The MacArthur Study Bible

The MacArthur Study Bible

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The ESV MacArthur Study Bible is an essential resource for growing Christians. It can transform your personal time in God’s Word by clarifying difficult passages, bringing unseen cultural and historical details to life, and helping you understand and apply biblical truth.


The ESV MacArthur Study Bible is an essential resource for growing Christians. It can transform your personal time in God’s Word by clarifying difficult passages, bringing unseen cultural and historical details to life, and helping you understand and apply biblical truth.

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John MacArthur has served as the pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. He is known for his verse-by-verse expository preaching, and his pulpit ministry has extended around the world via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of The Master’s College and Seminary, a four-year liberal arts Christian college. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.

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The MacArthur Study Bible 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
al-in-chgo More than 1 year ago
...John MacArthur has had a long and successful career as a conservative theologican and commentator and was under no compulsion to make this recent release a specifically Lutheran-oriented bible. He is known, among other things, as the author of a number of successful prior Study Bibles in other translations (i.e., bible versions). This was yet another huge undertaking for MacArthur, and as always he brought it off brilliantly... There is no denying that theologically, MacArthur is conservative/evan-gelical/dispensa-tionalist. As such, a compatible interpretation comes to the fore when he deals with Last Things. For instance, in to Book of Revelations, Chapter 20, verse 2, "[An angel] seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years." MacArthur's take on this verse is to comment at some length on Premillennarianism, Postmillennarianism, and Amillennarianism. Many modern study bibles would not bother, or would mention the terms only in passing... Nonetheless, does the new MacArthur ESV Study Bible work for me? Yes! Even though the Doctrinal section is very dispenstionalist, I like the book anyway because its notes are so solid, and because MacArthur is too good a scholar to squeeze in his views where they are irrelevant... I would think twice before assigning it to a non-Evangelical bible study group, though; and would have to ask myself honestly if the class is up to the fairly demanding reading level of the commentaries, however fun for me and other scholars who's already "done" prior study bibles... Newbies to the ESV translation will find it congenial enough if they are familiar with NASB, NRSV, or HCSB (or NIV). The dust-jacketed model I review here is smyth-sewn and will lay flat when open on a desk or table. I could find no manufacturing defect-and it is made in the USA... Very roughly, this bible compared to recent study bibles: 1. The Missouri Synod's 2009 Lutheran Study Bible is also based on the ESV. Its notes follow almost every verse, and usu. (not always) are compatible LCMS' orthodox Lutheran doctrine. It is not quite as scholarly as the MacArthur, and at times seems developed for family use, with a little creeping "life application" concern sometimes apparent... 2. The ELCA Lutheran Study Bible (2009)is based on the NRSV. There is relatively little doctrine apparent... in controversial situations calling for interp., many verses aren't commented on at all! Flaky... 3. Two years ago Crossway released an "in-house" ESV Study Bible. Some people love it; others have criticized it for instances of faulty binding. I could not find evidence of a single author or editor, or a group, readily credited. With the MacArthur Study Bible, you have the pros and cons of one author with a consistent point of view... 4. On October 1, 2010, B&H Publishers released the Holman Christian Standard Bible-Study Bible. Just as Crossway owns the ESV translation, B&H owns the HCSB.Their study bible is conservative/evan-gelical in tone but not Millennarian as such. Its chief virtues areis the translation and the joy of experiencing "total design concept" incl. a wealth of boxes, charts, and fresh computer-designed supplements to text. Great maps, too. A pitiful "topical" Concordance compared to this ESV's 77-pager... I recommend this Study Bible for people of at least average reading ability and evangelical outlook; c
CraigBennett More than 1 year ago
I have many study Bibles, however I find that I turn to the MacArthur Study Bible for John MacArthur's insight every time. His clarification and insight on scripture is unmatched in IMHO. I use this Bible for all my studies and carry it as my main Bible to church. (I have the eBook as well as leather bound version). The eBook version allows me to quickly move from study notes and cross references to main text.
CCW0413 More than 1 year ago
