I love Bibles. The smell, the flip of the pages, and just seeing the words of God in print never fail to give me a special thrill. So, when I received an opportunity to review a Foundation Study Bible (KJV) from Thomas Nelson press, I was pleased to have the opportunity to take a look at the Bible and get to spend some time using it.
First, the features:
- The text of the King James Version is used. This is a 400 year old translation, and is the gold standard of translations in accuracy, reliability and universal acceptance. Although, I use many translations in my study, my church is a KJV only church, and it’s always the translation I come back to for use.
- There are concise study notes. There are not a many as there are in a large study Bible, the there are very helpful notes to aid your study without being too intrusive.
- Theological notes draw attention to important Christian doctrines, and if you’re searching for these notes, you can find them indexed in the back
- In-text subject headings organize the themes of the Bible as you go through
- Words are Jesus are printed in red. That’s not something that I personally prefer, but I know lots of people prefer to have that.
- Book introductions are very brief, but they provide basic information about the author and the themes of the book.
- Cross-references are provided on each page. These are placed in a box at the bottom of the page instead of forming a traditional middle column. This took a little bit of getting used to on my part, but at least I didn’t have the temptation to write my notes all over them.
- There’s a nice sized concordance in the back.
- There are also full color maps in the back. My favorite is a map that is labelled with areas that are important in Jesus’s ministry so that you can picture where Jesus was during certain portions of his ministry.
I thought this was a really nice little Bible. It’s the complex study Bible that a serious student of the Bible is probably going to be looking for. However, if you’re just getting started with Bible study, or if you’re a student or young adult, this is a great starter for Bible study. There isn’t much room in the margins for writing, but it’s a good Bible to carry and for reading.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.