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
- 10-point type size
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The Chronological STUDY BIBLE
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Chapter OneEPOCH ONE
The Bible begins its story with the accounts of creation and of human-kind's early history. The epoch extending from undatable creation to about 2000 B.C. witnessed the beginning both of life itself and of humankind's first civilizations. This is the time before the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, long before Israel became a specific people. It is the time of humankind's earliest ancestors.
The very earliest part of this epoch is called "prehistory" because it covers the story of humans before there were recorded events. The advent of writing around 3000 B.C. eventually ended "prehistory," as humans began preserving information concerning their economies, laws, and religions. The various written documents of this period, including lists of kings, inscriptions from buildings, and historical epics, mark the start of the historical era.
ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE PAST
Archaeologists arrange historical and cultural evidence according to the most vital metal of each period, such as stone, copper, bronze, or iron. The earliest period, called the Stone Age, is divided into the Old Stone, Middle Stone, and New Stone ages. A later period, the Bronze Age, is also divided into the Early Bronze, Middle Bronze, and Late Bronze ages. The dates for these periods are approximate, of course, because cultural changes always come gradually. Very early dates are based on theories of evolution and geology, and interpreters of the Bible differ on how such dates relate to the creation accounts in Genesis.
The Old Stone Age is designated by the name "Paleolithic." It was an age of hunting and food-gathering. People lived in caves or temporary shelters. They made implements of flint or chipped stone, and subsisted from what they could gather from nature itself.
The Middle Stone Age is called the Mesolithic period. It was a transitional stage to a food-producing economy. During this period real settlements first appeared, and there was an evolution in the arts of civilization.
The New Stone Age, or Neolithic period, is distinguished by several advances. One of the most notable, the invention of pottery, divides the New Stone Age into a prepottery period (c. 8000-5500 B.C.) and a pottery period (c. 5500-4000 B.C.). Other developments included agriculture, textiles, and the domestication of animals.
The Copper-Stone Age, or Chalcolithic period, saw a transition to a significant use of copper. At some sites from this period, dwellings were underground, entered by shafts from the surface and connected by tunnels. Copper working was found in the many pits, ovens, and fireplaces common in such sites.
The Early Bronze Age is the period in which we leave "prehistory" and enter the "historical" period. This is the period in which written records appear. The Mesopotamians pioneered writing, but Egypt was quick to recognize the benefits of it. At the site of Arad in Palestine, archaeologists have uncovered a potsherd bearing the signature of Narmer, who is often identified with Menes, the pharaoh of Egypt's first dynasty.
THE PEOPLES AND GROUPS
The story of the Bible is linked with the histories of two great lands: Mesopotamia and Egypt. In Mesopotamia two different cultures developed, one in the south and the other in the north.
The earliest known inhabitants of Mesopotamia lived in the southern part, the land of Sumer or southern Babylonia. Known as Sumerians, this culture greatly influenced all of the ancient Near East, including the Israelites. The Sumerians developed a township system of government, consisting of city-states, in which the temple of the local deity was the center of economic, cultural, and religious life.
In northern Babylonia lived the Accadians. This culture took its name from the town of Agade, also known as Accad. The Accadian culture did not develop the independent city-state system of the south, but seems to have existed as a single territory. While there were temples, the palace and household played the more important role in the Accadian economy. Around 2300 B.C. a northerner named Sargon of Agade was able to unify north and south Babylonia.
Egypt was a land divided into two kingdoms: Lower Egypt around the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt of the Nile Valley. Egypt's pre - history or predynastic period witnessed the development of rulership by pharaohs. This period ended around 3000 B.C. with the unification of Lower and Upper Egypt by the ruler Menes, resulting in the First Dynasty. During the following Archaic period, the country came to accept a divine monarchy in which the pharaoh was considered the incarnation of the sky god Horus. Later pharaohs of the Old Kingdom, beginning about 2700 B.C., became famous for their pyramids.
THE BIBLICAL LITERATURE
The Book of Genesis is usually divided at Gen. 12, where the story of the patriarch Abraham begins. The chapters of Gen. 1-11, which concern the time before the patriarchs, are called "primeval history" because they relate the first ages of the world. Primeval history tells of a time much different from what the patriarchs would later experience, and from what humans experience now.
