A Review of Nelson’s Cross Reference Dictionary to the Bible edited by Jerome Smith

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This book is a great addition to my Bible study tools. It takes every verse of the Bible, and gives cross-references for some of the words and/or phrases. If you believe that Scripture is the best commentary on Scripture, you cannot go wrong with this resource.
To illustrate, in the photo I took above of a page from Matthew includes Matthew 21:43 which reads in the KJV: “Therefore I say unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”

In the cross reference guide, the words referenced from this verse are: “The kingdom of God,” “shall be taken,” “from you,” “and given,” “a nation,” and lastly, “bringing forth.”
For the reference “The kingdom of God,” 5 other references are listed, but three of these have a + sign in front of them. In the front of the book, the explanation for this symbol means that when you go to that reference you will find more verses on the same theme. (Scripture is the best commentary on Scripture!) So you will find more on “The kingdom of God” when you look up those references, which will lead you to more references. In other words, you can get happily lost in the Word of God.

The next group of words “shall be taken” has nine references listed and two of these also have the + sign, meaning there are more references on the same theme when you go to the verse listed. On and on these references go with more + signs frequently intermingled among them.

I do not like to just take someone’s word that a particular teaching is correct, but am persuaded I need to come to my own conclusions through the Word of God. This resource helps me to do just that. Another thing I like is that the paper quality is fine, it doesn’t feel like cheap newsprint. The book is nicely bound in sturdy hardback edition. I got mine off Amazon after reading good reviews there, and have not been disappointed. The book is based on the KJV of the Bible.

Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible is published by Thomas Nelson, copyright 2007.

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