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The Modern Life Study Bible: God's Word for Our World

The Modern Life Study Bible: God's Word for Our World [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Nelson
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As members of the modern age, we sometimes feel disconnected from the world of the Bible. But if we look closely, we can see that although cultures change, our basic challenges stay the same. We still struggle with issues like community, justice, economic stress, political tensions, and cultural and ethnic differences. We still wonder who God is, how to discern His will, and how we fit into His plan.

Using historical context and fresh insights backed by biblical scholars, The Modern Life Study Bible explores the timeless truths that connect the people and stories of the Bible to the opportunities and demands we face today. God is at work in our world, inviting us to experience His presence.

With innovative, full-color illustrations, maps, and diagrams, along with special information on occupations of the Bible, profiles of people and places, theme indexes, and inspirational biographies of believers who put their faith to work, The Modern Life Study Bible will draw you in, helping you to know and embrace what it means to follow Christ in today’s world.

Features include:

  • More than 2,400 concise articles and book introductions
  • More than 220 full-color maps
  • Hundreds of  diagrams, tables, and illustrations
  • 66 inspirational biographies
  • Indexes to aid navigation and study

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 134166 KB
  • Print Length: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (21 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic information 4 May 2014
By JBuddy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This has helped me so much in planning my services as well as in my own knowledge and personal devotions. An excellent choice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exccel; lent - thanks. 18 July 2014
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colorful and Useful Study Bible 21 Jan 2014
By Upstate New York Reader - Published on
The Modern Life Study Bible is a well-designed, colorful Study Bible. It will quickly draw the reader into its pages with comments and notes on almost every page. With 1942+ pages, it is complete and helpful.

The notes are scholarly, covering such items as geography, culture. Biographical entries are provided for both Biblical and historical figures from church history. The notes also include comments that are devotional and contemplative in nature, allowing the reader to draw nearer to God as he or she reads. The use of a relative modern translation (the New King James Version) allows both the Bible text and the notes to be readable by the modern reader. A number of indexes at the rear of the book make, with some cautions, the ancillary material available to the reader whether he or she is reading the Bible text or has an interest in studying some topic.

In addition to the published book, the reader is also offered the opportunity by the publisher to download additional material supporting an interested reader's Bible Study. This material included Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts, downloadable as a PDF and accessible on-line for use as handouts and presentation slides.

Two items are of concern to me. First, the book contains few citations. There are a list of eleven works, tied to notes for specific Bible verses, listed on the very last page of the published book. With that single exception, no reference is made to who contributed the notes nor are sources supporting the facts and figures mentioned in the text provided.

My bigger concern is the lack of a comprehensive index. A few illustrations help make clear why this is a handicap.

+ I went looking for an entry on “praise”. Only after scanning the four or five indexes did I spot a sub-entry on “Praise for God’s Power” under the entry “POWER” in one of the indexes. This was the only entry I found.
+ I went looking for an entry on “prayer”. Again, after scanning the four or five indexes, I found no such entry. I suspect that prayer is mentioned someplace in this Bible’s copious notes, but it was not easily located.
+ Finally, I went looking for information on “Government(s)”. Though I suspect I may not have found all appropriate notes, I did find entries on government(s) in three different indexes:

- An index of Key NT Passages
- An index of Themes
- An index of Jobs and Occupations

Why did I need to search three indexes to find information that could easily be found in a single location?

Each of these problems or questions could be addressed by the availability of a comprehensive index of all notes. The individual indexes do add value to the book, but the existence of a comprehensive index could add additional value to the book. The Modern Life Study Bible is one of the better Study Bibles available today, both in terms of the kind of information provided and its comprehensiveness. However, because much of that information may be inaccessible to a studious reader, this Study Bible may be of less value that than others in its class.

This problem could easily be addressed by making available either an on-line index or a searchable downloadable index. This issue could also be addressed by making available an electronic version of this Study Bible using one of the major Bible software packages.

The Modern Life Study Bible is a great supplement for the user who is reading the Bible. As currently presented, it is of less use to the person who is trying to research a topic. Having said this, I do recommend the Modern Life Study Bible for the quality of its notes and helps.

