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(Review) Chronological Study Bible, New King James Version by Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: New King James Version Bible
Pages: 1728
Source: Free copy from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review
Rating: 5 stars for excellent!

Link @ the publisher for more info: Thomas Nelson

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  • Described as rich stone/midnight blue leather-soft. The edges of the Bible are silver.
  • 9 point text size.
  • Cream colored ribbon marker.
  • Ten color maps are located in the back of the Bible. Plus, dozens of other maps are included in the Bible.
  • Concordance of 195 pages.
  • Glossary.
  • A topical index.
  • Index of Scripture passages.
  • Two choices of Bible reading plans: one and two year. 
  • Time capsules. This information provides dates and historical information on history given and not given in the Bible. 
  • A time structure is given for Bible events.
  • Background notes.
  • Nine Epochs are defined.
  • Daily life during the Bible period.
  • An introduction on the definition of a Chronological Study Bible.
  • A short study on reading theological history.
  • The history of the arrangement of the canonical Bible.
  • The history of the text of the New King James Version. 
  • Beautiful color illustrations on most pages. 

The three photographs are from my Bible.

My Thoughts:
This is the most beautiful Bible I've reviewed thus far in my 9 years of writing reviews!

The first point I want to make is this is not the normal canonical Bible. I've read a few reviews from people who were surprised by the lay-out of the Bible books in this Chronological Study Bible. The definition of this type of Bible is in the title and should not be a surprise: Chronological Study Bible
A definition is given on page xiii, "The Chronological Study Bible makes the Bible's historical background more accessible by rearranging the Bible text according to nine epochs of time." In this section, an explanation of the Bible's compilation is given. The "historical text" of the whole Bible is the emphasis. 
"...whole books of the Bible are relocated according to the historical time period narrated in the books. This reordering disrupts the canonical order of the books, and though this might seem irreverent to some people, it actually continues an ancient practice. The order of books in the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament) differs from that of the older Hebrew Bible, and some of the Septuagint reordering is reflected in our English Old Testaments."
"Nine Epochs" divide this Bible:
"Epoch 1": The time before the patriarchs and the beginning of civilization.
"Epoch 2": The time of the patriarchs and Egypt.
"Epoch 3": The Exodus from Egypt.
"Epoch 4": The Israelite tribes and development of Canaan.
"Epoch 5": The two divided kingdoms. The fallen kingdoms.
"Epoch 6": "The Exile and Return." Books of wisdom.
"Epoch 7": The Greek and Roman empires.
"Epoch 8": Jesus Christ and the Gospels.
"Epoch 9": "The Church Age." Revelation.

An example of the lay-out or order of the "Church Age" is the book of Acts is already in chronological order, but the epistles are dispersed or interjected into the places where their time event happened. For example, after Acts 15, Galatians 1 begins, and after Galatians chapter 6, the books of James begins.
In the Gospel books, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are arranged similar to the Harmony of the Gospelsbut the lead off is John chapter 1, followed by Luke, and Matthew and so forth. After Luke chapter 4, Mark begins.

It is important to read the introduction sections of this Bible in order to fully understand the intentions and purpose.

An important question to ask when looking for any type of Bible to purchase: how will I use this Bible?
The Chronological Study Bible is an excellent tool for daily Bible reading. It is also excellent for reference.
I do not believe this Bible would work for a Bible study, for example, Bible Study Fellowship.
This is not a Bible for Bible journaling. The pages are thin. The pages do not have room for taking notes, unless small handwriting is used. Plus, most pages already have illustrations.

Having stated the above pros and cons: I love this Bible! As my fellow blogger friend states sometimes (Becky @ Operation Actually Read Bible). I am just giddy about this Bible!
I have already began using it for daily Bible reading. My starting point is "Epoch 9", "The Church Age."

Are you reading your Bible?