Life Application Study Bible

Our review of the Life Application Study Bible is done to help you make an informed decision regarding a potential purchase.

The Life Application Study Bible is published by Tyndale House Publishers. For our review we purchased the New Living Translation version. It was first published in 1996, and is offered in large print and personal size editions.

Available Translations

This Study Bible is offered in six different translations:

1. King James Version (KJV)

2. New Living Translation (NLT)

3. New International Version (NIV)

4. New King James Version (NKJV)

5. New American Standard Bible (NASB)

6. Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Life Application Bible

Features of the Life Application Study Bible

This Study Bible offers a 365-day reading plan, a chronology of biblical and world events, an article on the time between the Old and New Testaments, a comparison of the gospels, listings of the parables and miracles of Jesus, an article on the messianic prophecies and their fulfillment. As a service to you, the following is adapted from the Life Application Study Bible to fully explain the many other features it provides you. 


In addition to providing the reader with many application notes, the Life Application Study Bible also offers several kinds of explanatory notes, which help the reader understand culture, history, contacts, difficult to understand passages, background, places, theological concepts, and the relationship of various passage of scripture to other passages.

Book Introductions

The introductions for each book of the Bible are divided into several easy to find parts:

  • Timeline. This puts the Bible book into its historical setting. It lists the key events of each book and the date when they occurred.
  • Vital Statistics. This is a list of straight facts about the book - those pieces of information you need to know at a glance.
  • Overview. This is a summary of the book with general lessons and applications that can be drawn from the book as a whole.
  • Blueprint. This is an outline of the book. It is printed in easy-to-understand language and is designed for easy memorization. To the right of each main heading is a key lesson that is taught in that particular section.
  • Megathemes. The section gives the main themes of the Bible book, explains their significance, and then tells why they are still important for us today.
  • Map. This shows the key places found in that book and retells the the story of the book from a geographical point of view.
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The Life Application Study Bible has a new, custom-made outline that was designed specifically from an application point of view. Several unique features should be noted:

  • To avoid confusion and to aid in memory work, each book outline has only three levels for headings. 
  • Each main outline also has a brief paragraph below it summarizing the content of the following Bible text and offering a general application.
  • Parallel passages are listed when they apply in the Gospels. 

Harmony of the Books of Kings and Chronicles

A harmony of the books of I & II Kings and I & II Chronicles was developed to help you understand the interplay between these books. The chart is set up like a timeline, providing you with the names of the kings list chronologically, a brief overview of each king's reign, and where you can read about each king. It also includes the names of all the prophets - as well as when and to whom they prophesied - so you can put their prophecies into context as well.

Harmony of the Gospels

A harmony of the gospels was developed specifically for this Study Bible. It's the first harmony that has ever been incorporated into the Bible text. Through a unique and simple numbering system (found both in the harmony feature and parenthesized in the sub heads throughout the gospels), you can read any gospel account and see just where you are in relation to other events in the life of Christ.

Personality Profiles

Another unique feature of this Study Bible is the profiles of many Bible people, including their strengths and weaknesses, greatest accomplishments and mistakes, and key lessons from their lives.


The Life Application Study Bible claims to have more maps than any other Bible. A thorough and comprehensive Bible atlas is built into each Bible book. There are two kinds of maps:

1. A book introduction map, telling the story of that Bible book. 

2. Thumbnail maps in the notes, plotting most geographic movements in the Bible. 

In addition to these numerous black-and-white maps, there's an entirely new and comprehensive set of color match and diagrams at the back of the Study Bible.

Charts & Diagrams

Hundreds of charts and diagrams are included to help the reader better visualize difficult concepts or relationships. Most charts not only present the needed information but also show the significance of the information as well.


A carefully organized cross-reference system in the margins of the Bible text helps the reader find related passages quickly. A cross-reference marked by two slashes indicates the cross-reference is a parallel passage, largely identical to the identified text in content and wording. A cross-reference marked by a dagger indicates that the identified text either quotes from the cross-reference are the cross-referenced text quotes the identified text.

Textual Notes & Sectional Headings

Directly related to the New Living Translation text, the textual notes examine such things as alternate translations, meaning of Hebrew and Greek terms, Old Testament quotations, and variant readings in the ancient biblical manuscripts. The NLT text also contains sectional headings in order to help you more easily understand the subject and content of each section. The headings throughout the gospels also include a parenthesized number, relating each passage to the Harmony of the Gospels feature. 

Christian Worker's Resource

The Christian Workers Resource is said to be a special supplement written with you in mind. It includes 5 articles that you will find useful in your ministry:

  • How to Become A Christian includes the basic steps of becoming a believer, along with Bible verses you can use to guide someone to faith. 
  • How to Follow Up with A New Believer gives you 14 discussion points to walk through with a new believer over the course of several weeks. These will help him or her to understand the basics of the Christian faith. 
  • Mining the Treasures of The Life Application Study Bible gives you a taste of the depth of the study notes by offering often-asked questions in twenty-five categories (that you probably have been asked from time to time) and sends you to Life Application notes that help you answer those questions.
  • So You've Been Asked to Speak walks you through the process of preparing a talk or Bible study using the many features of the Life Application Study Bible. 
  • Taking the Step to Application teaches you how to make application a natural part of your personal study, as well as a part of Bible studies you lead or talks you give.

Master Index

The study Bible contains a complete Master index to all the notes, charts, maps, and personality profiles, as well as separate indexes for charts (listed canonically), maps (listed canonically), and personality profiles (listed alphabetically).

Dictionary / Concordance

A concise concordance identifies terms and proper names of special interest and points to the important occurrences in context. Each word is followed by brief definition or description. 


The NLT Life Application Study Bible is heartily recommended by 

It had a rating of 5 stars on the Christian Book Distributors website and a rating of 4.5 stars on the Amazon website in December 2016.

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