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Featuring select content from Zondervan's top Study Bibles
The NIV Lenses Bible is a multifaceted study Bible that offers the best of Zondervan's best. With a wide variety of notes, illustrations, and articles, explore the Bible from an exciting array of angles and approaches. Each "lens"—or study method—offers a different perspective on the text, and together they provide readers with a more holistic understanding.
This edition includes the entire NIV Bible text with the world's best notes for learning. It incorporates the finest content, images, and study tools from the most popular Bibles that are loved and used by Bible readers just like you.
- Flyover Lens
Start each book of the Bible with the right perspective from easy-to-read introductions from the popular Essential Bible Companion.
- Unpack Lens
Easily understand and interpret Bible passages with bottom-of-the page study notes and in-text charts from the best-in-class NIV Study Bible.
- Dig Deep, Look Close Lens
Understand the fascinating historical significance of the Bible with articles and photos from the bestselling NIV Archaeological Study Bible.
- Q and A Lens
Get concise, easy-to-grasp answers to your most perplexing questions about the Bible with questions and answers from the beloved NIV Quest Study Bible.
- People Lens
View Scripture from the perspective of the 100 most important people in the Bible with notes for the student of any age excerpted from the timeless NIV Student Bible.
- Guided Tour Lens
Get a bird's eyes view of Scripture with a Guided Tour, also excerpted from the category-leading NIV Student Bible.
- Insight Lens
Find meaning in the Bible by reading these magazine-style call-outs from the NIV Student Bible.
- R and R Lens
Reflect and Respond with this quick inspirational focus time, which unveils the sweeping narrative of the Bible as seen in the award-winning The Great Rescue, NIV.
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"Looking for the ultimate study Bible? The NIV Essentials Study Bible combines the best features of our six most popular Bibles. Its designed to help you easily understand and interpret Gods Word, then apply it to your life. This Bible includes great study tools to help you unpack and discover Scripture. Features such as Q&A, detailed in-text study notes, timelines, photos and charts answer your questions, while helpful devotional insights shed new light on familiar passages. Biblical character profiles help you get to know the people of the Bible on a deeper level. Helpful notes are structured into a variety of "lenses" that shine a unique light on Scripture. As you study, youll find the ones that best speak to your heart, mind, and spirit. These unique lenses offer different approaches to studying Gods word.
- Flyover Lens: Start each book with the big picture. These easy-to-read introductions from the popular Essential Bible Companion help you start each book with a general understanding of the context.
- Unpack Lens: Looking for help understanding and interpreting Bible passages? These study notes from the well-loved NIV Study Bible offer valuable insight into the context and meaning behind the words.
- Dig Deep, Look Close Lens: Articles and photos from the NIV Archaeological Study Bible bring Bible times to life. Go back in time with fascinating historical and archaeological discoveries.
- Q & A Lens: Tackle your tough questions with thoughtful excerpts from the beloved NIV
Quest Study Bible. Questioning is an important part of learning.
- People Lens: Youve heard the names before, but what do you really know about the characters within the pages of the Bible? Excerpts from the popular NIV Student Bible introduce you to 100 significant people in the Bible.
- Guided Tour Lens: Helpful excerpts from the NIV Student Bible give context and explanation along the way.
- Insight Lens: Notes from the NIV Student Bible point out interesting facts and shed light on verses you might have questions about.
- Reflect and Respond Lens: These excerpts from the award-winning Great Rescue NIV Bible will help recap what youve read. Take a moment to reflect and digest each section as you walk through the sweeping narrative of the Bible.
Tailor your journey through Scripture to the way you study best with the NIV Essentials Study Bible. Its like six awesome resources in one. Order your copy today and take your study to the next level.
This Bible offers a biblical perspective on the following topics: Angels, Creation, Evangelism, Ecology, Faith, Eternal Life, Church, Family, Forgiveness, God's love, God's will, Growing with God, Guilt, Holy Spirit, Idolatry, Immigration, Jesus life, Jesus miracles, Jesus fulfillment of prophecy, Judgment, Leadership, Marriage, Miracles, Money, Pagan gods, Parenting, Poverty, Prayer, Prophecy, Reliability of Scripture, Satan, Sanctification, Suffering, Temple, Warfare, Wealth, Women, YHWH, and more."
mommyof25 Stars Out Of 5wonderful study BibleMarch 7, 2016mommyof2Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I bought my husband and friend one of these Bibles and they love it! My husband said it was like no other Bible he has seen and absolutly enjoys it.
