The Thompson Chain Reference Bible has been around for over 100 years. There’s a reason that it’s been around that long. The Thompson could be considered a study Bible, a topical Bible, or a reference Bible. I think it is most accurately called a topical reference Bible. To be considered a study Bible, most users would expect it to have commentary. I think that is more accurately called a commentary Bible. I think a better study Bible would be a Bible that gives you the tools you need to study the Scriptures for yourself. With this in mind, the Thompson Chain Reference Bible makes a great study Bible. Rather than giving commentary, it compares Scripture with Scripture, allowing the Bible to be its own commentary. The Thompson is called ‘influence free’ based on this assessment. However, this is not exactly accurate. The topics themselves are influenced by Charles Thompson’s theology, as well as marginal headings, chapter summaries, and outlines of each book. In most cases, I don’t have any issues with these choices. The Thompson has many features that I like in a study Bible: Chain references Topical index Better than average concordance Chapter summaries Page summaries Book outlines Character studies Archaeological encyclopedia Red letter Italics for added words Self-pronouncing text Marginal headings (rather than in-text headings) Links to parallel passages Translation notes Sewn binding Blank pages for writing...Read More
Local Church Bible Publishers “Hand Size Text Center Column Reference – 110 Series”. Also known as the CCC.
A Review by Blake Ratliff 2/18/12 Introduction I have a fairly large and diverse collection of King James Bibles. As I have used these Bibles over the years two of them have stood out as favorites. They are the Cambridge Large Print Standard Text (LPST) and the Cambridge Cameo. I often use the Cambridge LPST when I want to interact with the text alone with no distractions from commentary or referencing. On the go I mostly use the Cambridge Cameo. The great thing about the Cameo is the small size with text that is easy on the...Read More
Cambridge has released their NKJV wide-margin edition in calf-split leather (which is better than French Morocco and not as expensive as calfskin). Cambridge wide-margin Bibles are designed for careful Bible study. The text features cross-references and is supplemented by maps and a concordance. The paper is specially selected for ease of writing, and the page margins are wide enough for personal notes. There is a section of ruled pages for additional note taking, and the Bible has two ribbon markers and a presentation page. As with all Cambridge Bibles, the pages are sewn for durability and flexibility. This new Bible is bound in black calf-split leather, a superior grade to the previously available French Morocco leather and an economical alternative to calfskin. NKJV Wide-Margin Reference, Calf Split Leather, black...Read More
Cambridge has been busy bringing out new editions. Their newest edition is an old classic in a new package. The Concord is a classic setting that has been around for many years, but now it’s available in calf split leather. The Concord has a nice layout and set of features that works: 8-point semi-bold font Red letter Self-pronouncing text Translators to the Reader Center-column references Thin opaque paper 15 maps Sewn binding Gilded edges 2 ribbon markers Thumb index Bible dictionary Glossary Concordance Calf split leather cover 8.25×5.5×1.25 Cover This new edition comes in calf split leather. Calf split...Read More
R L Allan’s latest King James edition is the nice wide margin that was formerly published by Oxford. The font, layout, and margin are the same, but this wide margin has been given Allan’s exquisite binding treatment, making it the most durable and flexible wide margin available in KJV. Here are the basic features: Highland Goatskin Epistle Dedicatory and Allan Royal License Center column References Chapter summaries 3 Dark Blue Ribbon Markers Leather Lined Smyth sewn Semi yapp Gilt line inside Red under gold page edges (art-gilt) 8/9 point Bold Clarendon type Italics for inserted text Same pagination as regular size Brevier Clarendon editions 8.5 x 7 x 1.5 inches 1.5 inch margin 1536 pages 15 (16 pages) full color Oxford Bible maps 26 page for notes 48 pages of lined writing paper Coated writable India paper Binding The binding on this Allan is superb. It is leather-lined and includes a semi yapp. The highland goatskin is one of the softest and most flexible leathers available for a Bible and this highland goatskin is as nice as any I’ve seen. It includes the leather glued into the leather lining and end-pages, making this a well-build Bible that should last a lifetime. It is a sewn binding that lays flat. Layout I love wide margin Bibles. In my opinion, everyone should use a wide margin Bible for study- especially those...Read More
Some (but not all) of our links are affiliate links. When you use them we get a small commission on any sale but you don’t get charged anything extra. This helps keep Bible Buying Guide running. We appreciate your use of any of our links.
Choosing a Bible
Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.