The major narratives of this primeval history give an account of creation, a great Flood, and the tower at Babel. The creation account (Gen. 1-3) describes the creation of all things, including humankind. The newly created humans rebel against God, resulting in their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The Flood account (Gen. 6-9) tells of the continued evil in human hearts, the Flood, and God's judgment upon humanity. The redemption of Noah's family offers a new beginning. Following the Flood, Gen. 11 narrates the spread of the human race and its arrogant attempt to build a tower to the heavens. God confuses their languages, forcing them to disperse.
THE BEGINNINGS OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION
Biblical and secular historians agree that human civilization began in the ancient Near East. The earliest large communities developed in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Iran) and in Egypt. Palestine, where biblical Israel is found, lies along the best road between Mesopotamia and Egypt, and so the Bible's own history appropriately begins with these two civilization centers.
The task of assigning specific dates to this ancient history is difficult and uncertain, but scholars have placed the first human settlements as early as 7,000 to 8,000 years before Christ. Although dating the early events of civilization is elusive, we can at least follow the general stages by which human communities developed.
Advances in technology made it possible for humans to live in large communities. First they developed stone tools, then discovered how to make clay vessels, how to extract and use copper ore, and, by about 3000 B.C., how to use bronze. In terms of food and support, humans moved from small family groups hunting and gathering their food to larger nomadic clans tending domesticated animals. Farming developed next, and by 3000 B.C. people in Mesopotamia and Egypt were using sophisticated irrigation techniques to harness the regular floods of the Tigris, Euphrates, and Nile rivers. Now for the first time, food could be produced in large supply, enough to support cities and even empires.
The period from 3000 to 2000 B.C. (called the Early Bronze Age) saw the development of several such empires: the civilizations of Sumer, Accad, and Ur in Mesopotamia and the Old Kingdom of Egypt. Towering monuments testify to the amazing technological sophistication of these cultures. This was the age of the great pyramids in Egypt and of similar structures in Mesopotamia, called ziggurats. These ancient peoples worshiped many gods: gods of light, darkness, skies, seas, the land, the sun, the moon and stars, plants, and animals. Ancient writings from this time describe not only these gods, but also the creation of the world and a great flood.
Genesis The Story of Creation
1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was with out form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and sea sons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 Then God said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens." 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so. 25And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and sub due it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
29 And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food"; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
2 1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Life in God's Garden
8 The Lord God planted a garden east ward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of As syria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
18 And the Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 And Adam said:
"This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man."
24 There fore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The Temptation and Fall of Man
3 1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
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Table of Contents
Reading Theological History....................xii
Rearranging the Bible's Canonical Order....................xiii
New King James Version....................xix
EPOCH 1 Before the Patriarchs (Creation-2000 BC)....................1
The Beginnings of Human Civilization....................2
EPOCH 2 The Patriarchs, Israel's Ancestors (2000-1500 BC)....................18
The Changing of the Empires....................19
Egypt in the Middle Bronze Age....................51
EPOCH 3 The Rise of a Unified People (1500-1200 BC)....................69
Egypt and the Exodus....................70
The Conquest of Canaan....................229
EPOCH 4 From Tribes to a Nation (1200-930 BC)....................257
A Tribal Confederation in Israel....................258
The United Monarchy in Israel....................300
EPOCH 5 The Fall of Two Nations (930-586 BC)....................515
The Divided Monarchy in Israel....................517
The Neo-Assyrian Empire....................576
The Neo-Babylonian Empire....................688
EPOCH 6 Exile and Return (586-332 BC)....................839
Exile in Babylon....................841
Wisdom in the Ancient Near East....................895
The Persian Empire....................940
EPOCH 7 Between the Two Testaments (332-37 BC)....................1057
The Greek Empire....................1059
The Roman Empire....................1073
EPOCH 8 The Coming of the Messiah (37 BC-AD 30)....................1076
Introductions to Jesus Christ....................1078
Early Lives of John the Baptist and Jesus....................1079
Beginning of Jesus' Ministry....................1089
The Galilean Ministry....................1096
From Galilee to Jerusalem....................1158
Jesus' Final Journey....................1165
Final Ministry in Judea....................1183
Jesus' Final Week in Jerusalem....................1195
EPOCH 9 The Church Age (AD 30-100)....................1249
The Gospel to the Jews....................1251
The Gospel to the Gentiles....................1263
The Gospel to the Gentile World....................1272
The Gospel from Jerusalem to Rome....................1344
Apocalyptic Writings and the End Time....................1408
Cultural and Historical Topics....................1431
Index of Scripture Passages....................1665
Daily Reading Plans....................1671
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Can you imagine reading through a book of American History that was out of order? Let's say the narrative started with man stepping on the moon, then moved to the war of 1812, then to the Great Depression, then the signing of The Declaration of Independence and next to the War Between the States, finally ending with the Golden Era of Industry beginning in the 1900's. You would indeed have individual stories of historical fact about America and Americans, but it would be difficult to fully see the grand picture of the historical timeline of the USA. The bible most of us read and study from everyday is much the same way. Each book is truth and points to The Truth but, many times the narrative timeline is out of order.
