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NIV, Archaeological Study Bible, Hardcover: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture Hardcover – February 27, 2006
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From the Back Cover
'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 '
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 www.walterckaiserjr.com.
Duane Garrett (Ph.D., Baylor Univerity) is John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I first spotted this book at the bookstore several years back and was intrigued. [...]
I then spotted this as a Kindle version for $3.99. (Looks like it's gone up to $19.99). At that point it was a no-brainer.
This is a fantastic reference. The amount of background material is extraordinary. The hyptertext cross-reference capability of the kindle version is superb. Images are also nicely rendered. In short, this is a cadillac kindle Bible version like no other, except for an LDS Version of the KJV Bible that I use which has great cross reference hyperlinks, but has some indexing problems (see my review of that product at http://www.amazon.com/eLibrary-Blackberry-Dedicated-Devices-ebook/dp/B0035647FK/ref=cm_cr-mr-title). In terms of a Bible Kindle version, I think this NIV wins out over all others.
I simply could not believe that I got such a fantastic reference in terms of content and kindle navigation. I guess initial takeup was good and they've since up'ed the price. [...]
For the purpose and focus this Bible presents, I find it a valuable resource in my personal study. Better yet--the historical contextual information I otherwise may have been missing intrigues me to read the Bible more frequently, whether or not I end up finding any special nuggets in the notes or sidebars.