Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Apply the Word Study Bible - A Review

Apply the Word
Study Bible
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New King James Version

A Review

Though titled “Study Bible”, this compilation of notes, maps, and commentary is more closely entitled a “Devotional Bible”. As the title also suggests, most of the notes are practical and geared toward a reader’s understanding of how the scripture can be applied toward one’s life. A few notes (mostly book introductions) focus more on introducing the historical settings of the individual books and their authors, but the focus of the book as a whole is devotional - not academic.

Having said that, the notes are well done and interesting. They are applicable and helpful for the Christian Believer. As with many small form study Bibles, this volume lacks an index to the various notes. If you are studying a passage - the notes will be helpful, but if I want to gather material on a specific topic, it will be more difficult to discover helpful comments. An index would help in this regard. As I have suggested in other reviews, a Bible without an index could be improved if made available as a searchable e-book or an on-line searchable database.

The Bible does include a concordance and a set of Bible maps - nothing special, but like one might expect in a handy to use Bible.  

I would recommend this edition of the NKJV Bible for a new believer. It could also have a place on the shelf of a church library for use during worship service or during a midweek Bible Study. It might also be an appropriate for a high school graduation gift.  

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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