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NIV Study Bible, Compact Indexed, Small Print Imitation Leather – January 26, 2013
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The print is excellent for a compact Bible, and is very legible, even for someone like me who is half blind without wearing his glasses. The notes are generally very relevant and informative and are also equally legible. A note on Acts 23:34:
"The governor. Antonius Felix. The emperor Claudius had appointed him governor of Judea c. AD 52, a time when Felix's brother was the emperor's favorite minister. The brothers had formerly been slaves, then Freedmen, then high officials in the government. The historian Tacitus said of Felix, "He held the power of a tyrant with the disposition of a slave." He married three queens in succession, one of whom was Drusilla (see note on 24:24) from Cilicia. If Paul had come from a province nearby, Felix might have turned him over for trial under another's jurisdiction."
This Bible comes replete with maps and illustrations on geography, history, lineage, the life of Christ as well as a variety of other interesting topics and should be of a great help to the reader. Each of the 66 books features a summary and outline as well.
If you are looking for a study Bible that is portable, durable, and accessible, this one may fit your needs. Keep in mind that the NIV text, while generally very reliable, is not an extremely literal translation, and if you are looking for a highly literal translation, you may want to consider the ESV as a suitable candidate.
I'm very happy with this bible. Hopefully, Zondervan will publish the same compact bible in the NASB version.
I picked up this Bible because a friend had one, and I was intrigued by all the detailed insights and background information they were able to find on various texts. I wish I had had this Bible many years before - it's like having a seminarian standing by to answer your questions. Though I read other editions of the Bible, if I could only have one edition I would choose this one - I reach for it constantly to get explanations and background on various verses. The notes also are well-balanced, including different interpretations when this is the case. It is also filled with good illustrations/maps of buildings and places in the Bible. But the aid which I find most useful is the verse-finding "concordance" in the back, whereby if you know part of a verse but can't recall where it is, you can look up the verse by an alphabetical list of key words from the part you remember. This is a very handy aid to quickly find verses that you want to quote, as well as when you want to do a study on verses addressing various topics.
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I have had this bible since 2008 (it is now 2016) and it is disintegrating! The imitation leather has completely dried out and is now crumbling. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amanda Prince
Writing is pretty small. Either your young and can read that our you regularly use a magnifying glass to read.Published 4 months ago by Sean Murphy
it came in the mail so fast, and it was perfect! it's a great size and it was such a good price! it made a great gift and had all the features I could want in a bible and I highly... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great study bible, had explanations, and printing colours were vibrant. Had a minor print defect where one of the pages weren't trimmed to the size of the bible so I still had the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by seline
Wish I hadn't gotten smally print- Otherwise the best Bible to learn with and to teach with.Published 11 months ago by Patricia Berna
Bought it for my husband and he really likes it. It is very compact and easy to carry around.Published 11 months ago by TFP