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  1. Anonymous
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    NIV Starting Place Bible
    January 4, 2021
    Anonymous
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent bible for those that want further depth for studying the bible.
  2. Ruth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great notes and articles
    August 28, 2019
    Ruth
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This Bible (tan/blue cover) has been a great help to me. The introduction to Job was mindblowing! The amount of material isn't overwhelming as in a traditional study Bible (ESV Study Bible) and the notes and articles that are included are very helpful. They bring out ideas and facts that I've never considered before.

    There are various reading plans about Jesus, Unusual Stories, and People of Great Faith. A One-Year Bible Reading plan is also included.

    I have tried many Bibles in the past but, being unsure of the theology contained in the notes etc., I only ended up confused.

    This Bible is truly a good "Starting Place" to begin knowing the Bible and Jesus better!
  3. Vic
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great "Starting Place"!
    May 10, 2019
    Vic
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Zondervan Starting Place Study Bible is exactly what you could hope for from a Bible by that name. I would have absolutely appreciated something like this as a new believer and can even appreciate it now. The Bible contains multiple different forms of notes to aid the reader in understanding, including character introductions, Q&A, context notes on things like history and culture, and classic study notes on the bottom of the page. The study materials are drawn from The Essential Bible Companion, NIV Quest Study Bible, NIV Foundation Study Bible, NIV Archaeology Study Bible, NIV Student Bible, and NIV Rock Solid Faith Study Bible.

    Features include (from the publisher):

    Full text of New International Version (NIV), the translation known for clarity, accuracy, and readability

    Perfect study Bible for those beginning their Bible journey

    Ideal gift for new believers

    88 Bible Characters: Explore the lives of the Bible's most fascinating personalities

    282 Q&A Notes: Get answers to your most perplexing questions

    146 Context Notes: In-depth articles on the cultural and historical context of Scripture

    138 Bible Truths: Core Christian beliefs and their basis in Scripture

    Book Introductions provide you with a helpful overview of each book of the Bible

    Over 6,000 study notes explain the text, verse-by-verse

    Exclusive NIV Zondervan Comfort Print typeface

    9.7-point print size

    As mentioned above, I would have loved this as a new believer in Christ. I found opposing views of scripture to be incredibly frustrating when I asked those who held them. What I would have appreciated is something like this Bible which states things simply in some places of controversy. Though the notes do come across as biased occasionally, I love that the Bible points out differences in interpretation such as the notes for Romans 9 which introduce differing soteriological (pertaining to salvation) views including Arminianism and Calvinism, without necessarily advocating for one or the other.

    Another thing I greatly enjoy about this Bible is that it manages to be clear, understandable, and easy to grasp without being condescending, overly simplistic, or so vague that they cannot cause a new believer to grow in the faith. The context notes touch on topics that many who are old in the faith may not even be incredibly familiar with such as ancient creation narratives and textual criticism.

    New believers, or those simply looking for a place to start to dig deeper into scripture will benefit from this Bible through more than just facts and notes. Throughout the Bible can be found numerous questions and answers relevant for the questioner. How do Christians practice evangelism in a culture that resists "proselytizing"? does the Bible have answers for all of today's moral dilemmas? and what happens to a Christian between death and the day of judgment? are all questions addressed with care and wisdom. In addition to these questions that contain answers there are also many "Think" questions, which are rhetorical and inspire the reader to think about a passage or how they might respond in a given situation.

    The translation, NIV, is perhaps not my favourite, however, it's easy to understand and I would argue adequately conveys the main message of the text. It is a good translation for the beginner student of the Bible.

    Overall, I find the study notes on the Starting Place Bible to be both clear and informative and I believe it to be an excellent place to start, both for those who are new to the faith and those who are seeking for a place to start when it comes to studying God's word.

    I received a copy of this Bible in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  4. HeidiMarie
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    NIV Starting Place Study Bible
    April 24, 2019
    HeidiMarie
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This Bible from Zondervan is designed for those who want to study God's Word, but don't know how or where to start. Included thoughout are notes, Q&As, definitions, context notes, Bible truths, key verses and terms, and spotlights on individuals of the Bible, to name a few. I think this would be an awesome tool for someone who is new to the faith. I'll be handing this off to a friend of mine who told me she wanted to read the Bible, but didn't know how to go about it. I'm sure there are tons of people in that situation.

    The only thing that I disliked about this Bible is that it's a pretty big and bulky hardcover. So while it's very sturdy, it's really heavy and a real pain to carry around. Otherwise, this is a really nice Bible.

    Overall, I'm giving this 4/5 stars.

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
  5. Tim
    Illinois
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    NIV StartingPlace Study Bible
    April 24, 2019
    Tim
    Illinois
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Study Bibles have a great advantage over other types of Bibles in that they have a broad base of information available to the reader rather than a narrow or specialized focus. A devotional Bible frequently does not give a lot of cultural context or historical data. A reference Bible does not have a lot of study material typically, it has a system of interconnecting verses throughout the Bible. A study Bible on the other hand can contain any number of features, depending on the goal of the publisher.

    The Starting Place Study Bible is an amalgamation of five other study Bibles and the Essential Bible Companion. The five different study Bibles included are the Quest, Foundation, Archaeological, Student and Rock Solid Faith study Bibles. The benefit of this combination is a broad platform of information is interwoven into the NIV text of the Bible. One of my favorite features is the "Context Notes" feature. These are insets throughout the Bible. They are presented in a folder format presentation. The types of folders are People, Lands & Rulers, Culture & History, Archaeology, Ancient Texts & Artifacts and Reliability. The type of information included with the note is designated by which folder tab is highlighted.

    There are study notes throughout the Bible as well, and tables spread through the text of things such as the Messianic Psalms and a Harmony of the Gospels. There are maps through the Bible, reading plans, subject index, etc. A wide variety of material is included. While the study aides do not go as far in depth as the individual study Bibles they are drawn from, they do a fantastic job of drawing the most useful information from the individual works and combining to make this study aid heavy study Bible.

    I received a free copy of this from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive. All thoughts are my own.
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