Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New King James Study Bible - A Review

New King James
Study Bible
NKJV Study Bible.jpg
Dr. Earl D. Radmacher
General Editor
Dr. Ronald B. Allen
Old Testament Editor
Dr. H. Wayne House
New Testament Editor

A Review

Because the NKJV Study Bible has now been out for a number of years and has been reviewed by others, my purpose in writing this review is not to review the contents of the NKJV Study Bible. If I did, it would be a five star review. My purpose of writing this review is to examine the Turquoise and Navy covered edition provided for review.

When first given the opportunity to review this edition of the NKJV Study Bible I was concerned, given the small size of the Bible. I was pleasantly surprised that the text (even footnotes) is very readable, and the images are sharp. I suspect, but cannot prove, that the text might be difficult to read in low light, but this is not the case in normal lighting. The text may be difficult to use a highlighter on (the paper is a bit thin). I have gotten into the practice of using Crayola Twistables as my main highlighter for Bibles (hey, crayon does not bleed through), but the highlight may be too big for the text used in the Bible.

The Bible is the complete NKJV Study Bible (2nd Edition) - all 2100+ pages of it. The concordance and maps are paged separately and consists of another 200 pages. It is the right size to fit in a briefcase or backpack to use when away from my larger library. A number of months ago I went looking for just such a Bible. At the time I settled on a slightly larger version of a Catholic Bible - the Personal Size NKJV Study Bible would have served as an excellent choice, if it had been available at the time. I honestly do not know which I would have chosen given the choice - the list price of the Catholic study Bible is half that of the version being reviewed. This Bible would serve as a helpful addition to my collection of study Bibles except I already owned a hardback version of the original NKJV Study Bible and the paperback version of the full-color 2nd edition. The major drawback of this version is the lack of colors to complement the text.  Notes and cross references are provided with a tan background, maps embedded in the text are black and white.

If you are looking for a relative low cost study Bible for your use or as a gift (note there is a dedication page included just inside the front cover), this compact size but complete study Bible may serve the purpose.

This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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