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The Subject Bible - What is it? Is it worth $150?
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During the ACC-Big 10 Challenge, I saw a new infomercial for The Subject Bible (htt p://e brary direc /prod uct.p hp?pr oduct id=16 148), featuring the man who created it, Everett Gaddy, with Bishop Sean Teal ( (Teal has replaced the goofy Jerry "Mr. Bible Trumpet" Goff whose credentials as an academic were suspect.) Little is known about Gaddy, other than he is "a Tennessee bible salesman". (Teal is based in Chattanooga.)

The two men hawk the absurdly overpriced Bible while seated in a large, empty church decorated in purple. For $150, you can get the Bible itself along with a few extras.

What is The Subject Bible? It's two public-domain books bound together. You get the public-domain KJV Bible text (1611) along with "A complete analysis of the Holy Bible, or The whole Bible arranged in subjects" (1869). So Gaddy is making money off of the public domain. I wouldn't mind if he was printing these books and selling them for a reasonable price. But his over-the-top ridiculous sales pitch for The Subject Bible rubs me the wrong way. I'll save you the $150. Get a KJV reference Bible for $20 and here's Nave's Topical Bible online (htt p://w blest udyto ols.c om/co ncord ances /nave s-top ical- bible /) which is much larger anyway.

But what is The Subject Bible? The first half is a KJV. Words in the KJV text have been underlined, and notes about these words appear at the end of the verse. Genesis 1:1 is an example. Look carefully at this image (htt ps:// www.t hekjv store .com/ conte nt/2c 8b_SU BJECT Genes is1Sa mple. jpg) and this one (htt p://w ww.eb raryd irect .com/ image s/D/s ubjec t-bib le-5. jpg). Both show the word God underlined, and the note says YHWH. But this is wrong. The word in Genesis 1:1 is Elohim (Strong's Hebrew #430). I wonder if this mistake reflects the overall quality of The Subject Bible?

The second half is "A complete analysis of the Holy Bible, or The whole Bible arranged in subjects" by Roswell D. Hitchcock ( If you want to read this text, it's available online ( There, I just saved you $150!

Gaddy makes a big deal out of the fact that this subject arrangement is non-denominational and completely neutral as far as theology goes. Yet he never discloses the fact that The Subject Bible uses "The whole Bible arranged in subjects" by Hitchcock. You may or may not agree with Hitchcock's theology, but you ought to at least know who he is. I had never heard of him. I can find out nothing about his theology. Any book which slices up the Bible by subject necessarily makes some sort of theological judgment about what the verses mean. There's also the problem of taking verses out of context, which is what any Bible arranged by subjects does. I'm not saying a subject Bible can't be useful, but like any tool it should be used with caution.

(Note that Power Publishing is also behind The Rainbow Bible, which is also sold at an absurdly high price via infomercial. What's funny is that you can get The Rainbow Bible in stores for a normal price, so I don't know who buys it from the infomercial. I saw one of these in a bookstore once, and the colors would drive me nuts trying to read the text. At least The Rainbow Bible had the girl with the purple sweater, who probably sold more Bibles than the elderly Gaddy.)

If anyone knows anything about Gaddy, please let me know. Information about him is impossible to find.

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Blog Item7/11/14 8:55 AM
drjimmy  Find all comments by drjimmy
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i got a subject bible i got it 75 dollars
that bible worth more than you think

Blog Item12/27/13 9:34 PM
Vette | Washington  Find all comments by Vette
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Well, I thought it was quite pricey as being presented on television. But that is the cost on other websites too ($150). I am glad I came across your analysis, which tells of other options to getting the same information but less expensive and from some very good resources I might add.

Blog Item10/25/13 1:49 PM
Alyce | Los Angeles  Find all comments by Alyce
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I was suspicious about some of the same issues you addressed, especially the issue of context. Thanks for the info. It was enlightening.

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