From the cover to the detailed introduction it is a great bible. The print size is about a 10 so if you have a hard time reading that size I wouldn't recommend it. The numbers of the chapters are baby blue and some of the charts...but it is not difficult to read or see like some reviews i read, it's just not black. My favorite part is the detailed historic background and the notes in the beginning of the books and chapters. I also have a life application bible and I like how both studybibles have different perspectives of some of the scriptures...such as the life application applies it to how we should handle circumstances to our present life; while the MacArthur focuses on deeper understanding of the culture when it was written to create a picture of the weight of the words....Its a great additon to my bibles. You won't be disappointed. And it has at the back near appendix grouped scriptures based on Godly principles such as faith, kingdom, wisdom...etc!!! My only thing is I wish Jesus' words were red but I guess bc its not in KJ they didn't....but the bible still deserves 5!!!
George-Mattern More than 1 year ago
Best book ever published!!! The MacArthur Study Bible is the greatest single-volume book in the history of the written word! John MacArthur has been pastor of Grace Community Church since 1969. During that time, he has preached verse-by-verse through the entire New Testament, as well as significant portions of the Old Testament. The essence of John MacArthur's credibility as a teacher and spiritual leader is his unswerving devotion to the Divine inspiration (authorship), absolute inerrancy, and complete authority of the Bible. Since the Bible is the true and infallible written revelation of God to mankind, Dr. MacArthur has said: "The only logical response to inerrant Scripture is to preach it expositionally. By that, I mean preaching in such a way that the meaning of the Bible passage is presented entirely and exactly as it was intended by God." He is manifestly committed to declaring "the whole purpose of God" (Acts 20:27), and yet equally determined "not to exceed what is written" (2 Corinthians 4:6). This honest, forthright handling of Scripture renders MacArthur's work refreshingly free of the distortions and outright oppositions of the ear-tickling theology demanded by fallen human preference--which is so often shamelessly catered to and pandered to by the Lord's foes and friends alike! In this study bible (and in any of MacArthur's books, commentaries, and sermons), Holy Scripture is always handled with credence as trustworthy, dynamic, living truth that has urgent and immediate application for every reader--as you would expect of words written by Almighty God Himself. According to the "Grace to You" ministry website, the MacArthur Study Bible is an "al-in-one spiritual library [which] contains John's personal study notes below the full-length Bible text. Virtually every Scripture has a matching study note with detailed information, explanations, and helpful insight. The MacArthur Study Bible...can transform your personal time in God's word by clarifying difficult passages, bringing unseen cultural and historical details to life, and helping you understand and apply biblical truth." The MacArthur Study Bible has nearly 25,000 study notes buttressed with 80,000 cross-references, and it is also rich with other valuable features, including complete introductions to each book of the Bible, a treatment of key historical, political, and religious developments in the intertestamental period, several full-color maps, over 140 two-color maps, charts, timelines, and illustrations, informative background articles like "Introduction to the Bible" and "How We Got the Bible," an overview of theology, an index of key Bible doctrines and where to find passages relating to them, an extensive concordance, and more. On every page of this magnificent resource, the meaning of the Word of God is faithfully explained with clarity and concision that will readily appeal to the most serious Bible student, and yet the content is not overly technical so as to be too laborious for a layman. Not only the study bible, but ALL of John MacArthur's books and sermons are valuable for their forthright, straightforward proclamation of the truth of God, including the one true gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone (apart from any false considerations of human merit, Isaiah 64:6)--which is mankind's only hope of escaping God's righteous judgment against the sin we are all guilty of committing against Him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this Bible as a book and I love it. It is great to have reference to the harder verses *Sam*
HopeME More than 1 year ago
After giving my first copy of this Bible to a friend, and using a different study Bible, I realized I really missed and needed the material this MacArthur Study Bible provides so I bought this replacement. The page by page commentaries are historically accurate and add insight and substance to each topic. I would like a more extensive Concordance, but that would require a much larger book. The physical structure of this Bible is rugged and print is easy to read.
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Get this bible!
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Love the study notes. What a great compliment to my library.
shad39 More than 1 year ago
The MacArthur study Bible will always have a comment worth considering on every chapter and nearly every verse. Unfortunately, Barnes and Noble is a poor choice to find this. Try searching for "MacArthur Study Bible ESV" and see if you get anywhere close to this page. On the other hand a search at Amazon or even Google will take you directly to the correct item. BN, how can I buy a book from you if I can't find it. Also, I can't buy this on my Nook, but for $9.99 I can download it instantly on the Kindle. Please BN, give the Amazonians some fair competition so we have a choice on where to buy books a year from now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago