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NIV Essentials Study Bible: Easily Grasp the Fundamentals of Scripture through Lenses from 6 Bestselling NIV Resources Paperback – November 26, 2013


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  • Paperback: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Lea Spl edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780310432371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310432371
  • ASIN: 0310432375
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.
Kezziah June
Each book begins with a book introduction, which includes the key concepts, the purpose, key verses, terms, teachings, maps, and even photos.
Mara Kim
Then are the "Dig Deep, Look Close" boxes that really go into great depth of information about the book you're reading.
Julie Danielson

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James R. V. Matichuk on January 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have an ambivalence toward Study Bibles. It isn't that I don't appreciate the scholarship and hard work that goes into producing them. I read commentaries and use several study resources in my personal devotional reading. My ambivalence is rooted in my love for inductive Bible study. I have led one too many Bible discussion groups where I have asked a question designed to get people to engage the passage and the only response I get back is, "My notes say. . ." The conversation is short circuited and people disengage from actively reading. There is a tendency to use a Study Bible notes as a divine oracle (and of course, notes are not always right).

This is hardly the fault of Study Bibles. It is what people do with them. So I took a chance and decided to review the NIV Essentials Study Bible. This new edition from the good folks at Zondervan, combines the features of several of their best-selling Study Bibles and resources. They offer six lenses for `grasping the fundamentals of scripture':

-Book Introductions from The Essential Bible Companion and maps, photos and timelines from the NIV Quest Study Bible.
-Study Notes from the NIV Study Bible.
-Articles from the NIV Archaeological Study Bible designed to help you `dig deep' and understand the historical significance/reliability of the Bible.
-a `Q & A' lens which presents `easy-to-grasp answers to difficult Bible questions (adopted from the NIV Quest Study Bible).
-a `People in Focus Lens' which profiles various characters from the Bible (taken from the NIV Student Bible).
-An `Insight lens' which presents a magazine style article relating the passage to life situations (NIV Student Bible).
-Guided Tours from the NIV Study Bible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Harwell Sayler on December 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When I saw Zondervan’s announcement of another NIV study Bible, I requested a review copy from BookSneeze out of curiosity and, okay, cynicism. I couldn’t imagine what could be added to the already info-packed NIV Study Bible and/or Archeological Study Bible, both of which I bought, loved, and previously reviewed on the Bible Reviewer blog. So, when the NIV Essentials Study Bible arrived, I greeted it coolly but picked it up, and thought, “Hmmm. It’s not super heavy!” Opening the cover, I saw type I could easily see – not the thin, lightly inked font I’ve had problems with in other Z. Bibles, but an easy-on-the-eye font with very readable footnotes. The big news about this Bible, though, is its inclusion of the best of the best articles, sidebars, footnotes, and other study aids selected from previous study Bibles by Zondervan and nicely packaged in this new edition, which, yeah, has the essentials needed to study the Bible well, slip comfortably inside its covers, and snugly deeply into the presence of God.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenn R on December 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of study Bibles, so I was excited to hear about the NIV Essentials Study Bible. This amazing Bible incorporates parts from six other reference books throughout its pages: NIV Study Bible, NIV Quest Study Bible, NIV Archaeological Study Bible, NIV Student Bible, The Great Rescue Bible, and The Essential Bible Companion. With all of these great tools, anyone who enjoys studying the Bible is sure to find invaluable information throughout the pages of this study Bible. So, what should one expect when perusing the pages of the NIV Essentials Study Bible? First of all, each book of the Bible contains an introduction. Each introduction contains key concepts, a summary, key verses, key teachings, key terms, a timeline, and a map. This Bible also has verse by verse study notes at the bottom of each page, as taken from the NIV Study Bible. "Question and Answer" type sections are found throughout this Bible, too. These sections go over various concepts about how to live the Christian life. For example, the question "What kind of wisdom does God give?" is mentioned because of Solomon asking God for wisdom. However, the notes also explain how God's wisdom pertains to readers today. Small blocked off sections highlight and then simply explain concepts and verses that might be difficult to comprehend. There are also "People in Focus" sections which discuss some of the amazing people found in the Bible. Questions at the end of the "People in Focus" sections ask the reader questions about his or her own life. "Dig Deep Look Close" sections uncover the relevant archaeological concepts. Often, these sections include pictures, which help the reader understand the times in which the Biblical events occurred.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie Danielson on December 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing Bible - so full on information that you'll find yourself reading and reading! I am so impressed by all the wonderful things like easy-to-read colorful maps in the back and the amazing "People In Focus" boxes that gives you more in-depth information about a particular person of the Bible. Then are the "Dig Deep, Look Close" boxes that really go into great depth of information about the book you're reading. I found these boxes so interesting! There are historical facts and more inside these boxes and you'll find yourself just devouring this information like potato chips!

I also was so blessed by the "Reflect and Respond" boxes. In fact, there was one in particular that so spoke to my heart, it was like it was written for me. Of course, you'll find yourself thinking that about all of them because they are so timely for our lives and what we are dealing with on a day to day basis.

Then there are the "Guided Tour" boxes which really help you reflect on what you've read and give you a life question to help you apply it to your life. I found these so powerful in helping me to apply the Word of God to my life.

There is an extensive Concordance in the back as well as a Subject Index to help you find exactly what you're looking for. There's also a place in the back of the Bible for taking notes!

This Bible has everything! I am just loving this wonderful Study Bible and it really is exactly what it says and has exactly what it says - The Essentials! I highly recommend this Bible to everyone. For new believers it will help you to understand the Bible better and for those of us who have been long time believers, it will enhance incredibly what you all ready know. It's a wonderful Bible!

*This Bible was provided to me for my honest review by the BookSneeze Program
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