I have never purchased an NKJV as a Study Bible. I had an ancient NKJV Open Bible I received in High School that fell apart. I never replaced it because it seems that the NKJV market is saturated with niche-Bibles based on popular books and teachers. I wanted something like the NIV Study Bible with the NKJV. I purchased the NKJV Holman Study Bible after perusing in our local Christian Bookstore. It is fantastic!! It truly is everything I have searched for in a NKJV-based study Bible. I want to purchase a copy for each of my daughters. I hope Holman comes out with a NKJV Illustrated Study Bible for Kids similar to the HCSB version. I am pleased to see this pairing, and I hope it continues and that Bible publishers would get more serious about their pairings rather than basing a Bible on what's popular in the Christian book industry. I love the NKJV, and I'm pleased to have a serious study Bible with this pairing.
First and foremost, the Study Bible Holman Publishers has put together is absolutely beautiful. There are very few doctrinally sound NKJV Study Bibles out there. That is why I'm am very thankful for Holman Publishers publishing the NKJV Study Bible.
The text is very easy on the eyes and the pages are not too thin. The contrast between the white pages and black and red fonts is just right. The thumb indexes are one of a kind: gold lettering on black for the O.T. and gold lettering on red for the N.T.
The essays are so valuable and have been written by true defenders of the faith: Mark Dever, Craig Evans, Jeremy Howard, Bruce Ware, Paige Patterson, Craig Blomberg and the list goes on. The Hebrew and Greek word studies are so helpful. And the maps, illustrations, and charts are great.
Unlike the ESV (a solid translation also), when in the N.T. an O.T. passage is quoted, the quotation is in italics. In the ESV, O.T. passages are blended in the N.T. text. You would "have to know" that it is an O.T. quotation.
Also, the study notes on soteriology (doctrine of salvation) is rock solid. To God be the Glory for the great thing He has done!
I'm so thankful to the contributors of the study notes for not compromising on the doctrine of the Eternality of the Son of God (Heb. 1:5). Christ always has been the Son of God. From everlasting to everlasting Jesus the Christ is the Son of God. He did not come and "play the role of a son" because "is" the Son of God.
Holman has done a great work by putting together this Study Bible. Do not hesitate to purchase one. You will not be disappointed. Holman Bible Publishers has done a great thing!
DISCLAIMER: I was provided a review copy free of charge from Holman publishers in exchange for writing this review. I was not required to write a positive one, only an honest one.
The Holman NKJV Study Bible is a welcome addition in the arena of Study Bible offerings available to the Christian that really informs and inform it does well. The theologically conservative notes (15,000 of them by count) and helps surrounding the NKJV text come straight from the popular 2011 HCSB Study Bible sans HCSB specific helps. While it doesn't have the same aesthetic that made the HCSB Study Bible so appealing to read, still, it does satisfy on many levels. I like the liberal use of color within, particularly the color blue to identify verse numbers, cross references, and study notes beneath the text. Words of Christ are in red but not a flaming red. The leather seems sturdy enough but I wish Holman would've seen to it for the leather to have a bit of sheen and a little more texture. I find it rather plain in appearance as Bible leathers go. The index tabs for the OT are in black and red for the NT. Unfortunately, I can't figure out if some of the tabs may have been placed in a crooked fashion when added in the production process or if the cutting used to produce staggered indents is responsible. I've pulled more than several pieces of "cutaways" from the pages. Sometimes the cuts are rather rough with ragged edges. To me, this smacks of a quality control production issue and not representative of every copy produced. The Bible comes with a black ribbon marker which I assume is meant for OT placement and a red one for the NT. Separating the two would've have settle the question of their intended use. Following the end of the Revelation, we are met with a 62 page Bible Concordance, two Bible reading plans, art credits, and eight beautiful color maps. I would've hoped for a index to the maps which would not have added a significant number of pages. We are left to discover locations randomly instead of being provided guidance. Something else I would've like to have seen is a little more detail to book outlines. The New Open Bible reigns supreme here. Holman would've done well to mimic the format if not negotiate their inclusion. The photos used give us insight to the land. I find the maps rich in color (but not cartoonish) and very useful. Charts are plentiful. In my estimation, the Proverbs Topical Chart is worth the price of the Bible! I'm unaware of any other Bible that hosts it. Illustrations vary from heavy, colored pencil line drawings to life-like semblances. Something I've seen for the first time in a two-column Study Bible is how the cross references justify to the left to coincide with the left column and justifies to the right for the right column. Its a small thing but I appreciate it.
Despite my minor quibbles with the above mentioned items, I really like this Holman Bible. If you're looking at Study Bibles married to the NKJV, give this Holman offering due consideration.