Best Study Bibles for Christian Growth

A Listmania! list by Greta (Delhi, India)
The list author says: "The list below recommends some excellent Study Bibles for the spiritual growth of christians and Bible students. Even as the underlying themes and the target audience of each of these Bibles may differ from each other, their timeless message is one and the same. Many of the Bibles mentioned in the list are available in other translations/editions as well and the reader may choose his/her preferred translation/edition out of the available ones. I hope this list shall be useful to all truth seekers who are desirous to study God's Word seriously."
The ESV Study Bible
1.  The ESV Study Bible by ESV Bibles
The list author says:
  "The ESV Study Bible is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published, providing a wealth of resources with more than 20,000 notes focusing on understanding the meaning of the text, giving answers to frequently asked questions & providing theological, historical & archaeological background. Understand the timeless truth of God's Word in a deeper way. Winner of Christian Book of the Year-2009."
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NLT Study Bible
2.  NLT Study Bible by Jon Laansma
The list author says:
  "NLT Study Bible makes the truth of the scriptures so clear & understandable that it comes to life and unleashes the awesome power of the written word of God for all readers. Its 25,900 study notes take you beyond textual notations & personal application to illuminate the meaning of the text in its historical and literary context. Using it is like being led through scriptures by a caring teacher."
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Zondervan NIV Study Bible
3.  Zondervan NIV Study Bible by Zondervan
The list author says:
  "This Zondervan NIV Study Bible is the revised 2008 edition of world's #1 bestselling study Bible. With a library of study resources at your fingertips & over 20,000 of Gold Medallion Award-winning study notes, it is meticulously updated & expanded to reflect the most current conservative Bible scholarship. It includes a 130-page topical index for more in-depth study. Excellent for home school use."
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The New Interpreter's Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version With the Apocrypha
4.  The New Interpreter's Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version With the Apocrypha by Walter J. Harrelson
The list author says:
  "This Bible brings the best of biblical scholarship. Many distinguished scholars have provided background & insight on the biblical text. Features include extensive historical & theological annotations on the biblical text; introductions & outlines for each biblical book; excursuses giving further background on particular themes & passages; and maps. It’s better than the New Oxford & HarperCollins."
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NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible
5.  NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible by Richard Pratt Jr.
The list author says:
  "Here's an outstanding Bible that incorporates the Reformation's theological heritage-from root to fruit. Appropriate for both an academic & an informed lay audience, The NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible provides a theological conservative, balanced system of notes and articles that trace the Reformed Christian heritage back to its roots in the Reformation. A must have for all Christians!"
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The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version Hardcover  w/Maps
6.  The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version Hardcover w/Maps by R. C. Sproul
The list author says:
  "Based on ESV, this is another excellent, more popular bible aiming to present the light of the Reformation anew by combining an accessible translation with study notes that stand firmly in the theological tradition of the Reformation. With extensive notes written by many eminent scholars, it gives the reader more assistance in understanding the great doctrines & themes of the Christian faith."
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King James Life in the Spirit Study Bible: Formerly Full Life Study
7.  King James Life in the Spirit Study Bible: Formerly Full Life Study by Zondervan
The list author says:
  "Based on common Pentecostal & charismatic traditions, the Life in the Spirit Study Bible is designed as an important Biblical resource for all Christians, regardless of church background, who long to deepen their connection with the Holy Spirit. This wonderful Bible will help guide you into a Christ-centered, righteous & Spirit-led lifestyle to cultivate a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ."
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The MacArthur Study Bible: Revised & Updated Edition
8.  The MacArthur Study Bible: Revised & Updated Edition by John MacArthur
The list author says:
  "Featuring the word-for-word accuracy of the New King James Version, The MacArthur Study Bible is perfect for serious bible study. The extensive verse-by-verse study notes provide a one-stop way to do your Bible study. No other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context, unfolding the meaning of the text, and placing it within a theological framework."
