Sunday, September 28, 2014

NIV First-Century Study Bible... a book review


The NIV First Century Study Bible

Publisher: Zondervan / Harper Collins
Available: September 9, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-310-93890-3
Hardback price: $49.99

Publisher's Description:

Experience the Bible through the eyes of a first-century disciple by exploring the cultural, religious, and historical background of the Bible. This Bible allows you to understand God’s Word in its original cultural context, bringing Scripture to life by providing fresh understanding to familiar passages, beloved stories and all the Scripture in between. The NIV First-Century Study Bible invites you into the questions, stories, and interpretations—both ancient and modern—which introduce you to a world vastly different from your own.  Let us read with an eye on the past and with our feet planted in our present questions and circumstances.  Join Kent Dobson as he unpacks the culture of Bible times, and illuminates Scripture passages while asking thoughtful questions along the way.
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I was thrilled to have the chance to review the NIV First-Century Study Bible from Zondervan.  I had just started an Old Testament Literature class as college and knew this would be a great help in understanding many Old Testament passages.  I was not disappointed!  This new study Bible introduces the reader to explore the Biblical culture in a more meaningful way. 

Special features of this Bible include...
     -  book introductions and outlines for each book of the Bible
     -  study notes for understanding and challenging the reader through thought-provoking questions
     -  word studies to better understand the scriptures
     -  "Addressing the Text Articles" that delve deeper into the passages of scripture
     -  "Day in the Life Articles" to help modern-day readers to understand the Biblical culture

The NIV First-Century Study Bible even included the type of literature found in each book  This was so helpful to me in my current course as it reinforced the best way to interpret that particular book.

Thank you Zondervan for this wonderful study Bible - bringing Biblical times and culture to life for today's reader.  I look forward to mining more of God's Word with the NIV First-Century Study Bible.

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of NIV First-Century Study Bible from Zondervan and Harper Collins Publishing's BookLook Bloggers program for my honest review.



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