The Readable Bible

Modern Formatting

Genealogy of Abraham, Genesis 25
Instead of sentences in paragraphs:

  • Genealogies are presented as family trees, and the line of Jesus is highlighted.
  • Census numbers are presented in census tables.
  • Law code is presented in outline format as in modern law books.
  • Poetry and theological passages are presented in cascading text.
  • Digressions in the text are separated by callouts so readers can easily see where the digression begins and ends.

Callouts and footnotes:

  • Define words that are used in the Bible and not used in secular life (for example, Urim and Thummim).
  • Define words that are common, but commonly misunderstood.
  • Provide insights into ancient culture and historical context.
  • Provide a literal translation whenever a thought-for-thought translation is given.

Study Aids

The life of Jacob mapped out in visual form
Each book has:

  • Maps – Movements of individuals, groups, and armies are shown on maps that are keyed to the text and located near the section describing the action.
  • Glossary – Words which appear in the book three or more times, and are not commonly used in secular conversation, are placed in a glossary.
  • Table of Persons – A table lists everyone in the book, their key relationships, the important events in their lives, and the chapters in which they are mentioned.
  • Subject Index – A subject index is provided for easier topical study.
  • Table of Contents – All the headings are organized in a Table of Contents so readers can easily locate information.
  • Familiar Verses Listing – Familiar verses are provided in the back of the book with their address so readers can locate them quickly and then read them in their context.
  • Illustrations – Illustrations enhance understanding (e.g., the temple and its furniture, Nehemiah’s wall).