March 10, 2015
Rating: 3 ½ stars
Synopsis: “The NIV Proclamation Bible is remarkable for how well it puts the highest quality biblical scholarship at the Bible student’s fingertips in such a clear, penetrating and accessible form. There are many study Bibles on the market right now, but none better.” – Tim Keller
The NIV Proclamation Bible offers a valuable resource for those who teach from the Bible regularly and anyone who enjoys studying Scripture in greater depth. This edition, developed by Lee Gatiss in collaboration with the Proclamation Trust, includes a wealth of additional material from leading theologians, pastors, and Bible teachers to enhance your study of the word. The Bible features ten introductory essays on theology, doctrine and the application and interpretation of Scripture, as well as detailed overviews of each literary genre in the Bible--from the historical narratives to the apocalyptic literature. It also features introductions to every Bible book.
Sixty-five expert Bible teachers have contributed to the NIV Proclamation Bible including Christopher Ash, Graham Beynon, Gerald Bray, Simon Gathercole, David Jackman, Karen Jobes, Dick Lucas, Douglas Moo, Peter O'Brien, Vaughan Roberts, William Taylor, and Chris Wright. Many of these individuals are also members of the NIV translation team, which takes into account the latest developments in biblical scholarship and language usage when working with the NIV translation. Setting the highest standards of reliability and readability, the New International Version is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is not a study bible as much as it says it is. The only thing it has is articles on how to teach the Bible, and really nice introductions to each book as well as articles on how to teach the Bible. The contributors are all insanely intelligent; most of them are professors and thusly write at a sometimes doctoral level. I personally like the articles before the Bible, some may not like them because they are written at a level that people who have not gone to college may find difficult to understand.
Some of these contributors are Anglican (versus a more evangelical, charismatic branch of Christianity), which I appreciate simply because I am a quiet, reserved Episcopalian.
The Bible itself is no different from any other Bible. Its format is a three column page, with Scripture on the two outer columns, with cross-referenced verses in the middle. The pages aren’t super-thin, so it makes to be a hefty Bible, weighing in at 3.1 pounds.