Is The King James Bible Right For You?
When you are purchasing a Bible for yourself and your family, what factors should you take into consideration? One of the most important things to look at is the translation. You want to ensure that the Bible you are reading provides an accurate rendering of the ancient texts in a reverent and God-honoring way.
The King James Version (KJV) has been the trusted translation for millions of believers for more than 400 years! Since 1611, Christians have turned to the King James Version of the Bible for a faithful and beautiful rendering of God’s Word. Its rich tradition has guided generations of pastors, authors, and scholars, while its reverent language continues to shape our words today.
The King James Bible was translated in the beginning of the 1600s. The scholars translating it were among the top scholars of their day. Most were deeply familiar with literature and poetry as well as with theology and ancient languages. They were also intent on creating a translation that would last for generations. To accomplish this, they avoided recent changes to the language. They often used words and phrases that sounded formal even then to ensure the dignity and longevity of the translation.
As an advanced Bible student, I rely upon the King James Bible for word studies. If you use tools like Strong’s Concordance to determine what specific words mean in Hebrew and Greek, those tools use the KJV for the basis of the word study.
If this is your first time purchasing a King James Bible for yourself or a child, you might be wondering where to start. Here are three different Holman KJV Bibles for to consider, based upon your specific need:
Holman KJV Study Bible Review
The Holman KJV Study Bible (rich brown bonded leather edition) sets the standard in KJV study Bibles! This fully illustrated Bible includes an award-winning array of study resources such as:
- Over 16,000 study notes , each presented on the same page as the verses it refers to.
- Introductions and outlines for each book, including background information, theological themes, and insights into the unique contribution of each book.
- High-quality Smyth-sewn binding that allows the pages to lay open for easy reading and studying.
- Easy-to-read layout with two columns of text, 9-point type size, words of Christ in red, page edge cross-references, and three columns of study notes.
- Full-color visuals to help you see the structure and context of Scripture come alive, including 123 photographs, 58 maps, 19 illustrations/reconstructions, 19 charts, and 60 timelines.
- 20 full-length articles on practical and theological issues, including the origin and transmission of the Bible.
- Concordance and “King’s English” glossary of terms and 17th-century expressions.
- One-year and three-year Bible reading plans.
Because the Holman KJV Study Bible is on the heavy side, this Bible is best-suited for home and office use.
If you’re looking for a Bible that will last for generations to come, this is it! Use it proudly or give it as a gift – the choice is yours!
Holman KJV Ultrathin Reference Bible Review
I normally gravitate towards big, heavy-weight Bibles like the Holman KJV Study Bible (above), but I fell in love with the Holman KJV Ultrathin Reference Bible from the moment I slid it out of its protective box! What I love most about this Bible is its portability – it’s so light I can comfortably hold it in one hand! It also easily fits into a large purse, tote bag or briefcase.
Did you know that Holman is America’s oldest Bible publisher and a pioneer in the development of Ultrathin Bibles? I didn’t, but that explains how they were able to squeeze so many useful features into a ultrathin Bible in such a well-designed way!
Some of the features you’ll find inside of the Holman KJV Ultrathin Reference Bible include:
- Presentation page
- Center-column cross references
- Smyth-sewn binding
- Two-column text
- Topical page headings
- Full-color maps
- Words of Christ in red
- 8.5-point type
My favorite feature is the handy dandy charts you’ll find at the back of the Bible. These include a harmony of the gospels, the parables of Jesus, the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament and the predictions made by Jesus!
The Holman KJV Ultrathin Reference Bible is the perfect Bible to take with you everywhere you go! This is the Bible I didn’t know I needed until I held it in my hands!
KJV One Big Story Bible Review
Scripture clearly tells us that we are responsible for our children’s spiritual growth:
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 KJV
That’s why I’m delighted to introduce you to the KJV One Big Story Bible. This children’s Bible contains the full text of the KJV while incorporating 146 full-color Gospel Project illustrations throughout to help bring the Bible to life for kids!
By providing colorful illustrations and study aids throughout, this full-text Bible meets children in the visual world they are so accustomed to and shows young readers how they are a part of God’s great story.
What additional features will your kids find inside of this Bible?
- Christ Connection feature that shows how each Bible story points to Christ
- Big Questions feature to tell kids what they want to know
- 100 Top Memory Verses for kids to learn
- Seeing the Big Picture feature that digs into key Bible stories and provides parents with discussion material
- Big Words feature that acts as a four-color Bible dictionary
- Introductions for every book of the Bible, written for kids to understand
- Full-color maps on 8 pages
Here’s a little secret I’ll share with you: when your kids aren’t looking, read their Bible – you’ll discover in their study aids and tips!
In an age where Bible literacy is rampant, I encourage you to provide your children with a strong biblical worldview from the start. Gifting them with a copy of the One Big Story Bible is the perfect way to do this!
The King James Study Bible Giveaway – Win Your Choice Of Bibles!
I am SO excited to share an exciting #KJVBibleL3 giveaway opportunity with you! We are offering one of our US readers the chance to win YOUR CHOICE of the three Bibles featured in this review!
To enter, please subscribe to Create With Joy via e-mail and follow us on your favorite social channels (it’s what allows us to bring you amazing giveaways like these!), let us know in the comments which KJV Bible you’d like to win and why, and submit your entries as instructed through the Rafflecopter form. This giveaway is open to Create With Joy readers, 18 years and older, who reside in the US now through Saturday, May 29, 2021.
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Disclosure: I received copies of these Bibles from LEV3L Digital and Lifeway. They are also be providing the prize for this giveaway. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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The KJV Bible is the one I used growing up so it’s pretty familiar. The Holman KJV Ultrathin Reference Bible looks pretty great but I’d have to give some thought to which one I’d like if I were to win. Thanks. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
No problem – you can choose whichever one you like if you win – it’s just cool to find out what everyone’s initial interest is!
Best of luck to you Carl – glad to hear you’re well versed in KJV! 🙂
Thank you for this review. I think I would enjoy the study Bible.
Great choice Mary – you will love it!
This Bible I have not used but would very happy to get a copy of this to catch up for sure
Thanks for entering Ken – you’ll enjoy having a KJV in your home!
I think I would choose the ultra-thin. I love that it’s so portable!
The ultra thin feels SO good to hold! Best of luck Pam!
I used the KJV Bible growing up, so I am somewhat familiar. I would love the One Big Story Bible!
Great choice Anna – you and your child will love it!
As much as I would love the Holman Ultrathin for myself I would choose the KJV One Big Story Bible. I would give this to my two grandsons, they are brothers, do that they can have a way to learn the word of God in a way they can understand while at home.
That’s so nice of you Christy – your grandsons will love this!
Best of luck to you!
Darn we missed out
I’m so sorry you missed out this round!
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the things that I pray for, I hope I could have that one because I only use the Bible app on my phone