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Thompson Chain Reference Bible (Style 509black) - Regular Size KJV - Bonded Leather
9.  Thompson Chain Reference Bible (Style 509black) - Regular Size KJV - Bonded Leather by Frank Charles Thompson
The list author says:
  "For generations, the classic KJV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible has been the most relied-on source for exhaustive Bible study. The chain-reference system gives you the "big picture" on 7,000 important topics from the scriptures by linking all the verses together—right in the margins for easy, quick referencing. The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible is still unique, still relevant and still the Best!"
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Life Application Study Bible NIV
10.  Life Application Study Bible NIV by Tyndale
The list author says:
  "The NIV Life Application Study Bible offers a comprehensive Bible study resource, & bridges the gap between the ancient world of the Bible and life in the 21st century. It shows how readers can apply biblical teaching & values to personal relationships, family life, the working environment, self-image, complex moral issues & shows how God's Word speaks to every circumstance and situation of life."
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The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible, NKJV
11.  The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible, NKJV by Charles F. Stanley
The list author says:
  "The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible is designed to lead believers into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and into growth and maturity. The Bible is built around thirty life principles that Dr. Stanley has gleaned from the Word through his years of Bible teaching and pastoral ministry. Helpful articles on key topics lead readers to a full and mature Christian experience."
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The Chronological Study Bible: New King James Version
12.  The Chronological Study Bible: New King James Version by Thomas Nelson
The list author says:
  "The Chronological Study Bible is the only study Bible that presents the text of the New King James Version in chronological order—the order in which the events recorded in the scriptures actually happened—with notes, articles, and full-color graphics that connect the reader to the history and culture of Bible times and gives the reader a dramatic, "you are there" experience. A remarkable Bible!"
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NIV Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture
13.  NIV Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture by Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
The list author says:
  "This unique Study Bible highlights archaeological, historical & cultural background of the Bible. It is filled with helpful study notes, informative articles, color photogrpahs of places & objects revealing the historical context of the stories. From kings & empires to weapons to pottery, the archaeological record surrounding God's Word will help contextualize & inform your personal study."
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The Apologetics Study Bible: Understand Why You Believe
14.  The Apologetics Study Bible: Understand Why You Believe by James Porter Moreland
The list author says:
  "The Apologetics Study Bible is the best single resource available for every thinking Christian to better understand, defend and proclaim their beliefs in this age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. It is one of the most significant contributions to the ever-growing field of Christian apologetics, making it a powerful and relevant witness tool for students from all backgrounds."
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NIV Quest Study Bible, Revised
15.  NIV Quest Study Bible, Revised by Phyllis Ten Elshof
The list author says:
  "The NIV Quest Study Bible, through in-text notes and articles, answers nearly 7,000 of the most commonly asked questions addressing basic textual, historical & theological. The editors of Christianity Today International, along with over 100 respected Bible scholars & pastors, have developed this engaging & straightforward study Bible to guide readers in their search to understand the Scriptures."
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The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible: NASB-77 Edition, Hardbound (Key Word Study Bibles)
16.  The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible: NASB-77 Edition, Hardbound (Key Word Study Bibles) by Warren Baker
The list author says:
  "The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible is a complete English Bible text for cross-reference study to the original languages of Hebrew and Greek from which the Bible was translated. It helps any reader follow the Bible's original meaning - without having to study and learn the ancient languages. Available in KJV also. A very useful study and interpretative tool for the Bible students!"
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The Net Bible, First Edition: A New Approach to Translation, Thoroughly Documented with 60,932 Notes By The Translators and Editors
17.  The Net Bible, First Edition: A New Approach to Translation, Thoroughly Documented with 60,932 Notes By The Translators and Editors 
The list author says:
  "There is no other Bible anywhere with translator's notes like those in the NET BIBLE. This clear translation & extensive notes were undertaken by more than 20 biblical scholars who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic & Greek texts. These over 60,000 notes alone are worth the price. Available at christianbook.com. Highly recommended for in-depth bible study!"
