The Version of the Bible
This edition of the Andrews Study Bible presents God’s word in the New King James Version, a classic translation of the biblical text that is enjoyed by millions of readers throughout the English-speaking world.
Appearance of the Text
The text of this volume is presented with a style of design and typography intended for easy use, readability, and understanding. That style includes the following features:
Two-column text: The words of the Bible appear on the upper part of a page in two columns. The length of the columns varies from page to page, depending on the amount of content in the study notes, which are also presented in two columns and clearly separated from the Bible text.
Paragraph and verse style: This Bible applies a paragraph structure to the Bible text. This structure was determined by Bible scholars and editors to treat a collection of verses together as a coherent thought—the building block of a larger narrative or idea. The verse numbers remain in the setting of the paragraph. This structure strongly aids the reader in understanding the meaning of a passage of Scripture while still recognizing the traditional value of verse numbers. This typesetting makes the verse numbers easy to find by presenting them in strong, bold-faced type.
Section headings: To aid in understanding the natural breaks of thought or storyline, Bible scholars and editors have provided section headings to identify the content of a particular passage.
Parallel passage notation: Immediately under some section headings are text references to passages of Scripture that have similar content. Many of these parallel passage notations will be found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Added color: The Bible text and most of the content of the study notes appears in black type. However, for easy location and pleasant appearance, several other elements on the page have been set in different shades of blue. These include the section headings, chapter numbers, some non-text design elements, and certain key words in the study notes, explained below. None of these items, whether design features or content headings, are part of the biblical text.
- Center-column cross reference and translation notes: The Andrews Study Bible combines a rich cross-reference system with helpful translation notes in one center column. A “cross reference” usually lists one or more Bible verses that use the same word in a similar way or express a similar thought. The cross-reference system is not intended to be comprehensive, and has been developed according to the opinion of Bible scholars and editors. Cross references are indicated in the Bible text with a raised italic letter. The matching cross reference may be found in the center column by finding the appropriate verse number and the letter. Translation notes, also found in the center column, provide alternate readings in different Bible manuscripts, indicate New Testament quotations of Old Testament passages, and supply other brief, technical information or definitions. These are indicated in the Bible text with a raised italic number. The corresponding translation note may be located in the center column by finding the appropriate verse number and note number.
Each book of the Bible is prefaced with an introduction that provides information for a better understanding of the book’s message. Readers will learn about the author, date and place of writing, main themes, message and theology, and other helpful information. The different genres of the books of the Bible naturally suggest some variation in order, organization, and content of the material in the various book introductions. Each introduction includes an outline of the book's content.
The study notes are the heart of the “study” part of the Andrews Study Bible. More than 12,000 notes appear throughout the volume. They are placed beneath the corresponding Bible text. Study notes are preceded in bold type by the reference to the verse or passage they address. Their purpose is to explain, define, clarify, and illuminate some aspect of the referenced passage. Sometimes a note addresses the content of a larger passage of Scripture, consisting of several, or even many, verses. This may be followed by notes addressing more specific content in individual verses that were addressed collectively in a previous note. If a note addresses exact words from the Bible text, those words will appear in bold, italic type. Modern equivalents for ancient weights and measures are usually provided in the study notes.
Very often, a note will refer to other passages of Scripture, using several methods. These include placing a reference in parentheses, without explanation; using expressions like “see,” “compare,” or “e.g.,” with or without parentheses; or simply drawing attention to another passage as a normal part of the sentence. Occasionally a study note will refer directly to the content of another study note. This will be clearly indicated by the expression “see note on.”
A unique feature of the Andrews Study Bible is the linked reference system highlighting great themes of the Bible for easy topical navigation. Any study note that addresses one of the great themes is indicated with the icon. A single note may address more than one theme. The note will contain one or more words in color and capital letters, such as ASSURANCE, identifying the theme(s) addressed. Such a note will also include key references to other passages of Scripture addressing the same theme. The great themes of the Bible identified in this linked reference system are briefly described in the “Annotated Theme Index.”
In-Text Charts and Illustrations
These study aids correlate important information for easier understanding. The Andrews Study Bible contains 26 charts or illustrations located in relevant places throughout the Bible text.
Eleven in-text maps providing helpful geographic understanding are located in relevant places throughout the text.
Articles and Study Resources
Two general articles address the "Inspiration of the Bible" and the "Message of the Bible." Study resources include “Following the Bible” and a classic and popular “Bible Reading Plan.”
Annotated Theme Index
The great themes of the Bible featured through the linked reference system are presented in a Scripture-index format. The index includes a brief explanation of each theme’s importance to biblical understanding, with suggestions for where to begin a Bible study of a given theme.
The extensive concordance at the back of the Bible presents an alphabetized list of Bible words, the major Scripture references where those words can be found, and brief quotations from those references showing how the words are used in context. The concordance also includes proper names.
Full-color End Maps with Index
Fifteen original, full-color maps provide a rich understanding of Bible times, towns and cities, and geographical features. A comprehensive index to the color maps helps to quickly locate any item appearing on those maps.