The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers

The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers

Touted as the Bible of the Protestant Reformation, Hendrickson Bible Publishers offers a facsimile of the University of Wisconsin’s edition of the 1560 Geneva Bible.

The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers

The Geneva Bible was the first English Bible to fully be translated from the original languages. It includes the Apocrapha and also includes extensive commentary and annotations in the margins from the scholars who translated it. Such benefits made it the preferred Bible among the English settlers who voyaged to the New World in the early 1600s.

S. Iohn 3:16
For God fo loued the worlde, that he hathe giuen his onely begotten Sone, that whofoeuer beleuveth in him, fhulde not perifh, but have euerlafting life.

Iames 1:27
Pure religion & vndefiled before God, euen the Father, is this, to vifite the fatheries, and widdowes in their aduerfitie, and to kepe him felf vnfpotted of the worlde.

What is gained in novelty and academic value by having an exact copy of the 1560 Geneva Bible comes at the cost of it being more difficult to read. While the all black type is an average 7 pt size, the age and crude printing of this original edition lacks crispness. Add in the challenge of over 440 years of linguistic evolution, and most readers will be forced to slow their reading pace considerably.

The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers

The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers

As with many Hendrickson Bible, this Bible is beautifully crafted with a rugged blach genuine leather cover, Smyth-sewn binding, gold-gilded page edges, and a black ribbon marker. This is a very thick Bible at 2.5 inches, but its Smyth-sewn binding allows it to still lay flat.

The paper is much thicker and waxier than typical Bible paper.

The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers

The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers

The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers

Because this is a facsimile, you get to enjoy the original artisanship of maps, woodcut illustrations, and drop cap letters from 1560. This original edition also includes study resources such as a concordance of proper names, a concordance of principal things, a genealogical timeline from Adam to Christ, and a timeline of God. Added to the facsimile is a lengthy introduction to the Bible’s history written by Lloyd E. Berry.

Translation: The Geneva Bible
Publisher: Hendrickson Bible Publishers
ISBN: 9781598562132
Language: English
Cost: $119.95

Cover: genuine leather (black)
Binding: Smyth-sewn with 1 black ribbon marker
Pages: 1,280 pages with gold gilded edges
Type: 7 point black text
Dimensions: 2.5″ x 7.8″ x 10″
Special Features: original facsimile copy of the Geneva Bible’s text, art, and resources

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The Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

Hendrickson Publishers has merged the King James Bible with my favorite commentary to create The Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible.

Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

Completed in 1611, the King James Version has been the translation of choice among many Christians over the past 400 years. However, today’s KJV Bibles are almost exclusively the edited text of the 1769 edition of the KJV.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

James 1:27
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Overall, the Matthew Henry Study Bible has good readability. While the type isn’t large, the kerning and full justification makes each word and letter stand out crisp and clearly. At the same time, it almost spaces things out too much, which slows down quick skimming. The words of Christ are in red.

The layout features cross references in the interior margins, and the study notes’ sans serif typeface is a bold, crisp, user friendly choice that drives home the points.

Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

The black flexisoft leather cover is soft yet firm to the touch. It is a good balance between cost and quality.

The Smyth-sewn binding is complemented by a gold ribbon marker, and the gold-gilded page edges are dotted with helpful thumb index tabs.

Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

Book introductions, footnotes, and in-text quotations from Matthew Henry’s writings are woven throughout the Bible. It is a well-thought-out balance between study tools and portability.

Other special features include 8 pages of full-color maps and a concordance.

Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

Translations: King James Version (KJV)
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers (2010)
ISBN: 9781598565461
Language: English
Cost: $79.95

Cover: Flexisoft Leather (black)
Pages: 2,336
Type: black type with words of Christ in red
Dimensions: 6.5″ x 9.25″ x 2″
Special Features: Matthew Henry commentary, concordance, 8 pages of full-color maps

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Chronological Study Bible (NKJV) by Thomas Nelson

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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.”

Chronological Study Bible

Chronological Study Bible

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.

John 3:16
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.

James 1:27
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.

Chronological Study Bible

Chronological Study Bible

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.

Chronological Study Bible

Chronological Study Bible

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)
ISBN: 9780718020682
Language: English
Cost: $44.99

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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