The Andrews Study Bibles


There are now three different bible versions used for the Andrews Study Bible. The first English one was a New King James Version (NKJV) published in 2010 by the Andrews University Press. In 2014 Spanish Reina-Valera 95 (RV95) was printed in China. In 2019 the Andrews University Press printed their bible in the New International Version (NIV). Since the last copyright date cited for the NIV is 2011 I presume it follows other 2011 NIV bibles. The erroneous character of the "Bible" part of these bibles won't be discussed in much detail as the "Counterfeit Bible?" page on this site gives criteria by which to test bibles. This page will mostly concern itself with some the footnotes the Andrews University Scholars have inserted to justify or explain the errors in these bibles.

The Andrews University Press isn't the only Seventh-day Adventist publishing house publishing corrupt books. On the "Ellen White and Bible Versions" page on this site are some quotations that show Sister White would NEVER have approved of the use of bibles in her books she didn't approve of but this was done in an edition of the The Desire of Ages printed by the Review and Herald Publishing Association in which there are "updated" references from the NKJV and the NIV. This implies the former editions are now out of date and inferior. It is a double attack on the Protestant King James Bible and the prophetic ministry of Ellen G. White. I would not be surprised, and in fact suspect, that "updated" editions of other books by Sister White have been published.

Too many Seventh-day Adventists have not given Sister White's books the respect they deserve. If she was a prophet inspired by the Holy Ghost, how is what she wrote inferior to what the prophets of old wrote? Much was made of the fact that Sister White said she never claimed to be a prophet. She did claim to be the "Lord's Messenger" and she claimed that this title was conferred on her by Jesus Christ Himself:
"Early in my youth I was asked several times, Are you a prophet? I have ever responded, I am the Lord's messenger. I know that many have called me a prophet, but I have made no claim to this title. My Savior declared me to be his messenger." Selected Messages Book One page 32.
Referring to John the Baptist Jesus said:
"For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come." Matthew 11:10-11, 14.
And there was a prophecy about the coming of Elijah BOTH before the coming of Jesus to the temple AND before the "great and dreadful day of the Lord."
"Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, who ye delight in: behold he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts." Malachi 3:1.

"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." Malachi 4:5.
Was Jesus' coming to the temple in Jerusalem His coming at the "great and dreadful day of the Lord." Just a little research with a concordance and a King James Bible will show you that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is the second coming of Jesus Christ. The prophecy in Malachi 4:5 is about an "Elijah" coming before Christ's second coming. It would behoove all to not grieve the Holy Spirit by rejecting light sent to us by Him.

The table on the right gives the results of my review of the bible verses listed on the "Counterfeit Bible?" page on this site. As you can see, the 2011 NIV failed in all the listed verses and the RV95 did a little better than the NKJV. Most but not all of the time there is a problem in the NKJV there will be a similar or worse problem in the NIV.

I gave the RV95 a "Fail" score for Acts 12:2-4 which should be explained. "Easter" as such is not celebrated in Latin American countries so there is not a directly equivalent Spanish word. Easter is also called "Resurrection Sunday." The RV95 has "Pascua" in this place which could mean Resurrection Sunday, the Passover or some other religious holiday.
Bible Verses NIV NKJV RV95
Isaiah 14:12 Fail Pass Pass
Ezekiel 28:14, 18 Fail Fail Fail
Zechariah 13:6-7 Fail Fail Pass
Luke 2:13-14 Fail Pass Pass
John 7:8, 10 Fail Pass Pass
Acts 12:2-4 Fail Fail Fail
Hebrews 4:7-8 Fail Fail Fail
James 5:16 Fail Fail Fail
1 John 5:7-8 Fail Pass Pass
Revelation 19:7-8 Fail Fail Fail

I'll now review a few of the problems with the footnotes and marginal notes in the Andrews Study Bibles. This is not an exhaustive review of them. I have never read the entire NIV, NKJV or the RV95 through and never plan to. I also don't plan to read all of the notes and marginal readings put there by Andrews University scholars who shouldn't be believed anyway.