AdrianBloomfield, CTAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5a great work: a best friend.December 3, 2015AdrianBloomfield, CTAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I should really say (THE Bible) & THE best Friend (Jesus!), but this Bible is so good I couldn't but Give it both thumbs up in every way. the cover is not leather, but the soft and supple Duotone is beautiful and arguably as resilient and sturdy as, perhaps, bonded leather. the Bible itself is so loaded with features, the NIV is a great translation, and my favorite. It is used here, and full use of any and all Study Bible helps to be had. Notes, maps,rerences, charts,tables ad infinitum. It actually DOES draw almost all of the resources from other Zander van Study Bibles. this Bible is best used in the STUDY of itself rather than for the less technical use of a Bible for purely devotional purposes. I spent my money very well and you will too. I really haven't been able to find any of this Bible to have any unused info or :fat" in it, every thing about it was well thought out and must have been compiled with an awful lot of hard,scholarly and spiritual assets. I DO recommend this Bible and had it for two days when I realized how easy it is to study any Biblical subject with ease. Thank you Zondervan and CBD!( ps my tablet (bug) wouldn't let me leave all five stars on this Bible but it has them anyway)
DoreenMarylandAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Review: NIV Essentials BibleJuly 28, 2014DoreenMarylandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This Bible, the NIV Essentials Study Bible is jam packed! It has over 1700 pages, Reading Plans, Subject Index, a place for Notes and there are 15 colorful maps in the back! I've never had a Bible like this before where parts of other Bibles are put into 1 Bible. It's incredible and I know that a lot of work went into compiling all of this together. I really love the photographs, charts, highlights, maps and lens. They updated the NIV version from the 1984 one, there was another update in 1996 and the lastest update was in 2011. This latest one refers to men and women equally. They moved away from using the third person masculine singular pronouns like 'he/him/his'. I do like that it includes 'women' in there now where as up until recently, it didn't have this. With human effort, there are going to be flaws and they try their best translating and give God the glory. Truly an incredible Bible and it would make a great investment in your life! It would also make a great gift for for a loved one who dearly treasures His Word!
CliffymaniaMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Good introductory study BibleJuly 18, 2014CliffymaniaMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I love collecting Bibles. Not so they can sit on my shelf, but to have a useful tool in studying God's Word. Study Bibles are my particular favorite.
Zondervan has released the NIV Essentials Study Bible which actually compiles bits from previous Bibles they've published; the NIV Study Bible, Archeological Bible, Student Bible to name a couple. In the past, I have used all three of these so I was interested to see how they would compile them into one Bible that wasn't approximately the size of a suitcase.
Why does the book exist?
I ask the same questions of this Bible that I ask of the NIV Fast Facts Bible: Given the proliferation of Bibles available what's the justification for printing yet another Bible, especially one that compiles previously published Bibles? Since it compiles previously published Bibles does it end up being basically the "demo" version of those Bibles?
The purpose of the Essentials Bible is to use the elements from those previous publications as "lenses" that bring you closer and closer to the text. It doesn't have every element from every version, so in that sense it is a stripped down demo. However, there's still a lot here and it works as an introductory study Bible that can keep you digging for quite awhile.
The Essentials Bible uses the NIV 2011 text. While I'm not qualified to speak to the accuracy of translations I can tell you that the NIV 2011 has been highly criticized. Entire denominations (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Southern Baptist Convention) that have used the NIV for years have turned away from the NIV 2011 in favor of the ESV 2011.
Book introductions / Study notes / Maps
These are the basics for a study Bible. The notes are not as exhaustive in this edition as they are in the NIV Study Bible, or the ESV Study Bible. That can be a challenge because its frustrating to look up a verse and then go to check the notes only to find there's no note on that verse. It'll happen more in this edition.
This was my favorite part of the student Bible. Sometimes the characters of the Bible can feel two dimensional. The profiles help show that they were, in fact, real people.
This is the archeology lens; pun intended I presume. These really do help even though they are sparse. Seeing the Bible tied in with the culture and history of the time really helps put it in perspective.
There's quite a few of these where they answer some of those common questions and even some of the not so common. Remember, these answers while based on scripture are still commentary and not scripture. They are meant to help you study, not end the study.
Insights / Guided Tour
These are short "life application" style pieces meant to illuminate the text. Each one ends with a life question.
Reflect & Respond
R&R's are short devotionals broken into four parts; read, think, live, and next level.
Overall, there's a lot to like about the NIV Essentials Study Bible and it's priced competitively at $50. It's just that NIV 2011 translation that is problematic. My suggestion is, if you get this Bible, get a text only copy of the ESV, or have an ESV on your digital device and keep it handy while you study. It's always good use multiple translations when you study anyway, no matter the translation. The added value pieces really do add value.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
kp07193 Stars Out Of 5NIV Essentials Study BibleJuly 10, 2014kp0719Quality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3The NIV Essentials Study Bible is a great resource when you are involved in Bible study.
There seems to be more emphasis in this book on the tools to help with your study than the actual scripture. The words of the Bible are there but there is also a lot of information to help with your study of the Bible.
I received this book to review in an electronic format. This is a great form when you are unable to travel with your Bible. But I prefer a hard copy for my daily study needs.
I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased review