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The Reese Chronological Bible: Understanding the Word

Updated on January 4, 2018
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Why Read a Chronological Bible?

A chronological Bible gives us a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of God's Word by giving us a grasp of the Scripture's timeline.

The important need to understand Scripture through study aids that are verified by history can be nourished by using this type of Bible because validating what God tells us in His Word through Bible cross-references allows us to dispense with man's distortions.

A growing desire and displayed effort to know more about God through His Word has always been an indication of our spiritual temperature. Knowing what He says to us is crucial to a Believer having an effective journey through this life.

Chronological Bibles are additional study aids that are unique in their arrangement of Scripture passages. The name of this type of Bible tells us how it is unique, but why do we need a book like The Reese Chronological Bible?

Are We Interested In What God Says To People?

It is not often that a true interest in the Scriptures is found in an unbelieving heart, but when it takes root and a study begins in earnest, conflicts sometimes arise. Whole books have been written about so-called contradictions in Scripture, some of them doing a fine job of explaining the supposed disputes and, sadly, some trying to confirm alleged polarities.

It isn’t that an open-minded examination is out of order but if the purpose behind the attempt is to discredit Scripture then the venture is nothing less than building a sand castle that will be washed away, leaving its occupants exposed with nothing to hold on to.

The motivation undergirding such efforts are no support at the end of the day and those who are able usually just walk away, leaving the weak, the crippled, and the foolish by the side of the road. These poor ones may find their way to solid footing, but those who walk away rarely do find it.

Bible Words:

Even Believers can sometimes come across passages that give them pause for thought. This can sometimes stir up uncalled for disputes between them.

The shame of such situations is unnecessary and there are significant warnings about it within the very Book that these people argue over. Unrighteous squabbling gives rise to hateful bickering and puts contenders on weak footing.

Quarrels like this are most often rooted in the pride that blinds a party (even whole parties) from being able to see past their own will and look into the breadth and depth of God’s written revelation to mankind.

While it is important to remember that there are nonnegotiables for Believers, for instance, the Gospel of the Christ, it is with great carefulness that one should approach the serious matter of disagreement that leads to discord. True dissension among Believers always has sad consequences and should be faced for what it is before it gets out of hand.

So, what is a mere bit of humanity to do in the face of the abounding opinions men come up with regarding the Bible that holds the very words God has for us? Do we discount theology that has stood the test of time, or the men who spent their lives studying it because they were not perfect people?

No, never. However, we definitely have a responsibility to know the Bible for ourselves, to read it and to pray over what we read, asking God for understanding of what He has for us in it if we are to be able to "prove all things" so we can know truth.

We need a willingness to examine Scripture as a whole and we need to prayerfully weigh its entire counsel on any matter rather than remain focused on any single passage apart from the whole. Picking and choosing verses or passages to suit our own thinking is dangerous business.

If we honestly examine both the words of a verse in context and the spirit behind those words through a knowledge of the framework and the content of the whole volume in which it is contained, we will have a solid foundation for prayerfully considering the intent behind the verses, chapters, and books of the Bible.

Chronological Bibles can enhance our efforts to understand what God is saying to us by helping us build on the fundamentals of our faith. Expanding our knowledge gives us the chance to learn and grow in Christ so we can better exemplify Him to a needy and dying world.

Study Bibles

A parallel Bible is a superb tool for anyone who determines to study Scripture. This Bible will have two translations side by side so that, for instance, the language of the King James Bible, full of phrases that can sound lofty to our ears, is placed beside the more modern language of a New American Standard Bible with phrasing that is more easily understood by people who are unfamiliar with Shakespeare’s English.

As we reach for the life-giving truths offered to us, study Bibles make it easier to digest thoughtful comparisons that grow us up in the faith. There are many good volumes that are readily available to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the Word of God.

The Reese Chronological Bible can come as a surprise to people who are just beginning to study God’s Word for themselves. Because we are used to books that start at the beginning and end at the end, and because the Bible does start in the beginning with Genesis and end with Revelation’s culminations it is easy to assume that the chapters in between are in chronological order. The discovery that they are not can be confusing.

