Harrison, Sean A., ed.
NLT Study Bible
Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2008. Pp. xl + 2486. Hardcover. $39.99.
My initial reaction is that it is both heavy and beautiful. I don’t know the exact weight of this Bible but it’s quite thick at 2486 pages. I haven’t gotten into the text yet, but from a cursory glance here’s what I’ve seen so far:
- Beautiful thick glossy dust jacket, with a matching hardcover underneath.
- Parallel texts are noted at the beginning of sections (e.g., the parallel pericopae between Kings and Chronicles or Matthew, Mark, and Luke).
- The study notes are in a triple column format so as not to blend in with the main text which is in a two column format.
- There are “Person Profiles” interspersed throughout the text, e.g., Balaam [p. 288]; Ezra the Scribe [p. 800].
- The words of Jesus are in red lettering. I know this bothers some people but I don’t know why.
- There are color maps in the back and black and white maps scattered throughout.
- A Bible reading plan (although I’m not sure if this is meant to be a plan to read through the Bible in a year). [p. 2209-2213]
- A nice dictionary and index for Hebrew and Greek word studies. [p. 2215-2226]
- A delighfully long and detailed subject index. [p. 2227-2368]
- Another delighfully long dictionary/concordance. [p. 2369-2486]
- Extremely thin paper which allows for some bleed-through.
- And the most amusing feature, a single page (front and back) for taking notes at the back of the Bible.
I’m sure there’s a ton of features that I haven’t gotten to, but I’ll discover them over the weeks as I work with this Bible. Look forward to subsequent reviews.
BTW, the letter they sent was awesome because at the end of it there was a hand-written message from Laura herself saying that that she saw a midnight showing of The Dark Night and I quote: “There will never be a better Joker.” I quite agree Laura, I quite agree!