When I received the NKJV Unaplogetic Study Bible I said to my hubby, “Wow, isn’t this a beautiful bible?” It’s simply is a beautiful bible, not only the cover, but how it is designed to help people know God better. Isn’t that the point of a study bible? To help people know God more? The goal of this bible is to inspire Christ-like thought, belief, speech and action.
This red-letter bible has a number of various useful features, the predominant feature being the various notes found within the pages. Most Study Bibles that I have used with have historical background, and explanatory text on the bottom half of the page. The NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible takes a somewhat different approach. They use notes and articles found from the Kairos Journal to deepen the understanding of the bible. These historical to present day articles delve into topics in a way that a normal study bible cannot.
This means that when you are reading the bible, you are predominately READING the bible, and not a bunch of helpful little notes at the bottom of each page. This bible is not the same as most study bibles. You need to understand the study bible wants to help you think through issues that we need to consider now-a-days, and does this through the use of well written articles, interspersed throughout the pages.
These articles are divided into 8 categories: Church, corruption, Economics, Education, Family, Government, Sanctity of Life and Virtue. Each section is colour coded. A image like the one below is found on the opening page of each book. A white star in the block under each type of article you can find showing you if an article is found in that book of the bible. The articles found come from biblical, historical, Quotations/Writings and Commentary.
Each book of the bible has an introductory page, on which the book is introduced. The background, content, insight, and a brief outline is given. A central verse is highlighted. As you could see from the image below, 2 Chronicles has 6 articles placed in it.
The articles included vary in length, most are one page long but some go a bit longer. You can find the articles referenced at the end of the bible. I did not read every article presented, but the ones I did were well-written and thought-provoking. I did not find anything that set off any alarm bells. You will find over 200 articles, 70 historical quotations and 50 profiles of historical figures. There are two indexes: canonical and topical.
This is a bible for pastors and individuals who want to deepen their understanding of God’s word and his standard for living. The articles presented are biblical and further the understanding of who God is and his call upon our lives. I was delighted to be introduced to the Kairos Journal and wish I were a pastor so I could fully utilize it. 🙂 Some of the articles on this site are public, so I urge you to visit it, if only to get your brain thinking on various topics. 🙂 Would I use this bible? It’s a hard one to answer. If I wanted a hard copy of a bible, this would be one I would use. I liked the articles I read. I didn’t find them detracting or distracting God’s word, but rather giving me insight which helped me think more deeply. I love my online bible though… and would be hard pressed to give it up. 🙂 This NKJV Bible though… it’s a good one and worth keeping.
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