Book Recommendation: Literary Study Bible

Literary Study Bible ESV_Book Recommendation

If you love words, if you love literature, if you love writing, if you love the Bible – or if you want to develop a greater appreciation for any of the above – look into this book.

I began by flipping pages of the library’s copy of this book. Then I checked it out to bring home. Then I renewed it. And I renewed it again.

And again.

Then I begged the librarian to let me renew it again. Yes, I was in love!

When my husband bought me my very own copy for my 50th birthday I was over the moon!

Literary Study Bible

Reading with Roses

I started reading it every morning in my War of Roses Room. That’s where the index card idea was born.

Do you mull Scripture with index cards?

You don’t need to be an artist, just copy the verse slowly and mull as you write. Jazzing it up is completely optional.

You can use colored pens, markers or pencils for fun and further mulling.

Speaking of pens …

My husband also bought me the Most Amazing Bible Cover Ever (more about that in a post next month) and a three (black, pink and green) non-bleeding pens by Sakura to mark, highlight, write, and even sketch in my new Bible.

Be exalted

I got a white pen, too, partly inspired by my daughter who said they are faaaabulous.  And she’s correct.

A white marker is PERFECT for highlighting thoughts in the gray boxes of literary delight before each chapter or section of the Bible.

Within those gray boxes of the Literary Study Bible are road signs to the many literary devices the authors of the Bible used in their writings.

Tough on the Ol’ Gray Matter

When the subject matter gets tough on the ol’ gray matter (such as in Leviticus and Deuteronomy), the gray boxes give us hints how to strategically read tough chapters, how to categorize the information, and/or how to use our imaginations to capture the scenesand capture our senses.

And in the back of the book?  A glossary of literary terms. Swoon!

Glossary of Literary Terms

Living Book Comes Alive

I haven’t mentioned several other amazing features, so be sure to check it out from your public library. If they don’t have a copy, ask them to acquire one or check with their inter-library loan service. Or just jump in and buy one from your favorite bookstore.

If you aren’t familiar with the ESV version, you can read – or listen to it – here.  Click the “listen arrow” in the upper left corner of the page and a comforting voice will read to you.  🙂

Literary Study Bible ESV


The Bible is a living book.

(Hebrews 4:12)

And wow, does the Bible come alive when we begin to recognize literary devices in it!

I love that God loves literature!

It’s Your Turn

  • What’s your favorite literary device? Do you like satire? parody? epics? laments?
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  1. maggieshogan says:

    I LOVE this Bible but am embarrassed to admit it’s been several years since I’ve used it. You’ve inspired me – sadly it’s in storage, but one day…
    (Great tip about the white pen!)

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