NIV Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition--soft leather-look, brownZondervan / 2019 / Imitation Leather$37.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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Carolyn4 Stars Out Of 5Life Application Study BibleNovember 17, 2019CarolynI am really enjoying this study bible. The paper is thinner than I like which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. The content is fabulous with wonderful insights.
JOL5 Stars Out Of 5LAB 3rd edition has enhanced features!November 13, 2019JOLQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5LAB 3rd edition has updated notes and other enhanced features: charts, maps, etc.
Jim West3 Stars Out Of 5A good study bible, for a particular audienceNovember 12, 2019Jim WestQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I've been sent along a copy of the new 3rd edition of Zondervan's NIV 'Life Application Study Bible' for review by the good folk at Biblegateway. In due course, I'll let you know what I think of it. In the meanwhile, I'm obliged to tell you that I received the bible with the understanding that it 1) costs me nothing and 2) I should review it here, and 3) that I am free to offer my opinion unencumbered by any requirement to make the publisher happy (but of course that's always true of reviews here, isn't it?). Ok cool. I am also reminded that I need to include the hashtag #BibleGatewayPartner which, naturally, I am happy to do.
I've also been asked to point out that there is an interview with the general editor of this edition right here. You may find it helpful.
First and foremost, the translation utilized in this study bible is the NIV which in and of itself is problematic. It tends to run in the direction of conservativism and is at times biased and therefore not as accurate as it can and should be. For instance, at Isaiah 7:14 'almah' is still translated 'virgin' in spite of the fact that Hebrew has a word for virgin, 'bethulah'. The editors offer a footnote which suggests that 'young woman' is another possible reading. In truth, the footnote should indicate the inferior translation, not the superior. Accordingly, the text should contain 'young woman' and any footnote should explain that the Hebrew text makes use of a word that means anything but 'virgin' and that had the writer wished to say 'virgin' he easily could have, given that he possessed a word meaning just that.
Second, the translation utilizes 'red letters' which purportedly mark off the words of Jesus from the surrounding text in the Gospels. Such attempts to reconstruct the 'very words of Jesus' are ill-considered and usually inaccurate. For instance, in John 3, it is very much the case that verse 15 is an editorial remark by the Gospel author. Nonetheless, it is here found in red, implying that Jesus himself said it.
Third, the NIV continues the unfortunate tradition of translating with 'eternal'. The proper translation of this word is 'everlasting' when in any context not referring to God himself, as only God is eternal (without beginning or ending).
Various translation glitches and misprisions notwithstanding, the presently at hand study bible has excellent explanatory notes, sidebars, and maps. It also includes a concordance, an index of subjects, and various 'Christian worker' helps and passage guides. Interesting persons are discussed in sidebars throughout and though the compartments of those sidebars can be at times a little 'cheesy' (for instance, a mentioning of various characters 'strengths and accomplishments', 'notable fact', 'vital statistics' and 'lessons from his life'), the basic information they contain and the various cross references to other bits of the bible where they appear are quite good.
Timelines and that sort of thing are very traditional in orientation. This is a conservative study bible which will appeal to conservative Christians, bolstering their preconceptions and reinforcing their already existing understanding of the biblical message. With that in mind, the work is perfect for the audience it aims to please. It is compiled by conservatives, reviewed in the editorial process by conservatives, annotated by conservatives (there isn't a single minimalist in the bunch), and lists 'theological reviewers' none of whom I have ever heard of aside from Grant Osborne and Geoff Bromiley.
Is this a volume worth acquiring? If you are a conservative Christian, yes. If you number yourself as belonging outside that ideological camp, you too may find it interesting but it won't be pleasurable. Interesting because of its obvious theological biases, and not pleasurable because of its annoying habit of being far too traditionally minded.
I wish someone would publish this kind of study bible with the Revised English Bible as the base text and the interesting maps, useful biographical sidebars (without the cheese), fully stocked indices, and helpful concordances found herein. Now THAT would be a study bible I could get excited about.
Because, as useful as this study bible is in parts and pieces, it just isn't all that exciting.
Julie D.5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic Bible full of Great ResourcesNovember 4, 2019Julie D.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a beautiful Bible! I love the rich, brown two toned color of this Bible and the lovely feel of the cover. It's easy to understand why this Bible is the best selling Bible in the world.
Inside, there are wonderful study notes that explain so well the Scriptures. I also love all the little maps scattered throughout. There are maps in the back, however, having the small maps throughout makes it so easy to see where things are taking place as you're reading. There are also wonderful colored charts on the people of the Bible and other interesting facts of the Bible. I love this because they catch your attention.
Another nice thing is the explanation at the beginning of each book of the Bible that gives you an overview of what you will be reading. This is extremely helpful as you start reading those particular Scriptures.
I think my favorite part of this Bible is in the back and it's called the "Christian Worker's Resource". This section shows you how you can become a Christian and also has a section of how to follow up with a new Christian. I found these really great resources and something not found in any other Bible I've read.
This is a wonderful Bible with so many great resources right at your fingertips. I really love this Bible and highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars.
*This Bible was provided to me by Bible Gateway. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
michu5 Stars Out Of 5so worth the wait!October 28, 2019michuQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5gorgeous cover. beautifully set out and easy to read. heavier than expected. considering getting the personal size for easter next year for taking with me to church. packed full of info. only drawback is the one lonely ribbon, this size bible needs at least two.
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