This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love at first browse! 18 Feb 2014
By JayJ - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
After trembling before some of the greatest, most mission-minded men of Pentecost at a General Board Meeting last week, I snuck into the mail room at the World Evangelism Center to reclaim all my packages: some random tax documents and magazines but best of all, a parallel French-English Bible for Shawn, and a brand new Modern Life Study Bible for me to review! Book Sneeze always has great options to pick from and I am so excited to be able to choose this edition of this best-selling, God-inspired Book. Though I’m not a huge fan of the New King James Version, I immediately fell in love with the fabulous presentation that the editors poured into this Bible! Spaced throughout the 66 books are well written biographies of various people of faith throughout history: I read the story about the founder of J.C. Penny’s and how he built his company on Christian principles (My, how far the company has fallen from these original ideals!). In reading thru a few shorter books, I really appreciated the colorful maps that correspond to the text and study notes. And that wasn’t all this new Bible edition had to offer! There are shaded text boxes titled ‘Insight’ that delve into the historical information of that book’s setting and others labeled ‘Focus’ that give insight into the perceived motive of the author. Added to all this is a linen ‘mod’ paper cover with a beautiful blue hardcover hiding underneath and a synopsis at the beginning of each book. Can we say, “love at first browse?!” Now, to read it straight through! Recommended for any and everyone, and even more so if you can find it in KJV.

I received this Bible from Book Sneeze for an honest review thus all stated opinions are completely mine.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Repackaged Study Bible 6 Mar 2014
By Robert J. - Published on
Nelson tends to take previous works it has done and repackage it with new titles, while keeping the comments and study notes identical or similar to a past work. In the case of The Modern Life Study Bible, it seems to be a repackaging of "The Word in Life Study Bible" Nelson did in the early 1990's (I bought my copy in 1994). This isn't always a bad thing, just letting you know if you have that Bible you have the Modern Life Study Bible released this year.

The study notes are still relevant and helpful to find applications of God's Word for today's situations. I have enjoyed having the Word in Life Study Bible through the years and am glad it is being remarketed to others who can benefit from it's helpful, but not intrusive, notes and suggestions.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best NKJV Study Bible 6 Feb 2014
By ashertopia - Published on
I’m not a fan of the King James Version. It is based on outdated scholarship, uses words that aren’t commonly understood by modern readers, and has become a sort of idol to many who hold to it as the only “Authorized Version” substituting in that definition the authorizer of the version, King James, with God, basically making this translation the equivalent of the original autographs.

I recognize that there are a lot of people who feel the same way about the KJV so, without spending an inordinate amount of time on the topic, the good news is that the New King James Version is much, much better. It uses the most current scholarship, changes the “thee” and “thy” to modern equivalents, and helps overcome the incorrect belief that any modern translation is equal to the autographs. That said – and I think it must be said for many modern readers – this NKJV is a translation that is worth having for those who prefer complete equivalence translations. If you don’t know what that means, then simply put: this is a very good translation that is true to the Biblical texts and a good option for those who appreciate the formal beauty of the original KJV.

As to this version, it has quickly become my favorite NKJV. First, it’s really well made. The hardback version has a slipcover that is solidly backed by lamination and is a coarse woven paper that feels nice and is tough to tear. The insides are full color – and color is on every page – and very easy to read on slightly thicker than normal paper. Unlike many Bibles this paper is hard to see through.
As to the “study” part, this Bible also brings quite a bit to the table in terms of additional content.

• Understanding the Bible – thousands of maps, illustrations, diagrams, charts, etc similar to most study Bibles.
• Applying the Bible – one page life studies of sixty-six historic followers of God that aim to show how we can make a difference in our modern world.
• Thinking Independently – articles without clear forced answers allowing the reader to think through theological issues.
• Themes Highlighted – community, work, government, economics, ethics, ethnicity, the church, laity (that’s us), the family, the city, witness and missions, knowing and serving God, personal growth and development, and the environment.

I found the additional content to be insightful and on par with what you would expect to find in other study Bibles. It isn’t all footnotes like many of the common study Bibles (think NIV Study Bible by Zondervan). Instead the insights and additional info is in full color inserts on each page. If you want to read around them you can, but most likely you’ll find yourself reading about the passages in more depth.

At the end, you’ll find a full topical index, weights and measures, an index of all the great person profiles, an index of locations in the Bible, and a huge Themes to Study section where the highlighted themes can be searched by passage.

This is an excellent study Bible and the best NKJV that I’ve ever read. Very well made all around and definitely worth your closer inspection.

This Bible was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Modern Life Study Bible 29 Jan 2014
By Tina - Published on
Upon opening this bible I was instantly drawn in!!! The WORD of GOD comes alive to you, you want to keep flipping the pages!

Features include:

More that 2,400 concise articles and profiles
Hundreds of full-color maps, charts, diagrams, and illustrations
66 inspirational biographies
indexes to aid navigation and study

This is on the back cover...I like it, so true:


The Modern Bible Study Bible includes free bible study tools to download...if your looking for a refreshing new bible to further your studies and for new believer's...The Modern Life Study Bible is great!!

Blessing's and Happy Reading,
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