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Unchained4 Stars Out Of 5Leathersoft NKJV Thompson-chain Reference BibleJuly 27, 2021UnchainedQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I was pleased with the price that I got the Leathersoft NKJV Thompson Chain Reference Bible from Christian Bookstore. The cosmetic blemish did not bother me at all, and not as much as a higher price would. I wouldn't have bought it if it was at a higher price!
It should really be a great Bible resource for pastors and Sunday school teachers. Actually, just for the average Bible student it's sort of entertaining to look up various things you run across such as wisdom gained through prayer topic number 3841, page number 2002 I ran across it when going through Psalms. While this particular topic you can t,race is through the marginal notes, when you see something in the margin it's better to go to the numerical index and find something or first to the alphabetical index and then to the numerical index. This should give you more Bible verses than the typical marginal notes in a Bible. It was rather interesting, even entertaining, to search such things out!
I would even recommend this Bible even if you happen to be a Pre-Millennial Dispensationalist.
However, the first reviewer brought up some excellent points. You should go to those pages he pointed out, if you buy one of these Thompson Bibles, and mark out the errors with your ballpoint pen. The first reviewer did not really go far enough with his last point. While the outline of the Book of Revelation was somewhat accurate it should have served as a warning, that Thompson was going to take The Book of Revelation as an allegory. If you're a Futurist you will find the chains that go to the Book of Revelation are inadequate. Perhaps they have some use but they really aren't satisfactory if you take the Book of Revelation literally.
I suppose I wasn't surprised about the above, but what surprised me is what the pages of the Bible do which has never happened to me like this before. They seem to have a strong desire to be creased. So far I've gotten the page in front of the Bible maps which want to be turned into a corrugated one somewhat flattened out. It isn't the only one that is getting to be in that condition. This is my major complaint. If I had a table that I just could leave the Bible on and not try to use it on my lap or whatever, maybe I could avoid the growing number of folds in The Bible pages. So, take note of that of a Bible that I would recommend.
12String2 Stars Out Of 5DisappointingJune 13, 202112StringQuality: 4Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1When it was announced that Zondervan had purchased the publication rights and copyrights of the TCRB from Kirkbride, I had hoped the new printings would correct some of the amateurish typos and editing errors, along with the sloppy and disingenuous theological expressions contained in the book analyses.
One glaring example of the amateurish editing is displayed on page 503 [2 Kings 18:17], which was cast in all italics. According to the preface of the NKJV: "Words or phrases in italics indicate expressions in the original language which require clarification by additional English word, as also done throughout the history of the King James Bible." In other words, the use of italics in this passage suggests the entire verse is not found in the original. The problem with this is that having consulted the Hebrew text--the passage does exist in the original--and no other edition of the NKJV uses italics in the passage. I had contacted Kirkbride over this very issue over 10 years ago. Obviously nothing was done to correct it.
Examples of the sloppy/poor theology expressed in the TCRB may be found in the Book Analyses section [pp. 2055-2102]. Example #1--on p. 2083, in reference to Romans 9, Thompson [or his successors] refer to God's sovereignty as "supposed."
A second example of Thompson's sloppy theology may be found on p. 2102, In his discussion on Revelation 19, Thompson denied the visible, personal, literal return of Christ to reign and refers to it as being merely a "spiritual" reign.
I believe it is disingenuous for Kirkbride/Zondervan to promote this Bible as not advancing any type of theological agenda when the notes in the Book Analyses indicate otherwise--and that theological agenda is a rather dubious Pelagianism coupled with a heavily allegorized interpretation of eschatology.
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