The Four Best Orthodox Study Bibles to Consider for 2024


The editors at Lord’s Library have compiled this list of the best Orthodox study Bibles 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 Orthodox 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 Orthodox study Bible versions with a 4-star or better rating and a minimum of 100 reviews. Titles are organized by the total number of reviews at the time of our publication.

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The Best Orthodox Study Bibles

The Orthodox Study Bible, Hardcover: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today’s World

Author/Publisher: St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • Old Testament newly translated from the Greek text
  • New Testament from the New King James Version
  • Commentary drawn from the early Church Christians

From the publisher: The FIRST EVER Orthodox Study Bible presents the Bible of the early church and the church of the early Bible. Orthodox Christianity is the face of ancient Christianity to the modern world and embraces the second largest body of Christians in the world. In this first-of-its-kind study Bible, the Bible is presented with commentary from the ancient Christian perspective that speaks to those Christians who seek a deeper experience of the roots of their faith.”

CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible, Brown Cloth-Over-Board

Author/Publisher: Holman Bible Staff

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • Notes and commentary from the writings of church fathers
  • Biblical insights to your life
  • Twisted Truth call-outs in 25 feature articles

From the publisher: CSB Bibles by Holman feature the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others. The study Bible’s commentary and writings are from: Irenaeus of Lyons, Origen, Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, Ambrose of Milan, Augustine of Hippo, Athanasius of Alexandria, John Chrysostom, Jerome, the Cappadocian Fathers, and more.”

The Orthodox Study Bible: New Testament and Psalms

Author/Publisher: Peter E. Gillquist, Alan Wallerstedt, Joseph Allen, Michel Najim, J.N. Sparks, and Theodore Stylianopoulos

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • Christ’s words in red
  • Bible study aids and articles written from the Orthodox perspective
  • Organized for Bible study groups and church school use

From the publisher: The Orthodox Study Bible, New Testament and Psalms in paperback is the most portable and lightweight edition of the Orthodox Study Bible available today. Perfect for travel and office, this edition features dozens of updated and expanded notes and commentaries.”

Orthodox Study Bible (Ancient Faith Leathersoft Edition)

Author/Publisher: Antichochian Editors

Material: Leather

Key Features:

  • Commentary, notes and supplemental articles
  • Full-color icons and maps
  • Orthodox prayers

From the publisher: The Orthodox Study Bible was the fruit of over twenty years of labor by many of the best Orthodox Christian theologians of our time. It includes numerous study guides and teachings that bring to our modern world the mind of the ancient Christian Church. This special Ancient Faith Edition (released 2019) contains the identical content, including the same commentaries, notes, supplemental articles, and full-color icons and maps along with a quality ribbon marker as well as an additional 8 pages of Orthodox prayers.”

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Note: Inclusion criteria are the same as above (4-star or better rating and a minimum of 100 reviews).

The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

Author/Publisher: Timothy Ware

Material: Paperback

Key Features:

  • Commentary, notes, and supplemental articles
  • Full-color icons and maps
  • Orthodox prayers

From the publisher: Since its first publication fifty years ago, Timothy Ware’s book has become established throughout the English-speaking world as the standard introduction to the Orthodox Church. Orthodoxy continues to be a subject of enormous interest among western Christians, and the author believes that an understanding of its standpoint is necessary before the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches can be reunited.”

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