The Condensed Edition is a smaller size and half the weight of the 2015 Reformation Study Bible. To make this smaller, more portable size possible, we abridged the introductions, notes, and study tools from the 2015 edition. You can download a Condensed Edition Ephesians sample here. An Ephesians sample from the 2015 edition is available here for comparison.
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There is no red letter edition, nor are there plans to create one.
Presently, there is no large print edition. However, forthcoming digital versions will allow you to increase the text size.
We chose the English Standard Version (ESV) as the text of this study Bible because of the combination of its accuracy and its literary qualities. The ESV stands in the tradition of translation begun by William Tyndale in 1526 and continued by the King James Version (1611), the Revised Version (1885), the American Standard Version (1901), the Revised Standard Version (1952, 1971), and the New King James Version (1983). The goal of translations in this tradition has been faithfulness to the language of the original texts as well as dignified beauty in the English translation.
The Reformation Study Bible is currently available in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. We are working to make the Reformation Study Bible available worldwide. Please reference our list of distributors at the bottom of the Order page or contact your preferred book seller for further information.
The Reformation Study Bible was published in German and in Korean in 2017. The Portuguese and Spanish editions are underway. We also desire to release future editions in Arabic and in French.
The Reformation Study Bible project began in 1989 with a group of contributors and editors who were selected for their expertise in their respective fields. With the New King James Version as a basis, the first edition was published in 1995 by Thomas Nelson Publishers. These original contributors were trusted by Dr. Sproul to do the editorial work for their particular task and to be faithful to biblical exegesis within the confessional Reformed tradition. Since that first edition was published, we have noted with sadness that some of the original contributors have denied the gospel, moved away from Reformed theology, or are no longer in evangelical communions. For the sake of editorial integrity and to be clear about the present project’s origin, we have included the 1989 contributors in the current list of Reformation Study Bible contributors. However, this does not constitute an unqualified endorsement of every respective contributor’s wider ministry in the past, present, or future. The Reformation Study Bible was lightly updated by Ligonier Ministries in 2005, using the English Standard Version as a basis. The 2015 edition (ESV) brings new editors and contributors, who have refined the notes and have striven whenever possible for even greater fidelity to conservative biblical scholarship, Reformed theology, and the great confessions of our tradition.
As the Reformers asserted the clarity of Scripture, they were careful to say that this concept applies to the gospel and to the essential and central message of Scripture. The gospel is clear and understandable. Not all teachings of Scripture, however, are equally clear. Even Peter confesses that there are teachings in Paul’s epistles that are hard to understand (2 Peter 3:16). Additionally, God has ordained the office of teacher, or pastor-teacher, to assist Christians in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word (2 Tim. 2:2). The notes in the Reformation Study Bible reflect the work of such teachers who have been given to the church as a blessing down through the centuries and in our own day.
The new team members enlisted for the 2015 edition (ESV) of the Reformation Study Bible received specific sections of Scripture. In many cases, multiple contributors worked on the same books. Moreover, every note received editorial oversight from several hierarchies of editors and proofreaders, such that there is no one specific author responsible for an individual note or book of the Bible. The result is a study Bible that reflects the collaborative effort of qualified pastors, scholars, editors, and proofreaders.
The creeds and confessions included in this edition of the Reformation Study Bible are the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, the Westminster Confession, the Westminster Larger Catechism, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and the 1689 London Baptist Confession.