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The Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible was awarded the Christian Book Awards 2017 Bible of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association!
The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible bridges that gap by bringing the ancient world of the Bible to life- every page is packed with study notes containing expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforce your confidence and bring difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus. 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 perceptions and read the Bible like its original hearers might have
- Enjoy easy access to one of the most comprehensive collections of research about Bible times ever assembled in one study Bible
- 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
|Format: Imitation Leather|
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.75 X 6.25 X 1.25 (inches)
References: Cross References
|Text Color: Red Letter|
Text Size: 8 Point
Thumb Index: No
Ribbon Marker: Yes
Page Gilding: Silver
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"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
Youve 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.
Thats 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. 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.
- 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
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: Gods Purpose, Gods Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; and A Survey of the Old Testament.
MaximusAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5A Fantastic Study Bible for Anybody Interested in Ancient Cultures & Customs!April 24, 2018MaximusAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After reading and/or watching numerous reviews on the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, I decided to purchase a copy for myself. To note, I'm a Pastor with several Study Bibles on my shelf (NLTSB, NIVZSB, ESVSB, HCSBSB, Disciples SB - which is now back in print - and more through Logos Bible Software). I don't share this to claim any scholarly expertise, but simply to note that I've put years of experience and education into understanding God's Word and utilizing various resources to help others understand it as well.
What is the target audience of the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible?
In my opinion, the target audience of the CBSB would be anybody who has an interest in ancient historical cultures, and how those other ancient cultures may have influenced ancient Israel. Those who have some historical or archaeological education will be right at home with this Study Bible, understanding some of the names of Ancient kings and some of the customs that were found in the eastern part of the world. The bulk of the commentary would be OK for the average layperson, but I've found some of the language to be on a more scholarly level. As such, I likely wouldn't recommend this particular study bible to a High School student, but would recommend it to a college student / graduate with a high interest in ancient cultures. Similarly, I wouldn't recommend this study bible to somebody who is looking to understand the text or offer basic theology. This bible wasn't made to provide a basic theological overview. For that, I would more regularly recommend the NLT Study Bible.
Does this study bible contain anything indecent or unnecessary?
I felt it necessary to include this question in a review, based on other reviews (here or elsewhere) that have noted "indecent" or "unnecessary" images or commentary. As I noted above, I believe the target audience for this study bible would for a college student or other adult with a high interest in ancient cultures, and how those cultures could've impacted ancient Israel. As somebody who has done fairly extensive study in Old Testament History and dabbled a little in ancient archaeology, I haven't found anything inappropriate. Sure, there's an image of Adam & Eve with fig leaves (I believe this one is found in the Book of Romans), and sure there are other ancient pictures or sculptures that provide artistic examples of human nudity. These are important, because they reveal to the reader cultural norms in these ancient times. While I hesitate to say this, I feel I must - one who is upset by these images would likely be upset by hearing a Christian Pastor read Song of Songs 4:21-5:1 from the church pulpit. Or other Old Testament passages that talk about a woman grabbing a man by the genitals (Deuteronomy 25:11-12). Or perhaps the HCSB reading of 1 Samuel 15:33 which says that Samuel "hacked Agag to pieces before the LORD", which is a better translation than simply, "Samuel put Agag to death." The Bible contains some pretty direct language that is sometimes sexual and/or violent. Because of this, I don't find any offense to the images provided in this study bible. In fact, I'd say these images are often milder than the passages noted above.
As for the commentary, I would caution any reader to not absorb a study bible's commentary notes in the same way they absorb the actual biblical text. Nevertheless, of the articles and commentary notes I've read thus far, I find it well written, and often fascinating. Will I approve of every commentary note? It's unlikely. But at the same time, I appreciate being mentally challenged to see some things from a different perspective, and sometimes a commentary will provide enough context and/or other evidence to help me see a passage differently than I once did. There's something wonderful about the challenge to love the Lord with your mind, stretch yourself, and try to better understand a passage in the same way the first readers would've heard it and understood it.
In short, I don't believe there's anything "indecent" or "unnecessary" here.
What about the font? Is it too light?
I've seen a few reviews here and elsewhere noting the light font, especially in the commentary notes. As somebody who purchased the Black Leather (indexed) copy, I haven't experienced this. In fact, I've found much of the commentary notes to be a slightly darker font than the biblical text. As somebody who is aging and is near the need to have bifocals, I've found no difficulty reading this Bible.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Sure. I like this study bible. I like it a lot. A lot a lot. Because of the newness of owning it, I would hesitate to say that it's my favorite study bible, but I won't be surprised if a few years from now I would say it's my favorite one. I like it so much that I even added a digital copy to my tablet. That said, I'm REALLY glad I purchased a hard copy, as I prefer studying God's Word in non-digital format for personal growth.
What's Your Favorite Scripture Passage?
Hard to choose, but Romans 12:2 comes to mind. The NLT reads, "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Changing the way you think (eg. renewing your mind) is a big challenge, but we serve a BIG GOD, and He is more than able.
What's your favorite color?
Green...no blue....no, Wait, why is this question is even here?!
Do you have any recommendations to make it better?
In time, I may come to have more recommendations, but the only one I can currently think of is that it would've been nice to better highlight the Greek or Hebrew words in the commentary notes. They're generally italicized, but I think having them bolded, or perhaps printed in the same color as the pericope headings for the biblical text would help the reader be able to more quickly identify when a commentary note includes terms from the original language. It's very minor gripe, but could be a simple "feature" included in future printings to make this resource even better.
Would you recommend this study bible?
Iris5 Stars Out Of 5Cultural BackgroundsApril 5, 2018IrisQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love the Bible and all the information but I would love to havea different version since NIV is not my favorite.
Soup SteveAtlantaAge: 35-44Gender: Male3 Stars Out Of 5Good not greatApril 1, 2018Soup SteveAtlantaAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I am not a huge NIV fan. I bought this for the Cultural information only. i disagree with a lot of the commentary, even in the inteoduction. There is a lot of historical information that I did learn and find very interesting though, which did help put things in a different perspective.
Rock Lee5 Stars Out Of 5Cultural BackGrouda Study BibleJanuary 19, 2018Rock LeeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Good & simple to use words are easy understand
DE3 Stars Out Of 5cultural studies background niv bibleSeptember 24, 2017DEQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3wonderful bible but the print of the notes is way too light. you need a good light to read them. other than that i would recommend this bible.