Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thomas Nelson: The Open Bible New King James Version Red Letter Edition: Read and Discover the Bible for Yourself

Opening this Signature Series NKJV Bible for the first time, I am thankful immediately to see these:

The section on How to Study the Bible has interesting ideas for having a family Bible study time. Here are a few mentioned suggestions that stood out to me:
* one brief chapter or several paragraphs a day
* have each member read a verse
* study Bible topics
* tell what the verse teaches
* what this verse means or how it can be applied to personal life
* make up Bible game questions
* study a Bible book together
These are reachable including all ages within a family.

My very first King James Bible from Royal Publishing had a Biblical Cyclopedic Index I used extensively, along with the Concordance in the back. This NKJV Open Bible has a 3-column 300-page Biblical Cyclopedic Index in the front! Another feature is the exact same as I received in a separate little book: Guide to Christian Workers. I am glad to see these included in this Bible.

The intent of this study Bible is to make the Scriptures open and rewarding for personal Bible study, giving an overview of the whole Bible message. The pages are set in two-column regular print with references placed within the column. Here is Esther 2:15-20:

Selection of Queen Esther
 15 Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her. 
 16 So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
 17 The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal Rcrown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Esth. 1:11
 18 Then the king Rmade a great feast, the Feast of Esther, for all his officials and servants; and he proclaimed a holiday in the provinces and gave gifts according to the Tgenerosity of a king. Esth. 1:3 Lit. hand
 19 When virgins were gathered together a second time, Mordecai sat within the king’s gate.
 20 RNow Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him. Esth. 2:10

Further references of The Christian's Guide to the New Life are placed at the bottom of a page to be used as a monthly, daily, or topical study.

About Thomas Nelson

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Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishing for this hardback copy of The NKJV Open Bible in exchange for this review in my own words.

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