On page xxxiii of the NIV Andrews Study Bible it says that "followers of Jesus believe there is no other book like the Bible" and that "its contents originated from God." Notice that "the Bible" is singular. Consider for yourself whether the following "contents originated from God."
King James Bible - "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7. The NKJV has changed "soul" to "living being" as has the NIV. The RV95 says "ser viviente" which means the same thing as "living being." The Reina Valera Gomez (RVG) translation, which is probably as close as you'll come to an uncorrupted Spanish Bible, has "alma" in this verse which means soul. The Andrews University Scholar in a footnote affirms that the verse should say "living being" rather than soul. If the Andrews University Scholar is to be believed, a key text used by Seventh-day Adventist ministers who wish to show that a "soul" means an entire living human being and not some immortal separate entity that escapes the body and goes to either heaven or hell at death, has been made worthless. Oh, and guess what? According to Webster's Third New International Dictionary (unabridged) one of the meanings of "soul" is, "human being : person." For the Andrews University Scholar to say God's Word should say "living being" instead of "soul" is either lack of understanding of English or scholarly subterfuge.

New International Version - "When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose." Genesis 6:1-2. This verse is obviously saying that the "sons of God" were something other than human. This supports the New Age doctrine in which some believe aliens copulated with our human ancestors. The Seventh-day Adventist Andrews University Scholar says in a footnote "sons of God. Most likely the righteous and God-fearing descendants of Seth." Not only is it "most likely" the case, it WAS the case that God's real Word was speaking of the marriage of God fearing descendants of Seth with those that had rejected God. I have to say, maybe I shouldn't have assumed the scholar was a Seventh-day Adventist. The NKJV and the RV95 don't have a problem in this verse.

New King James Version - "I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name LORD I was not known to them." Exodus 6:3. This same bible quotes Eve as saying, "I have acquired a man from the LORD" in Genesis 4:1. The NIV does the same thing but in different wording. The RV95 retains the Jehovah of the King James Bible. The note by the Andrews University Scholar provides no explanation for the contradiction in these verses in the NKJV and NIV. "Light. Depth. Truth." is the description of the Andrews Study Bibles in the front of those bibles. I don't think so. "Darkness. Shallowness. Lies." would be a more appropriate description. Replacing Jehovah with Lord in Exodus 6:3 has further ramifications more complex than will be dealt with on this site.

King James Bible - "And he said unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?" Mark 7:18-19. The NIV says "Jesus declared all foods clean," the NKJV says the food "is eliminated, thus purifying all foods, and the RV95 says all foods were declared clean by Jesus. In all three bibles an Andrews University scholar has added a footnote that says Jesus wasn't declaring all foods suitable for eating. What the footnotes say is true but that is NOT what the bibles the footnote are in say. Perhaps they don't understand that "purging" means getting rid of and does NOT mean making ANYTHING clean. There is NO problem here in the King James Bible. The discussion isn't even about clean and unclean foods; it's about ceremonial hand washing.

King James Bible - "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Corinthians 9:27. The King James Bible is speaking of self-control; of making the body subject to the higher power of the mind. The NKJV says, "I discipline my body," the NIV says, "I strike a blow to my body" and the RV95 says, "sino que golpeo mi cuerpo" (but I hit my body). The NIV and RV95 are clearly speaking of physical mortification of the body, i.e., penance. The NKJV reading, "I discipline my body" could mean self-control but it could also mean penance. The scholar's explanation in a footnote is that, "Giving up one's rights in order to save others requires the same type of self-control and discipline found in sports." That is true but I know of no sport in which one purposely strikes their own body. Yes, I know you get hit in contact sports but you're not hitting yourself.
I believe this web site has all you need to know to discern which Bible has the real Holy Scriptures inspired by the Word, Jesus Christ Himself, and which bibles and books were inspired by Satan. Be careful what you study and be careful where you send your children to study or they may return to you apostates.

I don't think everyone needs to acquire sixty or so bibles and hundreds of other books like I have. I only did it so I could knowledgeably expose error. It would be helpful if others beside myself would object to the sophistry being used against Seventh-day Adventists. Seventh-day Adventist ministers and institutions should know they will not be supported when they persist in teaching and distributing erroneous materials that undermine the real Holy Scriptures and the Spirit of Prophecy. I'm sure some men are doing this ignorantly. They need to be educated.

Which Bible?
Counterfeit Bible?
King James Bible "Errors"
The New Steps to Christ
What I Learned in Church
The Clear Word Bible
Ellen White and Bible Versions
© Martin J. Lohne 2019. Written 9/27/19.