10 Reasons To Carry a Thompson Bible
Thompson® Helps Section
The Thompson Story
The Chain-Reference® System
Index of Topics
Follow a Thompson® Chain-Reference®
Type Size Comparison
A True Story of the Thompson Grandmother
Ways To Use Your Thompson
Instant Use Guide
Smyth Sewn Pages
10 Reasons To Carry a Thompson Bible
- Over 100 Years of Improvements
Thousands of additional chain-references have been added over the decades, along with scores of the handiest Bible study tools available.
- Over 7,000 Topical Studies
Verse-by-verse access to every them, subject and topic of the Bible.
- Over 100,000 Chain-References
Study any Bible verse and you'll always know where to go next.
- Over 70 Unique Bible Helps
Hundreds of additional pages with maps, charts and study tools.
- Self-Directed Study
Makes it easy for you to study your Bible at your own pace, in your own way. Thompson Bibles are "influence-free", leading you only to what the Bible says about itself.
- Only the Finest Bible Materials
No other publisher takes as much care in the selection of leather, paper, ink, gold foil, and packaging as what goes into your Thompson.
- Heirloom Craftsmanship
It takes a full day to assemble a Thompson Bible and no two Thompsons are exactly alike. This is because Thompsons are carefully hand-crafted to last a lifetime.
- Choose Your Favorite Translation
Now you can have a Thompson in the 4 most popular English translations: King James Version, New King James Version, New International Version, and New American Standard Bible.
- Extras Make Your Bible Personal
Your Thompson Bible comes with standard extras found only in premium study Bibles, like gold-foil guilded pages and double-sided real silk ribbon bookmarks. Your Thompson can also be personalized with your name in gold on the cover. For super-swift researching you can order your Thompson "Thumb Indexed" for just a few dollars extra.
- Money-Back Guarantee*
If you are ever dissatisfied with your Thompson for any reason, you may exchange it for another Bible, or a no-nonsense refund. Guaranteed!
*This guarantee does not cover personalized or engraved Bibles
A Thompson is the only true "Influence-Free" Study Bible. This is the one very important difference between a Thompson and most other study Bibles. Most study Bibles fill their margins with another person's commentary. These are notes from a knowledgeable author who tries to explain the text to you.
Commentaries can be useful, but every author has his or her own view and biased agenda. Commentaries offer wide and often opposing influence. Your Thompson Bible is "influence-free," because instead of commentary, our margins are filled with thousands of chain-references that propel you ahead into Scripture. Scholars agree that the Bible is its own best commentary, and no other study Bible helps you go deeper into the Scriptures than a Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible.
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Thompson® Bibles include hundreds of pages of additional study tools, many of which are available in no other Bible. These 75 extra tools make your study easier and more enjoyable, sparing you from needing many other volumes.
Thousands of additional chain-references have been added over the decades. Study any Bible verse and you'll always know where to go next.
Here are some helps that are included:
Index of Chain Topics
Complete listing of over 7,000 marginal topics and reference chains. Most verses are printed out in the Index.
Selected Bible Readings
An arrangement by subject matter of Bible verses suitable for private devotions or public services. Listed are such topics as Death, Gifts from God, Unbelievers, and more.
This will help you find any verse, even if you only know a few words. Alphabetical listing of English words found in your Thompson® Bible with help numbers linking you to other help sections in your Bible.
Bible Harmonies & Illustrated Studies
Biographical harmonies of Moses, Jesus, and Paul by means of pictorial maps, charts, and outlines. Follow their footprints with Journey Maps, a feature found only in Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bibles.
Extensive Archaeology Section
Ties modern discoveries to real verses. Contains much factual information on people, places, and things as found in modern excavations.
Bible Marking Guide
Offers you time-tested secrets for keeping your discoveries fresh.
Puts you right there, in the holy land, during every biblical period. A series of extremely detailed, color maps, showing Archaeological sites in the holy land, Journeys of the Apostle Paul, the ancient World, Palestine, Jerusalem and others.
