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NIV Zondervan Study Bible #Review

9780310438335.jpg-2Book Description

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D.A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. D.A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is a founding member of the Gospel Coalition.


The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D.A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. An ambitious and comprehensive undertaking, Dr. Carson, with committee members Dr. T. Desmond Alexander, Dr. Richard S. Hess, Dr. Douglas J. Moo, and Dr. Andrew David Naselli, along with a team of over 60 contributors from a wide range of evangelical denominations and perspectives, crafted all-new study notes and other study tools to present a biblical theology of God’s special revelation in the Scriptures. To further aid the readers’ understanding of the Bible, also included are full-color maps, charts, photos and diagrams. In addition, a single-column setting of the Bible text provides maximum readability.

My Thoughts

No need to make room on your shelves for another study bible, because the NIV Zondervan Study Bible makes room for itself. By consolidating everything you love about a study bible – biblical accuracy, solid study notes, archeological evidence, cultural detail, word studies and more, and rolling them into one exhaustive text — this bible eliminates the need for extraneous biblical resources. If you are seriously seeking God, let the NIV Zondervan Study Bible be a lamp to your feet.

I will begin by confessing that I am a word nerd. Unfortunately, I cannot read biblical Hebrew or Aramaic, so I’ve often relied on pastors, authors, or bible commentaries to reveal to me the significance/hidden meaning of certain passages of scripture. Oftentimes, when viewed in context the meaning of a word or phrase can take on an entirely different connotation. My absolute favorite aspect of this bible is the way words and phrases are broken down into little bite sized pieces in the notes. It effectively describes how a word is being used (part of speech), how it was used in a similar way elsewhere in scripture, and/or how it is defined in context.

Example: (from page 29) Exodus 2:18 not good. The opposite of the good creation of ch. 1. helper. the Lord God seeks a “helper” for the man so that he is not alone. The Hebrew term (but as a verb) is found later in 49:25, where God “helps” (is a helper for) Israel.

NIVStudyBibleI also happen to be a lover of history. As I child, I tried to keep the history taught from my textbooks and biblical history separate, not knowing how they fit together. As an adult, I’ve needed a little help reconciling the two in my mind, which is another reason I’ve enjoyed reading from this bible. Biblical timelines and archeological discoveries (relevant to the scriptures) are scattered throughout this study bible. As more dots in God’s timeline connect with the facts I already know, a little shiver of excitement works it’s way up my spine. I feel blessed by each new revelation — amazed by how His redemptive plan continues to unfold.

IMG_7971My final confession is that I thrive on organization. This bible is easy to use because everything is organized and easy to find. Looking for the who, when, why of a particular book? You’ll find that and more (intended recipients, genre, structure, themes, theology, overriding message) in the introduction section of each book. Want to know where these events are taking place? The NIV Zondervan Study Bible contains 94 maps found intermingled in the text as well as in the Maps section at the back. Need help keeping your facts straight? In addition to the outlines preceding each chapter, readers can study 81 charts detailing everything from Major Old Testament Offerings and Sacrifices (pg. 197), to Distances in Miles Between Old Testament Cities (pg. 407), to the Harmony of the Gospels (pg. 2200).

Graduates to grandparents, mothers to ministry leaders, I believe the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is for everyone. You could use this bible in your personal studies for years to come and never fully exhaust all that it has to offer.


**I received this book free as a member of the BookLookBloggers review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Additional Facts & Photos:

Along with your purchase, you’ll also receive free electronic access to the NIV Zondervan Study Bible – making this study bible travel friendly.


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