Published Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Buy it Link: Amazon | Thomas Nelson
Synopsis: The Bible that allows you to study Scripture in the order of events as they happened
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.
- The entire NKJV text with translators’ notes, arranged in chronological order, provides absorbing and effective Bible study
- Full-color illustrations of places, artifacts, and cultural phenomena give the reader a dramatic, “you are there” experience
- Fascinating articles connect the Bible text to world history and culture
- Daily Life Notes explain how people lived in Bible times
- Time Panels and Charts show the flow of Bible history
- In-text and full-page color maps of the biblical world assist study
My Review: I received a copy of this Bible in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
This is a fantastic study Bible to have. I have decided to read the Bible chronologically this year (yes, starting today), and have found this Bible to help me put all the pieces together, like archeology, historical knowledge as well as the Bible and get a full overview of the people in the Bible and what was going on in the world around them at the time. In Genesis, it's nice to read the commentary next to the creation stories about the surrounding cultures and their beliefs of creation, and how it is similar or different from our Bible.
For me, it's not too much of a stretch to think that what we have as our Bible, especially the beginning parts of it, is a cultural mishmash of beliefs from the peoples around the region of the Mesopotamian delta. Oral history was the primary source of cultural identity for thousands of years, and as cultures melded, died out and evolved, stories changed, perhaps not grossly re-editted, but details were probably added or changed as the generations progressed. I know my thoughts are not the most popular and there are those who see the Bible as written down word for word from God. However, this Bible helps me to see the larger picture of the cultures surrounding the events happening in the Bible. This is actually my favorite part of this Bible.
This Bible breaks down the timeline into 9 different "epochs" or time periods, with each having an introduction:
Epoch 1: Creation- 2000 B.C.;
Epoch 2: 2000-1500 B.C.;
Epoch 3: 1500-1200 B.C.;
Epoch 4: 1200-930 B.C.;
Epoch 5: 930-586 B.C.;
Epoch 6: 586-332 B.C.;
Epoch 7: 332-37 B.C.;
Epoch 8: 37 B.C.- A.D. 30;
Epoch 9: A.D. 30-100
There is also a concordance and reading plans as well at the end of the Bible for you to use as you would like that are very helpful.
This Bible is absolutely beautiful. It is a brown and blue imitation leather, very sturdy and well-made. There aren't any real margins for you to write a lot of notes in, so if you're going to use this as a primary study Bible, you will need to have a notebook handy to write in. It is full color but it's not distracting from reading. The only thing I do not like about this Bible is that the pages stick together very easily and they are hard to pull apart because of the gold on the edges. Most of my Bibles at home are NIV, but every time I read the NKJV edition, I am struck at how much this really is my favorite translation.