pertains to the manner in which the Holy Spirit works within our hearts and lives." (The Evangelist, From Me To You, December 2004)
(4) Quote from No. 45
Standard Publication (on
the Scofield Bible).