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NIV Study Bible Hardcover – September, 1995

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It's easy to see why The NIV Study Bible Zondervan's bestselling New International Version translation of the Bible. Filled with over 20,000 in-text study notes, color maps, a concordance, Old and New Testament timelines, and pertinent backround information, this Bible has everything one needs to satisfy the serious student. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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- Features the New International Version--the most popular, trusted and accurate modern Bible translation - Icons highlight important information - NIV Concordance - Over 20,000 In-Text Study Notes written specifically for The NIV Study Bible by NIV translators - Over 2.8 million copies sold - Words of Christ in red letter - Center-Column Cross-Referencing System with over 100,000 references--exclusive to the NIV. In-Text Maps, Charts, Diagrams, and Illustrations right where you want them--no need to flip pages - Introductions and Outlines provide valuable background information for each book of the Bible - 16 pages of full-color maps plus timelines and presentation pages - Also available in Personal-Size and Large-Print editions

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company; 10 Anv edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310925681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310925682
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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156 of 156 people found the following review helpful By bethlovesbooks on August 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Every time I go into the Christian bookstore, I see a new jazzed up version of the Bible. There's the Men's/Women's Devotional Bible, the Life Application Bible, the Teen Bible, the One Year Bible, on and on. However, I have yet to find any version worthy of replacing my faded, water stained and worn NIV study Bible.
The thing I like best about this Bible is that it is helpful without being intrusive. If I want to just read the text, fine. It's nicely printed with some room for my own little musings on the side margins. The type is not so small that I am straining my eyes, nor is it overcrowded. The pages are necessarily thin, but not so thin that the text on the other side is bleeding through.
And, if I ever want help with the text, the notes are right below, ready to offer me concise insights or suggestions for further reading. These notes never waste my time--they are meaty and substantial. If I took the time to read every text note, I could spend hours in just one chapter. I must admit that sometimes I have! There are times when I just lose myself in the notes, as they may reference another section, which may lead me to explore another section, and so on. I can read a few notes and move on or set off on a major journey...either way, the notes are like having a wise friend beside me.
Another nice feature is that next to the text, there is a narrow column that lists all places in the Bible where a similar line or thought appears. This feature is very helpful when tracing a theme or idea. At the back, there is a detailed index and a significant concordance, which I find myself referring to constantly. Again, it's great for tracing themes or finding a particular verse.
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111 of 112 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
There are a lot of good study Bibles and several reliable modern translations to choose from. I've settled with the NIV study Bible because I find that it possesses the best mix of all the features that make a study Bible useful. It may be debatable whether the NIV is the most accurate translation, but it is certainly a reliable and responsible translation while being the easy to read. The notes do not interpret the Scripture but instead provide observational data such as definitions of words, background information about people, places, and events, and point to other related passages. Multiple explanations or views are provided in the notes on tricky or controversial passages. It comes with a large concordance plus a subject index for both the Bible and the notes. The timelines, many maps, charts, introductions, and outlines are also very helpful. I also appreciate the blank pages in back for my own notes. When traveling without any Bible study resources other than this study Bible I have been amazed at how much I can rely on it. Whichever Bible you choose, may you rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you and assist in learning more about our Lord, Jesus Christ.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By "rnf4118" on May 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The NIV Study Bible is of outstanding value for providing readers a greatly enhanced understanding of The Bible.
1. GENERAL EVALUATION: There are many Study Bibles on the market. Including the NIV Study Bible [Zondervan Press], I own and use three. While my two other versions, one is the older RSV and the other the newer NRSV, give some information to explain the more difficult to understand passages and add commentaries, none go into the depth that the NIV does. The commentaries and explanations in the NIV Study Bible are, to say the least, profuse. Yet, not overwhelming in long elucidations that tend to make you forget what you just read. Rather, the commentaries are brief, to the point and very well develop understanding. The commentaries are not biased toward any single religious canon. They are simply information. Commentaries are cross-referenced, thus allowing the reader to gain further insight from related passages.
2. FORMAT: The page format is exceptionally well planned and implemented. The design is the traditional two-column format with references in a column between the texts. The commentaries are located at the bottom of the page to which they refer. The type font is large enough to easily read and is crisp.
Icons are used to quickly identify to what the commentary refers. These icons are: Character Profile, Archeology and Personal Application.
Maps relating to the particular text are on the same page as are diagrams. The four-color maps, located at the back of the book, are excellent. There are also time lines to assist the reader in grasping the time frames.
3. SUGGETSIONS: The following comments/suggestions may only apply to those who embark on an in depth study of the Bible.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Chad M. Brick on December 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A year ago, I decided that I needed to read the Bible as an adult. After several hours of research and a couple of trips to the bookstore, I decided on the NIV Study Bible - and I was not disappointed. The linguistic style of the book is straightforward, avoiding unnecessary challenging phrasings and making the book a pleasure to read. I don't feel that the meaning was sacrificed for the translation's fluidity, however. The copious footnotes and annotations are perfectly laid out, in a manner that allows easy access to this extra information without interrupting a straight reading of the text. The appendices which sort important verses by topic (such as "selfishness" or "hope") are invaluable for finding important quotes. The various maps, timelines, and book summaries are useful as well. This is an absolutely essential addition to the library of any serious student of the Bible. I highly recommend it.
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