Friday, February 19, 2016

Review: NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible Thomas Nelson

Review: NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible
Thomas Nelson

9780718042523, Apply the Word Study Bible : Live in His StepsNew King James Version (NKJV) Bible has been around for quite a while, and, as the preface explains in some detail, is based on the King James Version.  The preface also explains the format design and much more to help the reader along as he encounters various notes throughout the text.  It’s probably a good idea to read that before jumping into the main text and all the notes that accompany it.  I won’t comment on the biblical text itself since I am no expert in the languages, history, culture, etc.  Best to trust the scholars on that one.

The study portion of this Bible seems to be organized into themes as the reader encounters them in his reading.  For instance, a portion of Leviticus 19 is applied to modern topics like ethics in the workplace or as they titled it “Theology for the Marketplace” (160).  If the reader desires more on that topic several other references are provided under the “More” note found below the main title header.  For example, this marketplace topic sends the reader to John 5:17 for more study, and that also has a reference for follow-up.  The commentary is not complicated, but it is thought provoking.  As the reader works his way through the biblical text, he also works through the application as well.  

The publishers have included other features like a concordance, color maps, and book introductions. Nelson offers more on their website like reading plans, study resources, and most important to me a lifetime guarantee of the quality of workmanship of their product.  The text font is on the smallish side but quite readable, crisp and clear.  I tried a yellow highlighter and it did not bleed through or crinkle the paper.  The only negative for me was the weight, but it is a study bible and it does have over 1600 pages.

I do recommend this Bible.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.

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