Sunday, August 23, 2015

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

  • Hardcover: 2912 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310438314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310438311

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 take on this Bible:
This Bible is a true chunkster with 2880 pages this isn't a Bible that I would readily carry to church with me, but the features easily makes it a go to for in depth study.  One of the first things I checked with this Bible is whether it would lay flat when open and it certainly does, whether you turn to Genesis or Revelation or somewhere in between the pages lay flat making it easy to use. Another thing I always look for is a presentation page and this Bible that as well. Some of the features of the Bible include full color, with free digital access, there is a code included allowing ease for signing up for the digital access. There are over twenty thousand study notes, and while the layout for the study notes is double column, the text for the books of the Bible is single column, which makes for a very easy read.  The reference is along the outer pages and while printed a bit small it is still readable. Speaking of print the print size could have been larger, especially for older eyes, and I do wish that the print would have been in bold. Color maps, plenty of study notes, a concordance and several charts provide plenty of useful information when studying. Twenty-eight articles found at the back of the Bible discuss topics such as Exile and Exodus, sin, the temple, and creation to name a few. The NIV text is an easy to read version, and is one I use often. Overall, anyone looking for a study Bible where you will get plenty of bang for your buck should check this one out, if you are looking for an easy to use Bible this one fits the bill as well.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.


  1. Looks good. I would like this one too but I agree that small font strains my eyes. I gave away my favorite archeological study bible simply because I could not read it with its tiny font. I wish standard font was a little bigger.

  2. Patricia thanks for dropping by, I totally agree with you I wish standard font was a tad bigger and one thing that makes a Bible more easy for me to read is bold print, it really helps when the font is smaller. If I could create my very own Bible I would make it a bold print with med font, and I have always loved the idea of a spiral binding. I do love collecting Bibles though and each one has their own unique use.


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