KJV Hebrew-Greek Keyword Study Bible in Brown Goatskin

155499_1_boxThis Study Bible is an amazing resource that allows the reader to have a better understanding of the Hebrew and Greek words that underly the words in the KJV Bible. By doing this, those who are studying the Scriptures could come to find a greater depth of understanding as words come to have greater understanding in context.

As to the Bible construction, it is well made with quality goatskin that is smoother and not grainy as some. It is a paste-down liner and is not perimeter stitched. It does have gold gilt on the pages and the pages are typical Bible paper with some noticeable ghosting. It has two ribbon bookmarks as well as a laminated bookmark with keyword helps.

The type is nice and black and I did not notice any faintness of font. It is a red letter but the red is closer to a pink-red vs. a tomato-red. The keywords are numbered with superscripting that is not too bad in most sections of the text but in heavy notated text it can be a bit distracting.

The aids are where this Bible stands out as it has Strongs in the back with the added insights of the keywords to aid the reader in their studies. There is also a concordance that is quite helpful in finding most words but it is not exhaustive. The maps are good but not impressive like some but this is not the focal point of this Bible.

I highly recommend this Bible and cannot sing it praises enough.

*I received a review copy of this Bible and was not influenced to write a positive or negative review.

An Introduction to the Greek New Testament by Dr. Kirk Jongkind

This book explains the intent behind the production of the Tyndale House Greek New Testament as well as answering qu9781433564093estions about how they went about creating the Greek text. They are also questions related to textual criticism and how certain text families were treated in the creation of the Tyndale House NT.

For those who have the Tyndale House NT this is a companion resource to help understand the methods used to produce the Greek NT. For those who do not have it, it is a nice resource to help those understand a bit more of textual criticism in relation to the Bible.

*I received a review copy of this title in exchange for my honest assessment.

NIV Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition

IMG_8744The Life Application Study Bible is the #1 selling study Bible. With over 10,000 notes and features to help the reader both understand and live out Scripture, this Bible is an excellent resource for personal study and for use as a Bible teacher.

This is the third edition and some of the updates include: more notes, the “comfort print” font from Zondervan, and a new design for visual clarity to name a few. Having had a previous edition of the Life Application Bible, I was curious to see how this new edition looked and read.

 

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First impressions are that the new design is much easier to follow and read. The in-text notes are easily recognizable by the color scheme difference and the footnotes are separated by a red bar.

The font for both the main text and notes is a bit small, with the footnotes being smaller than the main text.  It does read easy with the font but it could have been a bit bigger for me. Another item for concern is how bad ghosting (see words from the other side of the page) is in this Bible. It is very noticeable and quite distracting while reading. I would have hoped that either line-matching would have happened or a more creamier color paper used to mitigate this.

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Also, I noticed that the poetical texts seemed to be lighter in color than non-poetic readings. I am not sure why that it but it is a bit annoying in some of the prophetic books.

The construction of this Bible is quite nice with perimeter stitching for reinforcement and a good binding (mine is the leather soft). It is not edge-lined which is not surprising for a leather-like binding.

It is a heavier Bible and not ideal for carrying in a backpack. Also if a Bible for devotional reading is being sought,

I would not suggest this Bible as the prevalent notesIMG_8750 will most likely be a distraction while trying to read the main text.

*I received this free review copy from Bible Gateway Blogger Grid in exchange for my honest review. #BibleGatewayPartner

NET Bible 2nd Edition

The NET Bible is a unique Bible in that it approaches Bible translation from that of the translator. The notes have more to do with why a particular passage is translated as it is. There are notes that are study notes but these serve to aid the translator notes which I appreciate greatly.

This Bible is also different in that it is completely free to disperse across the internet (within the proper guidelines). This gives teachers and pastors the ability to print out the passages of Scripture they will be discussing without need to contact the publisher for permission.

As to the Bible design, it is a double column format in 9.5 font that is easy to read. It is Smyth sewn and comes in either bonder or genuine leather. It is a bigger Bible with over 58,000 notes which is great for study but not ideal for carry. There are smaller editions for carry but these do not have the extensive notes as the full size edition.

