With notes by Robert Wolgemuth, Thomas Nelson has devotional-style bible geared to fathers, and just in time for their special day. The embossed hardcover book is not meant to be a traditional study bible, noticeable by the use of the New Century Version, but to be used by fathers in ‘daddy situations.’
It is wholly conservative evangelical in its approach to biblical headship, the authority of the husband, and other issues (found int he Q & A section in the appendix) such as Creation. The notes are arranged into several topic including ‘Walking in Authority’, ‘Godly Character’, ‘Passing it On’, ‘Dads in the Bible’, ‘Building your Children’, and ‘Insights.’ Unlike the Mom’s Bible, which is the companion to the Dad’s bible, the notes system focuses on the authority of the husband.
The Question and Answer Section in the appendix covers a variety of modern day questioning, such as,
- Did Jesus Have to Go to School? (1375)
- Is it wrong to be rich (1361)
- Can Scientists Prove that Creation isn’t true? (1355)
Thoroughly evangelical in its answers, the Dad’s Bible attempts to answer the questions for its conservative audiences generally basing their answers on previous works, all referenced for further reading, as well to biblical texts. Each book is prefaced with an introduction in, much like the NCV, modern day language. Sometimes, you will find the introduction as an allegory. Rarely will you find theological insights, but this bible is not meant to be this – it is a devotional. So too the Topics found throughout the bible. The bible is based on the NCV, which may be too loose for many. It might do Thomas Nelson well to off the Dad’s and Mom’s bible in something more traditional.
The bible is aesthetic in its appearance, from its embossed cover to its ‘aged’ look on the pages. It would make a nice gift to fathers in the evangelical tradition, new or old.
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