Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index

  Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index (BCI) solves a problem I’ve had for years. I buy a new Bible, learn the ins-and-outs of all the study helps, and use it until the Bible falls apart, then start over again with a new Bible. One of the frustrations with a new Bible is the unfamiliar ways the study helps are arranged. Finally, with Nelson’s BCI, I can continue to use the familiar study helps regardless of which Bible I have. I highly recommend this for every student of the Bible.

The BCI is not complete, however. Here is one example: the word heaven is shown on page V as being one of the word studies. The Hebrew word is printed beside it. However, shamayim is not identified as Hebrew either on that page or on page 220 where the details are given. Since the word heaven is used in both the Old and New Testaments, I would have expected the authors to provide the Greek word ouranos as well. They do not. I find this strange since most of the scripture references come from the New Testament, which uses the Greek word. Nevertheless, the features, layout and scripture outlines make it an index worth keeping in anyone’s library.