Earlier this week, I talked about the benefit of chronological Bibles.
Tyndale just sent me a copy of their new Chronological Bible.
And I’m super impressed with it.
Out of all the Bibles I’ve held in my hands, The Chronological Life Application Study Bible is cosmetically the most beautiful.
This is a real work of art, inside and out.
The color schemes, fonts, layout, graphics, timelines, and design are all top-drawer.
For this reason, this Bible makes an impressive gift.
Some things I love about The Chronological Life Application Study Bible:
*The historical timelines appear at the beginning of each book. This situates each book of the Bible in its historical context. You can see what was happening around the world when a particular book was written.
*A colored Bible timeline at the top of each page. This way you know where you are in history as you read each page. Awesome.
* Stunning maps, graphical lists, and other helps throughout the pages.
* Life-application commentary. It’s not technical, so they would be helpful to any reader of any age.
*A summary of each book of the Bible at the end. And much more.
Two Other Observations:
The translation is NLT. As far as clarity goes, this is my favorite translation. (I prefer the NASB for accuracy.)
For the most part, I agree with their chronology. However, I wish they put the book of Galatians before the book of James. (They should have read The Untold Story of the New Testament Church. )
I wish they didn’t mix literature. Meaning, when you’re reading the book of Acts, you’ll read James, Galatians, Thessalonians, etc. in the middle of certain parts of Acts.
Most of the new chronological Bibles do this. However, I think it would be better to put a marker saying when these books were written as you’re reading the book of Acts instead of inserting those books in the middle of it.
But that’s just personal preference. And there’s no problem with having a Bible that does this alongside the traditional arrangements of the books.
All told, this is an amazing Bible and it makes a great gift for a teen or adult.