NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible

Posted December 15, 2018 by thebeccafiles in / 2 Comments


Marvel at the big story; savor each detail

Biblical Theology allows you to ponder the individual stories and themes of Scripture while observing how they all fit together in God’s grand biblical narrative.

With three articles introducing Biblical theology and 25 articles unpacking key themes of Scripture, the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible equips you to follow the progressive unfolding of God’s story. Helpful introductions to books and sections of the Bible combined with 20,000 verse-by-verse study notes will guide you to a clearer understanding of every portion of Scripture.

•Previously published as NIV Zondervan Study Bible
•The full text of the New International Version (NIV), the most widely read Bible translation in contemporary English, trusted for its combination of accuracy, readability, and beauty
•28 theologically rich articles by authors such as Tim Keller and
Kevin DeYoung
•20,000 verse-by-verse study notes
•Hundreds of full-color photos, more than 90 maps, and over 60 charts
•Comprehensive book introductions
•Over 60 trusted contributors
•Cross-references and the NIV Comprehensive Concordance
•Single-column, black letter edition
•Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface
•9.1-point print size

My Review:

Due to high demand I had to wait a bit for this one, but after receiving my copy I have to say it was worth the wait!

Out of the box the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible is what I would call a “beast” of a Bible. It weighs in at almost 4.5 pounds and is 2.5 inches thick. For the size alone I’d be more likely to use it at home than lugging it back and forth to church, but the amount of content added to this Bible leads to no complaint from me. This Bible is packed with not only the expected study notes with charts, maps, and graphs, but also contains hundreds of photos and ancient drawings and artifacts. When the description advertises comprehensive book introductions, it’s not making it up. Each book introduction is several pages long and not only shares about the content contained, but the history and context around it. I live in modern day Western New York. It’s safe to say that my world looks nothing like it did for Adam, Noah, David, Jesus, or anyone else in the Bible. I’ve never been overseas so the climate and landscape is foreign to me. This Bible attempts to fill in some of those gaps for a fuller understanding.

There is a lot to say for the images contained in this Bible. Some are photographs of what Biblical locations look like today. Others are drawings or diagrams of what items or locations would have looked like. There are images of ancient art including paintings and photographs of objects. There are images of some of the ancient texts. There are illustrations that depicting some of the clothing described in the scriptures. There is plenty of content added to help get a fuller picture of Biblical times and places.

Following Revelation there are multiple articles on topics such as “The Gospel,” “Sin,” “Death and Resurrection,” “Mission,” and much more. They’re only 2-3 pages each so certainly manageable to read through. After that is a pretty extensive concordance compared to what is often seen at the end of Bibles.

The only thing I didn’t find as advertised was the two ribbon markers. I’ve seen it on the description on some sites but not others. The copy I received didn’t have any ribbon markers. Not a huge deal but figured it was worth the mention.

Overall I find this Bible to be a great resource. There’s a significant amount of content added to certainly make it worth your while. This is a great find for people interested in learning more about the Biblical context of the places and times surrounding Biblical events, and who like the presence of helpful study materials. This Bible basically recommends itself. It’s one I could easily suggest as a great find.

*I received a copy of this Bible from Zondervan Publishers through BookLook Bloggers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

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