NKJV Study Bible Second Edition 

We offer a review of the NKJV Study Bible Second Edition here. This review is offered to help you make an informed decision regarding a potential purchase. By the way NKJV is the acronym for the New King James Version of the Bible.

NKJV Study Bible

The NKJV Study Bible was previously titled "The Nelson Study Bible New King James Version" which was published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. in 1997. The second publication of 2007 by the same publisher is reviewed here with the new title: "NKJV Study Bible Second Edition." 

The publisher explains that after years in the making, this Study Bible is unique. In the forward, they make a bold statement; where they state this Study Bible: 

"combines a thorough exposition of the Bible with an accessible and spiritually sensitive style that makes it the best available all-purpose Bible study resource between two covers." 

Features of the NKJV Study Bible Second Edition

There are many useful features included with this Study Bible. It's main feature is the more than 15,000 annotations which provide theological insights and explanations. Other features include a cross-reference system which highlights messianic prophecies, book introductions and outlines, time lines, a subject index, and an extensive concordance.

The editor provides a very helpful three-page article titled: "How to Understand What the Bible Means by What It Says." Another helpful six-page article explains how you might build a set of tools or reference library for your Bible studies. There are many other articles and useful features as we explain below.  

Christ-Centered Tools

There are four Christ-centered tools in this Study Bible; they are:

  1. Teachings and Illustrations of Christ
  2. Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled in Jesus Christ
  3. The Parables of Jesus Christ
  4. The Miracles of Jesus Christ


There are 114 long-format articles in the Study Bible located with most books of the Bible. There are 72 in the Old Testament and 42 in the New Testament. The most articles occur in the Book of Psalms (8), and no more than 4 occur in the books of the New Testament. They cover a variety of topics such as: 

  • Learning to Pray Like Moses
  • Determining God's Will
  • Female Prophets
  • Idolatry of the Heart
  • The Mystery of Human Suffering
  • The Challenge of Contentment
  • Faith and Works
  • Baptism

The publisher explains that they provide more extensive coverage of key doctrinal topics not available in the usual annotations. They also make for good discussion starters. 

Bible Times and Culture Notes

A very useful feature of this Study Bible is the 153 Bible times and culture notes. They are scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments and provide insights on a wide range of topics. They inform the modern reader on aspects of life familiar to the original readers. Some of the topics covered to help you understand the background of the original readers include:

  • Horses, goats, donkeys, and mules 
  • Genealogies, polygamy, and childbirth
  • Olives, quail, grapes, and pomegranates
  • Slavery, forced labor, and the underclass
  • The world of the fisherman, shepherds and sheep
  • Farming, vineyards, wells, rainfall patterns, and threshing sleds 
  • Iron, tin, silver, gold, ivory, alabaster, glass, bricks, cedar, silk, and acacia
  • End time terms, worship, anointing, persecutions, and the origin of the synagogue

Not included in the above list are 22 notes on biblical people and/or people groups, and 33 notes on biblical places. These notes are about a paragraph but very helpful to understand the background as you read the Bible.  

Charts and Maps

This Study Bible features 82 charts, 46 in the Old Testament and 36 in the New Testament. The charts break down the information and place it in an easily understandable format to help you see a passage summary in some cases; or a comparison or contrast of information.  

There are 69 in-text maps in this Study Bible. They are black and white and help you see the geographical aspects of the passage as you read. There are also ten full-color maps at the back of the Study Bible. The maps present the world of the patriarchs, the exodus from Egypt and conquest of Canaan, the territory of the Twelve Tribes, Jerusalem, and Paul's missionary journeys.

Word Studies

There are 350 word studies featured in this Study Bible, with roughly the same number of Hebrew and Greek words profiled. They include number references to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible for further study. This is a great feature for understanding the aspect of a word used in the context and according to the biblical meaning originally intended.  

We pray you've enjoyed our review of the NKJV Study Bible Second Edition. 


Biblefied.com recommends the NKJV Study Bible Second Edition as a great resource for the Bible study. If you have used this Study Bible and would like to leave your own review, please use our form below.

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