Published: 2012 (second edition)
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
The Life Application Study Bible is rich with thousands of “Life Application Notes” which help you take the Scripture and apply it to your daily living. Including Book Introductions, Profiles of Biblical Characters, Illustrated timelines, Cross References, Colorful Maps, a detailed Master Index, as well as a Dictionary/Concordance, the Living Application Study Bible is designed to bring the Scripture to life in a way that encourages you to live out the Scriptures as a believer in Christ.
As a reader of the Word, you can follow topical studies, learn more about historical and cultural meaning and significance in the passages you read, and glean from the collaboration of more than 100 contributors and several renowned scholars who sought to provide an accurate rendition of God’s Word from the original texts in a manner that is easy to read, understand, and study.
Character studies include both a highlight of the life or recorded moments of the specific character, strengths and accomplishments, weaknesses and failures, lessons to be learned, vital statistics, and key verses. A deeper look into a person that is revealed in Scripture allows for a clearer understanding of the passage, and how that person’s life can impact the reader.
The New Living Translation was produced in English as “the closest natural equivalent of the message expressed by the original-language text, both in meaning and style.”Rather than competing with other translations or versions of Scripture, the goal of this particular translation is to bring the truth of the ancient texts to life in a language that you could understand easily.
I grew up on King James Version, and KJV only. I don’t knock it and most of the Scripture I memorized growing up was from the KJV. I appreciate the text a great deal, but do not disparage other translations. While it is important to differentiate between translations and paraphrases, it can be very useful to search Scripture from different texts to obtain a clearer understanding of the ultimate message of God’s Word. With the NLT, the reading is less awkward and has a more natural flow. Using words I understand, I get a more vivid picture of what is taking place in the particular passages I read.
The Study Helps in the Life Application Study Bible are invaluable to me. Whether I am reading for my daily portion, or want to study more deeply, this Bible is one I can turn to regularly to help clarify my study, and bring new life to my reading.
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