I received a copy of the new “NIV Essentials Study Bible,” and decided to interrupt my usual study of the ESV bible by
reading through some of the book of Exodus and evaluating
its notes, references, and overall presentation style. Upon evaluation, I
believe that this study bible is a good resource for the study of
scripture, especially for a new believer– although I never recommend an
NIV translation later than 1984 because the modern translations tend to
use more seeker friendly language in order to reduce the impact and
seriousness of teachings like hell and sin.
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. This bible is packed with
lots of useful information that will definitely expand your knowledge
of the bible text, the Middle eastern culture of biblical times,
and archeological discoveries proving the accuracy of the bible.
the issues that I have with modern
translations of the NIV, a problem I found was that some of the
commentaries tried to scientifically explain how God performed certain
miracles which can only be mere speculation yet were stated as facts. We
don't need to know exactly how God does a miracle. Our focus should be
on the fact that God does miracles, period. The other
downside to this bible is that I found it slightly heavy and
inconvenient to carry.
While I may not
agree with all of the comments, I didn’t find any of
them out of context. Overall it's a great resource for students of
scripture that seek to gain a deeper understanding of God's word. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It can be bought at Amazon.
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 **