Soon after my initial expression of love to our Lord and Savior, Jesus, my mentor said to me, “You must have a concordance, a Bible Handbook and a reference Bible. For many years I have used these books to assist in my bible studies and overall understanding.
But now, with the assistance of the NASB Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, published by Zondervan, we can have an incredible array of study helps within its pages.
The Thompson Original and complete system of Bible study includes:
- A complete numerical system of chain references
- Analyses of books
- Outline studies of characters
- Unique charts
- Pictorial maps
- Archaeological discoveries
This Bible is 2219 pages which includes 609 pages of references. So many books in one. The Thompson system relies on numerical identifications attached to words which are linked throughout the Bible. For example, Psalm 23 begins with, “The Lord is my shepherd…” In the left margin, adjacent to verse one you will find: 3266 God’s Sheep, 74:1. 3266 is the Pilot Number which is found in the Numerical Index along with all the verses pertaining to God’s Sheep. These verses will reveal numbers linked to various chains of thought.
If you return to Psalm 23 you will see the Thompson Forward Reference Number, 74:1 which stands for Psalm 74:1. At this point you will see the God’s Sheep Pilot Number (3266) with another Forward Reference Number, 79:13. And so on it goes with connecting links as you see how God’s Word reveals its eternal connections.
In 1890, Dr. Frank Charles Thompson began working on the chain-links he observed while reading his favorite book, the Bible. The first complete version of the Bible with the Thompson Chain-Reference system was published in 1908. Today millions of people gladly use this unique, reference/study system to understand God’s Word.
I recommend this version of the Bible for any person who desires to use a tried and true study system that has stood the “test of time.”
As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid, #BibleGatewayPartner, I received a free NASB Thompson Chain-Reference Bible in exchange for an unbiased review which you have just read. Find more information here: FaithGateway Store.