The Chronological Study Bible

Title: The Chronological Study Bible
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Copyright:  2008
ISBN: 978-0-7180-2068-2
Genre: Bibles/NKJV/StudyTitle:

1670 Pages

$44.94 Hardcover

The Chronological Study Bible is unlike any other bible I have read.  When I first opened it, I wasn’t impressed because it was hard to find scriptures I wanted to look for.  However, the idea of having a Bible that told the story of Biblical times in chronological order appealed to me, so I kept reading and found it very intriguing.

For most people, the Bible is all too familiar.  They are used to the Bible and how it is set up; they know that Psalms is one of the largest books and it is in about the middle of the Bible; they know that Luke is in the New Testament and comes after Mark.  Most people who are learned in the Bible know that it has the roots of our history in it, or as I have often heard it called–HIS-story.

This Bible has all the same information in it; however, it is in a way that makes reading the Bible not only a challenge but a joy. There are images of historical figures; interesting notes on the culture of the times (i.e. what exactly was happening in Corinth when Corinthians was written); in-depth commentaries on the scripture passages; and history tidbits on each and every page.  An example of this are the “Time Capsules”.  These little snippets of information are helpful in trying to piece together the Bible’s historical context.

The order of the New Testament starts off with an account of the Virgin Birth from Matthew ,and then transitions to Luke and gives an account of Christ born of Mary.  A synopsis of the Betrayal, and Betrothal of Mary and Joseph, helps bridge the gaps in chronology .  The latter explains how the young couple were betrothed and unable to spend time together before they were married, so no one would blame Joseph for “putting Mary away”.  It goes on to explain that Joseph chose to marry her instead of divorcing her as not to shame her any further.

The goal of the Chronological Study Bible is not to replace the original translation of the Bible but to explain time as the setting in which the biblical record appeared.  I believe this Bible was not written for people who are not well-versed in the Bible, as it would be hard to pick this scripture account up for the first time and reply on it as a study bible.  However, those who are versed in the bible will read this translation and return to their traditional Bible better equipped with an intimate knowledge of historical Biblical times.  The order of the text will help them see the Scriptures with a new outlook as it relates to chronological events.

Added features include:  Daily life notes on life in biblical times; A topical index, Glossary, and an in depth concordance.

I am a pastor’s wife and enjoyed reading this bible.  It gave me a new perspective on how society has not changed much from biblical times; we still have the same problems and still make the same mistakes as they did back in Jesus’ day.


2 thoughts on “The Chronological Study Bible

  1. I was recently given my first Bible at age 58 and have read the contents of this Chronological Bible from front to back with little retention. When I take this to church it is often asked that we turn to page ( ), passage ( ) to read and of course I am unable to locate what they are reading. Can I convert their conventional Bible reference to my Chronological version so I can read along, or must I purchase another?

    Thanks for your help.

    • BR, Unfortunately, unlike most Bibles, The Chronological Study Bible, is just that. It is written in Chronological order, that is it is written in the order of events of Biblical times. It is intended to use as a study tool to further enhance your knowledge of the Bible. Other Bibles are written in order from Genesis to Revelation, to make it easier to understand. They are put in groups of content like the Gospels, (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), the history books, (Genesis through Deuteronomy) and so on. To be able to turn to where you pastor is indicating during church, you would really need to have a Bible that is NOT in chronological order. I recommend a New International Version for new Bible readers. It is written without all the “Thee’s and Thou’s” and easy to understand the passages. I hope this helps in answering your question. If you need anything else just feel free to drop me a note @


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