Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
BSac 155:617 (Jan 98) p. 109
By the Faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary
Lin M. Williams, Editor
The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version. Edited by Earl D. Radmacher. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997. xxx + 2222 + 195 + 12 pp. $29.99.
In producing this study Bible, Radmacher was assisted by Ronald B. Allen, Old Testament editor, H. Wayne House, New Testament editor, and forty other biblically conservative, evangelical scholars as contributors. The result is one of the most thoroughly planned, well-written, and complete study Bibles available.
The aids to study are numerous, beginning with Radmacher’s excellent introductory essay, “How to Understand What the Bible Means by What It Says” (pp. xiii-xv). The preface on the New King James Version and its heritage is helpful as well. This applies also to lists of study aids at the beginning of the Bible, and the subject index, concordance, and map index with colored maps at the end.
The annotations at the bottom of the pages illuminate the text and amount in effect to an abbreviated commentary. The introductory discussion of each Bible book, together with its outline, also provides basic help. The placing of cross references in a box at the bottom of each page between the annotations is a good design. Occasional footnotes with scriptural references at the bottom of the text separated from the annotations are also helpful.
Additional study aids include eight “FullView Bible Summaries,” containing discussions, timelines, and graphs of biblical subjects such as “Themes of the Bible” and “The Doctrine of Salvation”; 102 “InDepth Articles” on topics like “Solomon’s Temple” and “The Restoration of Peter”; 83 “QuickView Charts” such as “Wisdom Cries Out” and “Grace vs. the Law”; 69 “InText Maps” where strategically helpful; and 369 Hebrew and Greek “WordFocus Word Studies” coordinated with Strong’s Concordance numbers. Stars for messianic prophecies are placed after the cross references to verses in the text; an open star designates an unfulfilled prophecy and a solid star points to a fulfilled prophecy.
How long the contributors, editors, and publishers worked on this study Bible is not stated, but it was a monumental task and its publication is a momentous achievement and contribution. Bible students will want more study helps than this; but, if stranded on a desert island with just one, this is the one to have.
John A. Witmer
BSac 155:617 (Jan 98) p. 110
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