I enjoy reviewing study bibles…God knows there are a plethora of them available in these United States these days. I enjoy it because I know people are always in search of just the right bible…not too heavy, not too light; not too full, not too boring; this-version, that-version. And if I can be of any help to searchers, then I’ve done my job.
I’ve found one study Bible that I truly enjoy, and I use/read it daily. But I just can’t seem to find the right size Bible cover for it, as it’s just a little odd in size. But this NKJV Foundation Study Bible is one of those Bibles that is just about right in many regards, to be quite honest.
First, I truly like the style of the New King James. I think it reads well in modern vernacular, but carries with it some of the crafty word structures of the King James. But that is a taste thing that you’ll have to decide for yourself.
Second, I like the size of this Foundation Study Bible. It measures approximately 8-3/4” tall, 5-3/4” wide, and 1-7/8” thick. It is relatively light, and would be easy to carry to school or work without requiring too my space or effort.
Next, I truly appreciate the minimal commentary at the bottoms of the pages. The insights (I think) are designed to encourage readers to dig and think more for themselves, rather than be spoon-fed. There are ample cross-references in the center columns to launch into word or passage studies, and the footnote commentaries don’t seem to distract too much from Bible reading itself.
Finally, the maps and short concordance at the back of the Bible are fairly standard modus operandi for study Bibles. The book introductions are a little short, but if the idea is simply to whet the appetite and provide brief introduction to readers (rather than in-depth essays) then they suffice rather well.
The NKJV Foundation Study Bible prices around $18 at Amazon.com. For the money, this Bible would make a great addition to your personal library, or even as a gift. I give it 4 stars out of 5.
Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from BookLookBloggers in exchange for my unbiased review of it. All opinions are mine, and I was not forced to provide a positive review of it.