Summer 2021 marks my 35th year as a follower of Christ. I wish I could tell you that I’ve been a serious student of God’s Word for all of that time. That would be a lie, and I DO know the Bible tells us not to lie. But the older I get, the more dear I hold this book. And the more I want to know it.
As a member of the Gateway Bible Blogger’s Grid, I am fortunate to be offered free Bibles to review from time to time. I don’t always accept, but when they presented me an opportunity to try a Thompson Chain Reference Bible, I wanted to check it out.
I have heard of Thompson Chain Reference for years, but I’m a little embarrassed to say, have never actually looked at one.
This Bible (in English Standard Version), is an all-around great study Bible. In addition to the alphabetical and numerical index of topics, it contains Outline Studies of the Bible, Biblical Character Studies, Bible Harmonies and Illustrated Studies, an Archaeological Supplement, a Hebrew Calendar, an ESV Concordance, an Index to the Scripture Atlas and Colored Bible Maps. So much. But what I really wanted to know – how does the Chain Reference Bible study method work?
Dr. Frank Charles Thompson began the original research for this in 1890 to enable Bible students to follow a single Biblical topic from Genesis to Revelation. This version lists over 7.000 topics supported by more than 100,000 marginal references. And a how-to section at the beginning of this book. Whew!
Equipped with this knowledge, and unsure of a particular topic to study, I turned to the beginning of God’s Word. In Genesis chapter 1, I settled on Omnipotence (referenced in verse 3). And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. My first thought? This verse makes no mention of God’s power! But I came to understand that the verse is ABOUT how powerful God is. He spoke all of light into being!
The word “omnipotence” in the margin gave me a number to trace in the Numerical Index of Chain Topics. There I found 12 Chain verses listed in bold type along with 27 others. Dr. Thompson distinguished the bolded chain verses because he considered them the primary texts on the topic. So depending on how much time you have or how in depth you want to go, you can choose to look up or follow all the passages, or just the key condensed offerings. Either way, I was able to trace the idea of God’s omnipotence from Genesis to Revelation!
I took issue only with the size of the this Bible’s print. I found myself getting the references and then looking them up on my phone for ease of reading. But if I could put all the study helps I wanted in a bible with large print, I would have to put wheels on it. So if you have younger eyes or a better correction than me, add this great study tool to your collection.
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