I never put publisher blurbs in my book reviews because I find that kind of pointless, but I offer it here because I think it’s the best way for you to see the features of this study Bible.
The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now in a full-color edition with added features! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson’s skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.
- NEW attractive full-color page design
- NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics
- NEW in-text maps and charts
- Full cross-references with textual notes
- Word studies and indexes
- Bible Times and Culture Notes
- Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
- Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study
- Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names
I don’t feel the need to comment on the general features and study helps because they are the elements typically found in study Bibles. Instead, I will comment on the type of person this study Bible would be good for. The publisher’s description mentions that this is the best “all-purpose study Bible,” and I would agree with that. I agree with that statement because the study notes don’t take a position on controversial issues (at least, in what I’ve read. I’m assuming it’s the case throughout) such as Calvinist versus Arminian views of election, gender roles, etc. I have heard people complain about the ESV study bible being “too Calvinist” and/or “too complementarian,” so in distinction the NKJV Study Bible wouldn’t be perceived as “too” anything. It’s a good general study Bible for an average Christian who either hasn’t come to strong doctrinal positions yet, or holds strong positions but prefers study notes that are neutral and when relevant outlines various positions without trying to demonstrate that the Scriptures clearly articulates one view versus another. For general study Bibles, the notes and helps contained in the NKJV Study Bible are definitely the most robust I’ve seen. I don’t think it’s as comprehensive as the ESV Study Bible (and so would disagree with the publisher’s description of this being the most comprehensive), but as mentioned previously, the at times obvious “sectarian” bent of the ESV Study Bible can be a turn-off for those opposed to the views therein.
Summary: Not as comprehensive as the ESV Study Bible, but a good study Bible for those turned off by the Calvinist/Complementarian bent of ESV Study Bible. This evaluation, of course, does not consider the fact that they are different translations but is merely evaluating the helpfulness of the notes and features as aids to study of the word.
I received a free copy of this Bible in exchange for an honest review.