|Posted by whybelieveinjesus on April 16, 2017 at 5:25 PM|
Just got myself a new Bible, the Holman Rainbow Study Bible NIV edition and oh wow, this is wonderful. I need to share it with you, it's just so incredibly user-friendly and helpful!
The Rainbow Study Bible comes in NIV and KJV versions to suit your needs. You could of course get both for comparison!
Things I love about it:
> A good size: pocket Bibles are OK for portability, but this is no hardship to take to church, small group, Bible studies etc. because it's not too big.
> Easy-to-read font throughout: nice sized font, and easily read.
> Hardcover: Will last a long time and if the dust jacket is removed, the beautiful cover is still there.
> Presentation page: Makes it a beautiful personalised gift for a birthday, Christmas, Easter, baptism, confirmation etc.
> Easy to see God's direct Word: Anything spoken explicitly by God the Father, Son or Holy Spirit is underlined.
> Colour-coded throughout: Every single verse is categorised into one of twelve headings: discipleship, outreach, God, salvation, love, commandments, family, faith, prophesy, evil, sin and history. This makes it easy to find verses relating to one of these themes, and the contents includes examples of each.
> Full-colour maps: Where maps aid the text, they are included on the page in question, e.g. Paul's journeys in Acts.
> Contents and lists of the books: Both in biblical and alphabetical order for quick reference.
> Book introductions: Each book begins with an introduction about who wrote it and when, how long it covers, where it was written, why and for whom, what themes it covers, key words and a general outline.
> Quick references: Every page contains relevant cross-references so you can quickly find related verses elsewhere in the Bible.
> Footnotes: Where the text needs expansion or explanation, these are included on the page in question for ease.
> Table of weights and measures: Makes for easy conversion of biblical measurements into imperial and metric units.
> Ancient versions of biblical text: Explains where the different linguistic translations have fitted in over the centuries.
> How to get the most out of your study Bible: Helpful tips for what to read to grow in certain areas.
> 100 popular Bible passages (50 OT & 50 NT): For those who are short on time or want inspiration for teaching etc.
> 365 colour-coded passages for memorisation: For anyone who wants the challenge of learning a new verse each day for a year, with space to write when memorised.
> One year Bible-reading calendar: Dates throughout the year with passages of OT and NT to read and study. Also space to tick off each day when completed.
> Harmony of the gospels: Overview of which gospels record which miracles, teachings, parables and events, and where to find them all.
> Concordance: Thousands of popular word entries and where to find them in the Bible.
> Personal notes: Space at the back to write down notes of your own.
> More maps and diagrams: Even more useful maps and diagrams all in one place at the back of the Bible.
> Ribbon marker: Use this as a bookmark you won't lose.
Quite frankly this Bible pretty much ticks every box for me. It is so easy to read, refer to, study, compare against other versions or study guides, learn from, use as reference, be inspired by and grow in my faith from. The design is such that it is attractive and easy to use. I cannot recommend it enough!