Sunday, July 13, 2014

NIV Integrated Study Bible: A New Chronological Approach for Exploring Scripture




Description:

More than just a chronological Bible—not only are passages of Scripture arranged in their sequential order, but so also are individual events, and includes multiple interpretations for deeper revelations.

The NIV Integrated Study Bible shows the Bible unfolding in a new way as the landmark events are set in parallel. It’s more than just a chronological Bible—not only are passages of Scripture arranged in their sequential order, but so also are individual events. And multiple interpretations allow for deeper revelations. For instance, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John’s telling of Jesus feeding the 5,000—presented in four columns right next to each other—take on a new life. David’s story about hiding from Saul in the wilderness is paired with the relevant psalms. In this new, hardcover edition, the NIV Integrated Study Bible will prove to be a lasting and invaluable resource for your customers.

Features include:

The entire text of the NIV translation with the order of events arranged chronologically

General and sectional (e.g., Pentateuch, History, Prophets, Gospels) introductions on chronology and dating, including comparative charts of major systems and schemes

Brief commentary in the form of transitions to help navigate the chronology

Purchase Link:

NIV Integrated Study Bible: A New Chronological Approach for Exploring Scripture

My Thoughts:

As far as my full time Bible, I'm a NKJV Study Bible woman through and through! Though this one is NIV, I've been wanting to read through the Bible chronologically for awhile now. I printed off a chronological reading plan a few years ago, and I'd get started pretty well, but ended up quitting before finishing. I thought being able to bookmark a page and not have to flip back and forth would help me be more successful. Yes, I realize that's kind of sad. ;P

When I saw this Bible, I got really excited, and decided to give it a try.

I'm not overly fond of the setup of this Bible. I learned how fond I am of the two row layout, as opposed to the "book form"(one row) layout. Two rows are easier on my eyes, and just easier to read, in general, when it comes to Bible reading(for me). That said, the older I get, the more strained(and painful) reading small print gets for me. (I'm guessing that's due to the astigmatism I have that gets worse each year.) If you don't have an issue reading small print, this probably won't be an issue for you.



Also, I didn't care for the confusing layout, in general. Passages are thrown around here and there, and at times I couldn't tell when I was suppose to read what. Sometimes, the layout turns to 3 rows, or there's a little chunk of verses placed here and there. It was just confusing to me!



I know that my issues with this version won't be issues for everyone, but as far as a "read through the Bible in a year" Bible, I just can't use it. I DO plan on using it as a study tool. I like that there's a timeline on the bottom of the pages. I DO imagine some people will love this version of the Bible.

A couple of things to note:

-This version is a hardcover.
-It lays flat when opened, which is always a plus for me!

*I was provided a copy of this Bible in exchange for my honest opinion.


2 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting the visual of this Bible.
    It looks like it may be too confusing.

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  2. This format is awesome! Not only in chronological order but when there is a harmony with other biblical texts it displays multiple columns. Reading this from start to finish should remove confusion and repetitive stories that crop up books later in your bible. Ie. kings and chronic and, gospels... It's all together and makes this a tight package indeed.

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