Veteran and Next Gen Editors Join to Produce Third Edition of the Life Application Study Bible

Buy your copy of the Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayIn 1988, a group of young editors and youth pastors were charged with creating a first-of-its-kind study Bible in a joint venture between Tyndale House Publishers and Youth for Christ—a Bible that in just one volume included notes, explanations, and other resources to enable a reader to better understand the spiritual truths in the text and how to apply them to everyday experiences.

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What began as a first draft scribbled onto index cards, became the Life Application Study Bible (LASB) which, to date, has sold more than 20 million copies in the USA alone, making it the
#1-selling study Bible in history. More than three decades later the original group of editors who shaped the first edition of the LASB have returned to the project, collaborating with a next generation team of female editors to produce the Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition (Tyndale/Zondervan, 2019), which will release October 1.

Some 76 people contributed to the Third Edition of the LASB (NLT website and NIV website), which contains the most significant number of revisions, updates, and additions in nearly two decades. While it holds on to timeless content, it’s substantially different than earlier editions, with changes to more than one-third of the study and application notes, including a comprehensive rewrite of the notes to reflect how people today speak and write. The young editors who joined the veteran team on the project helped reflect today’s language and tone and contributed to the treatment of modern issues.

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“The Third Edition of the Life Application Study Bible is truly a Bible for all people and for all times,” said Tyndale brand director Jim Jewell. “The core of the LASB is, of course, the text of the Bible, which is a Christian’s guidebook in every era and every situation. The greatly enhanced life application material in the Third Edition helps bring the Bible’s teaching into focus—for whatever issues people are dealing with, and at any point in their lives. For today, and for all times.”

Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition, distinctives include:

  • Interior Accent Color—Refreshed design with a second color for visual clarity.
  • People Profiles—Descriptions of Bible characters detailing strengths and weaknesses, accomplishments and mistakes, and key lessons from their lives.
  • Maps—Illustrations of biblical stories from a geographical point of view.
  • Charts & Diagrams—Hundreds of features help the reader better visualize difficult concepts or relationships and also shows their significance.
  • 10,000+ Application & Explanatory Notes—Hundreds of new study notes have been added where there was additional need to help the reader understand and apply the text.

The Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition will be simultaneously released by Tyndale House Publishers and Zondervan in both the New Living Translation (NLT) and the New International Version (NIV) Bible translations and in a variety of covers.

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About Tyndale House Publishers
Since its founding in 1962, Tyndale House Publishers (@tyndalehouse) has been a voice to trust for generations of readers. Today, Tyndale is one of the largest independent Christian publishers in the world. Tyndale’s mission is to make the Bible accessible to as many people as possible in language that they can relate and respond to. Tyndale publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT) and offers nonfiction books that equip readers with Christ-centered insight, counsel, and life-improving stories. In addition, Tyndale publishes fiction from fresh new voices and celebrated authors alike, capturing the imagination of millions of readers. With a deep understanding of the importance of nurturing future generations, Tyndale also publishes children’s products that make God’s Word and wisdom come alive. Tyndale’s independent status allows it to follow its founding model, giving a majority of annual revenue—more than $100 million throughout its history—to charitable missions. With every book purchased, Tyndale readers help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. For additional information, please visit

About Zondervan
Zondervan (@Zondervan) is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit

Co-publisher of the Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition is HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the parent company of Bible Gateway.

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