2013 ECPA Christian Book Award winner!The stunning full-color Chronological Life Application Study Bible is a refreshing way to experience God’s Story and a trusted way to apply it to life. Journey through the 10 eras of Bible history in a chronological Bible experience and gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word. Includes Life Application notes and features from the best-selling Life Application Study Bible as well as new features on Bible history and geographyThe Bible is arranged in 10 chronological sections that help the reader to see how the various pieces of the Bible fit together. Section intros and timelines set the stage for the passages in each section. Archaeological notes and photographs help to bring God’s story to life in a whole new way. And of course, the Life Application resources answer the all-important question“so what?”This edition of the CLASB features the New Living Translation.
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Chronological Life Application Study Bible
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Chapter OneOld Testament
EVERY STORY has a beginning. The Bible begins with God. At the very beginning of this story, God created the universe and put everything in order, forming all of the planets, stars, and galaxies and setting them in motion. On earth, he created abundant varieties of living creatures. And he made the crown of his creation in his own image, his vice-regents: humans
Creation isn't the only beginning recorded in the Bible, though. There is also the more tragic story of the beginning of sin and death. Adam and Eve, the humans whom God placed over his creation, chose to disobey him and shattered its perfection. This tragedy soon led to others, such as Cain murdering his brother Abel in a jealous rage. And ultimately, sin became so rampant and pervasive that God decided to begin once again. He chose Noah, the only righteous man left on earth, to be the patriarch of a fresh beginning for humanity. But even Noah was vulnerable to sin, and his descendants showed that the sin problem was still very real and in need of a solution.
How would God continue his rescue plan for humanity? Would he need to begin again after the tower of Babel?
PEOPLE & CULTURE
* Adam and Eve. God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden to rule on his behalf. They worked hard at cultivating the ground and managing the affairs of the Garden, and they enjoyed communion with God there. But they chose to disobey God's one command, and through them sin entered the world. They were banished from the Garden, and their fellowship with God was broken. But God immediately set into motion his plan to bring humanity back into fellowship with him—this is the story of the entire Bible.
* Noah. By the time of Noah, sin and wickedness were so rampant that God was actually sorry he had ever created humans (Gen 6:7). But Noah was a righteous man, and God chose to save him from the destruction that was planned for the rest of humanity. Noah and his family became a new beginning for humanity.
* Language and Culture. After Noah's sons populated the earth again, there was a unified language and culture throughout the world. But this unity led to pride and a sense that humans didn't need God. As a result, God caused them to be divided by different languages and to be scattered around the world. Different cultures began to emerge from the different language groups and regions.
1 Garden of Eden God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when he made them in his image. The Bible doesn't tell us exactly where Eden was located, except for a few clues that are difficult to decipher in Genesis 2:10-14.
2 Mountains of Ararat Noah's boat came to rest on the mountains of Ararat, in modern-day Turkey (Gen 8:4). From here his sons and their descendants spread out to build new nations.
3 Babel The tower of Babel was built in the fertile area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, in modern-day Iraq.
* Beginnings. Here we find the beginnings of the universe, the earth, humanity, sin, and God's plan of salvation. Genesis teaches us that the earth is well-made and good; people are special to God and unique; God creates and sustains all life; and God deals with sin swiftly and with justice.
* Sin. When people choose to disobey God's plan for living, they are choosing to sin. And sin ruins people's lives. Genesis shows that living God's way can be rewarding and makes life fulfilling.
* Promises. God has promised to help and protect his people. He made a covenant with Noah that he would never again destroy the earth with a flood and gave a wonderful sign for us to remember his promise: the rainbow. God always keeps his promises.
BOOKS IN THIS SECTION
AUDIENCE: The people of Israel
PURPOSE: To record God's creation of the world and his desire to have people worship him
DATE WRITTEN: Approximately 1450-1410 B.C.
