When it comes to studying the Bible, it's nice to have a few different translations on hand. This especially becomes useful during studies when I sometimes need to compare the differences in text. The later translations like the NIV and ESV are really nice because they're easy to read. There's a lot of detail and work involved in creating a new Bible translation, and I personally think they all have something to bring to the table.
I was recently perusing through my home library, and realized that I didn't have a good King James Version Bible. I used to have a small one, but for some reason it was no where to be found. While the KJV wasn't my preferred translation, in recent years I've taken more of a liking to it especially for study purposes. I personally felt it was important to keep one on hand since the King James Version offers a traditional rendition of the Bible. I was recently presented with the opportunity to read the newly released KJV Word Study Bible, and the timing couldn't be anymore perfect.
ABOUT THE BIBLE:
The KJV Word Study Bible includes in-text subheadings and 1,700 easy-to-use word studies with select Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words explained in every chapter from Genesis to Revelation, helping you dig deeper into your Bible study. By looking into these ancient texts we are able to read scripture as it was originally written and passed on from generation to generation, bringing these words to life and allowing you to almost hear Jesus teaching on the hillside or crying out to God on the cross. As you study you will discover the richness and significance of the original languages of the Word of God and experience scripture in a whole new way.
While offering traditional Bible features, the KJV Word Study Bible includes a bunch of extras to really further expand my studies:
- Abbreviations of the books in the Bible
- Introductions to each book in the Bible
- Words of Jesus Christ are shown in red ink
- 1700 Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek word studies throughout
- An alphabetical concordance listing key passages and study topics
- Four indexes (including an English Word Index, Scripture Passage Index, Strong's Hebrew Number Index, and Strong's Greek Number Index)
It can go without saying that every Bible is special, since it holds the word of God, but the handy features included in this one really are a step up from my old Kings James Version (wherever it may be). As I read this Bible, I'm able to reference various underlined words throughout the passages that take me to a more in depth study of each word, not only in English, but in three additional ancient languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek).
Physically, the Bible is really nice, donning a brown imitation leather cover. It's a sizable Bible, which also means the text inside is large. I'm not a fan of small text, so this is a bonus for me. It also comes with a sewn in ribbon bookmark and gold page trimming. I always like when a Bible highlights Jesus' words in red ink and this one does just that, however the ink is a bit dark. In certain lighting, it can easily blend in with the rest of the black text. Perhaps the red tone could have been a bit brighter–not such a huge deal, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
It's also worth noting that there's an introduction in the beginning that includes several recommendations of publications that may be useful when using this Bible. One of them is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Although, I have yet to pick this resource up, myself, I believe it's definitely going to come in handy, since two of the four indexes included in this Bible are Strong's Hebrew Number Index and Strong's Greek Number Index. While the reference numbers for each Hebrew and Greek word are shown throughout the word studies, these two indexes are listed in order by number, which can be difficult to reference back to if you're not familiar with this system or don't have a proper guide on how to follow it.
All in all, the KJV Word Study Bible is a really beautiful Bible. My favorite aspect is the word studies. This is a feature that's not typically found in every Bible. I enjoy being able to explore the ancient meanings behind some of the words that are highlighted and discussed in further detail. This in turn provides a more thorough study of God's word.
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