The Chronological Bible does much to alleviate the problem. The editors carefully attempt at move books, chapters and verses of scripture from their canonical location to a location in the narrative that best reflects the historical order of the story of the bible, God and Jesus.
You will not notice much difference in order from Genesis to Ruth, but moving through the story on Israel¿s first monarch Saul and picking up the life of a future king David, you will see a surprising and remarkable change. The four gospels and Acts are no longer five separate books, but a written story of the life and incarnation of Jesus and the founding of the Christian Church. The voices of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are clear, but they are interwoven into a chorus of story tellers. The editors become concerned with placing scripture in an historical order of timeline. The publisher makes it clear in the introduction that the order as chosen by the editors is not without mistakes, but in my view, the scholars did a pretty good job.
I like this bible. As a matter of fact, I wish I had owned one many years ago. This presentation allows the story of the bible to flow in a narrative form that will remind you of a novel. During my time of reviewing a copy, I took the Chronological Bible with me almost everywhere and showed it to many people. Each one that looked at the book and allowed me to show them ¿how¿ it worked had one statement, ¿I gotta have one¿.
With the positives I found, I do want to point out a few weaknesses the format has. I do not like the onion skin thin paper the book is printed on. I know this is normal paper for the bible industry, but it is too thin to take the abuse I give to my study bibles. I want thick paper that can stand a hand written note with a colored Sharpie, but alas, this may be a dream I will never experience in any bible. I liked the ghosted illustrations in the text, but the illustrations themselves reminded me of the flannel graph figures of my childhood-cheesy vs realistic. The binding is hardcover, but I don¿t know if it can hold up to traveling in my backpack from bedside, to car floor, to coffee shop, to computer bag, to airport, to office desk and back again.
It is a bible I believe all readers of The Book will enjoy. I also feel you will see and experience the greatness of the story in a new and maybe even miraculous way.
This is my very favorite hard copy Bible, but this ebook form is frustrating and virtually impossible to navigate. Scripture location is not identified and trying to locate a passage is extremely time-consuming and difficult. The "Scripture Passage" indext is nearly useless as you must turn page by page through the entire index to locate anything. Then, it is so "touchy", it take multiple attempts to access anything. If just reading through, thisis still a wonderful Bible, but trying to use it for study is horrific and I feel I wasted my money. I hope there are improvements and updates coming very soon! It is also extremely frustrating to use the footnotes and passage referrences, as going from the "read" to the study "tools" makes it nearly impossible to return to the passage being read. Reading the hard copy rakes some patience and skill, but this is the most disappointing and frustrating of all my purchases.
This is a beautiful master version of one of the world's favorite books, complete with numerous illustrations, sidebars, and a convenient timeline header to help the reader fully absorb the material as it should have been gathered and written in the first place. For readers hoping to delve into the biblical world, this book, in addition to the Archaeological Study Bible, is a must.
I highly recommend this Bible for anybody who wants to sit down and read the whole Bible cover to cover in the order the events happened (and will happen). The pages are beautifully laid out with helpful info and articles on most pages. The New King James Version is a great translation that is more literal than some of the newer translations coming out. The only thing I would recommend is having a second Bible (or an online Bible) handy in case you need to read in the traditional order. I.E., don't take THIS Bible to church because if the Pastor tells you to turn to a specific passage, good luck finding it in the chronological order!