Outline Studies of Each Book
Go here first to find out who, what, when, where and why. Devoted to a study of the Bible as a whole, from its earliest beginnings through modern translation and also a complete outline of each Book of the Bible, giving author, theme, and key words. A must-have feature for those involved in teaching.
Dozens of helpful charts
Illustrated with delightful artwork you can study for hours.
Bible Character Studies
Biographical sketches and outline studies of all the major characters of the Bible. Includes early life, divine call, and biblical history.
Helps you pronounce and understand Bible terms.
An alphabetical listing of all topics with connecting numbers.
Harmony of the Gospels
A side-by-side listing of Gospel accounts.
Prophecies concerning Jesus and their fulfillment.
Portraits of Christ
Christ's character and work as seen by Isaiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, and Revelation.
Contains practical helps for Christian workers. Suggests topics to be used at prayer meetings and devotional meetings.
Carry a Thompson®, and you'll never be bored again!
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The Thompson Story
This is one of the few known photographs of
Dr. Frank C. Thompson
Dr. Frank Charles Thompson was a young preacher in the late 1800s when he became disappointed with the reference Bibles being sold 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.
In 1908, the first edition of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible® was printed by Methodists Book Concern of Dobbs Ferry, New York. It became known as the most helpful, trustworthy and unbiased study Bible available. The Thompson® Bible continues to have that reputation today.
In 1913, Dr. Thompson joined with B.B. Kirkbride in Indianapolis, Indiana to form the Kirkbride Bible Company. This was to assure the constant improvement of this remarkable study tool, and the widest distribution possible.
|This photo shows the original hand-written notes in the margins of Dr. Thompson's personal Bible. This rare artifact, shows the beginning of the Thompson® Bible, and is now on display at Kirkbride Bible Company offices in Indianapolis, Indiana
||Today, the Thompson® Chain-Reference® Study System offers you a complete study library in one volume. With over 78 practical features for in depth Scriptural appreciation and understanding, nothing can match what the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible® offers:
- Over 100,000 topical references
- Over 8,000 Chain Topics
- Updated Archaeological Supplement with photos and maps
- Outline studies of each book of the Bible
- Journey maps and Bible harmonies
- Biblical Atlas
- Bible Book Outlines
- Over 4,000,000 Thompson Chain-Reference® Bibles sold!
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The Chain-Reference System
The Chain-Reference® System is found only in Thompson® Bibles. It is the most helpful study tool ever assembled. Every important verse of the New and Old Testaments has been analyzed into topics which help to open up the meaning of the verses and stimulates Bible study. Start with any verse of Scripture and follow thousands of topics all the way through your Bible.
These chain links are found on every page of your Thompson® Bible. They will lead you to the next Scripture verse in the chain, helping you follow any topic from Genesis through Revelation.
These marginal references direct you to a new topic in this verse. You simply go to the Index of Topics you'll find a wealth of information and the first place in Scripture to begin the 'chain' for this topic.
Better than a Concordance
You'll find related topics not mentioned by word in the Bible Text. This helps you to expand the scope of your study in a way that goes beyond what a complete concordance can do.
Analysis of Each Chapter
Each Chapter of your Bible has been thoroughly analyzed into the main divisions and printed in bold-face type, presenting a digest of the teachings of the Chapter.
Index of Topics
At the back of each Thompson® Bible are 2 important Topical Indices: The Numerical Index of Topics and the Alphabetical Index of Topics.
These Indices help you quickly locate any Suject, Theme, Bible Character or Thompson® Study Tool to begin a new study. Key Scripture verses in each chain are printed out in the Numerical Index, saving you hours of page-turning. Related Topics are cross-referenced withing the Index, leading you to additional discoveries.
The Numerical Index of Topics
Notice in the middle of the page is the topic of "Mercy." Your Thompson® Bible outlines 5 types of Mercy and this page starts with the first type, "Divine Mercy."
Here you see all 102 chain-links for "Divine Mercy" beginning with Genesis 39:21 in your Bible and forward chain-linking through Jude 1:2.
Also printed out in this Index is the complete text of 21 key verses in this chain.
At the bottom of the page you'll notice some related topics offered for your study, such as "Divine Forbearance, Forgiveness and God's Grace."
