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.

The Jesus Bible: Artist Edition (ESV)

IMG_8884This Bible takes the the big story (meta-narrative) of the Bible and shows how Christ is woven throughout the stories of Scriptures. Each book of the Bible has an introduction and inside the text of each book are notes and articles to help the reader see Christ in all of Scripture.

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This Bible is not new but this edition is. I reviewed the ESV but there is an NIV edition as well. Both have the artist edition cover which I did not find all that great. The leather-like binding is decent and the paper is good.

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The text is in an easy-to-read font and the notes are not in a distracting place. The book introductions have enough information for a good ready but are not extensive for deep study. I will say that the articles are well written and are quite informative.

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*I received a review copy from Bible Gateway Blogger in exchange for my honest review.

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

NIV Quest Study Bible (Comfort Print)

The NIV Quest Study Bible is a study Bible that, instead of having a myriad of footnotes, has questions and answers that interact with the text as one reads through the Scriptures. With over 7,000 notes in this Q&A format, the reader has questions that pertain to the text being read to help better understand key aspects of what is being read.

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There are also helpful, larger articles in the footnotes for more in-depth questions. In addition, the larger footnotes also contain information to help better understand the book being read. There are also book introductions to give a quick summary on when the book was written, who the target audience was, and the main purpose of the book.
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As to the Bible construction, the hardback is sewn-bound and has one bookmark that matches the dust jacket in color. The paper is thin and I would not suggest writing much in this Bible unless you use Bible marking pens/pencils as it will most likely bleed through to the other side. Ghosting (when the thin paper allows for the text on the other side of the page to be seen) is present and is most noticeable in the poetry books.

This Bible is a heavier Bible so I would not suggest using this to carry in a backpack or shoulder bag. Also, if you are looking for a Bible to just read I would also not suggest this Bible as the questions are prevalent and could be distracting while reading.

Having said that, if you are interested in a study Bible that is not so note-heavy that it is hard to read the text, this Bible may be the one for you.

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

Reformed Preaching by Joel R. Beeke

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There is a lot of preaching today that is focused on bolstering the hearer. The illustrations and anecdotes are used to assume and enlighten those who need encouragement. Encouraging messages are needed at times. However, when they are all that a preacher uses then he does a colossal disservice to his listeners. 

Joel R. Beeke has written a wonderful book on why it is vital that preachers teach both that which brightens the mind and calls the soul to act. True preaching shows the listener where they have gone awry against the truths of Scripture and then shows how Christ gives power to live for Him and not for self.

While I would not classify myself as one who subscribes to reformed theology I can wholeheartedly agree that to preach only that which brings clarity of mind but not the glory of Christ is error. Both must be taught and Beeke expounds on this in his book giving Scriptural reasons on why this must be.

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

NKJV, Wiersbe Study Bible, Leathersoft, Black, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print By Warren Wiersbe

225_350_book.2764.cover_Warren Wiersbe and his “Be” series is a very popular series on Christian growth and development. It has aided many in their Christian walk and some of his book are used as readings in some of the Bible classes I have taken. Now, with the introduction of the Wiersbe Study Bible, Wiersbe’s thoughts and notes are in a Bible to aid those reading the Bible.

The articles are not lengthy and do not interfere with the reading of the Bible. The study notes are succinct and those who have read the “Be” series will appreciate having notes close to the text.

The Bible itself is well bound and I really liked the silver gilt on the paper. The Bible is a bit on the heavy side so it is most likely not ideal for a lot of carry. The font is the comfort font meaning it is easy to read but please note this does not mean large print font.

All in all this is a nice study Bible and I believe will help those in their Christian walk.

*I received a review copy and was not obligated to give a positive or negative 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.