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You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover just how much is happening in Scripture.

That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. Scripture is full of symbolic references, nuances, and even plays on words that came across loud and clear to the people who originally read it, but that may get lost in translation for the modern English reader.

This study Bible changes that. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Bible gives you the insight you need to

  • Discover what the Scriptures would have meant to their ancient hearers
  • Set aside our own modern Western perceptions and read the Bible like its original hearers might have
  • Enjoy quick access to one of the most comprehensive collection of research about Bible times ever assembled in one study Bible

Features Include

  • The full text of the NIV
  • Hundreds of full-color photographs from around the world
  • In-depth book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written
  • Over 10,000 verse-by-verse notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages
  • Dozens of charts, maps, diagrams in vivid color
  • In-depth articles on key contextual topics
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Full study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps

Product Information

Format: Bonded Leather
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 X 1.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0310444438
ISBN-13: 9780310444435
References: Cross References
Text Color: Red Letter
Text Size: 8 Point
Note Size: 7 Point
Thumb Index: No
Ribbon Marker: No
Spine: Sewn
Page Gilding: None
Page Edges: White

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Publisher's Description

"How I wish someone had put a book like this into my hands 50 years ago." - N.T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

"I cannot recommend a study Bible any more than this one: Five stars!" - Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

 

CONTEXT CHANGES EVERYTHING

You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.

That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.

 

Features:

  • The full text of the NIV
  • Targeted book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written
  • Insightful and informative verse-by-verse study notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages
  • Key Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament terms are explained and expanded upon in two helpful reference features
  • Over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics
  • 375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from around the world
  • Dozens of charts, maps, and diagrams in vivid color
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Additional study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps

Author Bio

Craig S. Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and holds a doctoral degree in New Testament Studies and the Origins of Christianity from Duke University. He is the author of several commentaries on books of the New Testament.

John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: God’s Purpose, God’s Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; and A Survey of the Old Testament.

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Wouldn't buy this again and give it away to anyone
    November 15, 2016
    Grayfilly
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I would only recommend this Bible to someone who has full knowledge of the Bible already. Pg 1377 with the article talking about Ezekiel 28:11-19 Talking About Satan is alarming. How could someone read this scripture and not see Satan?
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Superb content. Print quality and design could use major improvements.
    November 6, 2016
    Kersi
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an EXCELLENT study Bible. The salient taken by this Bible is to give the reader information about the times, places, and backgrounds of the people at the time a particular book of the Bible was written. This Bible does not focus on WHAT exactly a verse means etc but on HOW the verse MAY have been interpreted by people at that time and place and attempts to put the current reader in the time and place when the book was written. This Bible fills a much needed void in the study Bible market especially for one such as myself who has no formal biblical training.

    Where the item misses the mark is the design of the contents. To start off the font could be a point or two larger. Secondly the background color in the notes portion definitely makes reading them a chore. I had to purchase a page magnifier but even with that the bother is quite distracting. Mr. Publisher, please consider selling a hardcopy containing JUST THE NOTES AND ARTICLES using a larger font and a cleaner background. Yes, I know the notes are available at Olive Tree but for study Bibles I prefer good old hardcopy because many of my Bibles end up being friends evoking fond memories whenever I open a copy to read or browse.

    All in all an excellent and much needed study Bible for a deeper and more fulfilling study.
  3. Bordentown, NJ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delivers what it promises
    October 29, 2016
    Deacon Thomas Shea
    Bordentown, NJ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a superb product. It is physically sturdy and of an attractive design. It delivers the knowledge that it promises to deliver. It is NOT a devotional bible. It's purpose is to deliver insight into the CULTURAL BACKGROUND of the times and places in which the books of the bible were composed. It accomplishes that with great success. It is written for GROWN UP's. There is a verbose one star review in this collection of reviews which seems to indicate that its author did not understand this bible's purpose or its target audience. The books of the bible were composed among REAL people who lived in REAL societies that had theologies and cultures which differed from the those of the Israelites to whom the books were addressed. Nevertheless the Israelites were immersed in that world and their understanding of the scripture was undoubtedly modulated by the surrounding cultures. To miss that point or to reject it is to miss the mission of the authors of the volume's study notes. I teach my students that the bible relates REAL events and describes REAL people who lived, loved, laughed, sinned, bled and died just like us. That's why the message that God gives us through those books remains alive and authoritative. If the Holy Spirit was capable of sustaining the faith of the Israelites who lived in the very midst of the pagan world described in the notes of the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, then understanding that world should encourage and strengthen us.
  4. Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Extremely disappointing
    October 12, 2016
    SnickerdoodleSarah
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    The Cultural Background Study Bible is a Bible that contains a lot of information about the times in which the various sections were written. It has many pictures, maps and diagrams, and of course, commentary. The Bible is pretty large and heavy, but that is to be expected with so much extra content being added to it.

