Types of Bibles

Bride’s Bible Usually a small Bible bound in white and including a decorated wedding certificate, for the bride to carry during the marriage ceremony.

Children’s Bible A text Bible with simple Bible study helps, maps, and illustrations.

Chronological Bible A Bible that is organized all or in part in the order in which the events of the Bible took place.

Concordance Bible Normally a reference Bible with a concordance or alphabetical listing of key words giving every book, chapter, and verse where the words appear in the Bible.

Family Bible A large Bible containing a family record section and often-other collateral material for family reading, study, and devotion. Many editions have Master Art reproductions.

Gift and Award Bible A text Bible designed for the purchase in quantity by a church or individual for presentation on promotion day, graduation, or similar occasions. Usually includes some study helps and maps.

Giant-Print Bible Features large, easy-to-read type, especially helpful for the visually impaired, the elderly, young children, or others who prefer an extremely readable type.

Interlinear Bible A Bible in which the Hebrew and/or Greek text appears with the actual translated English word either below or to the side of the text.

Loose-Leaf Bible The complete Bible text, usually with center-column references and wide margins, printed on loose-leaf sheets of writing quality paper and inserted into a ring binder.

Parallel Bible These Bible or Testaments have two or more translations of scriptures laid out in such a way that the reader can compare any given verse in one translation with the same verse in another translation in a side-by-side format.

Pew Bible An inexpensive hardcover text Bible to place in pew racks for use by church members during the worship service.

Pulpit or Lectern Bible A large Bible usually without collateral material for use on a lectern, pulpit, altar, or communion table.

Letter Bible A Bible in which the words of Christ are printed in red.

Reference Bible Contains center-column, in verse, side column, or page bottom references throughout the text to other passages of Scripture on the same subject. These references were included in the first KJV of 1611.

Self-Pronouncing Bible A Bible in which difficult names are broken into syllables and accented by diacritical marks in order to help the reader pronounce them properly. Some smaller Bibles have a self-pronouncing index, while larger Bibles have difficult names self pronounced in the text.

Teachers Bible A Bible containing study aids that are useful to the teacher.

Text Bible A Bible containing the text of the Scriptures without references.

Verse-Reference Bible A Bible with references placed directly within the verse to which they refer and not in a center column.