Thomas Nelson offers a delightful NKJV Chronological Study Bible. The way it weaves Scripture and study aids together chronologically offers one of the best resources I’ve seen for better understanding the Bible from a historical perspective.
It is fascinating to read the Bible chronologically – to segue from Saul’s attempt to capture David at his own house in 1 Samuel 19:15-17 to David’s plea in Psalm 59 for God to “deliver me from my enemies.”
The NKJV translation is a modern adaption by Thomas Nelson Publishers of the 1611 KJV Bible that seeks to ease vocabulary and grammar while upholding the original core of the 1611 KJV Bible.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
I love the design layout. Unfortunately, most Bibles struggle in this area. Yet the Chronological Study Bible has solid aesthetics, balance, efficiency, and pragmatism in the way it weaves transition notes and study aids throughout the actual Scripture text. The 10 point type is kind to the eyes and the full-color pages are another nice yet seldom seen touch.
I am not to fond of hardback Bibles with glued binding because the craftmanship is known to fail. However, as with any Bible, it is best to store them horizontally vs vertical so that the weight on the pages do not pull on the binding.
The dust jacket is a bit overzealous with Photoshopping and marketing pitches, but underneath, the cover itself is actually quite nice. The hardcover is a rich, faux-leather burgundy with gold foil embossed type.
Obviously, the biggest feature of this Bible is its arranging of Scripture by the order in which the events actually occurred. But the Bible is also rich in many other features including full-color illustrations, maps, time panels, and charts as well as in-text cultural articles, translators’ notes, and historic insights.
Translations: New King James Version (NKJV)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (2008)
Cover: hardcover (burgundy) with dust jacket
Pages: 1,728 full-color pages
Type: 10 point black type
Dimensions: 9.8″ x 1.8″ x 5.9″
Special Features: chronological order of Scripture, full-color illustrations, maps, time panels, and charts, and in-text cultural articles, translators’ notes, and historic insights
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