I love Bibles. It doesn’t matter if they are hardcover or soft. The translation and look do not matter. There is something about the feel of a new Bible in my hand that opens up a world of possibility about time spent with God and in study. Still, it is rare for me to “Ooh!” and “Aww!” over the look of the Bible, so when I did just that upon opening the book to Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible, I knew that I had a new Bible that I loved.
This Bible has scads of study notes. According to the product description there are over 15,000 verse-by-verse study notes, and it is true that approximately half of each page is taken with notes. They also have Bible times and culture notes, articles on key doctrines of the Bible, word studies, in text-maps and charts, introductions, outlines, and timelines. In addition, there’s an excellent middle column of Nelson’s complete cross-references, a generous concordance, and a section showing the harmony of the gospels.
Despite all the notes, this Bible does not have a large, bulky feel to it, and would be a pleasure to carry to Bible study and various other places. I know this is going to be one of my personal favorites. I also saw both my daughters admiring the beauty of this one though, so I may find them taking it off the shelf and using it too!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.