Book Review: KJV Word Study Bible

KJV Word Study Bible:  1,700 Key Words That Unlock The Meaning Of The Bible, edited by Thomas Nelson

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

It is little secret that I review a lot of Bibles, many of which I use in my own personal Bible study [1].  It so happens that I have reviewed a Bible almost exactly like this one, the NKJV Word Study Bible from this same publisher.  In fact, these two Bibles are so similar that I spent much of my time looking at it trying to find the differences, which was a more difficult task than might seem to be the case.  Although the translation is different, it is the exact same words examined as before, and the language of the word studies and the introductions to the books are identical between those two Bibles.  To be sure, there are some differences, but these are mainly in supplementary areas, like the overall introduction to the Bible, the glossary and the maps at the end, and the fact that the two translations are themselves different and therefore read differently.  Basically, if you liked the NKJV Word Study Bible and wanted it instead in King James’ English, this is the Bible for you.

The contents of this book are a bit different, at least in reading them, because of the way this ebook is organized.  It was not possible to request the hard copy of this Bible, and I do not know if it will be possible for would-be readers to purchase the hard copy of this Bible, and so the Bible itself reads differently than it would otherwise.  Instead of looking at the sidebars to see the word studies, one has to go to the end of the Bible or click the hyperlinks.  Indeed, this Bible is not really all that enjoyable to navigate, although it is understandable why the book is organized the way it is as it is easier to lay it out, even if it is far less pleasant on the eyes to see the large number of hyperlinks and to see the supplementary text piled on top of each other at the end of every book of the Bible.  It is indeed more than a little bit jarring to see such an archaic translation in an ebook organized as this one is.  One would think that with so much of the written text of this Bible done with the previous and excellent NKJV Word Study Bible that there would be more attention to designing the book to be pleasant on the eyes and having a comfortable and old-fashioned charm about it the way that the KJV has for many readers, but this was not done.

This may be nitpicking a bit though.  This Bible definitely gave me a strong idea of why, even in this age of digital computers, that I prefer to use either eSword or physical Bibles, for my own Bible Studies, as this was not a pleasant Bible to navigate, especially as I prefer to use the NKJV anyway.  One wonders to whom this book is aimed at for sale if there is no physical copy of this particular Bible version available, as it is likely that those who most appreciate the KJV for the comfort of its text would want the comfort of the tactile feel of the pages in a way that is pleasant to the eyes as well as having the text that such readers prefer with its archaic sense and its rich poetic vein lifted from better translators like Tyndale.  At any rate, the word studies are excellent and this Bible is at least conceivably and in some form quite likely to please those who enjoy the King James Version, for all of its imperfections for this reader.

[1] See, for example:


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