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Ancient-Modern Bible: The Bible 2,000 Years in the Making

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The Ancient-Modern Bible is an opportunity for you to experience the Word of God with fresh eyes, as a member of the global and historical community of faith.

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Click to enlarge: the Ancient-Modern Bible includes commentary from Christian thinkers, from past and present

A Bible that’s been 2,000 years in the making, the Ancient-Modern Bible features all-new book introductions, articles, and commentary from voices both ancient and modern to help readers experience the Word of God in light of history and current day. Read the Bible alongside Augustine, Luther, Graham, and others—and discover the rich wisdom of ages past and present; the inheritance of every follower of Christ.

Click to enlarge: the Ancient-Modern Bible design is in full color

“Christians are members of a unique community with a unique text,” says Daniel Marrs, publisher, Thomas Nelson Bible Group. “The church and the Bible are at once ancient and modern, sacred and everyday. The Ancient-Modern Bible uniquely embodies those realities, through both design and content. Beautiful modern typography and design standards blend seamlessly with sacred art and the insights of Christian thinkers, both past and present, to create a Bible that presents Scripture as holy and unique while speaking accessibly to today’s Christian.”

From the Introduction

When you pick up the Bible and begin reading, you’re not alone; you’re joined by a vibrant, ancient-modern community of readers and interpreters, students of the Word, worshipers of God.

This fellowship stretches across the globe, encompassing charismatic Anglicans in Singapore, non- denominational Baptists in London, and Orthodox believers in Rio de Janeiro. And it’s a fellowship that reaches back through time, from the very earliest disciples of Jesus living in Jerusalem, through the second- century converts in Roman- ruled Africa and Europe, to medieval monastics, and onward to reformers, pietists, missionaries, revivalists, and more.

This church community mosaic has always been held together by the book you’re holding in your hands— the living Word of God. Despite the debates and divisions that mark church history, Christians at all times and in all places have been united by their love of Scripture and their desire to encounter God in its pages.

The Ancient-Modern Bible reflects that reality. Every aspect is designed to remind you that, as you read the Word of God, you’re a part of a sacred communion made up of believers past and present. As you dive in, you’ll notice a beautiful layout that purposefully juxtaposes ancient elements (such as golden ornamental drop caps and marginal commentary) with modern design and typography.

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Click to enlarge: the Ancient-Modern Bible includes dozens of biographies

In-text Bible commentary from Christian thinkers, past and present, including Augustine, Charles Spurgeon, Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eugene Peterson, and N. T. Wright. Dozens of biographies highlight influential church leaders throughout history. Full color design uniquely blends modern typography with traditional, sacred elements.

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Features of the Ancient-Modern Bible include:

  • Full-color design that uniquely blends cutting edge modern typography and layout with traditional, sacred elements
  • Bible commentary from church thinkers of the past and present, from Huss to Keller, from Chrysostom to Spurgeon, from Aquinas to Wright
  • Biographies of church leaders and thinkers
  • Doctrine and history articles on significant councils, creeds, and controversies
  • Sacred art from throughout church history
  • Easy-to-read 8.5-point print size in Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print®

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The Ancient-Modern Bible (website) is published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the parent company of Bible Gateway.

About Comfort Print®
Read on! Settle in and spend more time in the Bible without eyestrain. Comfort Print® is an exclusive new family of fonts expertly designed to allow your eyes to relax as they flow smoothly along the lines of text. To learn more about the new Comfort Print® fonts, visit

About the NKJV™ (@NKJVbible)
Commissioned in 1975 by Thomas Nelson Publishers, 130 respected Bible scholars, church leaders, and lay Christians worked for seven years to create a completely new, modern translation of Scripture, yet one that would retain the purity and stylistic beauty of the original King James. With unyielding faithfulness to the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts, the NKJV translation applies the most recent research in archaeology, linguistics, and textual studies.

About Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson (@ThomasNelson) is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit

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