I don’t know about you but I hate themed bibles! I think these bibles only accomplish three things: 1) distort scripture by emphasizing one part over another; 2) saturate the reader in one writer’s viewpoint; and 3) confuse the reader about what is really God’s Word and what is merely the writer’s thoughts.
If you want to see how far themed bibles have gone take a look at this list:
- Holy Bible: Stock Car Racing Edition For fans of stock car racing, this Bible is a must-have. It features commentary and testimonies from some of racing’s most famous names, as well as full-color action photos of some of racing’s most famous faces.
- The Green Bible The Green Bible will equip and encourage people to see God’s vision for creation and help them engage in the work of healing and sustaining it. With over 1,000 references to the earth in the Bible, compared to 490 references to heaven and 530 references to love, the Bible carries a powerful message for the earth.
- The American Patriot’s Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America The story of the United States is wonderfully woven into the teachings of the Bible and includes a beautiful full-color family record section, memorable images from our nation’s history and hundreds of enlightening articles which complement the New King James Version Bible text.
- The Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible The Bible contains over one thousand predictions of future events. Many of these have already been fulfilled in special detail. The Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible covers both aspects of prophecy and eschatology.
- Power for Life Bible The Crystal Cathedral Ministry is recognized internationally for a Bible-based positive theology.
- Boy’s Bible: The Ultimate Manual Gross!: Gross facts and gory facts in the Bible.
- Faithgirlz! Bible Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special. This Bible says that with Faithgirlz!™ sparkle! Now girls can grow closer to God as they discover the journey of a lifetime, in their language, for their world.
- The Poverty and Justice Bible God cares passionately about poverty and justice. So much so, that poverty is mentioned more than 2,000 times in the Bible. The Poverty and Justice Bible highlights a full sweep of biblical justice and features a 56-page guide for personal and group study. Everywhere you go in this book, God’s love for the poor and desire for justice leap out at you.
(All the descriptions were taken from the web site that is selling or advertising these bibles.)
While I think these bibles are worthless, I am not against a quality study bible, for example the NIV Study Bible or the Life Application Study Bible. These bibles are designed for studying the whole Bible and the notes are compiled by a large team of scholars. That way you are not getting only one person’s narrow view and looking at the whole Bible only through one lens. So what do you think: Are themed bibles the way to go? Do you prefer a solid study bible? Or is it better to stick with a solid bible translation, a bible dictionary, and a good commentary?