NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient…

Hardcover | August 23, 2016

EditorCraig S. Keener, John H. Walton

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“How I wish someone had put a book like this into my hands 50 years ago.” - N.T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

“I cannot recommend a study Bible any more than this one: Five stars!” - Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

 

CONTEXT CHANGES EVERYTHING

You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.

That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.

 

Features:

  • The full text of the NIV
  • Targeted book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written
  • Insightful and informative verse-by-verse study notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages
  • Key Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament terms are explained and expanded upon in two helpful reference features
  • Over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics
  • 375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from around the world
  • Dozens of charts, maps, and diagrams in vivid color
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Additional study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps

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“How I wish someone had put a book like this into my hands 50 years ago.” - N.T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland“I cannot recommend a study Bible any more than this one: Five stars!” - Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary CO...

Craig S. Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and holds a doctoral degree in New Testament Studies and the Origins of Christianity from Duke University. He is the author of several commentaries on books of the New Testament.John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheato...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:2400 pages, 9.55 × 6.75 × 2.25 inPublished:August 23, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310431581

ISBN - 13:9780310431589

Customer Reviews of NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understand Scripture in a Whole New Way! (Guest Review by H.B.E.) I was thrilled to be able to review the “Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible”. After having my interest piqued several months ago to learn more of the historical and cultural context surrounding Biblical events, I was eager to learn more, and the “Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible” provided me with a way to do just that. For, as the subtitle says, it truly does bring the ancient world of scripture to life. This Bible offers so many invaluable tools to dig deeper into Scripture. Through the countless verse-by-verse study notes that explain the historical and cultural context of the passage, you will gain remarkable insight about all of the details of the time period that people who lived during that time would have readily known as a way of life. But the benefits don’t end there! Full color photos of everything from a signet ring similar to that of King Xerxes from the book of Esther, to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before his arrest, offer a fresh new look at even those stories we know best. Also, many in-depth articles are interspersed throughout the text highlighting topics ranging from archeological discoveries pertaining to Biblical accounts (such as the mysterious Shroud of Turin), to a discussion of ancient music notation that may have been used in the Psalms. I could go on as to the many more wonderful features included in this Bible, but instead I will simply encourage you to experience for yourself the amazing opportunity to learn and understand scripture in a whole new way, that the “Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible” can give you. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Date published: 2016-09-11

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Every line and every word in the Bible comes from a context -- historical, social, cultural, theological -- and speaks into those contexts -- sometimes against that culture, sometimes with that culture, and sometimes to expand that culture. In so doing the Bible models how we can speak from our culture and into our culture in very fresh and missional ways. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible not only acknowledges this but engages ordinary readers in seeing what it looks like. I cannot recommend a study Bible any more than this one: Five stars! -- Scot McKnight, , Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary