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NIV Quest Study Bible, Revised Hardcover – February 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1984 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Revised edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310928044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310928041
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Answers to Your Puzzling Questions Revised in-text notes and articles answering nearly 7,000 of the most commonly asked questions about specific Bible passages.

Many people want to read the Bible but are hindered or even prohibited because they’re afraid they won’t understand what it means. The NIV Quest Study Bible, answers thousands of the most commonly asked questions—based on extensive research of Bible readers. The editors of Christianity Today International, along with over 100 respected Bible scholars and pastors, have developed this engaging and straightforward study Bible to guide readers in their search to understand the Scriptures.

This revision offers the same popular format as the original Quest Study Bible with 100 new articles and 800 new side-column notes formatted as questions and answers. New features include color verse numbers for verses with questions answered in the side column, an article index, plus an expanded subject index that categorizes all articles and side-column notes. FEATURES:

•Nearly 7,000 side-column Questions and Answers (800 new) addressing basic textual, historical, and theological questions. •Verse numbers in color to indicate a Question and Answer on that verse. •Over 350 Articles (100 new) tackling provocative questions by contemporary readers of the Bible. •New article index and expanded subject index help you find the answers you're looking for. •Book Introductions answering questions about each Bible book. •Timelines showing relationships between biblical events. •Over 150 two-color in-text charts, timelines, and maps furnish the background information you need to understand different passages. •Scripture Link cross references. •Small in-text letter "D" after words with definitions in the dictionary. •Expanded Subject Index including all Questions and Answers and Articles. •Concordance, dictionary, 16-page full-color map section, new 7-page full-color timeline section, and reading plans assist your study of the Bible. •Reading plans. •Presentation page. •Single-column format. •Two-color design throughout. •Uses the clear, accurate New International Version text. •9-point type.

About the Author

Phyllis Ten Elshof is employed with Christianity Today International, Carol Stream, Illinois. She has been editor of Your Church magazine, a CTI publication; news editor for The Banner, in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a feature reporter for the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. She lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

More About the Author

Phyllis Ten Elshof is employed with Christianity Today International, Carol Stream, Illinois. She has been editor of Your Church magazine, a CTI publication; news editor for The Banner, in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a feature reporter for the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. She lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Customer Reviews

This is the first time that I read and understand what I'm reading.
Amazon Customer
While reading through this it answers many of my questions and helps me understand many things, and it's easy to read.
stupidazn
I have never read the Bible and this version is very easy to follow and its side notes help you to better understand.
Krystyn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

206 of 208 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
At 28 I have tried to read the bible many times during my life -- I've tried KJV and Living Bible and even NIV -- but simply reading verse after verse without ever really understanding what it meant or how it was applicable in my life, I ended up giving up. And then I'd try again months or years later, and give up again. I'm going through a challenging time in my life right now and decided that perhaps this is God's way of bringing me closer to him -- so I set out to buy a bible using something that wasn't available the last time I thought about bible reading... Amazon.com. After reading about the umpteen different bibles available I finally settled on the NIV Quest Study Bible in leather binding. I made the right decision. This is the first time that I read and understand what I'm reading. The explanations and questions and answers it offers are invaluable to me in my journey to become a better Christian by reading the bible. I am using the two-week "bible highlights" study plans it offers right now, and I actually look forward to my daily 20 minute bible reading sessions! This bible is going to be the gift I give to all my loved ones from now on. I highly recommend it. It could very well change your life -- it is already changing mine. God bless.
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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 17, 2003
Format: Leather Bound
This newly updated version of the Quest Study Bible is the version I would suggest to anyone who wants to understand the Bible but has a minimum of Bible knowledge. Based on the New International Version it has over 7,000 sidebar notes written in a clear, comprehensible style. As a result it is easy to understand the background of the different passages. In addition to the sidebar notes it has almost 350 articles including many brand new ones since the last edition. Multiple timelines, charts, maps, book introductions, a dictionary, a concordance, and a reading plan add even more benefit to this book.
If you are into Hebrew and Greek word studies or other really detailed, in-depth studies then this book is probably not what you are looking for. On the other hand, this is one of the best versions available for the young Christian or anyone else wanting to gain a good, meaningful understanding of the Bible. Probably the best way to explain how this Bible works is to give an example or two. If you open it to Joshua 18 the sidebars have the following questions and the answers to them: "What was the purpose of the Tent of Meeting", "What were these seven tribes waiting for", "Why cast lots to divide the land", "Was this an advantageous placement for Benjamin". An example from the New Testament might be Acts 17 where it has the following questions: "What did the Epicureans believe", "What did the Stoics believe", "Why did the philosophers call Paul a babbler", "What was the Areopagus" and others. This is also an excellent resource for Sunday School teachers because it poses and answers all the most common (and many unusual) questions that people are likely to have.
This is simply the best version available for young Christians seeking to gain an understanding of the Bible, but it is also recommended for teachers and anyone else dealing with young Christians.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Krystyn on February 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am not at all familiar with religion in any sense, but have been feeling curious lately. I received the Quest Study Bible as a gift and was pleasantly surprised. I have never read the Bible and this version is very easy to follow and its side notes help you to better understand. I am so impressed with this Bible. I highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't know a whole lot about the Bible and are wanting to become more familiar with it. In the back of this Bible, suggestions for readings are given for if you are feeling hopeless, lazy, angry, etc. This is a really neat Bible! I highly recommend to everyone!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Terry on September 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The revised edition of the Quest Study Bible is truly helpful to anyone who wants to understand the bible! This Bible contains 7,000 succinct notes right where you need them along side the text. The 350 articles are well written and are located near the relevant scriptures to which they refer. Each book of the Bible is introduced and there is a detailed index at the back as well as a concordance. This is not a scholarly Bible but it is designed to answers the questions most of us ask rather than to speculate on questions the average person would not even dream of! The Quest format is simple, inviting and easy to follow. This Bible is similar in format to a textbook and helps us learn many important lessons for living a faith based life. I can't recommend it too highly!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
How did Gideon understand the Midianite language?
How do bronze bows work?
What drove the Assyrians to insult the Lord?
What was involved in ceremonial cleaning?
What does the wedding of the Lamb represent?

If you can answer these questions without looking them up in scripture, or some commentary, then I'm impressed. My guess is, however, most Christians, regardless of how long they have been walking in the faith, could not answer these questions. But the Quest study bible answers them and thousands more!

After reading many reviews of this bible, I noticed many people saying that this bible is perfect for "new Christians". Unfortunately, this leads the reader to believe that this Bible is basic or not beneficial for Christians who have been through many years of scripture study. This couldn't be farther from the truth as you can see from my sampling of questions at the beginning of my review!

Secondly, I've always liked the quality of Zondervan's bibles. The page layouts, color contrasts, reference materials, and overall design are aesthetically pleasing.

Like a previous reviewer said, I can't put the book down because there are so many "golden nuggets" of information on each page! I've been a Christian for 22 years and have not found a bible that has taught more great commentary than this one!

A big A+ to the Zondervan staff!!
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