The KJV Study Bible Thumb-Indexed Edition from Barbour – Review

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Barbour’s KJV Study Bible is a hand-sized edition that includes 6000 notes from the Layman’s Bible Commentary Series. This edition is a two-toned burgundy and black imitation leather that is wrapped around a sewn text-block.

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I love the size of this Bible. It’s a hand-sized edition at 9 x 6 x 1. In order to keep the size down and not have to make the text too small, there are no references, charts, or maps within the text. It’s a two-column layout with notes at the bottom of the page. It does have small book introductions and lots of headings within the text. The font is readable at 8-point. The red letter does have some slight fading, but it does stay legible. The paper is writable without a lot of show-through.

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The thumb-index is cut out in squares. I like this because it takes up less space where the pages are cut. You have to bend the pages back to see them. I don’t mind this. In general there are three books per label.

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Primarily this is a commentary Bible since it lacks many of the study tools to do your own study. Of course the notes do contain theological bias. Most of the notes are general facts. Like all Biblical commentary, I recommend that you do your own study allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture.

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In the back is a dictionary/concordance combo. It’s only 17 pages. It does have 3 columns per page. I found it interesting that it includes Hebrew names for God, such as Elohim, without giving any theological commentary. This is something I always appreciate.

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There are 8 color maps printed on thick glossy paper. These are some of the most colorful maps that I’ve seen. They are labeled well and are easy to use.

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They include:

  • The Holy Land Today
  • Nations of the Ancient World
  • The Tribal Allotments of Israel
  • The Prophets of Israel and Judah
  • The Holy Land in the Time of Jesus
  • Jesus’ Arrest, Trial, and Crucifixion
  • Paul’s Voyage to Rome
  • The Churches of Revelation

This Bible is built well for its price. I love that it’s sewn and I like the look and feel of the imitation leather. The size is perfect. The paper and print isn’t too bad either. I do wish that it had a few more tools for study. I’m not overly fond of commentary in Bibles and I always caution readers about theological bias. Most of the commentary is factual-based rather than theological-based, and I found those notes to be the most helpful. I would love to see this Bible available without the commentary with larger print, or as a reference edition, for this quality and price-range.

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Barbour Publishing provided this Bible free for review. I was not required to give a positive review – only an honest review.

About The Author

Randy A Brown

WordPress writer by day, Bible reviewer by night, pastor all the time. And there's also that author thing.

2 Comments

  1. John

    Randy,

    Can you comment on the theological bias you mention? Is it dispensational or covenant theology this one favors?

    John

    Reply
    • Randy A Brown

      Hi John. It might take me a few days to get to this one. I just didn’t want you to think I was ignoring it.

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