Browsing this Numeric Index of Topics is a wonderful way to find new direction for Bible study ideas and personal devotions and discovery.
Alphabetical Index of Topics
This important Index helps you look up any person, place or subject you can think of.
Each topic has a corresponding number which will bring you to a weath of information in the Numeric Index of Topics.
Notice in the far left column, the topic, "Divine" has been sub-divided into 78 sub-topics available for your study.
Follow a Chain through the Thompson Bible
This example shows what you would find in a KJV Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible if you chose to do a study on the subject of ISRAEL: Name Given To God's Chosen People (TCR#1808). The Thompson® Chain-Reference® System directs you to begin your study at Exodus 4:22, and then chain-links you forward throughout your Bible. Each verse in your actual Bible will contain many more related topics for further study. Israel (1807-1829)
Name Given To God' s Chosen People, 1808
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.
And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them.
And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.
And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses' father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel.
For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.
He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.
And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.
And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.
Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.
Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
For the LORD'S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
2 Samuel 5:12
And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.
2 Samuel 7:8
Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:
2 Samuel 7:23
And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?
1 Kings 8:33
When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house:
1 Kings 8:41
Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;
1 Kings 10:9
Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.
1 Chron. 17:9
Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,
1 Chron. 17:21
And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?
1 Chron. 17:24
Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.
2 Chron. 6:21
Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.
2 Chron. 6:32
Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house;
2 Chron. 7:10
And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.
2 Chron. 9:8
Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.
2 Chron. 31:8
And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:
Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.
For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name.
What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest.
Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.
For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.
If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.
But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.
For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.
For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the LORD your God;
Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh.
And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.
And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD.
Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD.
Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
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|| Thompson Craftsmanship
It takes a full day to assemble a Thompson® Bible and no two Thompson® Bibles are exactly alike. That's because they are so carefully hand-crafted, one at a time, to last a lifetime. Each time you make a note, underline or highlight in your Thompson®, it becomes even more unique, and personal to YOU.
No other publisher takes as much care in the selection of leather, paper, ink, gold-foil, and packaging as what goes into your Thompson®.
Many people describe their Thompson® as a dear friend. Forgotten passages come alive with new meaning. This "friend" is at your side throughout your darkest hours, and your happiest moments.
Do you know someone who would appreciate such a treasured gift of a lifetime?
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Nothing compares to the quality of a hand-crafted Thompson® leather Bible. You'll notice the difference the moment you lift a new leather Thompson® from its protective box. Before you can open your new Bible, the wonderful scent of genuine leather will fill the room. We are very careful about the leather we accept. Only the finest hides are used to handcraft your Thompson® Bible, and it takes a full day to make one.
One reason we're so choosy about our leather is because Thompson® Bibles are crafted for a lifetime of use. If you own a Thompson® you already know that the more you use a Thompson® the better the leather feels. It gets softer and more supple every year. Men tell us their Thompson® fits their hand like a baseball glove. Women say they hold it to their chest like a dear child.
The Word of God should be our most treasured possession. If you love God's Word you deserve to carry a Thompson®. It's an investment you'll be happy you made.
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Touch the paper of a Thompson® and it will touch you back. Our printers have told us how much money we'd save if we just used the same paper as everyone else. NEVER. Our customers pay a little more to own a Thompson® and we promise a lot more. The paper in your Thompson® Bible is of the highest quality available. The purest water and the finest paper pulps are used so that your Bible is guaranteed to never yellow or discolor. Fifty years from now when your great-grandchild picks up your old Thompson®, the pages will be as white as they are today.
The pages are sewn together so they stay in your Bible, even after decades of use. Most all publishers glue their books when binding. That's why their Bibles won't stay open to the page you've turned to. Open any Thompson® and it lays open flat, whether you turn to page 1 or 2,400.
There is nothing else like the feel of the super-clean paper of a Thompson®. When you drag your fingers down a page you'll hear a faint squeaking sound. The sensation in your fingers is hard to describe, but it's almost like your Thompson® is touching you back. As you personalize your Thompson® with your own notes and discoveries, the paper gets softer and richer to touch. Flip through the pages of your Thompson® you'll love the unique sound this paper makes. It's like a gentle breeze brushing the leaves of a mighty oak.