WHERE WRITTEN: In the wilderness during Israel's wanderings, somewhere in the Sinai Peninsula
A. The Beginning of Creation
We sometimes wonder how our world came to be. But here we find the answer. God created the earth and everything in it, and made humans like himself. Although we may not understand the complexity of just how he did it, it is clear that God did create all life. This shows not only God's authority over humanity, but his deep love for all creation.
The Account of Creation
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
3 Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day" and the darkness "night."
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
6 Then God said, "Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth." 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. 8 God called the space "sky." And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
9 Then God said, "Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear." And that is what happened. 10 God called the dry ground "land" and the waters "seas." And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, "Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came." And that is what happened. 12 The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
13 And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.
14 Then God said, "Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth." And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
20 Then God said, "Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind." 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth."
23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.
24 Then God said, "Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals." And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, "Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground."
27 So God created human beings* in his own image.
In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground."
29 Then God said, "Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life." And that is what happened.
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day
2:1 So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. 2 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested* from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.
4 This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth.
B. The Beginning of Humanity
Learning about our ancestors often helps us under stand ourselves. The stories of Adam and Eve in the Garden, followed by the tragic story of their two sons Cain and Abel, explain the sin and suffering in our world and help us to live our lives in reliance on God and his promises.
1. ADAM AND EVE
Adam and Eve, our first ancestors, were the climax of God's creation—the very reason God made the world. But they didn't always live the way God intended. Through their mistakes, we can learn important lessons about the way God wants us to live. Adam and Eve teach us much about the nature of sin and its consequences.
The Man and Woman in the Garden GENESIS 2:4b-25
When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. 6 Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land. 7 Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nostrils, and the man became a living person.
8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. 9 The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches. 11 The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. 12 The gold of that land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. 13 The second branch, called the Gihon, flowed around the entire land of Cush. 14 The third branch, called the Tigris, flowed east of the land of Asshur. The fourth branch is called the Euphrates.
15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16But the Lord God warned him, "You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—17except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die."
18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him." 19 So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. 20 He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man's ribs and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
23 "At last!" the man exclaimed.
"This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called 'woman,' because she was taken from 'man.'"
24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
25 Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
The Man and Woman Sin
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, "Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?"
2 "Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden," the woman replied. 3 "It's only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, 'You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.'"
4 "You won't die!" the serpent replied to the woman. 5 "God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil."
6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man* and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?"
10 He replied, "I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked."
11 "Who told you that you were naked?" the Lord God asked. "Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?"
12 The man replied, "It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it."
13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, "What have you done?"
"The serpent deceived me," she replied. "That's why I ate it."
14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,
"Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike* your head, and you will strike his heel."
16 Then he said to the woman,
"I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you."
17 And to the man he said,
"Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.
19 By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return."
Paradise Lost: God's Judgment GENESIS 3:20-24
Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live. 21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.
22 Then the Lord God said, "Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!" 23 So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. 24 After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
2. CAIN AND ABEL
The tragic story of Cain and Abel shows how dramatically sin had affected humanity. Less than a generation after being banished from the Garden of Eden, jealousy leads to murder.
Cain Murders Abel
Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, "With the Lord's help, I have produced a man!" 2 Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel.
When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. 3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain pre sent ed some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, 5 but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.
6 "Why are you so angry?" the Lord asked Cain. "Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master."
8 One day Cain suggested to his brother, "Let's go out into the fields." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.
9 Afterward the Lord asked Cain, "Where is your brother? Where is Abel?"
"I don't know," Cain responded. "Am I my brother's guardian?"
10 But the Lord said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground! 11 Now you are cursed and banished from the ground, which has swallowed your brother's blood. 12 No longer will the ground yield good crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless wanderer on the earth."
