Our review of the Life Application Study Bible is done to help you make an informed decision regarding a potential purchase.
The Life Application Study Bible is published by Tyndale House Publishers. For our review we purchased the New Living Translation version. It was first published in 1996, and is offered in large print and personal size editions.
This Study Bible is offered in six different translations:
1. King James Version (KJV)
2. New Living Translation (NLT)
3. New International Version (NIV)
4. New King James Version (NKJV)
5. New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6. Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
This Study Bible offers a 365-day reading plan, a chronology of biblical and world events, an article on the time between the Old and New Testaments, a comparison of the gospels, listings of the parables and miracles of Jesus, an article on the messianic prophecies and their fulfillment. As a service to you, the following is adapted from the Life Application Study Bible to fully explain the many other features it provides you.
In addition to providing the reader with many application notes, the Life Application Study Bible also offers several kinds of explanatory notes, which help the reader understand culture, history, contacts, difficult to understand passages, background, places, theological concepts, and the relationship of various passage of scripture to other passages.
The introductions for each book of the Bible are divided into several easy to find parts:
The Life Application Study Bible has a new, custom-made outline that was designed specifically from an application point of view. Several unique features should be noted:
A harmony of the books of I & II Kings and I & II Chronicles was developed to help you understand the interplay between these books. The chart is set up like a timeline, providing you with the names of the kings list chronologically, a brief overview of each king's reign, and where you can read about each king. It also includes the names of all the prophets - as well as when and to whom they prophesied - so you can put their prophecies into context as well.
A harmony of the gospels was developed specifically for this Study Bible. It's the first harmony that has ever been incorporated into the Bible text. Through a unique and simple numbering system (found both in the harmony feature and parenthesized in the sub heads throughout the gospels), you can read any gospel account and see just where you are in relation to other events in the life of Christ.
Another unique feature of this Study Bible is the profiles of many Bible people, including their strengths and weaknesses, greatest accomplishments and mistakes, and key lessons from their lives.
The Life Application Study Bible claims to have more maps than any other Bible. A thorough and comprehensive Bible atlas is built into each Bible book. There are two kinds of maps:
1. A book introduction map, telling the story of that Bible book.
2. Thumbnail maps in the notes, plotting most geographic movements in the Bible.
In addition to these numerous black-and-white maps, there's an entirely new and comprehensive set of color match and diagrams at the back of the Study Bible.
Hundreds of charts and diagrams are included to help the reader better visualize difficult concepts or relationships. Most charts not only present the needed information but also show the significance of the information as well.
A carefully organized cross-reference system in the margins of the Bible text helps the reader find related passages quickly. A cross-reference marked by two slashes indicates the cross-reference is a parallel passage, largely identical to the identified text in content and wording. A cross-reference marked by a dagger indicates that the identified text either quotes from the cross-reference are the cross-referenced text quotes the identified text.
Directly related to the New Living Translation text, the textual notes examine such things as alternate translations, meaning of Hebrew and Greek terms, Old Testament quotations, and variant readings in the ancient biblical manuscripts. The NLT text also contains sectional headings in order to help you more easily understand the subject and content of each section. The headings throughout the gospels also include a parenthesized number, relating each passage to the Harmony of the Gospels feature.
The Christian Workers Resource is said to be a special supplement written with you in mind. It includes 5 articles that you will find useful in your ministry:
The study Bible contains a complete Master index to all the notes, charts, maps, and personality profiles, as well as separate indexes for charts (listed canonically), maps (listed canonically), and personality profiles (listed alphabetically).
A concise concordance identifies terms and proper names of special interest and points to the important occurrences in context. Each word is followed by brief definition or description.
The NLT Life Application Study Bible is heartily recommended by Biblefied.com
It had a rating of 5 stars on the Christian Book Distributors website and a rating of 4.5 stars on the Amazon website in December 2016.
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