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God's Word should be wrapped in gold.
The perfect leather study Bible should have gold-gilded pages, and most premium study Bibles do. But Thompson® Bibles are still done the old fashioned way, with "old world" craftsmanship.
Chances are if your Bible has gold page-edges, the gold was sprayed on, like paint. It's okay, but usually loses its luster. Here's how we gild your Thompson®:
First, before we ever apply the leather cover, we squeeze your Bible tight in a vise. Then we sand the edges as smooth as glass. Finally, we lay a thin sheet of gold-foil on the edge of your Bible, and put it in a press that applies 50,000 pounds of pressure. That pressure causes so much heat, the paper nearly ignites! But that's what is required if you want to fuse gold to paper. Then we repeat this process on all 3 sides of your Bible, and the rounded corners.
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You can order nearly any Thompson Bible with the exclusive 35 cut indexing system for just a few dollars extra. This trademark feature marks major divisions of the Bible with gilded (gold or silver) tabs, while the black tabs give easy access to the remaining books.
We carefully hand-cut 35 notches into the open side of your Thompson Bible and apply 35 gilded tabs, to help you locate all 66 books of your Bible, your Index, Helps Section, Concordance and Archaeology information.
These tabs add value to your one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted Thompson Bible. Furthermore, they'll help you become better acquainted with your new Bible. Since Thompson Bibles have nearly a thousand pages of additional helps at the back, you will be glad to have the Thumb Index to help you find anything in an instant.
This is a convenient way for the new Bible readers to learn the books of the Bible and a time saver for the seasoned Bible student.
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The Thompson Chain Reference Bible is available for engraving in two styles, Block and Script. We can add up to two lines of engraving for your personal message. Each line can contain up to twenty-two characters. Personalized Bibles are NOT eligible for refunds.
|Type Size Comparison
Many people ask about the difference of the type size in the Bibles we offer. The graphic above illustrates the different type size in each Thompson Bible.
Handy Size: 6 Point
Regular Size: 8 Point
Large Print: 9 Point
Student Bible: 8 Point
Treasure Study Bible: 8 Point
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A True Story of the Thompson Grandmother
This true story demonstrates how anyone willing to study God's Word can enjoy remarkable levels of scholarship. Until her recent death, Ellie Crandle, a grandmother from the Ozark hills of Missouri, was one of our best customers. Each year, Ellie would buy 2 of our best, leather Thompson® Bibles. It took Ellie 6 months to read through each new Bible, and she filled every page with her notes and markings. Each Bible became her own personal, one-of-a-kind commentary volume as Ellie followed thousands of topics through the Chain-Reference® system. She did this for many years. Imagine the spiritual insight of this saintly woman!
Here's the Best Part. Every Christmas, Ellie would give her marked-up Thompson® Bibles as Christmas gifts to people she thought could benefit from them. One year she gave one to her pastor. He treasured this Bible, and often said that "Ellie's Thompson" was by far his best Bible reference tool! Imagine the reference tool you'd make for yourself after your own journey through a Thompson®. Picture the joy on your loved one's face when you give a Thompson®. A new Thompson is the best money can buy. A used Thompson® is even better!
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"When I entered Seminary I was given a Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible. I soon learned that this study Bible was worth more to me than a pot of gold."
-- Dr. Charles Stanley
Author, Preacher and Pastor of
First Baptist Church
"Few Bible study helps have been as universally used as the Thompson® Chain-Reference®."
-- Dr. James Kennedy
Radio Preacher and Pastor of
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
"The Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible provides a biblical road map that shows you how to get to your destination of understanding. Now to have it in the NASB translation makes it an even richer tool. This is a favorite among serious Bible students."
-- Kay Arthur
Author, Bible Teacher, Founder of Precept Ministries
"If one really desires to know the Bible, this is the greatest single book I have ever seen to inspire and help. I wish every preacher, teacher of the Word and Bible reader had a copy of this most useable and helpful of all Bibles."
