Friday, September 18, 2009
The Expanded Bible: New Testament (NKJV)
The Expanded Bible: New Testament (NKJV) published by Thomas Nelson is a unique tool designed for people hungry to grasp the fuller meaning of Scripture while they read—without having to open a concordance or Bible notes. It simplifies Scriptural understanding by offering alternate wording to clarify. (Not to be confused with the Amplified Bible which focuses more on translation possibilities.)
The Expanded Bible weaves an expanded explanation of the Scripture within the actual NKJV text, yet the two are easily distinguished by the use of bold and non-bold type. This feature allows the reader to read either the Scripture only, or the Scripture plus the additional expansion of the text, depending on how far they want to open the passage. It also makes for easy readability, as does also the clean page layout and easy-to-read font.
The Expanded Bible is a comfortable size and the cover durable with a sober, scholarly appeal.
However, this Bible might not work for everyone. Some people may find the additional interwoven material—and the interacting change of typeface—interrupts the flow of their reading and makes it laborious.
I’d recommend this Bible for pastors and laity alike, but not good for someone who just wants to read Scripture uninterrupted.
Janey L. DeMeo
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