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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review: Chronological Life Application Study Bible-NLT


Chronological Life Application Study Bible NLT
ISBN-13: 978-1414339276
Tyndale House / 2012
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About the book:
2013 ECPA Christian Book Award winner!
The Bible is the story of God’s interaction with his creation. It is a story that occurs over time, in many places, and through many events. It includes the lives and lessons learned by many people from many cultures. It’s often easy to lose sight of the way in which God’s story fits together when our primary way of looking at the Bible is a bit here and a bit there.

The new four-color Chronological Life Application Study Bible combines the proven resources of the Life Application Study Bible with a chronological format and several brand-new resources. The Bible is arranged in 10 chronological sections that help the reader to see how the various pieces of the Bible fit together. New section intros and timelines set the stage for the passages in each section. New archaeological notes and photographs help to bring God’s story to life in a whole new way. And of course, the Life Application resources answer the all-important question—“so what?”

This edition of the CLASB features the New Living Translation.

My rating:
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My thoughts:

The Chronological Life Application Study Bible is a great study Bible. I absolutely love how the Bible is arranged chronologically, so that you can read straight through instead of flipping to certain books/chapters when you want to read things in the order they happened. I really liked how, in the introduction, they said that "While helpful as a tool for gaining insight into the meaning, message, and significance of Scripture, a chronological Bible is not a substitute for a traditional Bible." (A17) - I completely agree!

Things I like: I like the timeline, the chronological header system at the top of every page, the maps, the personality profiles, the archaeological notes, the charts/diagrams, the life application notes, and the full-color illustrations.

The personality profiles are great because they list the strengths & accomplishments, weaknesses & mistakes, life lessons, vital statistics (i.e locations, occupation, relatives, etc.), and key verse(s) of the person being profiled. I found these features helpful and interesting.

The illustrations are one of my favorite things about CLASB. The one of the Tabernacle was especially helpful in giving me a visual of the layout of the Tabernacle.

The only complaint I have is that in the "Canonical Table Of Contents" (which is a reference page to show you where to find certain books/chapters in this chronologically-arranged Bible) several of the little colored squares that indicate which section the passage appears in have similar shades and, since the squares are tiny, it's hard to tell the difference between them. It's not a big deal, since next to each passage is the page number where it's located, but I wish the colors would have been more distinct.

Overall, the CLASB is a great study Bible. It took a little bit for me to get used to the layout, but I see myself using it more and more this year as I make my way through the Bible chronologically. There are a lot of helpful aspects to this Bible, so I definitely recommend it!

The CLASB is available in KJV & NLT.
 
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