Saturday, November 8, 2008

Review of The Chronological Study Bible from Thomas Nelson

Title: The Chronological Study Bible
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Copyright: 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7180-2068-2
Genre: Bibles/NKJV/Study

A treasure in the hand is worth ten on the shelf! And The Chronological Study Bible is just such a treasure for the one who desires to follow the flow of history as he reads the Bible. I reviewed the hardcover edition, which comes with a handsome full-color jacket over a burgundy cover. It is also available in bonded leather, for a modest price increase. You are invited to “immerse yourself in the world of the Bible,” and the study aids throughout the work make this an effortless experience. On practically every page, there is a picture, a time capsule, a thought-provoking question, or a reference to archaeology, geography, or technology, often more than one. They are arranged on the page in a way that draws your attention without unduly distracting your devotions. Section headings provide a point of reference and an overview of the successive passages, enabling you to easily capture the flow of events as they were recorded. Another valuable aid is the manner in which Old Testament passages are quoted in the New Testament. The Chronological Bible indents and italicizes the quote, and provides a footnote as to the Scripture reference. No more searching through reams of notes and commentary in order to locate the source of the quotation!

In addition to the features I’ve mentioned, the jacket cover draws your attention to:

The chronological Bible text of the New King James Version
Daily Life Notes – how people in the Bible REALLY lived!
Time panels and charts that help you grasp the flow of history
A Topical Index, Glossary, and a more – comprehensive- than usual Concordance.
In-text and full-color maps of the world of the Bible.

If you have ever asked, “What in the world is going on?” of your Bible, The Chronological Study Bible by Thomas Nelson is the treasure you’ve been seeking!
$44.99 hardcover. 1670 pages.

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