Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible NIV

  • Hardcover: 2400 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special ed. edition (August 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310431581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310431589

ou’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.
That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.
Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.
The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.
The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.

  • The full text of the NIV
  • Targeted book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written
  • Insightful and informative verse-by-verse study notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages
  • Key Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament terms are explained and expanded upon in two helpful reference features
  • Over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics
  • 375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from around the world
  • Dozens of charts, maps, and diagrams in vivid color
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Additional study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps

My take on this Bible:

Whenever I review a Bible I head into my favorite book of the Bible which is Ruth so that's where I formed my opinion of the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. On the opening page of Ruth I found a bit about the author, the historical setting which included an approximate date of when the events of the book took place. There is also a tiny box labeled key concepts which is just what it says it is, a few key concepts about the book of Ruth. The study notes were very good, they delve into the hazards of being a widow during the time period while also touching on difference between then and now. There are plenty of reference, actually a center column runs down the text but I also found additional reference verses embedded in the study notes as well. The color pictures enhances the text and touch on topics that are relevant to the particular scripture where they are placed. There are a few things that I didn't like about the Bible, and one has to do with the quality of the print, I feel like the text could have been darker, although the size of the text is great, even the study notes are printed in a decent size that is readable. The cover is plain and doesn't match the dust cover, which I prefer, but that's just me. I do like that there is a presentation page. Overall, not my favorite study Bible but one that I feel would be beneficial to me in my Bible studies.  This Bible was provided for me to review.

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