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Table of Contents
ContentsCanonical Table of Contents....................A15
Introduction to the Chronological Life Application Study Bible....................A23
A Chronological Survey of the Bible....................A34
Complete Biblical Timeline....................A44
A Note to Readers....................A45
Introduction to the New Living Translation....................A50
NLT Bible Translation Team....................A52
THE OLD TESTAMENT....................2
Beginnings: Undated-2100 B.C. Genesis....................26
God's Chosen Family: 2100-1800 B.C. Genesis, Job....................134
Birth of Israel: 1800-1406 B.C. Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Psalms....................330
Possessing the Land: 1406-1050 B.C. Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel....................428
United Monarchy: 1050-930 B.C. 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs....................684
Splintered Nation: 930-586 B.C. 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Amos, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah....................1090
Exile: 586-538 B.C. 2 Kings, Psalms, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Obadiah....................1144
Return & Diaspora: 538-6 B.C. 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Psalms, Daniel, Joel, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi....................1253
THE NEW TESTAMENT....................1254
Jesus Christ: 6 B.C.-A.D. 30 Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts....................1502
The Church: A.D. 30-Present Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation....................1835
A Christian Worker's Resource....................1849
The Bible Book-by-Book....................1924
Index to Charts....................2041
Index to Maps....................2042
Index to Profiles....................2043
Index to Archaeological Notes....................2044
Index to Illustrations....................2045
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have just recently acquired the hardcopy version of Chronological Life Application Study Bible. The wonderful illustrations are always a bonus, but this Bible has sooooo many tools to help you better understand the times written about! There is a timeline on every page, along with foot notes, profiles, archaeological notes, maps, comparisons (for instance, between the four gospels), and so many other tools to help in the understanding of the time and culture, which brings understanding of what is written. I can not say enough about how great this Bible is! It is truly a great resource for those interested in a deeper, broader understanding of Biblical times!
How does this Bible stack up against other study Bibles that I’ve used before? After spending some time using it, there were 3 major things I liked about it and 4 annoyances. First the things I liked… 1. The biggest selling point of this Bible is that it is arranged chronologically, not in the traditional canonical order. For example, Job is placed between Genesis and Exodus. The Psalms are interspersed with David’s life in 1 and 2 Samuel. Samuel and Kings are interwoven with parallel passages in Chronicles. The four gospels are interwoven, making it easy to compare each gospel writer’s account of each story. The epistles are inserted in the appropriate places in Acts. This makes for a really refreshing approach to take on the scriptures. 2. As far as study helps go, this Bible has everything including the kitchen sink: hundreds of pages of topical indexes and concordances, color photographs of places/paintings/parchments/etc, character profiles for the major biblical figures, period/book/sectional explanations, and a running timeline along the top of the pages to give you a sense of where the particular biblical story falls in history. Being ADD, I found all of these things to be exciting and more than a little overwhelming, but if you are looking to supplement and enrich what you’re reading, this Bible will help you do it. 3. Notes… So many notes… Almost every single verse is unpacked in an easy to understand way at the bottom of the page. In fact, on many pages, there was more note text than verse text on the paper. I am excited to dive into more of these notes when I get to the bothersome and perplexing corners of the Old Testament in my Bible reading next year. Now the annoyances… 1. Tyndale has only released this Bible in the KJV and NLT, neither of which are among my favorite translations for personal study (I would love to see this same Bible, but in an ESV, NASB, or HCSB version). 2. This thing is a brick. It is significantly heavier than all my other Bibles. It’s not exactly easy to read in bed or on the bus. By the end of the year, I am going to have serious biceps from picking this thing up! 3. The chronological arrangement becomes an irritating slowdown if you are trying to find a particular passage. Yes, it has a canonical table of contents in the beginning, but it’s not a Bible that’s useful when you want to be able to find passages fast. 4. There is no outline/plan to read through this Bible in a year! Seriously! Hundreds and hundreds of pages of special features and you can’t spare 4 or 5 of them to make the Bible usable for the person that wants to take on a one-year chronological read through? What other way would people read this Bible? I guess I’ll just read a few chapters every day and hope I reach the end on time… All in all, I think that I will like the CLASB for my devotional reading, but I think it will take a little getting used to a few of it’s eccentricities. Check it out! Whether you pick up the CLASB or any other Bible in the near future, I would encourage you to take on the Bible-in-a-year challenge. 2013 was the first time in my life that I ever attempted it, and it was an extremely rewarding and growing experience. Happy Bible reading!
