I have the privilege of telling you today about a fantastic study Bible that has become my new favorite! The BlogAbout Blogger Network generously sent me the most gorgeous (inside and out) copy of Thomas Nelson’s new NKJV Study Bible to use and review. I love it and it has made my devotional and Bible reading times so rich and rewarding!
The NKJV Study Bible is beautifully printed and bound in cranberry-colored softcover faux leather. Its full-colored pages have gorgeous photos of art and geographical regions of Bible lands, as well as golden page edges. There are two ribbons to mark the spots you’re reading in. Each Bible book has an interesting introduction that describes the events, purposes, and timelines of the books, as well as chapter outlines. It’s a hefty Bible with a good weight; after all, there are 2201 pages! There is just SO much to this Bible; check out what’s included!
- Verse-by-verse study notes, on more than 15,000 verses
- Notes on Bible times and culture
- Word studies with Strong’s numbers (one of my favorite ways to study, by delving into the original Greek and Hebrew! The Strong’s numbers help you to discover more without being an ancient languages scholar yourself.)
- Extensive cross-reference system
- Maps and charts explaining more about what’s going on in the text
- Full-length articles by evangelical Bible scholars, a concordance, and color maps
- Clear and readable Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print®
What I encountered with the NKJV Study Bible
Each spring, our church offers a cool optional prayer and Bible reading activity for the first 21 days of the new year. That gave me the perfect opportunity to put this study Bible to the test. And oh, was it a rich and fulfilling time! The Bible reading was divided into a New Testament (a daily chapter from the Gospel of John) and an additional chapter or chapter portion (sometimes in the Old Testament, sometimes in the New). So, each day I was reading the book of John chapter-by-chapter, and then reading verses of Isaiah, Psalms, 1 Corinthians, etc. That would have been an amazing three weeks in and of itself. But this Bible added so much depth to that!
The book of John starts with a gripping introduction (as do all the other 65 books of the Bible) and reminds us that this gospel includes the reason it was written: to show us how to find eternal life (John 20:31). It tells us about its author, “the disciple Jesus loved,” widely understood to be the apostle John. It includes a timeline of the years covered in the book, and the time scholars believe it was written. The gospel’s theology is shared (that Jesus, the Word, is God) as well as the acts of Jesus that serve as His deity’s proof. The intro closes with an outline of the book.
As the book of John progresses, the NKJV Bible includes verse-by-verse footnoted teaching, Greek word studies (for example, “The Word,” “The Only Begotten Son,” “born again,” “fountain,” and more). There are also maps of Jesus’ journeys and photos of the lands He walked through, like Tiberias, a Capernaum synagogue, and Nazareth. There are infographics (charts) on everything from Jesus’ trials, to the Old Testament predictions (and consequent fulfillment) of the Messiah’s death, to Peter’s restoration. And more! There are just so many amazing additions that both bring the Bible to life for the reader and deepen his or her understanding of it.
I have to mention one last thing I really appreciated, and that’s this Bible’s translation. There are quite a few Bible translations out there, which are produced by people who read and study the original Hebrew and Greek, then translate it into modern language. I’ve used, over the years, the NASB, the NIV, and the Message for my Bible study and devotional reading. This study Bible, as you might have noticed from the title, is in the New King James Version, which (other than knowing it existed) I was mostly unfamiliar with. Well, I love it! It seems both very personal and very faithful to the Scriptures I’m familiar with. In fact, it wouldn’t be exaggeration for me to say it has brought my Bible reading to life. And all the qualities and aspects of this Bible that I loved in the Gospel of John book occur in all the other books of the Bible as well!
All in all, this Bible has been a wonderful experience for me. And I think it would be the same for anyone who’s looking for a great study Bible in a fresh and vivid translation, with all the extras that bring the Old and New Testaments into greater focus. Whether you’re considering it for a gift for someone else or for you, yourself, it will be a fantastic faith experience. Definitely, check this Bible out!
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