KJV Minister’s Bible from Thomas Nelson

225_350_book-2529-coverThis Bible is designed for ministers in that it has the full edition of the Minister’s Manual from Thomas Nelson. This Manual has liturgical prayers, guides, and aids for ministers to use for various ministry activities. The Manual is placed between the two Testaments with a thumb index for ease of finding the Manual section.

Outside of this specialty, the Bible is a nicely bound KJV Bible with nice maps, a one-year Bible reading plan, and 30 Days with Jesus sheet. The maps are nicely colored and the reading plans are in an easy to read font.

Thus, this Bible would be a nice Bible to use for ministers who perform visitations of all types and for those who perform various ceremonies when called.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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NKJV, Deluxe Reader’s Bible, Imitation Leather

225_350_book-2524-coverOne of the reasons that I enjoy reviewing books is that I sometimes get an opportunity to review some Bibles. Some of the Bibles I have review have been great Bibles with various specialities.

This Bible is a bit different in that most Reader Bibles are simply the text with no verse numbers and aid while this Bible has some verse numbers every so often and chapter numbers. While some may not mind this I find it a bit distracting for a Reader Bible. To me, a Reader Bible should be that: a Bible for reading like a book.

Having said that, this Bible does excel in its construction. A nice binding with excellent paper and typeface (10 pt) making it easy to read. There are two ribbon bookmarks which is also a plus. It comes in a strong cardboard display sleeve to keep it protected. In addition, there is a lifetime guarantee on this Bible. All in all, a decent Reader’s Bible that should serve many well for those who do not mind some verse numbers and some headings.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Disciple’s Study Bible

csb-disciples-study-bible-updated-715x1138A lot of the study Bibles that I have reviewed in the past are usually a Bible with a lot of footnotes and some aids in the back. This can be a great help in studying Scripture but can also be a downfall if one relies on the notes of someone else: the footnotes are not inspired.

This study Bible is unique in two ways. The first way being in the form of the F260 (Foundation 260) Bible readings. This reading plan has 260 days of reading to understand the foundational message of Scripture and to help grasp the meta-narrative of the Bible.

The second is the use of the H.E.A.R. journal pages. The acronym stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. This aid is designed for the reader to go through an exercise to better understand and hermeneutically apply Scripture. I really enjoy this feature and plan on using it in my devotional readings.

These two features aside, the CSB translation is a nice reading translation but I most likely will not consider it my preference. The other features are typical study Bible features such as: maps, footnotes, and book introductions. The binding is nice and the paper is good quality. There is also a bookmark present.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

NIV Thinline Bible Bonder Leather, Indexed

9780310448778_2-1513180950The NIV Thinline Bible has done something that most Bibles its size do not do: have readability in a small package. Some of the thinner Bibles I have either sacrifice the typeface size for a smaller Bible or have a taller size with a thinner depth with a larger print.

This Bible has a 9.4 font size with depth of less than one inch which make this an ideal carry Bible for those looking for such a Bible. The binding is solid and the pages are of quality material. There are a few footnotes that help the reader but as a whole, this Bible is designed to be read and not be interrupted with study aids and cross-references.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

NKJV UnApologetic Study Bible

225_350_book-2427-coverWhile most apologetic resources deal with the defense of the Bible and Judeo-Christian values, this study Bible deals with how the Bible should influence and affect the reader. It is not a Bible to prove the validity of the Bible but rather a Bible to prove that it should be followed by those that read it. From this point, this Bible offers help via articles in such issues as: justice, marriage, poverty, war, and greed to name a few.

I was surprised by this resource in that I found the personal nature quite enjoyable. What is meant by this is the insight of the articles that allowed me to understand better how the Bible speaks to tensions in my society in a way that is truthful and non-compromising.

I recommend that this Bible be given to anyone entering college/univeristy as a resource to defend their faith with love and facts.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

NIV, The Sola Scriptura Bible Project: The Complete Collection

225_350_book-2394-coverThis four volume work is a the entire Bible produced with the intention of readability and cohesiveness. The arrangement of the books of the Bible has been done so that the metanarrative is easier to grasp and thus allow the reader to see the big picture of Scripture.

I found this work to be very easy to read and the appreciate the four volume design. It makes finding a particular book of the Bible easier and seeing the weaving of the complete story which can be sometime lost. I also appreciated the care with which the collection was produced. The bindings are solid and the box set allows for the volumes to stand upright without spinal wear and tear.

I hope that a premium edition of this will be created later with a leather binding. The hardbacks are nice and look great but an added value of a leather edition would be a nice gift.

*I received a complimentary copy of this collection from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Greek New Testament by Westcott & Hort

9781619702639oIn 1885, the Revised Version of the Bible was published and in 1901 its American counterpart was published. This caused quite a stir as many saw this an attack on the King James Version, the true words of God. At the foundation of this debate was the Greek New Testament by B.F. Westcott and F.J.A. Hort.

These two British professors sought to compile the best Greek New Testament from the best available manuscripts and to modernize the English Bible for the English-speaking peoples. This had not been done for almost 300 years as the King James Version was the predominate version in use. Thus, they set out to produce a Greek New Testament for use in the translation of a new Bible.

Hendrickson Publishers has produced a copy of this Greek New Testament for those studying Greek and who want to see the Greek Text that is the basis for almost every major English, Bible translation in the world today. Reading this Greek New Testament is not only reading a scholarly work it is also reading history.

One can read the Greek text and then notice the variants in the footnotes. Seeing the decisions by Westcott and Hort as to what enters the main text and what is brought down to the footnotes is an excellent resource for those studying textual criticism. It is also interesting to see what Westcott and Hort determined prior to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Another feature of this book is the condensed lexicon by Mark A. House. This allows the reader to see the uses of a greek word and see how it has been translated. It also lists the location of the use so the reader can see the word contextually allowing for a better grasp of the Greek usage.

One surprise for me was the article by Westcott and Hort titled The Principals of Textual Criticism. This article lays the groundwork for those interested in how scholars determine what words enter the main text of work and the variants that are placed in the footnotes. It is also a nice primer for those who may desire to enter the field of textual criticism and potentially become Bible translator or defenders of the Bible against attacks.

One thing to note about this book is that it is not an updated work of Westcott and Hort’s New Testament adding the information with recent manuscript discoveries. Those having the UBS5 or NA28 will notice the differences and should be cautious using this text assuming it has the most current resources available.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.