-- Rev. Charles E. Fuller
Founder of Fuller Theological Seminary
"To Bible readers, Sunday school teachers, and all lovers of the Word, the Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible is worth its weight in gold."
-- Gypsy Smith
1860 - 1947
"I have had the privilege of wearing out four Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bibles-- King James Version-- since 1975, and it has been the most important aspect of my spiritual growth."
-- Pastor Ken Conrey
Kingston Springs, TN
"17 years ago I bought the only Bible I have ever and will ever recommend. That Bible was a Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible. The depth, clarity, and simplicity of its design make it the Bible to own for anyone who is serious about studying the Word of God."
-- James Trimm
"Thank you for the Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible. I don't know where I'd be today in my spiritual life if I had not purchased my first one in about 1974. I think I am on my fourth one, and never plan to be without one."
-- Rev. Bill Cornett
"I just wanted to write to you and let you know how much the Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible has meant to me. When I graduated from high school in Grand Junction, CO in 1938, my mother gave me a Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible. It was the greatest gift a man could own and something he would profit from more than anything else. I still have that Bible but have upgraded it with the newer issues. I now use four of them, including a large print and a loose-leaf copy. I married my wife because she used one and I thought that any girl who would carry a Bible that size and use it was worth having, and I have never been sorry I married her."
-- Larry Onan
"I've tried other Bibles through the years, but nothing works like a Thompson®. Thank you for making such a quality product."
-- Dr. Dennis Herrington
Ways To Use Your Thompson
There is nothing more intimate than your personal devotions. The Thompson Study System helps pinpoint your individual Bible needs and can aid you in a more personal quiet time and study of scripture. Get to know the Bible in a new and deeper way with the assistance of the Thompson Study System.
The Thompson Study System is a means to enhance Bible study in a group setting. The result can be a common bond for believers pursuing deeper understanding of scripture. As the Bible says, "Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together..." - The study of God's word in the presence of others is a powerful part of God's plan and enhances the strength and the accountability of an individual's faith.
During the process of having your personal devotions and studying the spiritual truths in the Bible, the need to communicate with God through prayer becomes essential. Your relationship with God becomes closer as you talk to Him. The Thompson Study System helps you understand who God really is in a deeper and more personal way. This richer understanding of God is enhanced through the prayers that we offer up to Him as we grow in grace, knowledge, and understanding of His Word.
Prominent seminaries and Bible schools throughout the country use the Thompson Study System to enhance the understanding of God's word for students and teachers alike. The Thompson has stood the test of time as a study tool that is unsurpassed in both scholarship and insight into God's holy scripture.
- Words of Jesus in red.
- Available in a variety of cover styles.
- Printed on high quality Bible paper.
- Pages gilded in 12 carat gold.*
- Smyth sewn pages for strength and durability.*
- Patented Reinforced tubular spine construction.
- Cloth ribbon page marker
- Font Style: New Century Schoolbook
- Text type sizes:
- Handy Size: 6 Point
- Regular Size: 8 Point
- Large Print: 9 Point
- Student Bible: 8 Point
- Treasure Study Bible: 8 Point
- Number of Pages:
- NIV Thompson Student Bible - 1814
- Treasure Study Bible KJV-1300
- Treausre Study Bible NIV-1819
*Note: All Hardcover editions have white page edges and are not sewn.
- Updated archaeological supplement with photos and maps.
- Revised Concordance.
- Outline studies of each book of the Bible.
- Bible character studies.
- Journey maps.
- Bible harmonies and illustrated studies.
- 16 pages of exclusie full-color maps.
- Over 10,000 references connected directly or indirectly through the Thompson Study System. Alphabetical & Numerical indexes that allow you to trace any of the
- 8,000 topics througout the bible.
Deluxe Genuine Leather
Smooth and luxurious leather with a fine grain. This flexible binding with its rich color comes wrapped around the Thompson Chain which is printed on India Paper; includes a ribbon marker.
Beautiful bonded leather with the look and feel of fine genuine leather. This affordably priced Thompson offers India Paper and a ribbon marker.
