NIV Thompson Chain Reference Bible (Brown Imitation Leather With Thumb Index)


An easy-to-learn, easy-to-use tool for topical Bible study

With over 100,000 references listed in the Bible’s margins, covering over 8,000 topics, the Thompson(R) Chain-Reference(R) Bible is an ideal tool for comprehensive topical study. The chain-reference system enables you to search the breadth of Scripture’s teachings on thousands of topics and allows you to follow those topics throughout the entire Bible. Beloved and acclaimed for more than five generations, this unique reference Bible is unparalleled in its ability to enrich personal devotions, topical study, and sermon preparation.

The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible also offers a library of additional study resources, including biographical sketches, illustrated studies, maps, and charts. The alphabetical and numerical indexes make it easy to find any topic you wish to study, explore, or speak about. These tools together allow readers to interpret the Bible using related scripture passages rather than consulting a commentary.

The NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible is printed in Zondervan’s exclusive NIV Comfort Print(R) typeface for easy reading. Expertly designed specifically to be used for the New International Version (NIV) text, Comfort Print offers an easier reading experience that complements the most widely read modern-English Bible translation. It also features a fresh, two-color design that preserves the original look of the chain-reference system, while making each page cleaner and easier to read.


  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-understand chain-reference system with over 100,000 topical references
  • Alphabetical and numerical indexes highlight study materials for over 8,000 topics, each with its own topic number, for exhaustive topical study
  • An extensive study resource section includes biographical sketches, illustrated studies of the Bible, a concordance, Bible harmonies, and many other helpful study tools
  • Fresh, two-color page design
  • 66 book introductions
  • 16-page full-color map section with map index
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Presentation page for gift-giving
  • Two double-sided 3/8-inch wide satin ribbon markers
  • Thumb indexed to make finding the books of the Bible easier
  • Leathersoft(TM) cover lies flat when open
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print typeface
  • 9.5-point print size

In 1890, creator of the Thompson Chain-Reference system, Dr. Frank Charles Thompson, began working on the “chain-links” that became the foundation of the unique Thompson referencing system. The Kirkbride Bible Company, Inc., published the first complete Thompson Chain-Reference Bible in 1908 and continued that legacy for over 100 years, adding visual, maps, archeological insights, and over 100,000 references. Now, Zondervan Bibles is excited to take the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible forward, and to continue to steward this important brand with new revised and expanded editions.

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