Tyndale Chronological Life Application Study Bible
King James Version
Published by Tyndale House Publishers
The Chronological Life Application Study Bible presents the Bible in a chronological manner. Rather than being broken down into the books we are all familiar with the Bible is presented in a historical timeline. Naturally Genesis still starts everything off because as it says "In the beginning God created..."
But there is some much more that this Bible has to offer - there is a complete Biblical timeline in which Biblical events and significant world events are shown in relation to one another.
There are also short yet concise biographical overview of key people in the Bible with scriptural references to where they are mention throughout the Bible
There are also themes to the various sections and those delved into and major events, people, geographical settings, and Biblical books are presented at the beginning of the section. Likewise between the two Testaments a short overview of the history and major events effecting the Hebrew people and the world is presented setting the world scene for Jesus' birth.
I really like the Section overviews and the Chronological Header System that lets you know what time period your current Bible passage is in. At the back of the Bible there is a Book-by-Book where the books are individually presented with an overview and the main themes/message. There is also a Dictionary/Concordance and region maps to further bring greater understanding of the Bible. Also I also found the Biblical Calendar very interesting comparing our modern months to Hebrew and Babylonian months.
I will admit it takes a little bit of time to get used to the Bible not being in a book format - I especially found this to be true in the Gospels rather than in the Old Testament. But it was interesting seeing and reading the Gospels together in this format. But the beauty and poetic appeal of the language of the KJV still comes through. This is definitely a Bible that have an appeal to anyone wanting to study the historical aspects of the Bible.
I was provided a copy of this Bible by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
From the moment I saw they were making this Bible in the KJV, I had to have it. I asked & received it for my birthday. I have had trouble putting it down since then. I have learned so much & am driving my husband nuts saying "Did you know...." multiple times a day. I have a "type A" personality and this Bible is wonderful for that, since it puts everything in chronological order. It's easier for me to wrap my mind around. This is not a Bible that I carry to church, as it is far too difficult to search for a certain verse. Also there is a possibility of a series of verses being split up into multiple places throughout it. I also love that it writes explanations for nearly every verse, although that does make it a lengthy read.
The first thing that caught my eye on this Bible is the color. Maps, timelines, photos and pictures abound in this resource as I have not seen before. Each page is topped with a timeline to help the reader understand where they are at in the progression of the Bibles story. The application notes are very thought provoking and educational. It is like having a teacher right there with you as you read. It doesn't matter if you are a long time student of the Bible, or new in your Faith, as long as you have a hunger for the word and understanding this is a good resource for you. I received my complimentary copy from Tyndale House publishers for my review.
I wouldn't call this Bible uniquely applicable to a person's daily life as the Scripture is always applicable. That is not to say that I don't like this format, I do! I just needed to clarify that I don't quite agree with the title. This is a chronological Bible, interweaving chapters from various books of the Bible in their probable sequential order. This means that some chapters are split up and other parts of other chapters are placed in the gap to stay chronological.
There are many helpful charts to support the chronological aspect, some of my favorites being the several charts throughout the accounts of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, showing the "Kings To Date and Their Enemies"_I always get a bit confused about them. One of the other things I found very helpful were the little maps throughout, demonstrating where people went and where such and such a town was located. It gives you more comprehension of Biblical geography. There are also several large pictures of what Jerusalem and the Temple looked like in certain eras. Also included throughout are small full-color modern pictures of the various places that are spoken of, such as the Parthenon in Athens, Samaria, and there are also pictures of things as well, such as a millstone, and biblical manuscripts.
The notes are interesting, and even though they are apparently against the complete sovereignty of God, the notes in Romans are still interesting, part of the note on Romans 11:7 reads: "Resisting God is like saying to him, 'Leave me alone!' But because God is always and everywhere present, his answer to that prayer might be to agree and make that person less sensitive, more hardened to him_" I do not like that the writers of the notes do not take a stand on the age of the earth, they give the impression that it is not important for the beginning of the Bible to be literally understood, which can give a wrong impression as to the rest of the Bible.
I also need to mention that at least one of the pictures is inappropriate(Adam and Eve), you'll want to scribble it out, I have not seen all of the pictures yet so there may be more. I don't know why they thought that was okay to put in, even if it isn't as bad as it could be it still contradicts Genesis 3 where God gives them clothing(keep in mind that they were also husband and wife), why is it okay for their offspring to depict them in what is now their shame? We still live after the fall, not before it, so why contradict that?
Anyway, I do like all of the maps and several of the charts and pictures of the locations, it really is interesting to have a visual picture as one reads along.
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