Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Things that make me look smart.

It may be an inferiority complex on my part and I'm not too proud to admit it, but I sure do like things that make me look smarter than, um, I did before I started using them.

About a month ago, Thomas Nelson Publishing sent me a copy of their new Chronological Study Bible to read, use, and review.

Seriously? I mean, I've never been really shy about giving my opinions but this seemed a little beyond my skill set. Fortunately, I love me some Bible and this one will certainly sit at my bedside for a long time.

My children attend a private school that is both classic and Christian and their history lessons don't distinguish between world history and biblical history but instead tie them all together so that a greater comprehension of the two can be had.

For someone like me, who was not taught the two in tandem, this bible has been a gift.

The different books of the bible are interwoven so that they represent as closely as possibly, the chronology of the bible from Creation to Revelation. Alongside the Scripture are notes about the daily life at the time of writing such as 'Culture and Society', 'Politics and Government, 'Religion and Worship', and 'Health and Medicine'. These notes help clarify references throughout, hence, making me look smarter. I know it's not really about me but listen to this... 'the salt used in ancient times was not refined, and there was always some proportion of chemicals present in addition to sodium chloride. If the fraction useful for flavoring food was leached away by dampness, what remained was without value. It was sometimes strewn on paths like gravel since it was "then good for nothing."' Ok, totally helps clarify the passage in Matt. 5:13 which says, 'You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses it's flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.'

See what I mean? Totally smarter.

The Chronological Study Bible also includes beautifully illustrated maps, articles on world leaders and significant characters, and helpful time panels and charts.

On the website, there is a daily reading plan that is designed to lead you through the entire bible in either one or two years' time.

It's a great resource for bible studies, writing sermons, or daily devotionals but not necessarily the best for taking to church and trying to keep up with your pastor's sermon. The scriptures are put in chronological order and not the traditional order we're used to seeing them in so finding a specific passage would be better done with a traditional bible.

Love this bible and the way it makes me look a little more like I know what I'm talking about. The next book I'm reading is on humility. Coincidence? Hmmm. I don't think so.

Have a great day!


Ellen Porter said...

Loving the Blog!! This is my first visit. I love your insightful comments. Thank you for your honesty in sharing. It encourages me!

These Three Kings said...

LOL.. I think you need to be committed!!

I kid,


emily said...

Sounds great- love studying this way with kiddos.

Thanks for the very intellectual review. :)

Kelley said...

Sign me up! Where can I buy one? You made me want to add this Bible to my collection for study! I can use it. I hope you get a commission on this, as you totally sold me!!

Colored With Memories said...

wow. i've never heard of such a bible...very interesting!

PinkLemonade said...

Wonderful review on the Bible. What book have you chosen on humility? I have started the Spurgeon book on it but have let that slip to the side while I spend time on more frivolous reads...I'll finish it if you will read yours! I'm wondering how much of a sanctification process it is to read a book on humility and NOT elbow one's husband, hmmm....

Tracey said...

Oooohhhh, I definitely have to check this out!

hannahgarippa said...

Look at you...reviewing the Bible.

Look at me...reviewing Shoes.

Seriously though, I've been trying to read the Gospels Chronologically and I'm thinking this would help.

Kim said...

Yes, I love my chronological Bible! Very helpful for those of us who have a hard time fitting in what-happened-when.

Mama's Ramblings said...

WOW...I have never heard of this type of Bible before. I will have to check it out.

I came across your blog randomly and I am REALLY enjoying it. I love how honest and open you are about EVERYTHING.

I am looking forward to continuing to read it.

Walter said...

Hey Melissa - greetings from France and Singapore. The Chen's are doing well. Jen and the girls are doing their best to stay warm and busy while I'm here in Singapore.

I got a question for you (and other bloggers) - I've noticed that at times, the word, "Bible" is capitalized and some times its not. Not sure if it was a typo, but I've noticed that other believers no longer capitalize "Bible". Instead, it's just "bible".

Further, I've observed that some believers no longer capitalize "God" as well. Just curious, in your case, whether it's intentional or just a typo. If intentional, wondering why that is.

Merci beau coup,

Melissa said...

Hey Walter! So glad ya'll are doing well on the other side of the ocean. You are sorely missed here!
Ok, for your question, God is capitalized when referring to the one true God, the Head of the Holy Trinity. It's a proper noun versus a regular old good for nothing noun. :) Actually, when you're referring to other gods, other things we worship like pride, money, success, etc., those are gods that are not capitalized.

As far as the Bible goes, it should be capitalized. Webster's defines it as "the collection of sacred writings of the Christian religion comprising the Old and New Testaments". It should be capitalized so I need to go back and edit.

Awesome question!

Walter said...

Hey Melissa,

Thanks for the reply. That's what I thought. I've noticed Christian teenagers and folks in their 20's who no longer capitalize "Bible" or "God" (in the context of Yahweh). In fact, I think even "I Am Second" does not capitalize Bible (I like that site a lot!)...

Don't know if it bothers you, but it does bother me that even believers have fallen to PC-ness to appeal to the lost masses.