One of my greatest honors as a blogger is being a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. It offers many opportunities to glean from other bloggers and to be a part of something bigger than just this little blog of mine. I also get the chance to add Bibles free to my growing collection of Bibles by reviewing new editions and formats. I received the latest to my collection, the Evangelical Study Bible, NKJV by Thomas Nelson publishers for free to leave this review as a #BibleGatewayPartner.
First, let me say I love the basics. Red letters, bookmark ribbon and a (not exhaustive) concordance in the back. But this one also has a topical index to Christ and the Gospels, Harmony of the Gospels (love!) and an explanation of the Jewish sects. Every page is absolutely littered with references to help one dig deep and get a better understanding of the text.
What makes this Bible stand out from the rest is all the color pictures and…wait for it…apologetics articles! So many pages offer extra insight into why Christians believe what we believe. They are right next to the subject in the Bible, easy to access and easy to understand. In today’s world of growing skepticism, these articles are a gold mine! It is an easy and convenient way to help one understand and arm themselves with knowledge to combat the ever raging spiritual war.
This Bible is enormous. Not one you could easily tote to your Sunday school class or Bible study group. But it is definitely an arsenal to use in your personal line up when studying at home. It offers doctrinal footnotes, historic explanations (and those color pictures) of archaeological sites, personality profiles of key characters and maps! Who doesn’t love a good map?
It’s written in the New King James Version, so it’s easy to read and a very dependable translation. I am glad to have it in my collection, and will be reaching for it often.Follow BEDonham