    I must say that this Bible, or rather the extra content of this Bible, had a lot of unnecessary things, and even absolutely indecent things. First, the pictures. I don't remember if I've ever reviewed a Bible that had so many indecent pictures in it. There's the obligatory Adam and Eve (as usual, depicted before the fall of man with conveniently placed leaves), there are ancient artistic depictions of women exposing various body parts, including the lower half of the body, there are ancient depictions of men being circumcisedand so on. And get this, there's even a clay depiction of a woman bathing (not very detailed at all, but still) from around, and I quote, the "eighth-sixth century BC, a few centuries after David saw Bathsheba"! Im sorry people (sarcastically said), but this is absolutely absurd. Why would Christians think that looking at photographs of naked people are wrong but that it's okay to stare at a painting, statue, or etching of a naked person????? I don't care how "ancient" the depiction is, or even how undetailed, it's still wrong. Hasn't any one considered that some of the stuff might even be ancient pornography? Whatever the case, It's a denial of the fall of mankind, it's a denial of original sin, it makes it seem as though it is okay to not be ashamed to stare at other people's nakedness/shame, as long as it is ancient or artistic, and it also provides possible "stumbling blocks" to other Christians. My understanding of the Bible is not enhanced by looking at unclothed people.

    Second, some of the commentary actually seems blasphemous. Just look at this commentary on Isaiah 46:9: "'I am God, and there is no other. ' The Assyrians saw their god Ashur as being the god from whom all other gods deriveIn the Hymn to Aten from New Kingdom Egypt, Aten is hailed as the 'sole God beside whom there is none.' In an environment where numerous other deities claimed power, Israel's God is not making an absolute statement of uniqueness, though he could, according to Israel's theology, rather, he is saying that the readers know his uniqueness through past experience, and this will be confirmed through future fulfillment of God's plans." WHAT????????????? God is "not making an absolute statement of uniqueness"? But what does God say in the VERY NEXT STATEMENT IN THAT VERY SAME VERSE ? "I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE LIKE ME." This is simply shocking. Let's look at another one: The commentary on Proverbs 3:19: "'By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations.' It is not unprecedented that creation is said to be the product of a deity's wisdom, in the 'Memphite Theology,' the Egyptian god Ptuah is said to produce the world through his heart and tongue, standing for his wisdom and his speech" Sections in the Bible like this seem to be actually making the case that there WERE/ARE actually other gods like God, without taking into consideration the CONTEXT of the rest of the Bible, and even the evidence of the archeology, that states that other so-called 'gods' are not even gods at all, but rather wood and stone. Essentially the commentators appear to think it valid to compare God to the attributes that man in his stupidity has ascribed to elaborately carved sticks and stones, and then finding "similar", though imaginary, attributes attributed to those sticks and stones they declare that God is not a unique 'god' and that He is compatible to a rock and a piece of wood. I hope that they do not mean to do so, but this is STRONGLY implied.

    This is very awkward to say, but I don't like this Bible. Or rather, I don't like some of the commentary and other additions to this Bible. I don't know if I've ever said this before, but I'm saying it now: Don't buy this Bible. The back of this Bible says, in bold letters:"CONTEXT CHANGES EVERYTHING".It certainly does.

    I received a free review copy of this book from The BookLook Bloggers Program (My review did not have to be favorable).
  5. Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
    September 11, 2016
    Dr JSK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: Bringing To Life The Ancient World Of Scripture, published by Zondervan is a Bible that strives to bring life into familiar Bible stories.

    The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Bible is filled with insights/explanations into Biblical customs, culture, and literature of from the Biblical eras which serve to bring clarity to the study of scripture. This feature is sure to bring us deeper into even the most familiar scriptures passages and Biblical stories.

    There are over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics, 375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from all around the world, dozens of colored maps, charts, and diagrams, verse-by-verse study notes, detailed book introductions, and much more, all of which are sure to increase our faith and solidify our relationship with Jesus.

    This Bible is packed, from cover to cover, with the tools that every Christian needs to grow, thus it is a recommended purchase.

    Dr. Jeff Krupinski
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