A perfect binding for desk and home use which offers all the features and helps of the Thompson Chain Reference Study System and also offers India Paper.
- Regular Size: 7" x 9-1/2"
- Large Print: 7-1/2" x 10-1/2"
- Handy Size: 6" x 8-1/4"
Your Thompson Instant Use Guide
Welcome to the Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible, a true study Bible -- because the Thompson Study System is fully self-directed, you choose both WHAT and HOW to study the Bible in ways that will best meet your own personal needs and interests.
Since there is no other study Bible like this, at first glance the Thompson Study System may look unfamiliar -- maybe even a little difficult. But, it's really very easy to use -- intuitive, actually.
To demonstrate just how easy the Thompson Study System is to use, here is everything you need to know so you can make INSTANT USE of the personalized and meaningful Bible study tools unique to the Thompson Study System!
Three Easy to Use Keys
Unlock the Exhaustive Thompson Study System
1. The Margins of Each Page of the Bible give you clear directions to the specific location of your next chosen study item -- and other study helps as well.
A. Keys for Studying each Bible book -- providing basic information you can use to develope your own study of each book of the Bible.
B. Chapter Analysis -- for every chapter of the Bible.
C. Topical Guide Number -- the heart of the Thompson Study System. It allows you to identify and locate every verse in the Bible on more than 8,000 biblical topics! Use this number also to find the first reference in the Bible to the topic you are studying.
D. Chain-Reference -- the unique Thompson feature that points you directly to the next verse in the Bible on the topic you are studying.
E. Complete Verse Analysis -- shows the topics and themes of every verse of the Bible and provides easy reference to every other verse on the same theme or topic!
F. Parallel Passages (p.p.) -- lists other Bible passages that cover the same topic.
2. Two important INDEXES -- conveniently located immediately following the last page of the actual text of Scripture -- provide immediate links and guides to every topic, theme, person, place, and event wherever it is mentioned -- anywhere in Scripture.
A. Alphabetical Index (it may be called "General Index" in your particular Bible -- depending on the actual edition you have purchased from TheStudyBible.com)
- Alphabetically lists every significant topic, theme, person, place, and event in the Bible
- Includes items found in the maps, charts, databases, and special Thompson materials as well as the Bible text itself
- Every listing includes the Topical Guide Number tied to the Numerical Index where you will find the complete listing for the topic, its contents, and all of its locations in the Bible
B. Numerical Index (it may be called "Index to Chain Topics" or "The Condensed Cyclopedia of Topics and Texts" -- in your particular Bible -- depending on the actual edition you have purchased from TheStudyBible.com)
- Numerically lists every topic, theme, person, place, or event in The Thompson Study System according to the Topical Guide Number
- Gives the first biblical reference in each Chain-Reference -- so you can go to that reference and follow the topic step-by-step through the entire Bible
- Also lists all verses on each topic -- so you can find a specific verse on the topic you are studying
By using this exhaustive Index to find the specific areas you wish to study, you can develope your own study program and see how each related verse and its context add to your understanding and personal spiritual growth.
3. Comprehensive Informational Databases
Over 75 practical features arranged in 10 departments offer on-the spot help for nearly any Bible study question you may encounter.
In the Comprehensive Reference Section of Bible Helps, you will quickly and easily find:
- Well-known facts and information you need
- Hard-to-find data on literally thousands of Bible topics, locations, events, and personalities
- Suggestions on How to Memorize and Study the Bible
- Outline Studies of the Bible, Bible Character Studies, Bible Harmonies and Illustrated Studies
- Lists of the Great Passages, Chapters, and Memory Verses of the Bible
- Ideas on How to Mark Your Bible for Immediate Recognition
- Helps for Christian Work and Witnessing
- Almost innumerable facts, figures, distances, dates, offices and calendars of Bible time
- And much much, much more!
To begin this adventure -- or to find specific information you want, consult the list called "Comprehensive Bible Helps" on the page immediately following the Table of Contents.
That's it -- Three Easy to Use Keys unlock The Best Way to Study the Bible..all right at your fingertips with the Thompson Study System!
This free guide is brought to you by The Study Bible.com
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