I received a copy of the new “NIV Essentials Study Bible,” and immediately was drawn to the multiple study aids available in this Bible. I think this study Bible is a good resource for the study of scripture. I am already a fan of the NIV translation because of the ease in reading it compared to the KJV. To me, the NIV is much easier to understand than some other translations I have seen. The multitude of study aids offered in this “NIV Essentials Study Bible” make daily scripture study much smoother and more informative.
While I didn’t read every study note and comment, those which I did read had some in depth information that I considered very insightful. The “NIV Essentials Study Bible
” is jam packed with tons of interesting information that most definitely can help to expand your knowledge and understanding of the Bible text, the Middle eastern culture of biblical times, and archaeological discoveries proving the accuracy of the Bible.
It did seem as though some of the commentaries tried to scientifically explain how God performed certain miracles which can only be speculation (since none of the modern day writers of these commentaries were present for any of these miracles) yet were stated as facts. It’s not necessary for us to know exactly how God does a miracle. We just trust, have faith that He has and He continues to perform miracles every day. Being a hardcover and larger than the typical Bible, I found it slightly heavy and inconvenient to carry. Though to use it at your study desk, I feel it’s the perfect size. The font is easily readable. All notes and commentaries are in relevant locations, rather than commenting on a passage that was possibly 100 pages prior to this entry.
Overall, I think this “NIV Essentials Study Bible” is a great resource for students of scripture that seek to gain a deeper understanding of God’s word. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. It can be bought at Amazon, as well as Christian Book Distributors, www.christianbook.com.
** Many thanks to the publisher and BookLook Blogger for providing a free copy of this Bible in exchange for an honest review, which has been provided by a guest reviewer **