The theme for this Bible is "A refreshing way to experience God's story; a trusted way to apply it to your life."
I like that.
So why do I love this Bible? Let me give you a few ideas.
* Chronological format. I don't think a chronological Bible should be the only Bible on your nightstand, but I do think everyone should go through the Bible chronologically at some point. It is amazing to read something like one of David's Psalms at the same time you are reading about him hiding out from Saul. Context. Yeah, you can do that with a regular Bible too, but with the Chronological one, it is right there for you. No planning involved. It is also wonderful to get books like Chronicles and Kings to line up, instead of reading a lot of the same stories from different points of view months apart.
* NLT Translation. I don't follow all of the arguments about which Bible translations are better and why. I'm aware of some of the disagreement, but not all of it. So if you have reason to hate the NLT, this Bible is also available in KJV. I'm not smart enough to make sense of the KJV though. I typically choose ESV when I have a choice, but I am finding that I really like the NLT too. I can understand it. I think understanding the text is a very good thing in a Chronological Bible, personally. I can always pull out a regular KJV to use for Bible Memory if I want it to sound prettier.
* Extensive notes. That'd be the Life Application parts, or the archaeological evidences part, or the timelines (wow, are there ever a lot of timelines!), or the charts, or just the notes about the original Hebrew word. Lots of notes. I love the notes, and I'm finding they add so much to my reading.
* Photos and illustrations. There is lots of color in here. Not on every page by any stretch, but every few pages anyway. Some are of archaeological sites, some are of things like the trumpets mentioned in a passage. Some illustrate a key Bible verse.
* Maps. Gracious, are there ever maps. Nice ones, in color, with specific and relevant information. In the gospels, there are maps every couple of pages, so you really can see where things are taking place.
I love this Bible.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
Everything was beautiful about this bible. It breaks everything down to time and place which helps. The engraving of the personalized name left a lot to be desired. It should have stood out more. It blended in with the cover and is very hard to see the name at all. Other then that great product.
When I got the chance to review The Chronological Life Application Study Bible, I jumped at the chance. I have wanted a chronological Bible of my own for some time but I had not committed to one. Tyndale offers it in the King James Version and the New Living Translation. Since I am very familiar with the KJV, I decided to get it in the NLT so that I could make that part of my review as well.
The Chronological Life Application Study Bible does not disappoint. I was excited when it arrived and I continue to be excited about this resource. My family gave me a copy of the Life Application Bible when I became ordained. This Bible, however, has the Life Application notes inside of it. For those who don't know, the Life Application Bible is heavy, literally, with character profiles a-plenty. Its notes also focus on the application of the biblical text to believers' lives. The Life Application portion of this Bible is study Bible enough to add to one's library. The fact that the buyer gets so much more than that makes this study Bible very unique and very valuable.
This Bible has a chronology that runs across the top of the page called "The Chronological Header System." Whichever period the reader happens to be reading about is highlighted in another color than the rest of the graph. The top of the Bible has the same color differentiation, enabling the reader to skip from one period to another just by opening the Bible at one of the color points indicated. 10 periods are indicated from the beginnings to the Church in the present.
There are a number of helps for the reader. A "canonical table of contents" is included in the front with page numbers to find specific passages in the chronological Bible. There are maps that are large (some of them span a whole page size) and small throughout the Bible. One of my favorite features is the occasional verse, complete with reference and the verse being quoted, that is found throughout the Bible with a beautiful picture accompanying it. One can find illustrations of the Tabernacle, the Temple and Jerusalem with beautiful detail, among so many others.
The Chronological Life Application Study Bible states that God created the cosmos. It does not take a position on the meaning behind the six days of Creation, leaving room for theistic evolution, one would assume. However, it does advocate for a literal Adam and Eve in a literal garden which, in my opinion, bests fits the second Adam of Christ who reverses the curse brought by the first Adam's transgression bringing sin into the world. I don't favor the NLT's translation, "Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from ANY [emphasis mine] of the trees in the garden" (Gen. 3:1), though it is more common usage than the NKJV or KJV rendering. It also uses the terms domestic and wild animals in the text, such as in 3:14, that I have trouble feeling is justified. The reader must understand however that the NLT is a dynamic equivalence translation, so there is some wiggle room from the literal word-for-word translating process to one that emphasizes the reader's comprehension.