Sitting in church listening to sections of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) always left me with a sense that there was more to understand. For example, hearing the words Babylon or Assyria didn't have any meaning until I learned that they were referring to captivity and exile of the Jewish nation. I dug deeper into history, but I had a hard time putting events in a historical timeline. This Chronoligical Study Bible for the first time game me a time for events that I could then take and study history and culture of the region and the world at those times and see what the struggles were. This Bible was huge in helping me study the Bible more deeply and more meaningfully. The timelines printed at the top of the pages are key, and the chapters are listed in the order in which the events occurred rather than the familiar order that we are accustomed to. Great idea. Also, the New King James Version is easily read and not as daunting as the KJV's Ole English. I would recommend this Bible to anyone who really wants to more fully understand Bible times.
This is perhaps the best Bible Resource to ever be produced. Balanced, scholarly, fact-filled. For any serious student of the Bible, this should be on one's shelf. The historical and background materials make a significant contribution to understanding the context in which the books of the Bible were written, and with that context as background, understanding is greatly enhanced. There is one drawback to it. Since it is the Bible in chronological order, it is difficult to find a known scripture in many cases. But the advantages far outweigh this difficulty, and one should expect to have this problem with a Bible in chronological order. The key is to have another Bible of the same translation along side it. IndyScholar Indianapolis, IN Author and Bible Study Teacher
Fair Warning: My review of the Chronological Study Bible may add to your Christmas list, if you're at all interested in history or Bible study.
The concept is deceptively simple: a group of scholars takes the canonical, New King James Bible and re-orders the books so that they fall in chronological order, making it easier for the non-academic reader to absorb the history behind the Old Testament and the sequence of events in the New Testament.
It's a pleasure to read the introductory material, which is humble and fair-minded. The scholars aknowledge that some sections of the Bible are much harder to date than others. Their solution is to annotate those sections and offer the reader alternative explanations for where the sections *might* have appeared.
The scholars have included readable explanatory sidebars throughout the biblical text to help a modern reader understand aspects of ancient culture. For example, one double-page spread includes a summary of the Code of Hammurabi, a comparative history of ox-goring laws, and an explanation of legal codes based on retaliation. While some of you may have begun to snooze, I can only say AWESOME! Hey, if you're going to fork out forty dollars for a Bible, why not make it one that contains all this extra material? For me, these explanations make even the driest sections of the OT come to life in the context of culture. It helps to understand that ox-goring was not just some once-gored Hebrew scholar's petty obsession, but a widespread phenomenon that did require legal oversight. Goring oxen were the neighborhood pit bulls of Mosaic law.
Another nice touch: the Chronological Study Bible is full of color illustrations and photographs of places, buildings, crafts, and artwork depicting historical figures from the Bible. I'm glad that scholars and teachers finally acknowledge that even adults benefit from visual aids to learning.
As if all these teaching and study capsules weren't cool enough, there's more great stuff at the end of the volume. First, there's an index to cultural and historical topics like "Great Flood Accounts," "Chariots," "Women," and even "Baal-Zebub." Then there's a glossary, and finally a pretty good condensed concordance.
These scholars knew what they were doing. If I had to get rid of every Bible in my house but one, this would definitely be the one I would keep. It has a huge number of study tools packed into one fairly portable volume.
The Chronological Study Bible provides and intriguing and well researched alternative to the traditional Bible. This book is designed and written to add understanding about the context under which the Bible was written.
The Bible as we know it contains many books that tell the same history (eg: 1 & 2 Chronicles and 1 & 2 Kings), and assumedly presents these books in order of historical significance. That turns out not to be the case. Presenting the various chapters in their chronological order presents readers with a unique perspective of the traditional stories of the Bible.
Certainly a must-have for the Bible Study shelf, and the ideal tool for delving a little deeper into understanding the Scriptures.