I would encourage all Bible readers to look into the NET Bible as I believe it will enhance study and understanding of how Bibles are translated and also the richness of some text to shine.

*I received a review copy for my honest assessment.

NIV, Starting Place Study Bible, Hardcover, Comfort Print

225_350_book.2830.cover_The Starting Place Study Bible is an excellent resource for those were getting into an introductory study the word of God. The notes, aids, and instructional articles are very helpful for those who were new to scripture or perhaps have been taught something and I wanted to make sure it is accurate. I found the particular aids throughout the scripture very relevant and also placed at idea locations to help understand a text and also to make sure the proper teaching was followed.

One item about this particular thing is it is a little heavy so it is not ideal for carrying around often. I also feel that the Bible is a bit blocky for my liking as I prefer taller and thinner versus thicker and shorter. That said just to be in a great resource for somebody who want to buy will be the very first time or perhaps wants their first Study Bible.

*I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

This Season of Angels by Perry Stone

Season-of-AngelsPerry Stone is a speaker and author that I have enjoyed listening to and reading. His perspectives challenge my own and have caused some detailed dialogues with myself and also with friends. Some of the material he presents are tough for me to embrace and this book is such a one.

Angels are something that has intrigued mankind for years. We have movies about them, TV shows, books, and proposed sightings caught on video. While angels are mentioned in Scripture, not much is states about them.

Perry Stone teaches in his book, This Season of Angels, that during high prophetic times angelic activity increases. Using the book of Daniel, Stone attempts to demonstrate that as certain prophetic events happen angelic activity also happens to such a level that humans recognize it.

While this is interesting to read, it is hard to backup with Scripture. First, while it may appear we are in what some call the End Times, it is difficult to definitively prove. While I agree we are seeing things we have not seen in history for some time, it is unwise to state that this is what the Bible described.

Also, the Bible is minimal in its teachings on angels. This is not bad but it also must give caution to those who desire to write about them and teach on them. Is Stone right in his teachings? I am uncertain. Is he wrong? Again, uncertain. Thus, while this book is an intriguing read it would behoove the reader to do so with their Bible close to determine if Stone is accurate or reading into something that is not there.

*I received a review copy of this book and am not under obligation to write a positive review.

 

Keep up Your Greek in Two Minutes a Day Volume 1 & 2, edited by Jonathan Kline

9781683070566oBiblical Greek is a language that has proven difficult for many. Yet, it is a wonderful skill to have in the study of Scripture and it can unlock depth of understanding for that stick with it. However, like any other skill, if it is not practiced often much can be lost. Enter Keep Up Your Biblical Greek Volume 1 & 2.

These books are designed to allow those who have studied Greek to maintain what they have learned in a few minutes a day. Each day has a passage of Scripture in English and Greek with certain Greek words highlighted and explained. BibGreek Samp

Wanting to learn Greek I have heard that those who do not use it consistently loose much of what they have learned. Thus I can see how resources like these will aid those in Greek studies greatly. What is also appreciated is that this is not solely a vocabulary builder. Rather it is using context to build vocabulary and at the same time increase retention of words previously learned.

The size of the volumes also makes transporting them much easier. There are not textbook in size but are compact enough to achieve their stated purpose. That is a nice benefit as a large volume may give cause to leave there where they may be forgotten.

There is also a book mark to keep your place as well as dates at the top to keep track of progression. While it is not necessary to use the reading suggestion it is nice to use as a potential devotional alongside an English devotional.

As to the books themselves, the bindings are strong and should long after much use. The paper is a good opaque color which could provide some room for notes for those who write to learn. I was surprised by both of these as I could tell that there were printed with use and readability in mind.

It is also important to note that both volumes are similar and one is not verbs and the other nouns, for example. Each volume could be used independent of the other but having both volumes will increase more passages to study and words to learn. There is also a Scripture reference guide in the back for those wanting to look at a certain passage for study.

All this in mind, these volumes will be a great resource for those wanting to keep the Greek they have learned and add to their knowledge of Biblical Greek.

*I received a review of these resources for my honest review.