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NIV Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture [Kindle Edition]

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. , Duane Garrett , Jr., Walter C. Kaiser
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'Readers who desire a more intimate knowledge of the historical context of the Bible will appreciate the NIV Archaeological Study Bible. Full of informative articles and full-color photographs of places and objects from biblical times, this Bible examines the archaeological record surrounding God’s Word and brings the biblical world to life. Readers’ personal studies will be enriched as they become more informed about the empires, places, and peoples of the ancient world.
Features include:
* Four-color interior throughout
* Bottom-of-page study notes exploring passages that speak on archaeological and cultural facts
* Articles (520) covering five main categories: Archaeological Sites, Cultural and Historical Notes, Ancient Peoples and Lands, the Reliability of the Bible, and Ancient Texts and Artifacts
* Approximately 500 4-color photographs interspersed throughout
* Detailed book introductions that provide basic, at-a-glance information
* Detailed charts on pertinent topics
* In-text color maps that assist the reader in placing the action

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About the Author

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (PhD, Brandeis University) is distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Dr. Kaiser has written over 40 books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching; The Messiah in the Old Testament; and The Promise-Plan of God; and coauthored An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning. Dr. Kaiser and his wife, Marge, currently reside at Kerith Farm in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. Dr. Kaiser's website is SPANISH BIO: Walter C. Kaiser, (hijo) (Ph.D., Brandeis University) es profesor distinguido de Antiguo Testamento en el Seminario Teologico de Gordon-Conwell.

Duane Garrett (Ph.D., Baylor Univerity) is John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Introduction to Creation, fall The flood The Tower of Babel Abraham's life (c. 2166--1991 B.C.) Isaac's life (c. 2066--1886 B.C.) Jacob's life (c. 2006--1859 B.C.) Joseph's life (c. 1915--1805 B.C.) Book of Genesis written (c. 1446--1406 B.C.) Genesis A U T H O R , P L A C E A N D DAT E O F W R I T I N G Genesis is, strictly speaking, an anonymous work. Historical tradition, however, as well as Biblical attestation, assigns authorship to Moses (see, e.g., Mk 12:26; Lk 24:27; Jn 1:45; Ro 10:5; 2Co 3:15). MosesÕ author ship would not have required him to write the entire book. In fact, all of the Genesis events took place long before Moses was born, indicating that he must have used sources.We might view Moses as an editor/historian who, in addition to receiving God's direct and supernatural communication, drew together details of the family histories of Abraham and his descendants, as they existed in the Israelite community in Egypt, into a single text. Scholars who question Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch (Ge--Dt) generally support one or another variant of the Documentary Hypothesis (see 'The Documentary Hypothesis' on p. 15). If Moses did indeed write/compile Genesis, he must have done so during the Israelites' exodus wandering period, probably between 1440 and 1400 B.C. (see 'The Store Cities of Pithom and Rameses' on p. 86, 'The Pharaoh of the Exodus' on p. 98, 'The Date of the Exodus' on p. 106, 'The Hyksos and the Old Testament' on p. 121 and 'The Conquest of Canaan' on p. 310). Those scholars who suggest that the Pentateuch was written as a single work during the exile typically place the date of authorship at about 550 B.C. A U D I E N C E Genesis records the stories of the creation, the fall into sin, the flood, the call of Abraham and the early history of the ancestors of Israel. The Genesis stories were probably circulated among the Israelites living in Egypt, reminding them of their familial and spiritual heritage and explaining their current situation. Genesis preserved individual stories (like those about Joseph) that could afford hope to God's enslaved people. Promises to Abraham about the future of his progeny (e.g., 15:1--7) also would have encouraged them. Later, Israelites directly involved in the exodus, as well as their succeeding generations, no doubt read Genesis in order to understand this piece of the great saga of their national origin. The fulfillment of God's historical promises to the patriarchs served as a testimony to his continuing faithfulness. C U LT U R A L FA C T S A N D H I G H L I G H T S Genesis records the birth and early history of humankind. Not only did God create the physical world, but he also formed man and woman in his own image and endowed them with the gift of free will. Over time changes took place, including humanity's fall into sin and the resultant great flood. Tribes, cities and civilizations ebbed and flowed, rising and declining in a rhythm that has characterized human history ever since. Centuries passed, and at some point God chose to concentrate his particular attention on one individual from an ordinary, idol-worshiping family---who in his turn opted to listen and obey. From such unimpressive roots began the triumphant---if often temporarily tragic--- saga of redemption history. T I M E L I N E INTRODUCTION TO G E N E S I S 3 A S Y O U R E A D Note how quickly and irreversibly the human race turned its back on Eden and on perfect fellowship with God (chs. 2--3) and how God responded (chs. 4--8). Then, through the unlikely choice of a still-childless patriarch, God began to form the family from which the Israelite nation would spring (chs. 11--30; 49). Study the life of Joseph, from his years of slavery to his meteoric rise to power in a strange land to his revelation to his unsuspecting brothers (chs. 42--45). This book explains how and why the Israelites came to live in Egypt, setting the stage for what would happen to this special people in Exodus and beyond. D I D Y O U K N O W ? * An individual in the ancient Near East could claim rights to a well on someone else's land (21:25--30). * The bride price paid by a husband's family was to be held in trust to provide for the wife if she were to find herself abandoned or widowed (31:14--16). * A man's seal, cord and staff were symbols of his individual and corporate identity---the ancient equivalent of an I.D. card or signature (38:17--18). * Both the Egyptians and the Babylonians compiled 'dream books,' containing sample dreams with keys to their interpretation (40:8). * The philosophy behind the Egyptian practice of embalming was a belief that the body was to be preserved as a repository for the soul after death (50:2--3).

