The 5 Best Chronological Study Bibles for 2022 Compared

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The editors at Lord’s Library evaluate the best chronological study Bibles based on popularity, ratings, and value.

Study Bibles are special editions of the Bible written specifically for students of the Bible. Study Bibles provide scholarly information designed to give the reader context and a more complete understanding of God’s Word. Scholarly information can come in several forms, from annotations that explain complex passages, articles and biographies of key characters, illustrations and other visuals, and more.

With this in mind, the editors at Lord’s Library have compiled this list of the best chronological study Bibles to consider. The one that is right for you will largely depend upon which features are most important. Each listing includes author and publisher information, some basic facts about the version, and links to any alternative versions that may be available.

Note: We only included the best chronological study Bibles with a 4-star or better ranking and a minimum of 150 reviews. We ranked them according to different buyer motivations like most popular, top-rated, and best value.

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The Best Chronological Study Bibles


KJV Chronological Life Application Study Bible

Author/Publisher: Tyndale

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • Section intros and timelines
  • Archaeological notes and photographs
  • Life Application resources

From the publisher: “The stunning full-color Chronological Life Application Study Bible is a refreshing way to experience God’s Story and a trusted way to apply it to life. Journey through the 10 eras of Bible history in a chronological Bible experience and gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word. Includes Life Application notes and features from the best-selling Life Application Study Bible as well as new features on Bible history and geography.”

*Also available in Kindle version.

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NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible

Author/Publisher: Tyndale

Material: Hardcover – lay flat

Key Features:

  • Section intros and timelines
  • Archaeological notes and photographs
  • Life Application resources

From the publisher: “The stunning full-color Chronological Life Application Study Bible is a refreshing way to experience God’s Story and a trusted way to apply it to life. Journey through the 10 eras of Bible history in a chronological Bible experience and gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word. Includes Life Application notes and features from the best-selling Life Application Study Bible as well as new features on Bible history and geography.”

*Also available in Kindle version.

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NKJV, Chronological Study Bible, Leathersoft, Black, Comfort Print

Author/Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Material: Imitation leather

Key Features:

  • Translators’ notes
  • Full-color illustrations of places, artifacts, and cultural phenomena
  • Daily Life Notes

From the publisher: “The NKJV Chronological Study Bible presents Scripture in chronological order—the order in which the events happened—with notes, articles, and full-color graphics that connect the reader to the history and culture of biblical times. Starting with creation and moving through God’s people in the Old Testament, the life of Jesus and the birth of the church, this Bible provides a vivid picture of God’s work throughout history.”

*Also available in hardcover and Kindle versions.

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NIV, Chronological Study Bible, Hardcover

Author/Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • Full-color illustrations of places, artifacts, and cultural phenomena
  • Contextual articles that connect Biblical times
  • Daily Life Notes

From the publisher: The Chronological Study Bible presents the text of the New International Version in chronological order – the order in which the events 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.”

*Also available in Kindle version.

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KJV Reese Chronological Study Bible

Author/Publisher: Edward Reese

Material: Kindle

Key Features:

  • Detailed timelines
  • Geographical and archeological notes
  • Cultural and historical notes

From the publisher: With over 200,000 copies sold, the Reese Chronological Bible is the trusted text for those reading through the King James Version in historical order. Now this classic Bible has a fully redesigned two-color interior packed full of in-depth study materials. Arranged in chronological sections, this easy-to-use volume will help you understand the Bible, its story–and its significance to us today–even better.”

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Tim is the Founder and Ministerial Editor at Lord's Library, a Christian resource hub focused on helping readers grow their faith in Jesus Christ. Tim became a Christian in April 2021 and believes 1 Peter 4:11 commands him to share The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) "as of the ability which God giveth."

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