Perfect to focus on just the Bible's chronological text
April 22, 2016
Some people have commented it was difficult to follow this Bible's setup, but instructions to understand it are all written in the introduction. Once you read it, it's easy to understand and use this Bible.
I agree, you do not want to use this as your main Bible when following along in a standard group study because smaller parts of the whole are interjected amidst a framework of core Scripture. All Scriptures are cataloged in traditional order in the back, but the parts distributed by piecemeal would be difficult to find and read together during church or group studies.
I thoroughly enjoy this chronological Bible. I wanted one without extraneous commentary to focus solely on the Bible's chronology, and this book does just that. I can always supplement with external Bible dictionaries and handbooks.
If you're looking to follow the Bible chronologically with your main focus on the Biblical text, this is an excellent choice. I would have bought this again over the competition.
Read the Bible in chronological order as passages are placed side by side from various books, showing how the verses overlap and relate to one another. Find things you never noticed about prophecies coming true or David's psalms being about other notable Bible stories. See the Word in a new way and understand the timing of every miraculous deed.
I have never owned a chronological study Bible before, but this was so cool. I loved using this during quiet time, especially when it came to Psalm integration within other books. There are so many little details you can notice and the set up on the pages themselves is perfect. I was able to easily follow enough and not get yanked out of one passage because of another or confused by what to read in what order. It all made sense and that I highly appreaciated.
This next note isn't really a detracting issue from this Bible. This is more of a note for possible buyers. This is not the best copy to take to church. If your study group leader or Pastor asks you to flip to a certain verse or chapter, you probably won't be able to find it. This is for personal study to enjoy a streamlines chronological adventure. Not my number one choice for group events or Bible studies.
I am so excited to continue working through this copy of the Bible and find even more fun correlations between different books and chapters. One of the coolest sections to read in here is Jesus's birth and death, because multiple books talk about it. So go check it out! Four doves out of five.
*I received this book for free from the author but it in no way affected my review.
Good for daily "straight through the Bible" or comparitive reading
July 28, 2014
Debbie from ChristFocus
"NIV Integrated Study Bible" is a NIV Bible (newest translation) presented chronologically with some timelines and section introductions. Different records of the same event or genealogy are shown side-by-side so that you can easily compare the accounts to get a fuller understanding. Similar events are also often put in with the same-event accounts, which can be confusing. Similar events are indicated with a gray rather than black column heading, but the difference in headings is not noticeable unless you are paying close attention.
This Bible presents some events as the same event which are, in my opinion, different events, but they did a much better job with this than I expected. (People have a tendency to assume similar sermons must actually be the same sermon, but traveling speakers frequently use similar stories and sermons since they have a "fresh" audience who hasn't heard them before. And it's not surprising that some similar events happened.)
Since it is a chronological Bible, this Bible isn't useful for "everyone turn to Luke chapter..." circumstances, but it is great for straight-through daily reading. If you need to look up the location of a specific verse, you can use an index in the back.
For those who care: In the New Testament, John is used as the "backbone" that events in the other gospels are aligned with. As in, it's the gospel that has the most verses in the order we're used to. Mark is the second "most in order" book. No dates were given for events before Abraham. I appreciated that the author acknowledged that there is debate about various dates as most Bibles (and ancient history textbooks) will give you a date like it's undisputed fact. (Ancients didn't date things the same way we do, which opens things up to debate.) This Bible used more conservative dates and mainly compared its dates with liberal ones.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to those who want a daily reading Bible that makes it easy to compare similar passages and align events chronologically.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers.
I have used a Study Bible for years. I have found that the author notes in a study bible are very helpful in further comprehending scripture. What I loved about this specific Bible is that in combines a Chronological Bible with some study Bible aspects. For example: when reading in 1 Samuel about David the Psalm David wrote about that time is listed next to the scripture. There are also several sections that are repeats in the Bible, just different first person accounts (such as in the gospels). The Integrated Bible has these sections parallel with each other so you can easily see both versions.
There is a very detailed explanation in the front of this Bible on how the order was decided. I found it helpful in understanding a bit of church history as well.
I initially purchased this Bible because I have found that anything that has John Kohlenberger's name on it is going to stretch and expand my thinking and spirituality. It features the 2011 NIV text. After using it for 2-3 months, I have grown to realize this is unlike any other Bible available. We already have chronological Bibles and gospel harmonies. But did you know Micah 4:1-3 is virtually identical to Isaiah 2:1-4? That portion of Micah is placed next to Isaiah in Isaiah's regular, running text. The grayed title of Micah 4:1-3 shows it appears elsewhere in its own running text. Or how about the entire book of Obadiah embedded with Jeremiah 49's parallel prophecy against Edom? Then there is 2 Kings 19, 2 Chronicles 32 and Isaiah 37 all on the same page. Because the Psalms and Isaiah and many other books are scattered over sometimes hundreds of pages, the Bible has a helpful Scripture Index at the very back that will help you locate any passage in the Bible. This was very helpful yesterday when I was reading Luke 3 and 4 with a study group. Two verses about John the Baptist were 40 pages farther on because that was where the parallel accounts of him are found. The genealogy is 6 pages earlier, in reverse order to align with other genealogies. If you don't want your brain circuits overheating, keep this index handy. Sometimes it frustrates but always it enlightens. I have between 80 and 100 English Bibles (lost track) and am also a translator. This Bible is unparalleled for helping you discover new relationships in the text. It is rapidly becoming my favorite. Put a leather cover on it and it WILL be, hands down.