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282 of 300 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Great Publishing Event! April 2, 2006
I have been using the New King James Bible since 1984, but prior had bought an NIV published by Zondervan back in the early 1980's that was called the NIV Pictorial Bible. Have searched many times unsuccessfully to find a newer copy, since my original is pretty beaten up.

Coming upon this new Archaeological Study Bible by Zondervan in NIV I could hardly believe my eyes. Finally this was the bible I had been seaching for, but this copy is a vast improvement over the older NIV Pictorial Bible. Where the old Pictorial, for example, had 1266 pages, this newer Bible has 2306.

I differ from several reviewers in that I am now using this Bible as my main, daily study Bible. Yes, the print is small, but even at 62 years of age and retired, I can handle that without difficulty. Plus the added feature of the CD-ROM included with this Bible allows one to load it into the computer to read off-line when desired. Thank you Zondervan, a very nice added feature to this Bible.

Since I purchased a black, top grain leather covered Bible, the only smell I receive is one of newness, and leather. Possibly the glue on the bonded or lesser copies accounts for that. But since I will be using the Bible as an everyday one, I opted for the leather. When active in ministry I had a few bonded leather copies, and they just don't hold up. I have found through experience the full leather is the best for my use.

I could not be happier with this Bible. And though it is termed an "archaeological" Bible, it is much, much more than that. While it does offer archaeological information, it equally offers social, historical, and cultural as well. This is the best well rounded Bible I have ever seen.

If you are seeking a very exceptional Bible, I would suggest you at least look this one over.

Semper Fi.
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221 of 245 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concept that needs refining January 19, 2008
The concept of the Archaeological Study Bible is a unique one. Our understanding of Biblical times, places, and customs have been greatly advanced (especially in the last century) by the work of archaeologists. It seems natural to have a study Bible that provides the reader insight into the archaeological discoveries that directly relate to Biblical accounts. While the concept is good, and while this study Bible has many solid and interesting insights, the product is not yet refined.

The Bible is the account of God's activity in the world from its creation through its redemption, through its end, to the establishment of the New Heavens and the New Earth. The text of the various Biblical books finds their center of gravity in the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth. Indeed every book of the Bible is about Jesus. The NIV is translation that has enjoyed widespread use over the past several decades...even if its popularity is waning. The NIV translation strives to strike a balance between faithfulness to the original language of the text and readability; but if a difficult reading occurs and the translators have to make a choice between a wooden-yet-accurate translation or a readable-yet-paraphrased translation, they go with the latter. The NIV is easy to read "in your head," but doesn't sound very majestic when read out loud (e.g. in a worship service).

The footnotes and articles provided by the editors of the Archaeological Study Bible provide insights into the culture, customs, geography, and other idiosyncrasies of the period covered by the Biblical text.
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85 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book March 20, 2006
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Like: This is a beautiful Bible and the parchment-type pages add to the beauty. The colorful artwork and articles are interesting and helpful, as are the footnotes. It's a temptation to go through and read all the archaeological and historical notes right away just because they look cool. There is a sense, with the articles and info right with the Scriptures, that I'm gaining a great deal more. I've gone back to reading the Bible every night...THAT makes it worth it.

Dislike: I did find the type to be extremely small, especially the footnotes, and this was with my reading glasses on; however, with very good light it's not a problem.

Also disliked the fact that the writers had to put NIV disclaimers in some of the articles. I found that to be odd.

Note: The Bible is rather large, but no larger than a four version parallel one and it fits into an extra-large Bible cover.

Added Note: At the time of purchase I was using reading glasses, it was hard to read even WITH the glasses on and worse without---blurry. :)
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting! March 24, 2006
By T. Leaf
For serious students of the bible, this is a valuable resource.Fonts, smell, whatever, aside, the important thing is the content! When we read our bibles we're trying to put ourselves back in time, to experience what those biblical people experienced for the first time; to hear, smell and taste what everyday life was like, and to have some small sense of God entering our lives.

The contents of this book can help. The translation doesn't matter - use whatever one you want. But where else will you find Noah and Gilgamesh, prayers by David and prayers to Marduke, side by side?

I wouldn't use this bible for devotions, but I would certainly use it for LEARNING!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Perspective
The Archaeological Study Bible is a perfect bible for believers who are also interested in history. I originally purchased the kindle version but have since purchased a bound... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Tnafbrat
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
It's alright I like it to a point but I'd suggest a HCSB to anyone who really wants a good study bible. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Hollis
4.0 out of 5 stars NIV Archaeological Study Bible is one of the most resourceful books
NIV Archaeological Study Bible is one of the most resourceful books in terms of historical facts, archaeological evidences and explanation in align with Biblical Text. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Roger Kspm
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
I didn't want another bible. I was looking for archeological information to support the Bibles I already have. This would be good for someone as a first bible.
Published 27 days ago by Howard Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous resource!
A thorough reference to the facts, not conjecture, surrounding the authors, settings and history surrounding the Scriptures. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dBe
5.0 out of 5 stars I love live love this Bible.
I love live love this Bible. I love the notes and articles because they are so interesting, insightful and helpful.
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Published 1 month ago by EDUARDO SAO MARCOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps to see the place
The archaeological pictures of Bible place help to see and u nderstand the narrative. It's also exciting to see that the pplaces mentioned in the Bible are real. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Geraldine Wilkowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Israel
I am preparing for a trip to Israel & this Bible provides the information that I need to make the trip memorable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Browning
5.0 out of 5 stars NIV Archaeological Study Bible
WONDERFUL added information that helps the reader to clearer understand God's Word and have a richer understanding. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie Materne
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