Friday, September 12, 2014

Good Bible, But . . .

I was really torn about how to rate this Bible, the NIV First Century Study Bible.  As one who loves history, I relished the opportunity to gain additional nuggets of information that helps form the entire picture of the Bible.  This adds to the richness of God's Word.  I believe this was accomplished through short articles and small pictures describing scripture.

The Study Notes and Word Studies were good aids as well.  There were Study Helps in the back of the Bible, including 15 maps, a nice concordance, a glossary and more.  There were articles within the scripture and a feature called "Day in the Life" which gave nice information.

Overall, there are a great many helps.  What I didn't like was the newer NIV.  I still like the 1984 NIV as the best version.  I could live with this version though.

One additional area I did not like was some of the editorial comments that are made within the Study Notes.  In Genesis 4:1, Kent Dobson alludes to the fact that even though the Bible says Adam and Eve made love, and had Abel; "ancient interpreters believed Eve slept with a serpent of a fallen angels."  He does not attempt to refute, but leaves it hanging as a possible reality.  I would hope Dobson is not giving credence to this interpretation.

That is one example which can disturb the mature Christian, but also lead the newer Christ follower to question what is true according the Word.  I am sure there are other instances, but did not read the entire Bible. 

The Bible font is good and readable with many aids, but because of the comments made in the Study Guide I question whether this Bible should be given more than 3 stars.  I would state, be careful with what you accept others to say as the truth, since there is only One source of truth.

For more information, check out http://www.zondervan.com/niv-first-century-study-bible.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLookBloggers®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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