(Book review) NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

Reviewed byDr. Dennis E. Hensley, professor of communication at Taylor University and author of the novel Pseudonym.



Title:  NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

Author: Ed Stetzer, Randy Alcorn, Charles Stanley, many other contributors

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: February 20, 2018

Format: Hardbound Book

Length: 2,264 pages


This copy of the Bible presents the New King James Version in its complete translation. Supplementing the scriptural texts are maps of biblical era kingdoms, battlegrounds, and pilgrimages.  Inserted articles by respected theologians focus on the recurring key themes of the Bible, including faith, worship, the coming Messiah, and the protection of the Jewish nation. More than two dozen family trees show the interconnectedness of kings, queens, generals, prophets, disciples, priests, and political leaders. Timelines assist with following the migrations of tribes, the fulfillment of prophecy, and the rise and fall of Jewish and pagan dynasties.  Many of the verses have footnotes explaining how the translation of certain Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek words and phrases were derived, based on the meaning of the passages’ overall context. This is a Bible that can be used as a personal in-depth study guide or as a reference tool. Its only drawback is that its print is very small, making it hard for older people to read without a magnifying glass and excellent lighting.


Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

Although this study Bible would be a useful text for pastors, Sunday school teachers, seminary students, and elders and deacons, it is also something the sincere lay reader and student of scripture can follow and glean great insights and knowledge from.

Christian Impact

For Christians who have been in the Word of God for many years, this book will provide new material about the history, geography, politics, traditions, customs, rituals, food, clothing, and occupations related to the people and places and stories presented in both the Old and New Testaments.

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