Lee, Richard G., ed.
The American Patriot’s Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America.
Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009. Pp. x + 1620. Hardcover. $39.99.
I’ve read a few reviews that extol this Bible as a great study Bible and other reviews that condemn it for not being a very good study Bible at all; the problem is that The American Patriot’s Bible is NOT a study Bible in any way, shape, or form! After examining various larges passages throughout both the Old and New Testaments, I haven’t found a single note that could possibly help me to understand the Bible any better. Nothing about the languages underlying the Bible (other than the standard NKJV notes) and certainly nothing on the cultural contexts in which the various Biblical books were set. But I can’t really get upset about that because like I said, this isn’t a study Bible. It’s not supposed to help me understand the Bible better; it’s only supposed to show me how the Bible and God have helped to shape America. On that front I’ve come across a few tidbits that I think are rather well done. I’ve also come across some that aren’t so well done. I’ll save all that for my full review. But again, let me offer a caveat: this is NOT a study Bible. If you were thinking about purchasing this based on your belief that it was then you need to reconsider. Go with the NLTSB or the ESVSB instead.