Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: The Open Bible NKJV from Thomas Nelson

Yes, this is the Open Bible from years ago that has been re-issued. It was great then and it still is now. My favorite helps are the Biblical Cyclopedic Index and, believe or not, the maps. The index lists a word, defines it, and then covers the uses or occurrences by category. That opens lots of new areas for consideration from the very beginning.

The maps are readable, colorful and color coded, and are assembled in chronological order from the Genesis period to modern times. There is so much more there to explore. This Bible makes study fun.

There are other study helps too that included the Jewish feast dates, the Maccabean period, and brief summaries of the Apocrypha. I don’t think they published a version of this that includes those books of the Apocrypha, but the summaries give the reader some insight into them.

Each book starts with a helps section and an outline. Throughout the reading notes give alternate readings. Cross references? Of course. There’s so much to commend this particular edition of the NKJV. The font size works for me, a corrected vision person. Please check this one out before you purchase any Bible.

What don’t I like? Not much to say there, except the paper weight may be too light for some. Suits me, but I don’t use hi-liters.

I do recommend this version of the NKJV.

I received this book in exchange for my review from the publishers.

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