After I gave my life to Jesus Christ at the age of 16, I spent time with some of the folks in their 30s in my church.
I recall one of them had a Bible that fascinated me. It was the Thompson Chain Reference Bible.
So a several years later, I asked for my own copy as a birthday present.
It was in April 1983 that I received my first Thompson Chain. It was a black genuine leather KJV edition.
I still own it. The leather has held up well all these years later. And I wore the thing out.
Several years ago, I bought a new Thompson Chain Bible from their long-time producer Kirkbride.
It’s a gorgeous black genuine leather NKJV. And I love it.
Apparently, Kirkbride no longer produces this elegant Bible.
But thankfully, someone else does.
Zondervan is now the producer of the Thompson Chain Bible.
Recently, they sent me a brown leathersoft edition in the ESV.
Again, a gorgeous Bible.
What I love about it most is the layout and the amazing illustrations and studies in the back.
Other features are:
- Easy to understand Chain-Reference System with over 100,000 references
- References cover over 8,000 topics, each with its own pilot number for exhaustive topical study
- Complete alphabetical and numerical indices listing all 8,000 topics with corresponding pilot numbers and Bible references
- Includes an extensive study resource section that features biographical sketches of some of the most prominent people in the Bible, an archeological supplement, a glossary, a concordance, and illustrated Bible studies that help readers develop their own study pathways
- Key Words and Key Verses by every book name point readers to more comprehensive information on each book of the Bible
- 16-page full-color map section
- Words of Christ in red
- Satin ribbon marker
The Thompson Chain is by far my favorite Bible for regular use.