Tuesday, August 25, 2015

#REVIEW: NIV Zondervan Study Bible

Title: NIV Zondervan Study Bible
Series: none
Editor: D A Carson 
Published Date: Aug 25, 2015
Publisher: Zondervan
Format: hardback
Pages: 2912
ISBN: 9780310438335
Genre: bible
Purchase: Amazon - Zondervan

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D. A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. An ambitious and comprehensive undertaking, Dr. Carson, with committee members Dr. T. Desmond Alexander, Dr. Richard S. Hess, Dr. Douglas J. Moo, and Dr. Andrew David Naselli, along with a team of over 60 contributors from a wide range of evangelical denominations and perspectives, crafted all-new study notes and other study tools to present a biblical theology of God’s special revelation in the Scriptures. To further aid the readers’ understanding of the Bible, also included are full-color maps, charts, photos and diagrams. In addition, a single-column setting of the Bible text provides maximum readability.
The accessible and fresh interior design will capture your attention and enhance your study experience. Along with your purchase, you’ll also receive free electronic access to the NIV Zondervan Study Bible.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. First of all, this Bible is massive, almost 5 full pounds, which unless you’re planning on bashing people upside the head with it at church, you may want to consider leaving it at home. It does lie flat when open, which is a good thing when you are using it as your study bible. There isn’t much room for writing in it, in fact there’s not much room for anything. The top half of the page is the Scripture, while the bottom half is verse by verse notes. Each genre of books has a nice commentary and history behind it, with beautiful colored pictures. Each book has the same sort of introduction, with the main themes and history of the book before the actual Scripture stars. The contributing authors are mostly men, and mostly European, but they do span the spectrum when it comes to Christian denomination. This can give a broader view on the commentary than if it were just from a few denominations.  Overall, this Bible is beautifully put together, and a joy to use. My only drawback that I see is that it really is a Bible that stays at home. 

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