Chronological Life Application Study Bible

Last week I received a copy of the new Chronological Life Application Study Bible, produced by Tyndale House Publishers.

Its approach is quite unique in that the chapters are arranged in chronological order. As an example, it was surprising, but possibly accurate, to see Ps 90, which was written by Moses, placed at the end of the Book of Deuteronomy. Also helpful is the timeline at the top of each page, showing where in history the text is placed.

The new four-color Chronological Life Application Study Bible combines the proven resources of the Life Application Study Bible with a chronological format and several brand-new resources. The Bible is arranged in 10 chronological sections that help the reader to see how the various pieces of the Bible fit together. New section intros and timelines set the stage for the passages in each section. New archaeological notes and photographs help to bring God’s story to life in a whole new way.

I was also pleased to see the new reconstruction drawings that I was asked to make for this Study Bible:

p. 197 The Tabernacle

p. 682 Jerusalem in the Time of David

p. 615 Solomon’s Temple

p. 707 Jerusalem from Solomon to Hezekiah

p. 1219 Jerusalem in the Time of Nehemiah

p. 1389 Herod’s Temple

p. 1489 The Tomb of Christ

Here are two samples:

The Tabernacle. Drawing © Leen Ritmeyer
Jerusalem in the Time of Nehemiah. Drawing © Leen Ritmeyer

N.B. The aim of the New Living Translation was of course, as explained in the Introduction:

“to render the message of the original texts of Scripture into clear, contemporary English. As they did so, they kept the concerns of both formal-equivalence and dynamic-equivalence in mind.”

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