The 11 Best NASB Study Bibles (New American Standard Bible) for 2022

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The editors at Lord’s Library have compiled this list of the best NASB Study Bibles (New American Standard Bible) on our reading list.

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 NASB study Bibles (New American Standard Bible) 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 NASB study Bibles (New American Standard Bible) with a 4-star or better rating and a minimum of 200 reviews. Titles are organized by the total number of reviews at the time of our publication.

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The Best NASB Study Bibles (New American Standard Bible)


The New Inductive Study Bible (NASB)

Author/Publisher: Precept Ministries International

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • Individualized overviews and study instructions
  • 23 pages of full-color charts
  • A one-year Bible reading plan

From the publisher: “Every feature of the Gold Medallion-winning New Inductive Study Bible is designed to help you gain a more intimate understanding of God and His Word. You’ll be guided through the inductive study approach with the help of tools and questions that will enable you to make the most of the spiritual riches offered in Scripture. Letting God’s Word speak for itself is the best way to experience its life-transforming power.”

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NASB Giant Print Reference Bible

Author/Publisher: The Lockman Foundation

Material: Leather bound

Key Features: 125-page concordance, more than 20,000 study notes, index to key Bible doctrines

From the publisher: “A classic resource, The MacArthur Study Bible is perfect for serious study. Dr. John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work of more than 35 years to create the most comprehensive study Bible available. No other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context, unfolding the meaning of the text, and making it practical for your life.”

*Also available in large print ultra thin leather and side-column wide margin leather versions.

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Life Application Study Bible, NASB

Author/Publisher: Zondervan

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • More than 10,000 in-text application notes
  • Over 100 character profiles
  • 16 pages of full-color maps

From the publisher: “One of today’s bestselling study Bibles, the NASB Life Application Study Bible has over 10,000 application notes to help you understand the message of Scripture and apply it to your life in practical ways. Verse-by-verse commentary sheds light on the stories and and teachings of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Learn from the stories of major Bible characters by exploring their strengths, weaknesses, accomplishments, and mistakes. Hear and respond to the truths of Scripture through overviews, outlines, and time lines and the beginning of each book, and grasp difficult concepts using in-text maps, charts and diagrams. 

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The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible: NASB-77 Edition

Author/Publisher: Dr. Spiros Zodhiates

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • Wide margins on pages of the Bible text
  • Keywords in the Biblical text
  • Red letter edition of the 1977 NASB Bible

 From the publisher: “There are times when a Greek or Hebrew word has a distinct meaning that seriously affects the proper interpretation of Scripture. Unless you are familiar with these languages, you will not be able to determine what word in the original text was used or the differences between these words-until now. The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible identifies the key words of the original languages and presents clear, precise explanations of their meaning and usage. Those who love God’s Word will treasure this Bible, for it contains a whole library of biblical helps within its covers.”

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NASB Side-Column Reference Wide Margin Bible

Author/Publisher: The Lockman Foundation

Material: Calfskin leather

Key Features:

  • 1,856 pages with intentionally thin paper
  • 1995 updated edition
  • Wide margins

From the publisher: “New paper trim size is 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches providing a 1 inch outside margin for notes. The NASB is a smooth reading literal English Bible translation, which provides increased clarity and readability for greater understanding while maintaining superior accuracy to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. The NASB Side-column Reference Bible offers a single-column of large print text for smooth reading across the page and is a great addition for study, note taking, and daily reading.”

Also available in large print ultra thin and giant print versions.

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NASB, MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, Comfort Print

Author/Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • Nearly 25,000 verse-by-verse study notes
  • 190 in-text maps, charts and diagrams
  • An outline of systematic theology

From the publisher: “Over 2 million readers around the world have had their spiritual lives enriched and their understanding of God’s Word expanded by The MacArthur Study Bible. Drawing on more than fifty years of dedicated pastoral and scholarly work, Dr. John MacArthur’s verse-by-verse study notes, book introductions, and articles display an unparalleled commitment to interpretive precision—with the goal of making God known through His Word.”

Also available in thumb-index imitation leather version.

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The MacArthur Study Bible, New American Standard Version

Author/Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Material: Imitation leather

Key Features:

  • 125-page concordance
  • More than 20,000 study notes
  • Index to key Bible doctrines

From the publisher: “A classic resource, The MacArthur Study Bible is perfect for serious study. Dr. John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work of more than 35 years to create the most comprehensive study Bible available. No other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context, unfolding the meaning of the text, and making it practical for your life.”

*Also available in paperback version.

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NASB Zondervan Study Bible

Author/Publisher: Zondervan

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • More than 20,000 in-text notes
  • Center-column reference system
  • Book introductions and outlines

From the publisher: “The Zondervan NASB Study Bible combines the widely respected, word-for-word New American Study Bible (NASB) with study tools that represent the best in conservative scholarship. Over 20,000 notes, adapted from the bestselling NIV Zondervan Study Bible, draw on the knowledge of today’s leading experts to provide valuable commentary right where you need it. No need to flip pages to obtain important insights on biblical words, verses, and passages. An exclusive, center-column reference system guides your study with over 100,000 references. In-text maps give you an instant feel for biblical geography.”

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The Ryrie NAS Study Bible

Author/Publisher: Charles C. Ryrie

Material: Bonded leather

Key Features:

  • Detailed sections for broad biblical comprehension
  • In-text graphics including maps, charts, timelines, and diagrams
  • Extensive cross-references

From the publisher: “Charles Ryrie’s life work was to help people know and understand the Bible—a pursuit that encompassed church ministry, college professorships, and, most notably, his position as the Systematic Theology Chair at Dallas Theological Seminary. The Ryrie Study Bible reflects this lifetime of biblical scholarship in a single, powerful work. Available in multiple translations and containing more than 10,000 of Dr. Ryrie’s explanatory notes, it is a single source for all Bible study needs.”

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Classic Reference Bible, Updated NASB

Author/Publisher: Zondervan

Material: Leather bound

Key Features:

  • Center-column references
  • Maps and in-text charts
  • Introductions and outlines for every Bible book

From the publisher: “Filled with the features that increase understanding with every use, the NASB Classic Reference Bible includes center-column references that unlock the depth of Scripture. Maps and in-text charts offer added insight while you read and the exclusive NASB concordance makes locating passages easy. This complete reference Bible uses today’s most literal word-for-word translation of the Bible text, the New American Standard Bible (1995).”

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NASB, Super Giant Print Reference Bible

Author/Publisher: Zondervan

Material: Imitation leather

Key Features:

  • Double column format
  • Full NASB cross-reference system
  • NASB concordance

From the publisher: “The largest print size available in the NASB. Featuring an extra-large print size, this reference Bible gives you a clear and easy reading experience of the translation celebrated for faithfulness to the original biblical languages. Universally recognized as the gold standard among word-for-word translations, the beloved New American Standard Bible, 1995 Edition, is now easier to read in Zondervan’s exclusive NASB Comfort Print typeface.”

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