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  1. T.C.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One study bible that should be on every Christian's bookshelf!
    December 21, 2018
    T.C.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The tagline on the box of the Ancient-Modern Bible says, "One Faith. Handed Down. For All the Saints." This succinctly sums up the reality that we all read, interpret, and understand the bible as part of a 2,000 year old community stretching back to Jesus and the Apostles. As the Introduction to this edition states, "When you pick up the Bible and begin reading, you're not alone; you're joined by a vibrant, ancient-modern community of readers and interpreters, students of the Word, worshipers of God."

    How does this edition put this philosophy into practice? The margins of this edition are filled with comments from the greatest teachers, theologians, and worshipers in Christian history. From Church Fathers like Athanasius, Polycarp, and Cyril of Alexandria to Reformers like Luther, Calvin, and Bucer to more recent giants like Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and C.S. Lewis to contemporary voices like Eugene Peterson, Billy Graham, Henri Nouwen, and even Jimmy Carter, this Bible is filled with the thoughts of the giants of Christianity, old and new.

    Instead of a typical study bible layout with commentary at the bottom of the page, this edition is laid out in a wide-margin, single-column layout with commentary placed in the margins near the appropriate verse or passage. While many pages, especially in the New Testament, are completely filled with commentary, there is plenty of room on others for adding your own notes in the very generous margins. Though I have not had the opportunity to read every single note, I have read hundreds of them and have not found a single one that failed to reflect the common faith we all share in common. This is not a sectarian study bible with a specific denominational or theological slant to it. The notes do a tremendous job pointing out the great shared beliefs that Christians in all times and places have held in common.

    As a NKJV bible, this edition benefits from the tremendous textual footnotes many have come to appreciate from the NKJV. For those unfamiliar with this translation, these footnotes point out more literal readings of the underlying Hebrew and Greek text as well as alternative readings from the Septuagint (Old Testament), Majority Greek text, and Nestle-Aland/United Bible Society Greet texts. These textual footnotes are second to none in any other translationapproached in popular translations by the newer CSB translation.

    Sprinkled throughout this bible are full-page biographies of notable Christians like the ones mentioned abovebelievers who have made indelible marks on the faith. Additionally, there are supplemental articles on topics like Creation, Bible meditation, the nature of the church, union with Christ, and the Trinity. The end matter of this Bible includes the three principle creeds of the faith (Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian creeds); reading plans for the seasons of Advent and Lent; and over a dozen full-color prints of famous Christian art, both ancient and contemporary.

    As stated at the outset, this study bible is a rare gem among editions currently on the market. It deserves to be on every Christian's bookshelf and consulted over and over!
  2. Daniel Sinclair
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    print is just too small
    March 25, 2023
    Daniel Sinclair
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This Bible has good content, but unless you have really good light and really good glasses you're not gonna be able to read this at all. Even with my glasses this is barely usable and unpleasant to have to read. Good concept of poorly delivered.
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