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Product Details

  • Series: Zondervan's Understand the Bible Reference Series
  • Hardcover: 1664 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Rev Sub edition (March 11, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310220203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310220206
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

When it comes to selecting a contemporary Bible translation that's reliable and easy to understand, more people pick the New International Version than any other. It's no surprise, then, that the best-selling translation is also the best-supported. From concordances, to atlases, to topical Bibles, to dictionaries, to software and more, beginning readers and scholars alike can choose from an enormous selection of study aids to help them get the most out of the NIV. And now Zondervan presents 4 outstanding hardcover NIV study tools in 1 practical, commonsense series--at prices too reasonable to resist! Zondervan's Understand the Bible Series is an exceptional value. Low price. In-depth information. And wide accessibility. Drawing on the finest in evangelical scholarship, each book is written in clear language that anyone can understand. No knowledge of Greek and Hebrew is required--just a desire to really know and apply the Bible. The 4-volume Understand the Bible Series includes: - New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words--The rich meanings of 1,500 significant Bible words become clear with the help of this book. It offers a depth suitable for students and pastors, in language that anyone can easily understand. - New International Bible Dictionary--More than 5,400 entries. Over 1,000 illustrations, maps, charts, and tables. Sixteen pages of maps and 16 pages of photos. From the well-known to the obscure, the International Bible Dictionary sheds light on the events, places, people, practices, and terms of the Bible. - New International Bible Concordance--Over 250,000 references representing every verse in the NIV make this an invaluable resource for Bible study. This concordance is where to turn for locating NIV Bible passages and conducting word studies. - New International Bible Commentary--Uniting an outstanding commentary with a thorough introduction to the Bible, this volume offers clear insight into the entire Bible from 43 leading evangelical scholars. The 230-page introduction provides a superb foundation for understanding the Bible.

From the Back Cover

Based on the NIV translation

Commentary from 43 world-class evangelical scholars

28 additional articles

Cross-referencing, bibliographies, and in-text maps

Covers the complete Old & New Testaments in one volume In one volume, the Gold Medallion Award-winning New International Bible Commentary unlocks the message and meaning of every book of the Bible. This acclaimed book marshals the insights of forty-three world-class evangelical scholars to help you gain a deeper, life-changing understanding of Scripture. Whether you’re preparing a lesson or sermon or simply studying for you personal edification, the New International Bible Commentary provides you with a study resource that combines convenience with depth and relevance. It includes the following features: -28 articles—230 pages in all—shed light on such important issues as text and canon; archaeology; environmental, historical, political, and religious backgrounds; and the New Testament use of the Old Testament. –Commentaries by J.M. Houston, Walter L. Liefeld, and D.J. Wisemen help you grasp the meanings of Bible passages and the significance of key biblical words by exploring related Scriptures. –In-text maps and a maps section at the end of the book give you a feel for the names and places of the Bible. –Commentary topics are boldfaced throughout the text for greater clarity. Designed for use with the New International Version, today’s most widely used Bible translation, the New International Bible Commentary is a revision of the highly successful New Layman’s commentary, acclaimed as… "A magnificent achievement." --Christianity Today "The outstanding volume of the year." --Christian Herald ZONDERVAN’S UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE REFERENCE SERIES This six-volume series supplies users of today’s most popular modern Bible translation, and New International Version, with scholarly, economical, and uncompromisingly evangelical study tools. It includes the New International Bible Commentary, New International Bible Dictionary, New International Bible Concordance, New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words, New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, and the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters


More About the Author

F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote more than forty bestselling commentaries and books, including several titles published by InterVarsity Press, A Mind for What Matters and Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free. He also served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Myers on May 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice commentary that won't break the bank. I have found others that go into more detial, but they are multi-book commentaries and as such have an increased cost. Yet for a one book commentary, you will find this very handy and easy to use with some nice insight on the scriptures.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I own a number of Bible reference materials, including other commentaries, and had thought this would be a nice addition for further study. But after a fair amount of reading, I have come to discover that this commentary at times signficantly disagrees with a number of other notable works. That itself is not necessarily a bad thing; however, I got the distinct impression that a few of this books' authors [the commentary on each individual Bible book is authored by one of several writers, making this entire book actually a "collection" of individual commentaries vs. a more solid collaboration] had some rather strong views trending towards the idea that a truly "saved" Christian = a "sinless, or nearly-sinless," Christian. The authors who did so appeared to be picking and choosing only certain facts to support their interpretations - and at times even using unsubstantiated conjecture (e.g., slipping in a statement saying Paul was "a sensitive teenager") as the basis for their views. (The commentary on Romans - from which the above quote was taken - is possibly one of the most illustrative of this problem.)

Scripture does indeed command us to "walk according to the Spirit," vs. indulging our sinful natures, and also informs us that we are wonderfully empowered to do so, by the help of the (one and same :) Holy Spirit. However, Christ also taught us to pray - routinely: "Forgive us our trespasses. . ." Both experiences are part of reality in the Christian life. Those who imply we can attain perfection in this world - or even toy with it, by the idea that "well, you might kind of slip up occasionally, but never too badly" - sound hauntingly similar to the self-satisfied hypocrites Christ often rebuked in His ministry on earth.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Taylor on April 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I can't help but review this commentary. It has been a friend to my study for several years. I like the fact it gives enough information to whet my appetite to continue to study deeper. It gives me enough of the Hebrew and Greek for clarity but doesn't tell me exactly what to think. The long and short of it is that this book encourages the one studying and leaves room for the Holy Spirit to do His work.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Long Nguyen on October 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Since I wanted to have an intensive study companion which is like a summary of all the best bible commentaries, this was the book of my choice. It is a wonderful book and a great introduction to the contemporary thoughts of scholars about the bible.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By TexasHockeyFan on December 21, 2005
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I own the 1986 Edition which should be simliar.

This commentary is based on the NIV which is a modern and reasonably scholarly translation.

This commentary is limited by having to fit in one volume, thus there is not as much analysis of the Greek and Hebrew as one might like. The commentary is fairly conservative though not literalist.

It is much superior to Wycliffe, but falls below the New Interpreter's Bible. If you don't have $600 for the New Interpreter's Bible or access to it at your church library, the New International Bible Commentary is not a bad choice.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly A. Bailey on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
New International Bible Commentary It is totally incomplete. When looking up a verse, in Mathew for instance, it refers you to text in another book. The gospels are a giant chain reference to other passages. I would prefer if they put the commentary in the Chapter you are reviewing. I have another commentary that does this and it is much easier to use.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DDAD on September 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a must for the serious bible student! Just will help you know the bible better and deeper if used properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PA-C on April 23, 2014
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This was not a good buy. The book basically will open each Biblical book with a history of it: Authorship and Destination, Sources, Date, Characteristics and Theme. This is great, but when you get to the "Analysis" section, they go through each verse re-worded, as if you are reading it yourself and changing the words to what you understand. They input verses that are parallel (on some) and they will comment on some of the verses, but not all. As an example, Mark 15:34 this is what you will read: "His presence while He suffered, cried to Him, in the words of Ps. 22:1 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' (34). Experiencing thirst, furthermore..." This is an important verse, since many say it argues against the trinity.

I am not satisfied, but bought it for $8 used and will keep it, but there should be better ones out there.
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