Choosing my best Christmas gift, for 2008, was not a challenge. It is the PC Study Bible, from the Discovery Reference Bible, Version 5, put out by BibleSoft.
As a serious Bible student the first thing I seek is information from credible sources. My best Christmas gift in 2008 uses resources from accredited men, who are known for their devotion to the Word of God. They include such notables as Josephus, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Andrew Murray, Matthew Henry, John Calvin, John Bunyan, Charles Spurgeon, and R.A. Torrey, just to name a few.
These well known Godly men give me the assurance that what I am reading comes from men chosen by God to help me understand His Word. What they say is backed by scripture, combined with experience.
This Christmas gift also provides a wide range of topics, which expanded my Biblical library, at minimal expense.
The program contains twelve different translations of the Bible. The translations include the old and beloved King James with Apocrypha, and the New King James Version, the Message, and the New Living Translation, which use modern English, making scripture easier to understand, The translations range from word to word, to thought for thought, to paragraph to paragraph translations, to name the three most common forms.
Also included, in this section of my best Christmas gift, in 2008, are Exhaustive Concordances for each translation. This allows me a fuller, more enriching experience, of understanding what I am reading, because I can look up the meaning of a word as it’s used in a particular context.
While I’m on the subject of words the program also includes eight word study resources. These include Transliterated Greek New Testament, Transliterated Hebrew Old Testament, the Interlinear Bible, and Concordances for both the Hebrew and Greek Language. If I want a complete exhaustive study of words in Greek and Hebrew, and their meaning in English, I have it at my fingertips. Some Greek and Hebrew words have no English translation, and knowing what these words are, and how they were translated, gives me a deeper understanding of scripture and those who did the translating.
Completing its reference for word study my Christmas gift has four Bible Dictionaries. This gives me access to information about people, places, customs, rituals, and ceremonies, in one section. This saves the time finding the information, which may be in different parts of the Bible.
The heading of Theology and History includes the writings of many of the men I mentioned at the beginning of this article. These men wrote about the theology which many live by today. They wrote about theology that the Apostles passed down through their writings, and were persecuted and martyred for. Their writings have been etched into religious history as diamonds and classics. Their writings have outlived them, and nothing will ever supplant them in their truth.
My Christmas gift contains a section that tells what the Bible says about any topic I am inquisitive about. It uses Nave’s Topical Bible, having over one hundred thousand cross references. The study has developed its own chain reference which allows me to follow any subject, person, place, or idea, in the Bible, from introduction to conclusion. This is useful when it comes to preparing lessons, along with general knowledge of something of interest..
The study guide contains a section that is devoted to devotions, studies, and exploration of my faith. Among others it contains the Works of John Bunyan, and Bible Discussions for both the Old and New Testament.
The Christmas gift also contains a section of Bible Maps, Pictures, and well known and not so well known hymns. The hymns are set up so I can just read the words, and meditate, or I can turn on the music, and sing praises to my Lord.
A final asset of my Best Christmas gift, in 2008, is how one would use it. Anything as complete and versatile as this study guide has benefits only known to the user.