Only old testament in chronological order; why not the new testament also? That's the only reason I didn't buy it.
This Bible is colorful, insightful, and inspiring. The abundance of info on each page may appear overwhelming at first glance, but the introduction is helpful, and the vast supply of information is satiating and valuable. Reading the Bible in chronological order gives me a new perspective on many passages. I love having additional information at my fingertips, rather than having to Google search--which can distract from my study flow. I can't think of a single reason not to purchase this KJV Study Bible. I recommend it for anyone wanting to supplement their usual studies and/or devotion time. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
“A refreshing way to experience God’s story; a trusted way to apply it to your life.” I L-O-V-E this bible!! I have a ton of bibles of all sorts and this one is by far one of my most favorites!! I have never read a chronological bible, but it is a new, amazing, and refreshing way to read the bible. I would recommend this bible to someone that is already quite familiar with the bible. Keep in mind that if you are a new student of the bible, this is in chronological order, so the books in the bible do not present them self the way they would in a traditional bible. This bible explains God's story in a new, insightful way--in chronological order (as best man can). I'm a very visual person, so the beautiful pictures, maps, and time lines, helped me understand the bible in a very new and different light. The charts are so helpful in finding what you want to study. It contains all the gospel stories--for example: Jesus' miracles performed, where they are found, which gospel, and how many of the gospels tell the same story. I loved reading Matthew's account of one event, and then jumping right in to hear John, Mark and Luke's version of the same event--without having to search!! Reading the Easter story as a whole, in chronological order with all 4 gospel accounts was beautiful! It was also quite neat to read David's Psalms while he was going through his turbulent times. Although, I have not finished reading it, my understanding of the bible and the time of our Lord's time on Earth, has had a whole new meaning and understanding. To make this bible even better than it already is--is the study portion. It goes into further discussion on the majority of the verses in the bible, helping us understand the context, wording, and customs of biblical days. The colorful photographs, archaeological notes, maps, and time lines help bring God's Word to life like I have never imagined--a whole new understanding!. It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! This is a beautiful, stunning bible! I'm in love! Here are the great, fun features of this bible: •Section Introductions—Background information help you get the big picture of biblical history •Chronological Format—Read God's story in the order it happened •Parallel Passage Indicator—Shows you when there are multiple perspectives of a single story •Running Timeline—Notes key biblical and world events in the margin •Full-color Maps, Photos, & Illustrations—Unique presentation of biblical history and content •Life Application Notes—Learn how to apply the Word to your life with the most trusted application notes available today •Archaeological Discoveries—Brings you closer to the world of the Bible with engaging insights •Christian Worker's Resources—Sharing the faith with others •The Bible Book-By-Book—Introductions and outlines to each of the books of the Bible •NLT Dictionary/Concordance •Master index to all study notes, chart, map, personality profile, or archaeology notes •Presentation page •8.5-point text size •9.50" x 6.75" x 2.00" Check out this very cool website for more info!! CHRONO BIBLE Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this bible in exchange for an honest review.
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!!
