Thomas Nelson KJV Study Bible, Second Edition

I got this KJV study bible from Thomas Nelson back in late 2016, and I did so mainly because I saw it in a bookstore and liked how packed-full the pages were with notes, diagrams, charts and definitions of terms. There’s also a good deal of verse cross-references in the inner margin area, but I never really looked at that. I mainly just looked at word definitions and verse analysis text at the bottom of each page.

The hardcover edition which I got is far cheaper than the softcover/leather kind, and holds up well in terms of book spine condition even after months of use.

A study bible is a great way for a new Christian to have an all-in-one, quick-and-easy reference to terms, insights and topic descriptions that otherwise might be found only by referencing many books simultaneously (albeit in a more condensed form). Additionally, the authorship descriptions at the start of each book are very detailed and helpful too.

Unfortunately, after reading the entire New Testament using this (and doing so very slowly and methodically by using the definitions and explanatory text on each page), I found a few major issues with the study bible. For one thing, not all verses are covered at the bottom, and dozens of times I wanted to understand the wording/meaning more and there was nothing to look at. I could also say the same about word definitions, which many times are just absent.

The biggest issue for me is the questionable analysis text presented. Later in Revelation I believe the study notes say how such-in-such verse means that we should compensate preachers, and other verses talk about tithing — when none of these verses actually say that at all. This feels like a modern church commentary slapped on the KJV.

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4 thoughts on “Thomas Nelson KJV Study Bible, Second Edition

  1. I have looked at this before, I’m glad I didn’t buy it. I have read through most of the modern versions and have now gone back to the KJV. Right now I just use a basic text only KJV that I got at Walmart,but I feel more connected with the Bible. Some of these study Bibles can get kinda crazy with lots of false theology and strange topics. Some of the NIV and NLT “study” Bibles are pretty insane.

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  2. Not sure how much you’ve looked into it, but out of the 5,255 ancient manuscripts discovered, 5,210 support the KJV. That’s called the “Majority Text”…meanwhile the “Critical Text” (critical analysis of manuscripts) is made up primarily of just TWO manuscripts that people [[claim]] are the oldest. One is a very sketchy manuscript found the 1800s in a monastery (Codex Sinaiticus) that the finder claims is from ~300 AD (even though an 1800s contemporary expert claimed HE had made the NT copy for the Russian monarchy decades earlier!)…and the other is Codex Vaticanus…which is yup – you guessed it – a manuscript Catholics claim is from early 300s also. Very convenient. But the Vatican had their text since the 1500s as far as anyone knows, and Erasmus – a Catholic priest who created what would later be he basis for the KJV – was well aware of the Vaticanus and ignored it because it varied too much from the overwhelming amount of other manuscripts found. Most KJV believers are of the midset that Vaticanus came from Alexandria, where Gnostics were purposely messing with the Bible in an effort to warp the word of God/pollute the church from within.

    On top of the sketchy manuscripts relied on, a shady duo named Westcott and Hort in the 1800s created a brand-new Greek text, which would serve as the basis for all translations to come. These two were academics that would be called heretics by just about everyone now, but they hid their intentions and words regarding their work until decades later, when W&H’s Greek had been made mainstream (as opposed to the Textus Receptus from Erasmus which the KJV version used, which had been set in stone for centuries by then). It’s amazing how all these massive Biblical discoveries happened in mid-/late 1800s, right around the time Darwin’s ideas came out, and people openly started saying God wasn’t real.

    Attack from the secular world, and attack from within, with heretical texts.

    So take a quick guess…of all the versions out today, how many are based on the Majority Text? And how many based on the Critical Text? There are less than a dozen for the Majority Text – and why? Because there is only a need for the KJV (though a few KJV revisions/offshoots exist). But the critical text? NIV, ESV, NKJV, NLT, etc. <— THEY ALL are based on Catholic manuscripts, using heretical Westcott&Hort Greek text.

    Take a look at a tiny sliver of the stuff that is outright removed by the Critical Text-based stuff. http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_vers1.htm
    It's appalling. basically the non-KJV versions make a huge effort to strip away mentions of the deity of Christ, the Father/Son/Holy Spirit and things like that.

    Also, these documentaries do a terrific job explaining the very detailed and rarely discussed background of the Bible. Each one is nearly 3 hours long…
    Lamp in the Dark – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNZ-sOzXWEk
    Tares Among The Wheat – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aiHcghIdjM
    Bridge To Babylon – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukRCVDmiAts
    I discussed these documentaries in these two posts:
    https://studyingwithgod.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/a-lamp-in-the-dark-the-untold-history-of-the-bible/
    https://studyingwithgod.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/tares-among-the-wheat-and-bridge-to-babylon/

    BTW – You should look into a Strong's Concordance because it can help explain what words in KJV mean in Hebrew and Greek. It's very helpful, but you basically gotta read with KJV in one hand and Strong's in the other. It's a dictionary, basically, for literal word lookup.

    Hope this helps!

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    1. Thanks for the reply and all the links! I should have mentioned in my comment that I have done a lot of research into the issue of the KJV vs. modern versions. My time spent reading modern versions was and always is alongside the KJV. It’s fascinating to study the subtle differences and changes that have been made over the years. I’m sure you know that among key verses, even basic words have been altered. To me it’s strange how people just shrug their shoulders and say okay, it’s fine to switch words and verses up. The worst of these is The Message which is just a mess. Honestly though, they all are pretty bad.

      When I rededicated my life to Christ I began the journey with the KJV, so I’m sticking with it. I’ve been meaning to order a Strongs Concordance, so I’ll add it to my list. If you ever want a really good 1611 KJV checkout Local Church Bible Publishers. They make some of the best Bibles around and the KJV is all they print. http://localchurchbiblepublishers.com/bibles/

      Have an excellent week brother,

      Kyle

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