Producing this Bible was a huge undertaking. Its opening pages explain the whys and wherefores of unique aspects wrapped up in the work. Having Scripture arranged in order of events as they occurred is a tremendous help in learning more about how the New Testament and the Old Testament are intertwined so we can grasp the detailed relationships of the events of the peoples' lives recorded in history. This Bible gives us the chance to more easily explore questions that cause disputes, thereby arming us against divisive arguements.

While this hub could be filled with examples of how and why much of the traditional Bible is not in chronological order, that has been done by more authoritative people. It could also be filled out with an appraisal of the disputes mentioned, but the higher road is to discuss strengthening our knowledge of what God offers us by way of reading His Word and praying about what we read. There is no more solid ground to be on.

There are none more secure than those who truly turn to Him for the help He offers to humanity and The Reese Chronological Bible can assist anyone who is truly seeking to know God and His character that is so often misrepresented.

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      I'm glad you enjoyed this information on the Reese Chronological Bible. Thank you for stopping in and for leaving a note!

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Nice hub.. i liked it .

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks much for stopping in. I'm glad this was interesting to you--hope you enjoy reading through your new Chronological Bible. It's very interesting to see the timeline come together via familiar passages.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Thanks for this review. I do not have this Bible and will add it to my collection. I like to read and study different translations and training tools.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad you found this helpful! Thanks much for stopping by and commenting.

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      This is a wonderfully informative hub. I love Bibles and I love studing the Bible using several different translations and study aids. I am looking forward to reading through your other hubs.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for stopping by and commenting. I hope you get a chance to look one of these study Bibles over. I'm glad I did!

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      graceomalley 6 years ago

      I didn't know about this Bible. Thanks for the info.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am unfamiliar with the Dake but will take a look at it. I had been reading from the ESV quite a bit.

      Gutenburg did us a wonderful service! Imagine how thrilled he would be with all of the research opportunity we have today!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I am not familiar with the Reese Chronological Bible. It sounds like a great gift. I have long taken refuge in my old Dake Bible. It contains much wisdom in the way of explication. Thank you.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      You will enjoy reading it very much then! Thank you for your comments.

      It is surprising how little Believers read the Word. I think it is because there has not been a lot of encouragement to pray about what we read.

      I also appreciate your including Bible Gateway and info. They are wonderful tools as well! I love using them.

      Appreciate your stopping by!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      kimh039: So glad you stopped by and found this helpful. Appreciate your leaving a comment, too.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      I have a chronological Bible but have not read it yet. I am always interested in the intertwining of the old and new testaments. Maybe I should do that.

      I agree with you on this point:

      "we definitely have a responsibility to know the Bible for ourselves"

      It shocks me at times how little the Bible is read by believers.

      I also love biblegateway as a resource and another good one is they have a concordance and interlinear with strong's coding so you can look at words in the original language for yourself.

      Encouraging Hub to be in His Word.

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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      I hadn't heard of a chronological Bible, RTalloni. Thanks for the info.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you kindly for stopping by this hub. I appreciate your leaving a note in the comments section.

      Equating the Bible with other religion's writings will bring us to dismissiveness about God's non-negotiables, and thus, to a sad end. The truth about who He is and how to have a relationship with Him is not based on what we think or want.

      However, in mercy He calls us to Himself. He gives understanding, sight, and hearing to the simple, the blind, the all who will come to Him with a humble and contrite heart according to His Word.

      From Genesis to Revelation, His Word points to the Cross, "...I come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly..." That theme is what sets His Word apart from all other religious "scripture." Salvation is available to all who will come to Him His Way. His character is compassion, yet He is fair in warning us of the consequences of unbelief.

      It is both a wonderful thing and a sobering thing that He is faithful to His Word. May I encourage you to take some time to prayerfully read through Ps. 119? This link may be helpful:

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      JDeAngelis 6 years ago from Oz

      Excellent article on evaluating scripture and I agree with it 100 percent. All scripture from every source whether Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim have the problem with authenticity and human error.

      But with faith in God's plan we can live a successful life here and in the after life.