NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible: Confidence For Such A Time As This, edited by Emmanuel A. Kampouris
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
There is a great proliferation of Bibles at present that are targeted to different groups of readers that have the same textual base but which have commentary material of a type that interests some readers more than others . This Bible offers commentary that is focused on a biblical worldview, and there is a lot to commend its approach for the reader who views worldview as important, as this book is unapologetic in its support for a biblical view of culture and politics and science. The original material in this book takes a tough approach towards both nominal Christians who fail to look at and follow the biblical commands and take a Marcionite approach to scripture as well as to those whose heathen and unbiblical ways misrepresent the biblical position or approach or their reasons for opposing it. This is definitely a book which lives up to its title of unapologetic, and a reader who appreciates a strong stand against the moral and social evils of this present age will find much to approve of here.
As might be imagined, at its base this Bible is a New King James Version with a large amount of supplementary material. Aside from this, the Bible is not a study Bible per se, having only very straightforward textual notes, even if it does have a very lengthy index of features for topical study at the back of the Bible that ought to encourage some readers to take some relevant studies of how the Bible applies to society and has been so applied through the ages. What sets this Bible apart from so many others is the nature of its commentary material, which is divided into eight categories: church (prophetic voice, glory, in decline, culture and public duty, world religions and worldviews, spiritual disciplines), corruption (bribery, greed, hypocrisy, idolatry, prejudice), economics (systems, poverty and wealth, taxation), education (evolution and intelligent design, manners, teaching and learning), family (adultery and fornication, divorce, homosexuality and trangenderism, marriage and family, parenting), government (church and state, environmentalism, forms of government, peace and war, punishment), sanctity of life (abortion and infanticide, contraception and fertility, biotechnology, euthanasia and suicide), and virtue (compassion, courage, faith, character, justice, repentance, and work ethic). These eight themes are viewed in four quadrants: biblical, historical, quotations/writings, and commentary, and manage to find some very thoughtful material about these concerns in nearly every book of the Bible, which is mapped out at the beginning of each book of the Bible in introductions.
To the editors’ credit, the material in this book comes off as an appealing mixture of combative but also moderate and nonpartisan in its town. The author speaks out clearly about personal and social evils, but puts those in a biblical perspective that also emphasizes personal responsibility and thoughtfully points out the tendency of governments towards oppression and tyranny. There is a focus on the duties of stewardship for the earth that man has but a criticism of the heathen and antibiblical roots of a great deal of the environmentalist movement and the socialist ends for which it is used. Rather than viewing either government or the absence of government as some sort of false messianic savior, the commentary material points to the problems of mankind being present in our rebelliousness against God and against His ways, something this book has a lot to say about, much of which it is not pleasant to hear. The combination of moderate and biblical tone as well as forcefulness of approach is one that is likely to make this Bible greatly appreciated by those who have a high degree of fierceness about the cultural and social and political crisis of our contemporary world without having a highly partisan view of it.
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