If it wasn¿t sad enough that I looked forward to getting my mail every day in anticipation of receiving the Thomas Nelson Chronological Bible, it was down-right pathetic that I stood in the parking lot like a five-year-old ripping the cardboard to pieces and squealing with delight when I finally got it open.
My pastor said if I wanted to understand the Bible¿s message I needed to understand it as an ancient reader would. So when I heard about the Thomas Nelson Chronological Bible, I knew it was the perfect find!
Oddly, the pure chaos of this book is precisely what makes it so orderly. Dozens of bible scholars dismantled the Bible book by book, and sometimes chapter by chapter, to rearrange it in chronological order. A text-long timeline accompanies frequent time capsule boxes containing bullet line descriptions of various inventions and events that occurred concurrently in other cultures. There are even pull-out explanations of various traditions and ceremonies ancient Jews observed and the sometimes similar traditions and ceremonies of other peoples. There are notes about science and architecture, cults and the supernatural and a host of other topics that marry Biblical and secular history.
The Thomas Nelson Chronological Bible is for everyone interested in an organized way to understand the finer nuances of the Bible. This is an awesome tool for everyone who complains that the Bible doesn¿t fit into every-day life. The Thomas Nelson Chronological Bible is for everyone looking for the perfect gift for their Christian or secular friends. Heck, this beautifully-illustrated text is just for everyone.
On to my next challenge: Find a cover. I¿m thinking leather¿
Excellent timelines and pictures are wonderful addition
This is my favorite study Bible (I have the hardcover book version)! I long ago wished for a chronological Bible, and today we have a few to chose from. I love the Thomas Nelson Study Bible because of all the historical, cultural and timeline on each page, which helps to place you into that time and understand the when, where and why of what is being said. There are many maps and other valuable tools. The time flies and I get totally absorbed into its pages every time I sit for a study! An absolutely beautifully illustrated Bible from which I have gained much better understanding of the Lord!
Fabulous Bible. It is so full of features, I can't enumerate them all. The only drawback was that some of the little corner pictures tended to stick. But, content was it is a very enjoyable and enlightening read
I got this bible for the purpose of reviewing. The agreement was that I would read the whole thing. Well, this book is a monster. The NKJV text is not a problem, I spent a few years carrying around a NKJV (pocket size) as my general reading bible. So I'm already ahead of the game that way. It is the notes, tonnes of notes, that I am supposed to have read all of. I've probably not read them all, but I've tried a few tactics with this bible. First I tried to read them from first to last. The notes are good but it is like trying to read an encyclopedia straight through - after a while you are overloaded with interesting bits of data. Then I tried just working through sections of text, augmenting it with the notes. A bit better but eventually I realized that if this bible is going to have any value to me it will be as a reference book and not as a devotional bible. The reason for this is that there is something Canonical about the order of text that is lost when you try to put it in some sort of chronological order. Mashing the gospels together, for instance, is not a new idea. I have and regularly use a Synoptic Parallels, it is a great tool. But when you start mashing you take text out of the gospeler's intended context. And based on what? At least the harmonized gospels is based on pericopes. Mashing John in there is interesting, but at what cost? The re-ordering of the text is the part that makes me most nervous of this bible. So now it is a reference only text.As a reference it is ok. But I'm left with the conundrum of when I would actually use it. Sure I might want to see where they placed certain events in a historical timeline. But I'm always a bit skeptical of the picking and choosing that this implies. And I think that the notes are helpful in terms of situating the text a bit. But, and here is the big reason I don't pull it down very often, it is really hard to find texts in this version. With a traditional bible you gain a familiarity with where things are. At least I have. It is entirely reasonable to navigate it by feel. And the concordance that has become almost standard to contemporary bibles is useful for remembering where those great passages are. But with the Chronological Study Bible you have to add a step - after you locate the verse you then have to look in the index to figure out where they have hidden that particular section of scripture. If you are doing a word study, this is almost impossible. So even if the notes are good, it takes so long to get there that the value of the notes is diminished. Where I can see this being useful is if you were doing a bible study where you wanted to look at a particular moment in time and read the texts that possibly surround/describe that moment. But in quite a few years of pastoral work, I've not had that sort of study come up. So my verdict is that the Chronological Study Bible is a neat idea, but in the end it is not very practical.