The Henry Morris Study Bible
The Henry Morris Study Bible, King James Version. Green Forest: Master Books, 2012. 2,215 pp. $39.99. Purchase at Amazon for much less.
The good men and women at Master Books are at it again. This time, they have published a study Bible that deals expressly with the importance of a literal 7-day creation understanding of Genesis 1.
For those who are not aware of who Henry Morris (1918-2006) was, he was the author of classic Creationist works such as The Genesis Flood, Evolution and the Modern Christian, and Scientific Creationism among many others. He is perhaps best known for founding The Institute of Creation Research in 1970
The translation used for this particular study Bible is the King James Version. The goal is to defend the scientific accuracy of a “recent special creation” and seeks to resolve supposed contradictions between history and biblical doctrine.
Obviously, the importance of this study Bible is that it is a Bible – the inerrant Word of God. Second, this study Bible seeks to defend a literal seven day Creation account through study notes compiled through extensive study. At over 2,200 pages, it is clear that there are many notes (10,000+) throughout the entire Bible that points the reader and student back to Genesis 1 as the foundation of our faith.
Each testament and book of the Bible is introduced with cross references found at the end of each verse instead of below in a footer or in the center of the text. Included are 22 appendices that are extremely beneficial to the student. For example, the chronology of the Patriarchs in Genesis and the internal designs found in the Bible top the list.
An interesting twist on the appendices, however, is the look outside the Bible. There is one appendix that lists the many Bible-believing scientists in history and a look at the Creationist faith of the founding fathers of the United States of America.
I was impressed with the study notes found in this Creation-apologetic study Bible. Many of the notes delved into the original language (tense, mood and person). This is important as it aids the student to better understand authorial intent and meaning. While not every study note deals directly with Creation, they all increase one’s understanding that the Word of God has been faithfully transmitted down to us today.
What I found most interesting were the additional appendices that led the reader to move outside the Bible. The various lists are helpful, especially for the science student looking to defend the Bible in class, even if unique. For example, appendix five looks at the various global processes that indicate a recent creation. There are 68.
That being said, arguably the most beneficial appendix in this work is number 11. Here we have a list of the quotations or allusions to Genesis found in the New Testament. They list 200.
It is extremely easy to get a study Bible and forget that you are purchasing a Bible – the Word of God. I say that because The Henry Morris Study Bible is an excellent resource because of the plethora of study notes. This resource is excellent for anyone who is in school (home or not). If you are a believer in a literal 7-day Creation, you will want to own this book. If you are taking a science class at the high school or, more importantly, the college level, I believe this particular study Bible would be a most important addition to your apologetic repertoire.