I had deliberated for a long time whether I would get the 2 volume set of Balancing the Sword booksby Allen B. Wolf. They are pricey and I wondered if they were worth the money. I was also concerned that they might be either wimpy on the bible or off on some un-biblical tangent or my personal pet peeve get things totally wrong like who shut the door on the ark. I got a set of ‘damaged’ books at a significant discount and decided that I could not pass these up to at least look at and I could resell if they were not usable by our family. I am NOT sorry I got them and they are well worth full price!
Here is a breakdown of their contents:
The questions are all objective in nature.
The questions are in proportion to the Text.
The questions are all unique.
The cross references are included for virtually all questions.
All but 6 questions have cross references.
The cross references within the same book are listed in italics.
The materials include space for notes.
The materials can structure annual studies lasting multiple years or short studies lasting a day.
The questions are divided by book and by chapter.
The answer key is in the back.
The questions retain the rich titles of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.
The software on the single CD (included) will create a completely customized reading schedule in minutes.
Some of the questions require using math to answer.
Allen Wolf used a mathematical formula to determine the number of questions to create for each chapter. On average, every 2.7 verses is targeted by a question. As a result, virtually all the major points of each chapter and book are highlighted through the questions. They are designed to facilitate a detailed and general study of the Text.
He states that his primary goal in creating this study aid was to outline the basic facts of each chapter. He also attempted to target each prophecy that was specifically fulfilled later in Scripture. Verses revealing surprising information were also favorites. Likewise, critical commands were a focus. Finally, difficult points to find were sometimes chosen to help the reader gauge his or her comprehension.
But that is not all!! There is a chart of weights and measures used in the Bible. Additionally there are some images created by the author or his assistant. Most were gathered from the public domain, but were improved or modified from their original condition, making them copyrighted, but the images can be purchased in a digital form for a fraction of the production cost. (I have not checked into this but would like to!)
There are also lots and lots of quotes from various sources.
We really enjoy using them in our chronological reading of the bible!