BOOK REVIEW: This is one hefty study Bible!

I’m always hesitant to recommend study Bibles because they are so full of materials that are not scripture which readers sometimes take as important — or even more important — than scripture itself.

With that concern noted, Thomas Nelson has published the second edition of its “New King James Version Bible – Full Color Edition” that I think some readers might like.

This is one hefty study Bible! Where to start …

Okay, I’m not one to pick the New King James Version (NKJV) for myself or others, but it’s an improvement over the King James Version and is a reliable Bible. And among all the items stuffed in this study Bible, the scripture is also in there!

Along with the scripture, you’ll find the following as described by the publisher:

  • Fresh new full-color page design.
  • Nelson’s complete cross reference system including the NKJV translator’s notes.
  • Over 15,000 clear, readable, verse-by-verse study notes.
  • Bible times and culture notes.
  • Redesigned, full-color in-text maps and charts.
  • Articles on key doctrines of the Bible.
  • Word studies with Strong’s numbers.
  • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines.
  • Harmony of the Gospels, index, concordance, and redesigned color maps.

Believe me when I say stuffing all of the above into a single Bible means that the pages are overflowing with study resources. So much so many pages contain more study resources than scripture. To conduct my review, I worked through a few books of the Bible and generally found all of the various resources can be helpful, but again, they can also be a distraction to the reader.

It can be easy to get bogged down in the study resources in this Bible, but if used with focus and discipline, the study resources in this Bible can be insightful and helpful to many students of the Word.

If you just must have a study Bible, and you’re okay with the New King James version, this might be the Bible for you.


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