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The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-Greek-English (English, Hebrew and Greek Edition)
18.  The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-Greek-English (English, Hebrew and Greek Edition) by Jay Patrick, Sr. Green
The list author says:
  "This is the only interlinear available on one volume with Hebrew Old Testament based on the Masoretic Text & Greek New Testament from the Textus Receptus, with a direct English rendering below each Hebrew & Greek word along with its Strong Number. Thousands of pastors, students & laypeople use it for researching the subtle nuances & layers of meaning within the original biblical languages."
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Word Study Greek-English New Testament: with complete concordance
19.  Word Study Greek-English New Testament: with complete concordance by Paul R. McReynolds
The list author says:
  "This impressive reference work is a must for any Bible student. Using Strong's numbering system, readers can study any Greek word from the ancient Bible manuscripts without knowing the Greek language. Designed specifically for English readers, it uses the UBS Greek text & comes complete with a full Greek/English concordance based on NSRV. A reference tool to mine the riches of Greek New Testament."
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Interlinear for the Rest of Us: The Reverse Interlinear for New Testament Word Studies
20.  Interlinear for the Rest of Us: The Reverse Interlinear for New Testament Word Studies by William D. Mounce
The list author says:
  "Designed for busy pastors, teachers and anyone who wants a practical tool for studying the Scriptures, this interlinear uses the English NIV text as the main text rather than the Greek, with the Greek words behind the English translation with Parsing information & GK numbers. You can with ease conduct your own word studies without knowing Greek. Also includes Mounce’s Greek-English Dictionary."
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The Jewish Study Bible: Featuring The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation
21.  The Jewish Study Bible: Featuring The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation by Adele Berlin
The list author says:
  "This monumental Study Bible, using Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation, offers readers the fruits of various schools of Jewish traditions of biblical exegesis (rabbinic, medieval, mystical) & provides them with a wealth of ancillary materials that aid in bringing the ancient text of Old Testament to life. It deserves a place on the shelves of every serious Bible student, Jewish or not."
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Zondervan NIV Nave's Topical Bible
22.  Zondervan NIV Nave's Topical Bible by John R. Kohlenberger
The list author says:
  "The Zondervan NIV Nave's Topical Bible improves on the original KJV-based Nave's Topical Bible by adding more than 500 headings, 2000 subtopics & 1300 cross-references. You'll find entries addressing contemporary issues such as abuse, ecology, homosexuality & abortion - all either directly including or else referencing the best-selling NIV text. It's easily usable with other translations as well."
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Today's Parallel Bible: New International Version, New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition, King James Version, New Living Translation
23.  Today's Parallel Bible: New International Version, New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition, King James Version, New Living Translation by Zondervan
The list author says:
  "The Bible lets you benefit from the rich nuances of meaning offered by different translations. It sets four of today’s most popular translations side-by-side for you to compare and contrast. KJV, NIV, NLT, and the updated NASB are paralleled inside. This Bible is a valuable resource for gaining new insights into scriptural truths and the relevancy of God's Word. An excellent resource for students!"
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The Literary Study Bible: ESV - English Standard Version
24.  The Literary Study Bible: ESV - English Standard Version by ESV Bibles by Crossway
The list author says:
  "The ESV Literary Study Bible approaches the Bible as literature and shows how the application of literary tools of analysis helps tremendously in reading and understanding the Bible. Readers are introduced to the literary features of each book of the Bible and to each section within each book. This one-of-a-kind study Bible is an indispensable tool for devotional reading and in-depth study."
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The Daily Bible: New International Version: With Devotional Insights to Guide You Through God's Word
25.  The Daily Bible: New International Version: With Devotional Insights to Guide You Through God's Word by F. LaGard Smith
The list author says:
  "The NIV Daily Bible has daily readings so you can read the entire Bible in one year. You will read the Scriptures in chronological order the way the events actually occurred. This Bible is divided into 365 easily readable sections with brief narratives that read like a novel. On each page of the Bible, the days of the year are printed. Discover the Bible as the extraordinary epic it is!"
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