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Use the Study Bible

Use the Study Bible

The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (study edition) contains enhanced study tools, including the following:

  • An introduction to each Bible book, including an introductory video

  • An overview, or content summary, of each Bible book

  • Study notes for a verse

  • Footnotes on words or phrases

  • Categorized marginal references

  • Media (images and videos)

  • A glossary of Bible terms

  • Appendixes providing maps, charts, and other research material

  • Audio reading of each chapter

  • Verse renderings from other Bible translations

The study edition of the book of Matthew was published in English in October 2015. Additional Bible books will be added as the study materials for them are completed.

Use the following tutorials to become familiar with the features of the Study Bible:

Navigate to a Bible Book and Chapter

Go to PUBLICATIONS > BIBLE and click the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (study edition) cover or link text.

The Table of Contents page shows available Bible books in blue. It also has links to additional material, including a glossary, several appendixes, and media (images and videos).

  • Click the Grid View button to show the Study Bible’s contents in a compact grid format. This is the default view.

  • Click the List View button to show the Study Bible’s contents in a vertical list, with Hebrew and Christian Greek Scriptures in separate columns.

Click a Bible book. The resulting page includes the list of chapters, an overview of the Bible book, and buttons for two additional features:

  • An introduction to the current Bible book, including an introductory video.

  • An overview of the current Bible book. Unlike the regular New World Translation outline of contents, which is an outline by chapter, the Study Bible overviews highlight the themes or topics covered in each Bible book.

Select the chapter you wish to study.

 The navigation drop-down lists at the top of the page show the current book and chapter. Use these drop-down lists to select another Bible book or chapter, or additional Study Bible content such as the Bible book overview or glossary.

Use the Study Tools for a Bible Chapter

The text of the chapter is in the Reading pane on the left of the screen, and the Study pane is on the right. (Note: On smaller mobile devices, the Study pane is initially hidden, but it slides into view when you tap a verse number, a footnote symbol, a marginal reference letter, or the Display Pane icon.)

The following provides an overview of how to access the study features:

  • Click a chapter or verse number to show, in the current tab of the Study pane, study material associated with the verse.

  • Click a footnote symbol to see the footnote associated with a word or phrase.

  • Click a marginal reference letter to expand that marginal reference in the Study pane and show the text of the passage being referred to.

  • To play the audio for the current chapter, starting from a particular verse, click the text of the verse, then click the pop-up audio icon.

  • To play audio from the beginning of the chapter, click the Play icon on the audio bar at the top of the page.

  • In a Cited Scripture dialog, click the Play icon to play audio for the cited Scripture passage only.

  • Click the Pause icon to pause the audio.

  • Click the Discovery icon to activate the Discovery tab of the Study pane and show all study notes, footnotes, marginal references, and media for the current chapter. (This tab shows by default when you load a chapter.)

  • Click the Bible Comparison icon to activate the Bible Comparison tab of the Study pane and show alternate renderings for the current verse.

  • Click the Marginal Reference icon to activate the Marginal Reference tab of the Study pane and show a categorized list of all marginal references for the current chapter.

  • To access the Study pane on smaller mobile devices, click the Display Pane icon.

  • To hide the Study pane on smaller mobile devices, click the Hide Pane icon.

Discovery Tab

The Discovery tab begins with the portion of the Bible book overview that covers the current chapter. If the overview has subsections, click the plus sign (+) to reveal the sections or the minus sign (-) to hide them.

Thereafter, for each verse in the current chapter, you see the following:

  • Study notes: Study material for the verse.

  • Media: Images or videos associated with the verse. Click the image or its description to open the Media Gallery and learn more.

  • Footnotes: Additional information on words or phrases in the verse.

  • Marginal references: Marginal references linked to words or phrases in the verse. Click the plus sign (+) to expand a reference and see the Scripture text. Click the minus sign (-) to collapse the reference and hide the Scripture text.

In the Reading pane, click a verse number, footnote symbol, or marginal reference letter to bring the associated study material into view in the Study pane.

Bible Comparison Tab

The Bible Comparison tab shows alternate renderings of the current verse from different Bible translations. Tap a different verse in the Reading pane to see the alternate renderings for that verse.

Marginal Reference Tab

The Marginal Reference tab shows all marginal references for the current chapter, divided into three different categories:

  1. Parallel Account: References to the same Bible event in a different book or chapter.

  2. Quotation: Other Bible verses that are quoted in the current chapter.

  3. General: Marginal references that are neither parallel accounts nor quotations. They may include other references to the same person or place, use of a similar phrase, a fulfillment of prophecy, or discussion of a related principle.

In each case, click the plus sign (+) to expand all the marginal references for a verse and show the Scripture text, or the minus sign (-) to collapse the references and hide the Scripture text.

 Check the Highlight All box next to one of the categories to highlight in the Reading pane all the marginal references in that category. This may be useful, for example, if you want to identify the places where a writer of the Christian Greek Scriptures quoted from the Hebrew Scriptures.

See Images and Videos for a Bible Book

The Media Gallery is a collection of images and videos associated with each Bible book. The media items appear in the order in which they are referenced in the Bible book.

Navigate to the Media Gallery in one of the following ways:

  • Click an image in the Study pane.

  • In the Table of Contents page or the navigation drop-down list, select Media. Click the image or link representing a Bible book.

The Media Gallery has three parts:

  1. The image or video. Click the Left Arrow or Right Arrow to see the previous or next media item.

  2. A caption describing the image and listing other scriptures that have a Study pane reference to the same image.

    On smaller mobile devices, click the Show Caption icon to display the caption over the picture.

  3. A carousel of thumbnail images representing the media items. Click the Left Arrow or Right Arrow to see more thumbnails. Click a thumbnail to display the corresponding image or video.

 Once you have selected an image, you can adjust the zoom using the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons, or the pinch and zoom gestures on a compatible touch screen.

If you select a video, use the video controls to play or pause the video, or to watch it in full-screen mode.

Use the Bible Book Overviews, Glossary, or Appendixes

There are two ways to navigate to these reference articles:

  • Click a reference link in the Study pane.

  • Select one of these articles from the Table of Contents page or the navigation drop-down list.

The Bible book overviews are presented in an expandable outline format. Press the plus sign (+) to expand a section and reveal the points within the section, or the minus sign (-) to collapse the section and hide the information within it.

The glossary is a list of terms used in the Bible and their meanings. If you click a glossary reference in the Study pane, you will be taken directly to that specific entry.

If you navigated to the glossary via the Table of Contents page or navigation drop-down list, click a letter in the alphabetical guide to go to the first item beginning with that letter, then scroll down to the entry you’re looking for.

Some of the appendixes have two ways of presenting the material—as one image (representing the corresponding New World Translation printed page) or as text with separate images.

  • View the article as an image. Click the image to open it in the Image Viewer. You can adjust the zoom using the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons, or the pinch and zoom gestures on a compatible touch screen.

  • View the article as text with separate images. This layout allows you to click Scripture links or other references and see their text in the Study pane.