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NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible

by Frank Charles Thompson

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It's unique Chain-Reference(R) System and 75 additional study features allow anyone to follow subject, person, place or idea, from cover to cover. This Bible contains over 100,000 links covering over 8,000 topics. Just follow the marginal numbers and chain-references on an expedition into the treasures of the Bible. The Thompson Chain-Reference(R) Study Bible will become a trusted friend.… (more)
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much better than the normal topical bible but still dangerous if not used with caution. recommended.
  tim.sherrod | Jul 2, 2006 |
Before personal computers and the world wide web, the Thompson Chain Reference was the state of the art in bible study, complete with a mini-concordance and other study aids. And the New International Version may be the best of the modern English translations. This is the Bible to buy if you're only buying one. ( )
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This is the NIV version of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible. Do not combine with the NASB, KJV, NKJV, or other translations.
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It's unique Chain-Reference(R) System and 75 additional study features allow anyone to follow subject, person, place or idea, from cover to cover. This Bible contains over 100,000 links covering over 8,000 topics. Just follow the marginal numbers and chain-references on an expedition into the treasures of the Bible. The Thompson Chain-Reference(R) Study Bible will become a trusted friend.

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An excellent resource that links topical "chains" through the Bible!

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The Thompson Chain-Reference system was devised by its namesake, Dr. Frank C. Thompson, in the early 1900s. Dr. Thompson was a young preacher in the late 1800s. He became dissatisfied with the reference Bibles that were then available to preachers.

Dr. Thompson believed the Bible should be presented in a simple, but scholarly way. He saw the need for a well-organized reference Bible that would be of practical use to the layman as well as a minister. In 1890, Dr. Thompson began the work he would continue for the rest of his life. He completed the "thought suggestions" opposite the verses throughout the Bible. These are what became the "chain-links" that are the heart of the Thompson system. Some of the men in Dr. Thompson's church saw his Bible and told him this would be a great help to them in their Bible study too. They encouraged Dr. Thompson to have his Bible, with marginal references, published so that everyone could enjoy the blessing of this helpful study tool.[1]

The first version of Thompson's study Bible was published in 1908 by the Methodists Book Concern of Dobbs Ferry, New York. Five years later, in 1913, Dr. Thompson was joined by B.B. Kirkbride, of Indianapolis, Indiana. The two men formed the Kirkbride Bible Company, in order to further improve and distribute Thompson's work.

The original Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, as well as several subsequent versions, were based on the King James Bible. Currently, editions based on the King James Version, New King James Version, New International Version and New American Standard Bible (1977 version) are available, as well as electronic versions that incorporate other features.

As of 2006, there have been more than 4,000,000 Thompson Chain-Reference Bibles sold.
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