Something you should know about me is that I have two Life Application Study Bibles, one in the New International Version (NIV) that I have had over 20 years and my newest that I received this past Christmas is a New Living Translation (NLT).
Study Bibles add so much to the study of scripture vs. just the reading of it, and the Modern Life Study Bible certainly will be a resource I continue to use during my study time.
Some things I love about this Bible:
- NKJV. I have never read the NKJV and was a little wary! I grew up reading the traditional KJV and was very challenged by the style of writing. Although the NLT version is my current favorite, and how easily understandable it is has really created a love of reading the Word, I was so pleasantly surprised by the NKJV. It, too, is easy to understand but with the traditional weights, measures, etc.
- "Focus" sections. Whereas the Life Application Bibles will normally "dissect" a single verse, the Modern Life Study Bible focuses on a section of scripture.
- Maps. They are everywhere in this Bible! They give a greater perspective on the events taking place. (For instance, in studying Esther, I had no idea that Susa was so close (150 miles?) to Ur, the hometown of Abraham. Sometimes I forget how small the Middle East is!)
- "Insight" sections. These sections include maps, charts, diagrams and extra bits of information. What an incredible resource!
- Character profiles. Those profiles are a brief synopsis of main character's background and gives some extra understanding of that person. In addition, "modern" believers like Corrie Ten Boom, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charles Spurgeon, and many others are profiled as examples of faith in action.
- Color. Color. Color! I love the use of color! It is everywhere in this Bible, from the Chapter title pages, maps, character profiles, timelines, etc.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.