Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The Chronological Study Bible – New King James Version (Thomas Nelson) is laid out beautifully. With dates at the top of the page, the text is divided into none 'epochs' making it convenient to turn to the table of contents to find an event. Time Charts and Time Panels break down each epoch into more specific categories. If an event has no fixed date, it is placed with related events. Absolute chronology is provided for events with fixed dates. This makes it easy for a reader to place Biblical history into the context of world history.
I appreciated the introduction to each epoch with information about archeology, literature, people and groups of people, and more. The transitions into each section flow smoothly with thorough background information and relevant and interesting facts presented. Snippets about science and technology, and daily life and customs, and time capsules kept me aware of historical context. A concordance and colorful maps round out the abundant resources.
I chose to read about Jesus' final week in Jerusalem often called "Passion Week." I was most interested in reading the details of each day in order. It took some getting used to because I would first read Matthew's account followed by Mark's and Luke's, but fascinating to read about Jesus from each disciple's perspective. The notes on politics and government helped me understand in a more profound way the persecution from religious authorities that Jesus endured. I now understand, appreciate, and see Passion Week in a completely new light.
If you are looking for a specific Bible passage, turn to the Index of Scripture Passages in the back of the Bible. I must say, though, that this Bible is more for students of Scripture who want to feel like they were there, living in Bible times. All the extras in this Bible round out your experience and place Biblical events in context. You'll feel as if you're crossing through the wilderness with the Israelites or walking the streets with Jesus, watching Him save, heal, and deliver.
I like this layout very much, and highly recommend this Bible.
Hardcover: 1728 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 14, 2008)