As for Noah, it comes as close to a universal flood conviction as it can without doing so. This is done by advocating for the elimination of all human beings save those who are in the ark yet leaving open the possibility that not all of the Earth was covered with water. Noah's great number of years is taken literally without explanation, as far as I can see. To be fair, that may have been explained in notes from periods earlier in biblical history covered in this Bible.
With the same consistency, the study Bible takes literally the plagues on Egypt and the Red Sea crossing. Jonah's story of his time in the belly of a great fish and his deliverance from it is also taken as a literal miracle of God. The miracles of Christ really happened, demons are real fallen angels, heaven and hell likewise are real. It would be fair to say that this Bible is a conservative evangelical Bible that is trustworthy.
I wanted to speak to an obvious question. What does the Bible do with the places where the Gospel writers record the same event? Desiring this answer for myself, I took a look and this Bible handles it well. Each set of parallel accounts in the Gospels is separated by a parallel icon with a number of dots that represent the number of Gospel writers who wrote of that event. The parallel readings from each of the Gospels recording the event are designated with a colored-in icon above that reading. The colored dot indicates the reader's location in the parallel passages. Subsequent movement of the colored-in dot, sort of like a traffic light put on its side, indicates how far you are in the number of parallel readings. If that is as clear as mud, the reader will understand and appreciate this tool once the Bible is used personally. While in the Gospels, I did want to note that the NLT adds Elizabeth's pregnancy for clarification to Luke 1:26 as does the new NIV.
The Bible is loaded with archaeological notes, theological charts, color maps both large and small, character profiles and illustrations throughout. One can study the parallels between Joseph and Jesus, Satan's plans against the believer, sources of suffering and why we suffer, and on and on. Adam, Eve, Lot, Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Ezra, John the Baptist, Thomas, Lydia are just several of a multitude of character profiles. Illustrations abound like those depicting the high priest's garments, the Tabernacle and its furnishings, an almond tree, and a grapevine. There is a harmony of the Gospels and plenty of charts that would aid Bible students and teachers to do series just from them.
I would like to leave you with a final note on the New Living Translation, from my personal opinion. I think the version is a good one. It enables the reader to grasp God's Word in an easy-to-read format. However, I much prefer the NKJV, ESV, NASB and the NIV84 to be honest.
If I were to make the choice again between the KJV version of this Bible or the NLT, I would still choose the NLT. Hopefully, this resource will expand into some of the other translations I just mentioned. That would be a great improvement on an already awesome study Bible.
I could go on but I have already taken so much of your time. I hope that this review answers your questions regarding this Bible and enables you to choose which version you may wish to get. God bless you and all who benefit from your study of the Bible, the Word of God.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes
I LOVE this study Bible!! I did not have a study Bible, and I sure didn't know what I was missing! This Chronological Life Application Study Bible published by Tyndale is a wonderful new addition to our Bible study materials!
Some of the wonderful things about it ~~ Chronological ~~ so cool to have the passages arranged as they occurred in history. Last year the kids and I started studying ancient history and WOW! it was amazing to see the Scripture in its historical context -- made some of the passages so much more easily understandable and just clearer! With this layout of the Bible, it's easier to connect those historical dots. There is also a table in the front of this edition that lists the canonical table of contents (the "regular" way that the Bible is arranged, book by book) and shows the pages that they can be found in this edition.
The study part of this Bible is multi-faceted. There's a timeline that runs along the upper margin of each page, showing which era in history the section of the Scripture that you're looking at falls into. There are maps and explanations, drawings along with other explanations, introductions, titles, little historical facts (for example on p. 1111 in the Ezekiel section, the sidenote says that in 585 BC the Greek astronomer Thales predicts and eclipse). There are outlines, summaries, . . .I just cannot give a full explanation of all the study helps available in this! You can see some more detail on the website for this Bible, found HERE.
I definitely recommend this Study Bible. I know that it will be a great help in our family's Bible studies this year and in the future!
I am so thankful to have received a copy of this Bible for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review, but I really like this study Bible! Get one and use it yourself!!