I've read the bible in it's entirety, cover to cover, but really wanted to dig into the word chronologically. Hearing the stories unfold as they were being told. I've been looking for the right bible to do this and came across this one to review and jumped at the opportunity. I am not disappointed. This book is not just the bible. It's everything you need to learn about God, to absorb, and to grow closer to God. All in one. In today's society, we struggle to not only find time to sit and read the Bible daily but also have a tough time relating to the historical words in our day to day lives. This Application Bible helps us apply God's Word to today, to our own lives. It contains all 66 books of the Bible, divided into 10 eras of biblical history. The books are intermingled to show how the stories actually unfold. Chronologically. Using this will allow you to understand the larger story we often miss, reading the bible in the way it's formatted now. Putting letters, prophets etc together. Features of the Chronological Life Application Study Bible Chronological Header System Which will allow you to know where you are in the story of the Bible Outline Has a custom made outline designed specifically from an application point of view Notes Offers several explanatory notes that helps you understand culture, context, history, difficult to understand passages, background, places and relationship of various passages Maps This bible has more maps than any other. A thorough Bible atlas built in to each Bible section Illustrated Verses Photos appear throughout the bible illustrating important verses Section Introductions This includes- Overview, Timeline, People and Culture, Books in this Section, Article, Megathemes, and Map Timeline There are three types of timelines. Master Timeline, Detailed Timeline, Running Timeline Archaeological Notes Features full color images and highlight places, discoveries, historical artifacts that put the Bible into real historical context Charts and Diagrams Helps readers better visualize difficult concepts or relationships Personality Profiles Collection of profiles of Bible people. Their strengths, weaknesses, greatest accomplishments, mistakes and key lessons from their lives All I can say is WOW! I've never come across any Bible with this much information, beautiful illustrations, easy to understand format, jam-packed with everything I need to better understand the Bible in chronological order. I'm looking forward to reading this cover to cover in 2014.
The New Living Translation has been my Bible of choice for years. I love the way it translates each verse in such a way that is very easy to understand for everyone from novices to the most seasoned Bible readers. When I was given the chance to review this particular Bible I jumped at it and I'm glad I did. I would like to share some of the features I think are outstanding in this Bible. Special Features: Life Application Notes: The best feature in this Bible, for me, is the Life Application Notes. Each page has several Scriptures displayed at the top and below the original Scriptures is a section explaining the Scripture in detail. I have learn a lot I previously didn't fully understand through this feature. Running Timeline: The dates for key events are displayed in the outer margin of the pages. If you have trouble remembering dates like I do, you'll love this feature. Full Color Maps, Photos and Illustrations: Throughout the pages you'll find full color images with facts and information describing key things such as Threshing Grain, Trumpet, Millstone and Roman Whips and Scourges. There's no need for a dictionary or encyclopedia because it's all right there on the page. Parallel Passage Indicator: Each time you move into a new section / story it has a new header indicating the beginning and it shows when that particular section / story ends. This is a great feature letting you know exactly which verses are apart of the story you are currently reading. Master Index: When you look up a particular subject or person in the Bible it shows the page number for each key Scripture, chart, map, personality profile and archaeology note. For example, if you look up Aaron you will see the following: Aaron his ordination......................................... Lv 8:1ff............... 210 his role as a high priest.......................... Lv 8:12............... 211 criticized Moses for wrong reason......... Nm 12:1(2)......... 249 his death................................................. Nm 20:28.......... 263 MAP: Moses Returns to Egypt.......................................... 146 PROFILE: Aaron (in Ex)...................................................... 184 INTRODUCTION: Aaron.................................................... 136 These are only a few of the features included in this Bible. There are others that you will find just as helpful. I was thrilled with this Bible as a whole. The very first page I read I learned, what I consider, a key fact that I had never realized before in my studies. It is full of information and key facts that will enhance anyone's Bible study. The Life Application Notes are my favorite part and a key feature when studying the Bible, in my own person opinion. I first came across this feature in another Bible but it wasn't my preferred version (NLT) so I was thrilled to find it in this one but this one has so much more. If you want a Bible to aid in an extensive study of the Scriptures this is the Bible for you. I will be recommending it to everyone I know as a complete all-in-one study Bible. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my true and honest review. These opinions are mine and mine alone and I was in no way compensated for this review.
The NLT is a good easy to understand translation. The illustrations and study helps are a bonus. The only problem I can find with this bible is the issue with all chronological bibles- they are out of biblical sequence in chronological order. This makes the bible useless for traditional study and more like a history book. I really wish this could have all the features but have kept the traditional bible order format. I am hoping Tyndale will publish a similar bible with thetraditional order.
This book is so hard to understand the chapter are not altogether would not buy