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Review: NKJV Ancient-Modern Bible

The Bible was meant to be read, interpreted, and applied in community. This community of faith does not simply exist with the present church but with saints throughout the ages who have a shared experience with Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the insights of believers past can become lost in the dusty books of academia, inaccessible to armchair readers. Thus, the NKJV Ancient-Modern Bible (Thomas Nelson, 2018) was written to fill this gap. It is a unique study Bible—but its study notes are writings and sermons gleamed from the greatest theologians of the Church.

The commentary covers theologians from all sides of the spectrum, from John Calvin to Billy Graham, from John Chrysostom to N.T. Wright. This is a spectacular resource, for readers are able to read the Bible alongside some of the Church's most profound thinkers. It would be especially helpful for preachers or students attempting to find insights on a tricky passage. The design of this Bible is flawless; it is simple and elegant, with full-color illustrations, articles, and maps in the back. The text size is small but set in a comfortable font, and it is compact and lightweight due to the thinness of the pages. The pages lay flat with a hardcover binding. (I should note that my cover pages were so thin that they easily creased when rummaging through the pages.)

Overall, this is one of the best Bibles I have seen in a long time. Rather than hearing one commentator's perspective, we are able to listen in on the conversation of the people of God through the centuries. It is truly an amazing resource that will assist us as we consider those who have established our faith before us.

(My thanks is given to the publisher for providing a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review.)


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