(Book Review) NIV Faithlife Study Bible


Reviewed by: Dennis E. Hensley, communications professor at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana.

 


Introduction

Title: NIV Faithlife Study Bible

Author: Commentaries added by 30 biblical scholars.

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: March 2017

Format: Hardbound Print book

Length: 2,264 pages

OVERVIEW

Although the New International Version of the Bible provides its original footnotes and cross references, this new version of the NIV greatly expands upon that. There are sections on “How to Study the Bible,” “Timeline of Biblical History,” and a series of 30 insightful articles, such as “Contending for the Faith” by Lee Strobel, “True Discipleship” by Charles Stanley, “Why a Good God Allows Suffering” by Randy Alcorn, and “Should Christians Follow Old Testament Law?” by Timothy Keller. The book is filled with amazing charts, such as “Pagan Dieties of the Old Testament,” which supplements the notes in Ezekiel, and “Miracles of Jesus,” which supplements the notes in John. Its footnotes on each page give insights on biblical history, regional culture, time-era politics, military invasions, translations of key words, and comparison verses found in other books of scripture. A detailed concordance helps readers locate key words and passages and events quickly, and a series of maps at the end of the book help show historical perspectives on everything from the route of the exodus to the various missionary journeys of Peter, Paul, and Philip.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

This is called a study Bible because it is designed for anyone who wishes to do in-depth analysis of the books of the Bible. This is very content-heavy, so it is perfect for those who have been in the faith a long time and wish to grow even wiser in the lessons of scripture or those who are new to the faith and wish to make a serious study of the Bible’s content.

Christian Impact

The joys of seeing how the Bible is masterfully crafted to reveal God to his children become obvious the more a reader spends time within these pages.


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