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I have recently been asked to review the new NASB version of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible. It uses the NASB translation from 1977, which I respect, due to the literal interpretation of the original text. The NASB represents a conservative, literal approach to translation.
This version of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible was published on June 08, 2021, by Zondervan, an international Christian media company.
The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible includes marginal notations for an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use system that enables the reader to see the breadth of the Scripture’s teachings on thousands of topics. There are over 100,000 references listed in this Bible’s margins, covering over 8,000 topics.
The chain-reference system is an ideal tool for a comprehensive topical study. You can also expand your Bible study with even more tools, including biographical sketches, an archeological supplement, and outlines of each book of the Bible. The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible allows the Scripture to interpret itself without commentaries.
The indexes and additional helps, including the updated archeological section, will help you gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word and experience the threads of inspiration woven into the Word by the Holy Spirit that connect the books of the Bible.
As an example, when reading in Acts 13, there are numbers in the margins that I can map back to the “Index of Chain Topics”, which then helps me deep dive into a particular subject matter. One verse and chain can take you on a deeper study of a topic that will help you fully understand the depth of the verse and the entire chapter or book.
The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible helps me in the times when I need to prepare for a small group study or when I feel prompted to research a specific topic or meaning of a word.
My typical daily Bible reading is done via an app. However, there are many times when I need to understand the full meaning and historical context of a verse, and that is when I grab the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible and take a closer look. Doing this helps me confirm that I have understood the verse and chapter correctly, and that I have stayed true to the correct theological meaning that was intended by the Holy Spirit when the verse was originally written.
Overall, I give the NASB version of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible five stars, and I recommend this Bible to anyone who wants to fully understand the Word of God and grasp its true meaning.