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- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 24, 2014
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That being said, some of the ideas shared were interesting or helpful, but they often broke the flow of reading the Bible's text. Many of the ideas made me question the commentators background and whether or not he fully believes what the Bible says. Because of that I cannot recommend this Bible.
This is an early report back (through Genesis only). I like the historical and archeological references. This is something completely missing from the NIV-ISB and with this "new" way of reading the Bible, those kinds of historical references are a great help. One thing I liked about the NIV-ISB is the timeline that ran along the bottom of the page - it allowed you to regularly reference where you were in the Biblical timeline. A small, but helpful thing missing here. Looking ahead, I can say that I anticipate liking the NIV-ISB better in terms of how it puts similar passages side by side, so, for instance, you'll have parallel passages of the Gospels side by side and not one after the other as is in the NIV-CSB.
And, of course, there is the latest NIV translation itself, which I agree with other reviewers is a step backwards for the most part. The joke of NIV meaning "not inspired version" is deepening as language is expunged in the name of not wanting women to be reminded that ours is a patriarchal religion at its source. Adding "brothers and sisters" is one thing - I think there can be an argument made there in the Greek, but read 2 Cor. 5:17 in the "old" NIV (1980's) vs the current NIV and you see dramatically how the meaning of that passage (that being in Christ makes the person a new creation) is completely destroyed and makes it seem like there is some kind of creation happening somewhere else when someone comes to Christ.
After getting through the Pentateuch, I find that many of the asides, the connection to other material is presented in a way that really pushes the "authors of the Bible just copied the way other people were writing things" point of view along with the "we don't really think Moses had anything to do with writing this." Starting out in Joshua, the introductory comments highlight "The conquest of Palestine was not the unstoppable, crushing tide of invaders that is sometimes pictured." You'll notice they don't specifically say that "the Bible is wrong" as one can read this sentence as "people who say this..." and the introduction does point out that the Bible itself makes note of people they didn't conquer and people who were assimilated without war, so I think the Biblical account isn't a "we kicked butt and took down names until we wiped them all out," but the default position all along seems to be in line with liberal thinking on all accounts. Would that facts could be presented without the adjoining commentary about what the editor thinks it means.
After getting into 1-2 Kings/ 1-2 Chronicles I really dislike the way they arranged the narratives of the kings. Essentially the repeat "sections," diving them into the "Priestly" and "Prophetic" accounts. I don't necessarily mind that scholarly intrusion into the Biblical material so much, but the fact that you read one section of time (usually overlapping a few kings), then go back to the beginning and read it again makes for a bit of time warping, especially when you get into Israel and Judah kings who share names. The NIV Integrated Study Bible does this much better - putting the material side by side so you can see visually when the "Chronicler" added or omitted material.
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There are some useful additional historical tables and an index at the back so that it is easy to find books and part books that are not in the usual place due to their being written a a different time.
Well worth the money, a first rate product arriving on time and well packaged.