A person cannot overemphasize the importance of studying God’s Word.
It is here that we find the very words of Life, the illumination of Truth, and the pointing of the Way. Nowhere else is this true. Nowhere else can we find the words of the Way, Truth, and Life.
But that doesn’t mean that everything is made clear, or easily understandable. Language, culture, idioms, things like this can make understanding what God has said difficult, or at the least, unclear. That is where Study Bibles come in quite handy. And that is where the NKJV Study Bible excels.
Now in full color and in a personal size, the NKJV Study Bible offers a “complete resource for studying God’s Word”.
This latest study Bible includes the old, familiar features, like book introductions, outlines, maps, charts, and annotations at the bottom of each page. But it also includes some new and shiny things. Done in a fresh full-color page design, this NKJV Study Bible has over 15,000 verse-by-verse study notes, ancient culture notes, articles on key doctrines from the Bible, and specific word studies with the Strong’s Concordance numbers.
This study bible boasts to be “The most comprehensive study Bible available, featuring the popular and accurate New King James Version.” While you may like your other bible translations better, this is without question an outstanding NKJV Study Bible.
I have had different study bibles in my life, some that were NKJV, and others that weren’t. When I compare them, even across the translations and specific emphasis of each Bible, this NKJV Study Bible has some great features.
Being the first “FULL-COLOR EDITION” bible that I’ve ever had, this stood out to me. It wasn’t just the maps or the special interest pages. Every page has color. Every feature, whether it is the Strong’s Concordance bits in teal, the Bible Times & Culture Notes in green, or border separating actual Scripture from the annotations at the bottom of the page in burgundy, is in color. While I do realize that it is petty to complain that other Bibles are in simple black and white, there is something cheerful about a Bible that isn’t so drab.
The annotations, outlines, and timelines are pretty standard in most Bibles nowadays. Having seen them in all my bibles, whether they were specifically Study Bibles or not, they seem to lose their power. Even reading through the annotations to some of my favorite scriptures passages, I wondered if they merely recycled what was said before, only re-wording the notes. This can happen in any Study Bible, not just the NKJV, so I would say that is what happened. I only wish that with each new Study Bible, the annotations would be new.
While not actually about the content of the Bible, I feel that I should mention this one thing. Most study Bibles are big books. All that extra information, charts, and maps usually means larger pages and more of them. This usually means that if you want to carry a study bible around, you are going to need a WIDE LOAD sign, because they are a large bible. But that isn’t the case with this NKJV Study Bible. About as wide as a John Grisham novel and as tall as the average book, this study Bible is a nice change from the oversize ones of the past.
We can fight and squabble about which Bible translation is the best or most accurate, but I have to say that the NKJV Study Bible may be one of the best that is out there. In full color, filled with new insights and helpful information, this Study Bible earns its 5 out of 5-star rating.
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