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Nelson's Cross-Reference Guide to the Bible: Illuminating God's Word Verse-by-Verse Hardcover – October 16, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1522 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418504599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418504595
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I sent this book as a gift to a friend in a foreign country.
Larry Gross
If you are interested in serious Bible study, then this book can be a valuable work tool.
David Bower
It's a book that has increased my appetite for the Word of God.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Douglas on May 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
WARNING: The Nelson's Cross Reference Guide to the Bible is an outstanding resource for those who (1) prefer to let the Bible interpret itself; (2) do not mind a little work -- putting in some time and digging for the answers in connection with their Bible study; and (3) not overly thrilled bout study Bibles and commentaries out of concern for "opinions" of the editors/contributors. I purchased it about a year ago and I'm constantly amazed at its quality. There is so much good I can say but in the interest of space I want to focus only on how Nelson's Cross Reference will assist you in letting the Bible interpret itself. I have no problem with study Bibles. But using a product like the Nelson's Cross Reference will help you sharpen your own study skills, provides you wiht comfort in what the Bible says on a subject, verse or paragraph, and the Bible itself will either support or disprove comments in study notes or a commentary.

My assumption is that most reference Bibles skip on the cross references because of formatting and attempting to keep the "reference" edition thin. The Nelson's Cross Reference is a outstanding primary or supplement to letting the Bible interpret itself. I study with the ESV Single Column Reference Edition, NASB Reference Updated Edition (1995), and HCSB Large Print Reference. To illustrate the value of the Nelson's Cross Reference, for John 11:11, where Jesus states Lazarus has "fallen asleep," on this verse the ESV has only 1 reference, the NASB has 5, and the HCSB has 2. The Nelson's Cross Reference has an astounding 25 references including a definition of "Lazarus," citation to the Strong's number (2976g). For John 1:1, the ESV has 12 references, NASB has 8 and HCSB has 6. Nelson's Cross Reference has an astounding 61!!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Oecolampad on November 3, 2009
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First some acronyms:
TSK = Treasury of Scripture Knowledge;
NTSK = New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge;
CRGB = Nelson's Cross-Reference Guide to the Bible.

I cannot praise this book enough. It is truly a rare jewel surpassed in its value only by the Bile itself. In its simplicity, scope and completeness it is breath-taking. If the Bible is the Queen of books, then NTSK/CRGB is her only fit handmaiden. And for this precious gem we have Jerome H. Smith to thank. Of course, he built upon the work of others. But his was no quick slam-bam-thank-you-ma'am edit job. 30 years of Bible study went into NTSK. He compared verse with verse until he was satisfied that every reference was both relevant and significant. To the 500,000 references of TSK he added 100,000 of his own. For CRGB he added still more references mostly based on the alternative renderings provided by the KJV translators in the margins of their work. What's more, for NTSK he compiled no less than 7 indices: Subject, Topic Number, Prayer, Proverbs, Name, Figure of Speech and Strong's Numbers. He also provided an extensive bibliography. Leaving most of the notes he found in TSK unmodified, he added his own personal notes to about 275 vss. But the indices, bibliography and most of the notes were removed for CRGB. What a pity!

The ultimate proof that God was pleased with the holy work of Jerome Smith is the fact that Satan tried to cut him down before he could finish his book. In Smith's own words from the preface of NTSK:

"I almost did not live to finish my editorial work on the New Treasury, for I was shot in the head by an unknown assailant on March 13, 1986, when I had typed the text only as far as 1 Samuel 3. The Lord miraculously spared my life. During my recovery I kept working on the book, often without income."

Smith has truly shown us what it means to live "a long obedience in the same direction."
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Weinhausen on March 11, 2010
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Jerome Smith's latest reference tool is called "Nelson's Cross-Reference Guide to the Bible: Illuminating God's Word Verse-by-Verse". It's virtually half the thickness of the massive New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge which he released in 1992 and in my estimation, this volume is easier to use. The conventions used in this Cross Reference Guide are few and simple compared to the NTSK. As stated in the Guide, they are as follows: 1) A "+" (plus) symbol marks where more verses on the theme are found, 2) References in Italic type show where the Bible quotes itself, 3) References in Italic bold mark prophecies and their fulfillment. There are several lesser conventions explained by the Guide that are easily understood and learned. Is the Nelson Cross-Reference Guide to the Bible an improvement over the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R.A. Torrey? I think so and most everybody commenting here might agree with me. If you're forced to downsize your group of study helps due to economics and/or shelf space, this tool alone could replace a variety of tools by itself. I'd never find myself without a copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By book connoisseur on January 30, 2010
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I love this resource from Jerome Smith. It goes through the Bible and gives cross references for almost every verse. Scripture comments on Scripture and it is a great reference when you want to study a particular phrase and how it is used elsewhere in the Bible. With some phrases he will put a + and that means if you go to the verse listed you will find much more explanation there. Sometimes with just one verse of Scripture you can get "lost" going from verse to correlating verse. I use this book almost everyday and am so glad I found it here on Amazon and read the great reviews. If you are looking for a book to help you in your times in the Word of God, I think you will love this. One thing though, the print is rather small, so make sure you have reading glasses if you have problems seeing small print.
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