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Bible Review: Halley’s Study Bible, NIV

Study Bibles can be immensely helpful whether you are unfamiliar with the Bible or have been studying for decades. The Halley’s Study Bible incorporates the work of Henry H. Halley, author of Halley’s Bible Handbook, with full-color maps, colorful photos of related archeological finds, verse-by-verse study notes, and a concordance.


  1. Maps
    While the Bible does contain 13 full-page maps, my favorite feature is the inclusion of full-color maps within the text:

2. Concordance
A concordance is an outstanding tool for looking up passages which contain a particular word. If you look for a person in this concordance, it contains a brief description along with bible references to events in their life. (I’ve never had that in my previous concordances!)

3. Full-Color Archeological photos related to the passage at hand:

4. Diagrams

5. Binding
The Bible is sturdily bound (I have the hardcover edition) and seems to lay flat easily even if you are at the beginning or end of the book. The ribbon bookmark is a nice touch!

6. Study Tools As noted on its back cover, this bible includes “over 750 articles, charts, and maps, gleaned from… Halley’s Bible Handbook” and “6,000 bottom-of-the-page study notes.” It’s jam-packed with references! I also noticed that there are footnotes with explanations on units of measure. If you’re not familiar with a shekel, hin, or cubit, fear not—this bible has got you covered!


  1. Typeface. The font is called “Exclusive NIV Comfort Print typeface 9 pt.” From a style standpoint, the font has some personality, but from a readability standpoint, it’s terrible. The font is far too bold and fatigues the eyes. Its boldness is not mitigated with wider line spacing or an increase in size, which could potentially assist in making this easier on the eyes. Like all bibles, there is a certain amount of show-through from the previous page, but this further aggravates the problem.

2. Prophecies in the New Testament are slightly indented but not italicized. This might not be a con for you, but I like to see prophetic references emphasized in the New Testament either by use of italics or strong indentation. That is not done in this Bible.

3. Pages tend to be too reflective. In certain lighting I have to fight the glare of the overhead lighting.

Patricia Wicker, Halley’s great granddaughter, wrote the forward inside this bible, and I appreciated her sentiments in the concluding paragraph:

“Henry Halley’s goal was not to write a book that would help people know more about the Bible; his passion was to encourage people and churches to read the Bible in order that they might meet and listen to the God of the Bible and come to love his Son, Jesus Christ.”

That is why we study the Bible: not to make ourselves look good, but to draw ever closer to God and understand His purpose for us!

Visit Faith Gateway or Bible Gateway to purchase a copy of Halley’s Study Bible, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print. It is available in hardcover, leathersoft, and e-book editions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below!

I received a copy of this Bible for free as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid for the purpose of honest, unbiased review. I received no monetary compensation for this review. I do not receive any affiliate money through clicks or links.


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