Ask Bible Buying Guide: Holman and Thomas Nelson Full Color KJV Study Bibles Compared

Answering questions I’ve received at the BBG website, on social media, and here at the BBG YouTube channel.

Steven asked:

“May I ask you whether you would recommend the Nelson, the Holman or another KJV Study Bible?”

In this comparison, we’ll take a look at the Holman and Thomas Nelson Full Color Study Bibles to help you decided if either of them will work for you.

See the individual reviews here:

Holman KJV Study Bible

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Thomas Nelson KJV Study Bible

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Thanks for the question, Steven (and sorry for taking so long to answer).

Thomas Nelson and Holman provided these Bibles free for review. I was not required to give a positive review. My opinions are my own. 

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.


  1. Prentiss Yeates

    Thank you for providing a great review on both bibles. I really appreciate your help in this area. Both look wonderfully made and I agree, both are a hard choice between the two. Nelson is coming out with the NKJV in color before Christmas. That’s going to be a hard decision.

    • Randy A Brown

      Thanks Prentiss! I’ll have to look for that one.

  2. Prentiss Yeates

    Good morning Randy,
    I hope you can read my comments, but is there a book on unfamiliar terms of the authorized version words with meaning? I do love the Kjv, yet sometimes I’m as lost as a man driving through a blizzard with my car windows painted black. Or better, is the a true word for word conservative bible commentary or dictionary?
    Thank you,
    Prentiss Yeates

    • Randy A Brown

      Hi Prentiss. There are a few books like you’re describing. I’ll create a list and either post them here or create a new article for them. Thanks for the question!

    • Jesse

      Did you ever find a word for word conservatize bile commentary or dictionary?

  3. Trudy

    I am so glad I found your page. I am looking for an NKJV Study Bible because I love my Thomas Nelson KJV Study Bible. My brain has started to trip over the old English pronouns which is why I want an NKJV. I can see from the video that (just before the Foreword page) this KJV has the same useful helps my KJV has: the Harmony, Parables, etc. Also, as you mention, the T.N. always seems easier on the eye. My question is, is there an NKJV like this?


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