Zondervan releases NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible

May 2022 – Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is proud to announce the release of Zondervan’s Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible in the New International Version (NIV). This is the first updated and revised edition of a Thompson Chain Reference Bible since Zondervan acquired the line from Kirkbride Bible Company in 2020.

“We are honored to continue the legacy of the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible through the publication of this edition – the first Thompson available in Comfort Print®,” said Melinda Bouma, vice president and publisher of Bibles for Zondervan. “We are beyond excited to introduce this timeless resource to a brand-new audience of Bible readers through its publication in the bestselling NIV. It is our hope that it will become a beloved resource to all who engage with it.”

With an acclaimed patented reference system, the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible is a well-recognized topical study Bible that has been in publication for more than 100 years. First published in 1908, it now contains more than 100,000 references, covering over 8,000 topics, making the chain-reference system an ideal tool for comprehensive topical study. The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible also offers a library of additional study resources that allows 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 typeface for easy reading. Expertly designed specifically to be used for the NIV text, Comfort Print offers an easier reading experience that complements the most widely read modern-English Bible translation. This edition has also been updated with a two-color page design. Features include:

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear NIV
  • Easy-to-understand Chain-Reference System with over 100,000 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
  • Two double-sided 3/8-inch-wide satin ribbon markers
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print typeface
  • 9.5-point print size

HarperCollins Christian Publishing announced the acquisition of the Thompson® Chain-Reference® Bible from Kirkbride Bible Company in December 2020 and released the Zondervan Thompson® Chain-Reference Bible in the King James Version (KJV); New King James Version (NKJV); New American Study Bible (NASB), 1977 text; and the English Standard Version (ESV) in June 2021.

Learn more about Zondervan’s Thompson Chain Reference Bibles.

About Zondervan: Zondervan, a worldwide leading Christian publisher of books and Bibles, is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. Its publications include a variety of Bible translations for all ages; books in different genres and subject areas for the general reader; curriculum for individual and group Bible study; books for children and young adults; academic resources including textbooks and reference books; ministry resources; and books on faith and culture. Zondervan is located in Grand Rapids, MI. For more information, visit www.zondervan.com.

About Comfort Print: Zondervan Bibles teamed up with 2K/Denmark, the world’s foremost Bible typeface foundry, to create exclusive Comfort Print Bible fonts. Comfort Print Bibles are easy to read at any size because the typeface was designed to be both efficient and readable. Zondervan Bibles believes that the beauty of the message should be reflected in the physical form of the book. Choosing the right typeface is one significant element in creating beautiful Bibles.



NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible

NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible