Chronological Study Bible Gives Biblical Clarity

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I remember my first Chronological Study Bible and how amazed I was how God’s Word came alive in a new way. It was the So That’s Why! Bible (New King James Version by Thomas Nelson Bibles) I’ve added to my collection since then.

I’ll never forget how it felt…as if I had stepped back into Biblical times, experiencing biblical history and culture as if it was happening before my eyes.

The Bible was no longer stories, but the characters became real people with real lives and testimonies. 

For the first time, I could follow all the different kings of Israel with a deeper understanding of Bible times. The Gospel in chronological order made me realize even more what Jesus Christ, my Savior, did for me.

It was one of the best discoveries I’ve made in Study Bibles, and sadly not everyone has experienced the value of reading Bible text in chronological order. Hopefully, this article will inspire you to read Bible text in chronological order experiencing a richer and deeper understanding of Scripture.

What Is A Chronological Bible?

A Chronological Study Bible is the only Study Bible that presents Bible history and culture in the order it happened –  chronological order. In other words, it’s a Study Bible arranged in chronological order with additional product features that expand on the chronological theme.

How Do Chronological Bibles Differ From Regular Bibles? 

Unlike a regular Bible consisting of the 66 Bible books in canonical order, Chronological Bibles arranges all the Bible passages in historical context.

For example, you won’t find the four Gospels at the beginning of the New Testament indexed as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Instead, you’ll start reading, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God,” the first fourteen verses of John 1 introducing the eternal Word. Luke will then tell you about John the Baptist’s birth, followed by the account of the virgin birth described in Luke and Matthew. Then the chronological text returns to the book of Luke describing Jesus’ circumcision followed by the wise men in Matthew 2, and so forth. 

A Chronological Bible presents Bible history in text, whereas a Chronological Study Bible has additional Study Bible features unique to a Chronological Study Bible. 

Features A Chronological Study Bible Presents

A Chronological Study Bible presents the text in a specific Bible version, for example, New King James Version, New International Version, New Living Translation Version, and so forth, in the order the events took place.

Most Chronological Study Bibles have standard features, but each Bible has unique characteristics. 

Biblical World

The history and culture of the biblical world aren’t isolated but part of world history. The Chronological Study Bible uses articles, graphics, maps, notes, and more to confirm and help believers picture what happened, when, and how. It shows how religious, cultural, political, and geographical background influenced world events. 


A Chronological Study Bible replaces book introductions with history eras or epochs. Instead of a Study Bible book introduction and overview in the chronological text, the outlines are about biblical ages and Bible books relevant to those Bible times. 

Full-Color Maps

With in-text maps of the Biblical world, readers have a picture of the geography in Scripture; it helps them find biblical locations. Full-page color maps help clarify how history changed the map view – places don’t move – but borders do as nations and kingdoms conquer each other.  

Visual Representation

Full-color illustrations and full-color graphics are beautifully illustrated images of cultural phenomena, artifacts, and historical relevant topics. Visual presentations bring authentic history to life; names, items, and places you’d probably glanced at before become an actual place, a person, a tool, or a furniture piece important in that time. 

Bible Times Time Panels

Timelines, time panels, and Bible charts illustrate the flow of authentic history, providing background history and timelines of both secular history and biblical history. You can see at a glance what worldly events happened during sacred history.

For example, Daniel and Ezekiel had visions during the Exile period. Buddha was born in India in that same epoch, and the Persian Empire instigated the horseback postal service. 

Canonical Index

A handy index lists Scripture sections in canonical order with page numbers for easy reference. For example, unlike a regular Bible, you won’t find the prophetic books in canonical order but scattered between the books of Kings and Chronicles when the prophets lived.  

More Features In Chronological Bibles

  • Daily Life Notes explains how people lived in Bible times. 
  • Contextual Articles connect Scripture to world history and culture, giving readers a better perspective of the flow of Bible history. These fascinating articles expand on the flow of events during Bible times. 
  • Archaeological Notes confirms the authenticity of the Bible and the culture of Bible times. 
  • Daily Reading Plans keep you disciplined, maintaining consistent exposure to Scripture. A reading plan can be part of your discipleship experience. 

I trust you found the article helpful.

About Retha Groenewald

Retha Groenewald loves to study the Word of God. She is a Christian online writer for Christian-owned businesses, ministries, and professionals. Retha lives in beautiful South Africa.

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