NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Large Print, Imitation Leather, TanZondervan / 2017 / Imitation Leather$29.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 24 Reviews
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Jonathan5 Stars Out Of 5large-print Cultural Backgrounds Bible is a great study toolOctober 15, 2018JonathanQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I purchased this for my wife. having read a little of John Walton's writings on Genesis and Ancient Near East studies of Comparative literature with ancient Israel, I knew this study Bible would include some serious scholarship. Also, the Large Print suits us because we both sit in front of the computer a lot for our masters programs, and you just do not have to squint to read the Bible with this one. The price was perfect, and, she could not be happier with a copy of God's word. We are looking forward to the release of the NRSV version!
Bob5 Stars Out Of 5accurate titleAugust 27, 2018BobQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent study bible.
shawn5 Stars Out Of 5great study BibleAugust 15, 2018shawnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5great study Bible. got it on sale for $26.99. lots of study notes and illustrations. love this Bible. would highly recommend this to anyone.
Becky5 Stars Out Of 5Very nice BibleJuly 27, 2018BeckyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I recently bought a copy of CBSB NIV and am very glad I did. It has lots of charts, maps, pictures and copious notes that are very helpful in understanding the context in which the Scriptures were written. Nice cover and sewn pages for a long-lasting Bible. NIV is not my favorite translation, but still a really nice Bible. I bought the pink and brown personal size version.
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?