Go beyond just reading the Bible.
Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping means using Bible study tools to research what you’ve just read in the Bible—to learn more about what God is saying to you and how you can apply his Word to your life today.
In the NIV Verse Mapping Bible, author Kristy Cambron expands her verse mapping curriculum series to include verses from the entire Bible, showing you how to compare Bible translations, pick out meaningful words, and delve into the true meaning of each verse using starter verse maps and prompts. Verse mapping will help you study the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse. This unique study technique includes exploring Hebrew and Greek word studies, finding connections in Scripture, comparing Bible translations, and learning as much as you can from your time in God’s Word.
Verse mapping involves five steps:
- Choose: Select a verse and write it out.
- Compare: Record this verse in two or three other Bible translations and underline key words that are the same or different between translations.
- Research: Look up the Hebrew or Greek meaning for the underlined words and record it.
- Consider: Ask questions of the verse. Imagine what it would be like to have experienced what’s happening. Read the verses surrounding this verse and use other study tools to dig even deeper, if you prefer.
- Apply: What is God saying to you? How does this verse relate to your life today?
- Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
- Guided instructions on how verse mapping works, how to start, and how to get the most from your mapping
- 350 partially completed verse maps with pre-selected verses in multiple Bible translations and helpful Hebrew or Greek word studies
- Includes directions on how to use the Reverse Interlinear feature on BibleGateway.com to research the Greek and Hebrew translations for these 350 verses for free
- More than 70 blank verse maps for your own inductive Bible study journey
- 66 book introductions
- Presentation page
- Topical index
- Satin ribbon marker
- Cloth over board cover lays flat when open
- Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface
- 8-point print size
Verse mapping itself has been talked about and gaining popularity now for a while, and so it’s both not surprising as well as entirely exciting to see a Bible dedicated to it released. At the very end of 2019 I was introduced to Inductive Bible study and I’ve absolutely loved it, and some of the similarities are what have drawn me to the verse mapping. I like that the Bible is set up in such a way that anyone can dive right in even if they aren’t exactly sure how it works yet. Unlike the Verse Mapping Journal where all the fields are blank for you to choose your verses and content, the Bible has preselected verses and does some of the work for you. The selected verse is rewritten in the NIV at the top. Then for the Design category it is shared in the NKJV and NASB translations. In the Develop section 2-3 words are selected to look at from the original Greek or Hebrew definitions. The Actions and Outcome sections are the ones left blank (aside from their questions), for you to think through and fill out. It’s also nice that there are wide margins with lines for you to add further notes and such from your study. As with pretty much any Bible, the pages aren’t incredibly thick so I would recommend making sure you have pens that won’t bleed through the paper. I used one of the notes pages at the end to test some of the ones I have. I’ve personally found that the water-based fineliners are what work best for me.
I can already tell I am going to love this Bible, and I’ve alrighty started to dive right in. For anyone interested in learning more and/or joining a group to go through it together, I highly recommend looking it up on Facebook. There’s quite a community of support there and some great ideas that people have come up with to get even more out of their personal study time. I love that this Bible challenges us to dig deeper into God’s Word and get a better understanding of what it says and what that means for us. Whether it’s the Bible, the journal, or both I would highly recommend checking verse mapping out for yourself if you haven’t already!
*I received a copy of this Bible through the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.