I love this edition. I have read the Bible through for many years so I know my Bible relatively well. However, this book not only has put the Bible in its chronological order it also prefeces each new section of scripture with an introductory. very easy to understand background of what will be covered and even some history about that section which would only come from a commentary. This is a great study Bible.
I try to read the Bible through every other year and was looking for something different when I discovered this version. it is FANTASTIC! what makes it different is two main things. it groups things together that happened together, which makes so much more sense. The other difference is the commentary that explains what you are about to read. Even a newcomer to the Bible could inderstand what they are reading.
I am giving it as a gift to many people this year, and am using it as a Bible study with a precious gal I'm mentoring. i can't wait to read it again!
I have had this version of the bible for 15 years and love going through it every year. The best feature of this bible is the chronology. For anyone who wants to see the bible in its historical setting, this is the version for you. By combining the stories that are duplicated and adding the psalms in sections where they likely were written, it brings the scriptures alive. The commentaries add additional info on the historical context as well. The only drawback to this version and organization (in my opinion) is the way the proverbs are presented (in themes). Other than that, Lagard Smith did an excellent job of putting this together and it is very readable!
Clearly the best choice for the average believer as it is extremely easy to comprehend. Of all the translations I have used, this one is my choice. It is wonderful to read scriptural events in the order they occurred. Yet, if you are trying to find a particular passage, the additional index allow easy locating.