Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014
in Reviews, Spiritual, Values
The NIV Essentials Study Bible (NESB) provides readers with an opportunity to explore the Bible from a number of perspectives. The NESB include many of the best features of six previously published study bibles:
- NIV Archaeological Study Bible
- The Essential Bible Companion
- The Great Rescue Bible
- NIV Quest Study Bible
- NIV Student Bible (a bible I used daily for several years)
- NIV Study Bible (a bible I regularly use and widely recommend)
The NESB editors and layout specialists included some of the best articles, footnotes, sidebars, and study aids selected from the six predecessors.
Flyovers provides easy-to-read introductions.
Guided Tours provide a bird’s eyes overview.
Insight Lens provide magazine-style call-outs.
People Lens provide the biographical summaries I always look for in study bibles.
Q and A Lens: Provides concise, easy-to-grasp answers to many questions that arise from the text; you’ll find helpful conent here, but don’t expect deep analysis.
The Reflect & Respond sections challenge readers to connect personally to the biblical text.
I enthusiastically recommend the NESB to readers who appreciate a large amount of resources in one volume; the NESB has a great deal to offer readers who want to dig deeper without feeling overwhelmed.
I am happy to commend the hardcover version, but I am interested in reading reviewers who detail how effectively the text and various resources transfer into digital volumes.
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