Author: Randy A Brown

The Scofield Study Bible III, Large Print, NKJV

Oxford University Press just released the large print edition of the Scofield Study Bible III in New King James Version. The Scofield Study Bible III is the 2002 revision of the original Scofield Study Bible. The NKJV edition has been available for a while, but it is now available in large print, and it looks nice. Study Bibles are a great addition to your library because they contain lots of notes and features in one volume for a low price. I am always cautious of notes in study Bibles, and the Scofield is no different. I’m not just picking on Scofield, I caution every one of all study notes, even those found in commentaries and study tools. With that said, the Scofield III has lots of nice features. Notes within the text include book introductions, book outlines, charts, definitions, lists, in-text maps, marginal references, chain references, chronology, and more. In the back of the Bible there is a subject index, a chain reference, an index of proper names, a nice concordance, and 16 Oxford maps. The notes that make the Scofield III unique, in the form of articles, charts, etc., are placed within boxes at the bottom of the page. The Scofield III has some of the most comprehensive headings in any study Bible. The section headings are very detailed and there are lots of them. They are in...

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The NRSV Notetakers Bible

My favorite study Bibles are those that give you the room to create your own notes. The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible is just that. The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible with the Apocrypha from Oxford University Press is a Bible with a single column of text and a column of ruled lines for taking notes, making it an excellent study or devotional Bible. The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible doesn’t contain any references or a concordance. Instead, it gives you room to write your own references and notes. There are translation notes at the bottom of almost every page that contain information such as variant readings, and Greek or Hebrew definitions. These notes help shed light on difficult passages without giving biased opinions. As its name indicates, this Bible is a New Revised Standard Version. The NRSV is essentially a literal translation that uses gender neutrality when it does not depart from the original text. This means that instead of saying ‘man’ it says ‘person’ if the context is refereeing to both men and women. This Bible contains the Apocrypha. I personally do not use the Apocrypha, but I recommend having it for reference so you can know what others are talking about. Where this Bible shines is its two inch ruled margin on the outside column of every page. The ruled lines are very close together, allowing for a lot of writing per...

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The Word of Promise New Testament, NKJV

The Word of Promise New Testament is an excellent dramatization of the NKJV on 20 audio CD’s in a nice zippered CD case. It includes over 21 hours of well-acted audio by over 120 actors, contains an original soundtrack and high quality sound effects, and includes a “Behind the Scenes” DVD. The cast includes Jim Caviezel, Michael York, Marisa Tomei, Stacy Keach, Louis Gossett, Jr., Ernie Hudson, and many others. This Bible is the highest quality dramatized Bible I have ever heard. It has a superstar cast and orchestrated music that sets the mood and tone perfectly. Although the music does tend to repeat, after all this audio Bible is over 21 hours long, it never gets old because there is enough variety in the music and it always fits the situation. The New King James version sounds great when narrated and acted out. What I was impressed with most was Thomas Nelson’s attention to detail. For example, in every red-letter Bible that I’ve read, none of them have Revelation 21:5-8 in red letters because the one speaking is sitting on the throne. In verse 6 of this passage, the one on the throne is the Alpha and Omega, which we see from Revelation 1:8 and 22:13 that this is Jesus. The Word of Promise New Testament has James Caviezel reading Revelation 21:5-8 as Jesus. This is the only...

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Hebrew Greek Key Word Study Bible

The Hebrew/Greek Keyword Study Bible is an excellent Bible for word studies in the original languages. It includes commentary by Spiros Zodhiates, word studies throughout the text, specific words in the text are keyed to Strong’s Concordance, a pronunciation guide, Hebrew and Greek dictionaries with Strong’s numbers, a word analysis for major words, and about an inch margin on the outside of the page. I don’t have many complaints about this Bible. Overall it is a very good study Bible, but one major complaint I have is that only certain words in the text have Strong’s numbers. This means that you still need a separate Strong’s dictionary. The best part of this Bible is the Hebrew and Greek dictionaries, but sadly you still have to have a separate Strong’s dictionary in order to know the number so you can look up the word in the back of the Bible. Still, most of the major words do have the Strong’s numbers, so it is very helpful when you don’t have a complete dictionary with you. The Hebrew Greek Key Word Study Bible is available in several versions and...

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Thompson Chain Reference

I’ve used a Thompson Chain Reference for many years. This Bible is primarily a topical Bible. It contains over 7000 topics that are chain referenced throughout the Bible. The margin contains the topics in each verse with a reference to the next verse in the chain. In the back is a topical index that gives you a number for each topic. Turning to the number in the back gives you all of the verses that Thompson lists for each topic. It also contains character studies, archaeology, etc., and one of the best concordances in any Bible available. Thompson is widely used because it doesn’t contain any notes or commentary, allowing scripture to interpret scripture. It’s not 100% thorough in its topics (you won’t find the Rapture, or even much on the Millennium), but it’s still the best I’ve seen. One thing I really like is that most of the time, when I go to write a topic in the margin it’s already there. For example, in Acts 2:38, I would write repentance, baptism in Jesus name, and filled with the Spirit. All three topics are already there. The Thompson Chain Reference Bible is available in several translations, sizes, and...

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