Right on the heels of my video on my King James Study Bible, Second Edition Comparison, I’m very excited to be doing a video on how to navigate thumb-indexed Bibles (Thompson Chain Reference Bible or otherwise)!
In this video, I’ll be showing you some great tips I’ve learned over the last 15+ years of owning a Thompson Chain Reference Bible for knowing exactly where to find the best features in this bible using a standard thumb-indexed system of navigation.
I’ll also be sharing some other tips and tricks on simple methods of note-taking and study you can easily apply to your own Bible studies.
Thumb Index Tips (Thinking Backwards)
- For thumb indexes (T.I.) with more than one book (1-2 COR. GAL.): to find the last book, go to the next T.I. (EPH. PHIL. COL.) and flip BACKWARDS instead of forwards.
- Go to “INDEX” or “A-Z INDEX” T.I. and flip back one page to find “Principles of Bible Study,” “Best Methods of Study,” and “Comprehensive Bible Helps” index.
- Go to “HELPS” or “CHAIN INDEX” T.I. and flip back one page to find a blank page for taking notes.
- Go to “ARCH” T.I. and flip back a few pages for useful study tools and “Places for Religious Worship” section.
- Go to “CONC.” T.I. and flip back one page to easily find #4452—The Glossary of Old English and Archaic Words.
- Go to “CONC.” T.I. and flip back to before the Glossary to find the Hebrew Calendar.
- To create your very own Thumb indexes, utilize post-it notes: Place the post-it note to the RIGHT side of the page sticking out just over the tab for the NEXT set of books. This overlapping creates a new thumb index!
“Thumb Index Tips” and “Bonus Tip” © 2014 Eric Beaty
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Question: Do you have some tips on navigating Thumb-Indexed Bibles you would like to share? If you own a Thompson Chain Bible, what are some of your favorite features? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it.