May 11, 2016

A Stunning Look at Both Biblical and World History: The NKJV Chronological Study Bible Review

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Wow! May has been quite the month for new Bibles in our home. We've been definitely getting our fair share of sneak peeks at some of the most recently published releases. The interesting thing is that there are so many Bibles out there, and each one has it's own set of unique features. The one type of Bible that I had yet to be introduced to was one set in chronological order. That was originally the case until I received the new NKJV Chronological Study Bible, which is part of the Thomas Nelson Signature Series.


ABOUT THE NKJV CHRONOLOGICAL STUDY BIBLE:
The Chronological Study Bible presents the text of the New King James Version in chronological order - the order in which the events actually happened - with notes, articles, and full-color graphics that connect the reader to the history and culture of Bible times. It is the only NKJV study Bible arranged in chronological order.

Features included in the NKJV Chronological Study Bible include:

  • The New King James Version translation complete with translator notes all arranged in chronological order
  • A presentation page
  • A table of contents arranged by epochs
  • Full-color illustrations of various places and artifacts from different historical eras. 
  • Articles to connect the stories from the Bible with world history.
  • Daily Life Notes explaining how others lived during Bible times
  • Time Panels and Charts showing sequential moments in Biblical history
  • Both in-text and full-page color maps, as well as a table of contents for them
  • An index of cultural and historical topics
  • A glossary and concordance
  • A daily reading plan
  • Blank note-taking pages
  • And so much more!

I was extremely impressed with the overall presentation of the NKJV Chronological Study Bible. It arrived in a printed gift box. When I opened the box, I was stunned with how gorgeous this Bible was. The stitched cover is made up of navy and brown imitation leather. There is also an attached white ribbon bookmark to help keep the reader's place . Inside you'll find various colored illustrations, charts, and notes that make it even all the more impressive.

The only annoyance that I had was with the painted page edges. While the shiny silver gives this Bible an elegant feel, I had a difficult time separating the thin pages from each other. When I flipped around to certain areas, I initially thought there was a publishing error where certain page numbers were accidentally omitted. I soon realized that the pages were just stuck together. I'm thinking after time and a little breaking in, this will no longer be an issue

The New King James Version (NKJV) translation is nice, because it offers a more up to date and easy to understand reading experience, while maintaining accuracy in the interpretation of the original King James Bible. Since this Bible is rather thick, the text inside is a bit larger, so it's also easy to see. I can also appreciate that each chapter's topic offers a more defined bold print to highlight what I'll be reading about next.

If you've been reading the Bible for a long time then you may be used to the original biblical canon. Reading a chronological Bible is a whole new experience and actually gives you a slightly different perspective. In a way it almost reminds me of reading a history book. Of course, it actually is since Bible text is part of history, but throughout the pages you'll also find a variety of historical and geographical facts from many different cultures and eras.


The NKJV Chronological Study Bible is also divided into nine epochs:

  • Epoch 1: Creation through 2000 B.C.
  • Epoch 2: 2000 through 1500 B.C.
  • Epoch 3: 1500 through 1200 B.C.
  • Epoch 4: 1200 through 930 B.C.
  • Epoch 5: 930 through 586 B.C.
  • Epoch 6: 586 through 332 B.C.
  • Epoch 7: 332 through 37 B.C.
  • Epoch 8: 37 B.C. through A.D. 30
  • Epoch 9: A.D. 30 through 100


All in all the NKJV Chronological Study Bible is pretty amazing! After reading it, I plan to pass it down to my son for when he gets older. I personally think it will make a great tool for not only learning Biblical history, but world history, as well. In fact, this would actually be great for someone who is homeschooling their children, and would prove to be a great tool that can be paired up with a traditional history textbook. It would also make a great gift for just about anyone who may enjoy a Bible that is set in chronological order. Not only does it have a bunch of unique features, but it's also beautifully put together–perfect for presenting to someone.



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