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Do you have someone on your shopping list that spends their lunch hour doing a Bible study? Do you they like to share what they’ve learned in the pages of a commentary over a cup of coffee and scone? Then you may have a Bible geek on your hands.
I know that you’re tempted to get your Bible geek loved one a coffee cup with a touching verse painted on it, but maybe we can do better. I’ve listed below ten possible gift ideas that I would love to receive if I didn’t have them already.
A New Study Bible
In this digital age, many people (including myself) forego a bound Bible for their favorite Bible app on their smartphone or tablet. If your Bible geek loved one isn’t one of those people, their Bible undoubtedly has a lot of miles on it. They may be ready for a new Bible, or maybe just another specialized Bible. Just be sure to find out their preferred Bible translation before making this purchase. Are they Team NIV or Team NASB? Or Team NKJV? People are pretty picky about that.
Commentary from this study Bible was one of my favorite resources when I prepared Bible study lessons. Practical and to the point.
This one is for those that like to dig around in the original languages. I loved to take this Bible along with me when I traveled and needed to work on a lesson.
I’ve never used one of these but I’m intrigued. There may be one in my future.
Bible Reference Books
Love this so much. I’ve been looking pretty worn out these days, but I wasn’t actually around during Bible times. So I sometimes need a thing or to ‘splained to me.
5. Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History (Broadman & Holman Reference)
I haven’t used Bible atlases much, but I always like to have one around. Just in case.
Bible Study Software
Full disclosure: In my pre-Mac days, I used the PC Study Bible software and loved it a whole lot. But now I have a Mac and had to make a switch. I read a lot of good things about the Accordance software, so settled on it. It has tons of add-ons that you can purchase (like the resources above). And a bonus – even though I bought the Mac version, I was able to install an app on my iPad, sign in with my Accordance account, and use my modules. So pretty nifty.
Bible Study Workbook
Guided Bible study workbooks aren’t for everyone, especially hard core Bible geeks that don’t want someone else doing the studying for them. But the following studies are a bit out of the norm and can be very satisfying to a Bible geek.
This is one of the first studies I ever did, and I still think about key concepts that I learned from it. It’s a great way for a Bible geek to learn to move from all the studying and put feet to their faith.
This is one of my favorite studies because it is so incredibly in-depth and takes you from the Old Testament to the New Testament.
I’m working on this one right now and love the way it helps you climb into the pages of Scripture. Definitely worth a look.
Leadership Conference Attendance
Is your Bible geek seeking God about future ministry opportunities? If so, they may be interested in attending a Catalyst conference. I haven’t had the opportunity to attend yet, but salivate every time I hear about it. I imagine it could be expensive what with conference fees, travel, and hotel. This would be a great gift from a group.
Do you have any ideas for a great gift for a Bible geek?
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