Let’s be clear right from the get-go: this module is the NKJV Study Bible notes only.
It does not include the actual text of the NKJV Bible. The NKVJ is available as a
Bible module; but that does not include these study notes. The Bible and Study Notes
are two different modules. This TW review is only for the Study Notes module.
Now, with that out of the way, I’ve got to tell you how nice this module is! It’s
all - and more - that you would expect out of a premium Study Bible. It gets a 3+
DDT Book Rating because it is a Great Resource For Everyone!
TheWord’s NKJV Study Bible Notes published by Thomas Nelson (2nd Edition) is another
of Costas’ excellent hybrid (Book+Commentary) modules. So the “notes” section functions
just like a commentary. In fact, there are more than 15,000 notes on the text of
the Bible. Check out screen shot 1 to see how the NKJVsbn functions like a commentary.
If it was just a commentary, it would be very helpful indeed. But there is more;
so much more. Check out this partial list of other features - in addition to the
15,000+ verse by verse notes! (take a look at the topic tree in Screen Shot 2 to
100+ Articles on key Bible Doctrines (take a look at the book window in Screen Shot
2 - all of those blue links provide popups of the articles!) arranged canonically
150 Bible Times & Culture Notes (again, organized canonically and available as popup
80+ Charts (organized canonically and available as popup links)
60+ maps (organized canonically and available as popup links) also available in the
verse by verse comments
350 word studies - with Strong’s numbers! (organized canonically and available as
A comprehensive subject index (see Screen Shot 3 for a sample of the subject index)
A rich concordance
And still more!
I love this module!
This is a “Hybrid” Module, Not a “Commentary” Module
Now, you should understand that this is a hybrid module. The hybrid combines the
elements of a commentary (linked to books, chapters, and verses of the Bible) and
general books (following a typical book format). The NKJVsbn is a great example of
a module that needs both elements.
TW4’s implementation of the NKJVsbn’s general book elements is flawless. The Topic
tree shows exactly what is available, and neatly organizes all of the information
in a functional table of contents. “Beau-ti-ful!”
The commentary notes work well. (Check out screenshot #1.) Click on Rom 3:22 in the
Bible window, and the hybrid module takes you right to the comments on Rom 3:22.
So, if you like to have a Bible view open next to a commentary window, then you will
love how TW4 implements this hybrid module format for the NKJVsbn.
The functionality of the hybrid module is still under development (as of 9/12/2013).
So there are two minor drawbacks currently to the hybrid module. First, the hybrid
commentary comments are not yet available as commentary verse links (although a beta
now exists where they are functioning!). Secondly, it cannot yet function “inline”
with the Bible window.
Both of these features are currently under development. Costas has said that they
are “next” on his list for public release upgrades. While there is no date set for
the release, it still is a great module, and very usable indeed!
A Minor Issue During Testing For This Review
During testing, I found a curious “hitch” in the commentary aspect of this hybrid
module: it would occasionally jump to the wrong verse. I found it very curious indeed;
and it seemed to be consistent with the verses that were tested. I figured there
was a “bug” in the module. So I wrote Costas to let him know - and even included
a couple of screen shots. He wrote back, stating that he could not replicate the
problem on his system. So I sent him my config.ini file - which allowed him to load
his TW program identical to mine. Even with my config.ini file, he could not replicate
the problem. We both just scratched our heads at that! Even with this minor inconsistency,
the module is still a nice addition to my library. And I’m quite sure it will be
a nice addition to yours. And I would think that this issue is specific to something
on my computer, and not yours.
NOTE: The problem is absent using the latest beta issue of TW. That means it should
disappear with the next public release.
Available For Purchase Now
You can purchase the “New King James Version Study Bible Notes” by Thomas Nelson
formatted for TheWord for only $25.95. It’s very well done.