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NIV Integrated Study Bible: A New Chronological Approach for Exploring Scripture Hardcover – Special Edition, August 24, 2013
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About the Author
John R. Kohlenberger III (MA, Western Seminary) is the author or coeditor of more than three dozen biblical reference books and study Bibles, including The Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, NIV Interlinear Hebrew-English Old Testament, NRSV Concordance Unabridged, Greek-English Concordance to the New Testament, Hebrew-English Concordance to the Old Testament, and the award-winning NIV Exhaustive Concordance and Expositor's Bible Commentary: Abridged Edition. He has taught at Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
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I find myself missing the study notes I have in my study Bible, so occasionally reference that for the detail. This would perhaps be a good Bible for someone who's not read the Bible much to get a chronological perspective, or someone who's pretty well versed in the Bible to do more comparative study. I don't know if I'll use it again for subsequent Bible "read-throughs" or not... we'll see.
I also really don't like the new NIV with all it's linguistic gymnastics to avoid using masculine pronouns, etc. My feeling is that the "genderless" language is masking the original patriarchal society, which we need to understand if for no other than a historic perspective.
UPDATE: Progressing through the Bible up to 2 Samuel, and the interspersion of Psalms with David's activities have been very insightful. To read Psalm 51 after David getting dressed down by Nathan about the Bathsheba incident really makes that Psalm jump with purpose. "Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me." Yes, I guess I've read the heading on that Psalm before, but after reading that after having gone through David's adultery and murder, it gives it a whole new depth of human connection.
I'm still missing the depth of the study Bible (and this reading I find myself Googling various locations and what-not as well, but I'm still giving the Chronological arrangement a thumbs up, and based on the number of Chronological Bibles I saw at the Christian book store last time I went, I'm not alone in this (but also, there seems to be a lot more options popping up.)
FURTHER UPDATE: A year and a half later and finished with the NIVISB. My previous comments are still true. I found the incorporation of Paul's letters with Acts to be fruitful in their revelation of the progress of the early church and though I've read various "harmony of the Gospels" before, if you've not seen that, it will be interesting as well. I continue to not like the latest installment of NIV, with it's hatcheting of the translation for the purpose of excising any male-oriented words when possible, which I think denies the patriarchal origin of our faith at least and destroys reference to our personal connection to God at worst (2 Cor. 5:17 one of the worst). And, the absence of any study material alongside is the single greatest weakness and the parallel nature of similar verses is still the single greatest strength.
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