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NIV Study Bible

4.7  ·  Rating details ·  4,489 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
The NIV Study Bible is the #1 bestselling study Bible in the world's most popular modern-English Bible translation---the New International Version. This best-loved NIV Study Bible features a stunning full-color interior with full-color photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations. One look inside this ebook reveals why this Bible is a favorite for over nine million people. ...more
ebook, 2560 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Zondervan (first published June 1st 1985)
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May 20, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Always "still reading".... :)
K.C. Rivers
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phew, it took a year, but I finally finished the entire Bible. Back in January, I decided to take the plunge and do something that I'd always wanted to - a reading challenge through the year to finish the whole Bible. And I must say, I'm looking at it in ways that I never had before. It's amazing to see the connections throughout the whole thing, despite the fact that there were forty different authors (from various generations) writing under God's influence. To see references to Jesus Christ al ...more
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not just giving this 5 stars because it's the Holy Word of God (which it is, and thus Perfect) -- but this particular version is quite wonderful for the intellectual seeking to read the Bible without needing battle garb.

The preface outlines, quite clearly, how the entire translation was pursued, how every nuance, confusion, and controversy is clearly detailed and indicated in the footnotes.

There is a deep concordance, and the footnotes on each page is at least 30% of the page. It's a wonderf
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John 5:39
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,
(Jesus said).
Ben Stutzman
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shelf
B-asic I-nstructions B-efore L-eaving E-arth

"The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are unchangeable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is a traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass,
Laurel Hicks
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read through the Old Testament in this version, but for the New I went fleeing back to King James. I very much enjoyed reading all of the Revelation on Christmas Day in the morning.
Aug 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
OK, I know what you're thinking, but really, I am ordained as a man of the cloth, and as a neo-pagan universalist, I must pursue the broadest understanding of the human spirtual dynamic as is possible.

The NIV Zondervan edition is interesting from a myriad of perspectives, not the least of which is the translation to contemporary prose, eliminating all the romantic, colorful English that has been a hallmark for this tome for the last several centuries. If I ever questioned the legitimacy of the t
Katherine Layne
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone.
GREATEST BOOK EVER! This book is filled with all sorts of stories about God's AWSOME LOVE for us and how we should strive to live this life that God has given us. I decided one day that I should try to read the Bible straight through from cover to cover, to read and understand it better. When you read it straight through, so many thing make so much more sense than they did before. For instance, there are many references in the New Testament that are from the Old Testament; and when you have read ...more
Wayne Zill
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wayne by:
What can you say! The New International Version is by far the easiest to read. And of course, this is the "Greatest Story Ever Told" ....
Mar 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: classics
As far as Bible's go, I would say that this one would have to be my personal favorite. It is an excellent translation and has many great study notes. When they came out with the NIV in the 1980's, I was amazed at how much better I could understand it compared to the KJV that I was forced to read as a child.

In general, the Bible is kind of preachy and the Old Testament has a lot of laws... like not shaving the sides of your head or getting tattoos (boy have I messed up.) There is a lot of bloodsh
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not basing my analysis of this book on the Bible itself. I think the NIV is a great translation, conversational enough without really sacrificing precision of thought. I just don't think this study Bible is well-constructed.

The most glaring problem is the way text notes are organized. I read a study Bible recently that used letters for cross-referencing and numbers for footnotes, so it was very easy to find exactly what the editors intended to highlight. This Bible, though, uses letters for
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the interest of full disclosure. I am a Christian male and church goer so there really isn't anyway that I would have given this less than five stars.

I have always wanted to read the Bible from cover to cover as long as I can remember. January of 2012 I decided that it would be my New Years resolution and that I would read it. Before, the furthest I made it was to Exodus. Thanks to a daily schedule I found online, I was able to read a little bit each day and it went by pretty easily. I actua
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am SO VERY EXCITED to be able to move this book to my "read" shelf. It took me 4 years and 1 month, but I did it, I read every word. As a believer I think it's important to read the entire Bible, but I never thought I'd be able to get through it.

I like the NIV because it's what I'm familar with, what we read in church, and my copy has my years of notes in it. I appreciated the study notes, so when I was confused about something in the passage, I was able to look to the bottom of the page for s
This was the second version of the Bible I read all the way through.

I was in my 30s. It may a lot more sense, but my life made a lot less (since I'd read it through in my teens). I was still searching for the truth, but had a better grounding in both life and Christianity by then. A wise pastor suggested that the Bible was an aid; that I'd find the truth in a person, not on the pages of even that book.

The notes with this version are so good they're a distraction. (That's joke.)

Still an essential
John Doe
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The pastor at my church asked us all to read the Noah story. I had mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it was wrong of god to kill all of the people just because were not the kind of people god wanted them to be. On the other hand, I think it is an interesting theme in many of the stories of the O.T. that if there is someone righteous (not sinless, but someone god can use) in your family then your whole family is saved. I don't mean that they will necessarily go to heaven, but have a place ...more
I received this NIV Study Bible as a gift from Harley and Barbara Parsons (my parents-in-law) in 1986. I have read it in its entirety twice. I have probably read the New Testament dozens of times. This is the Bible I use for every day reading and reference. After almost thrity years it's pretty worn.

I like the language of the NIV. While other versions may make better claims to literal accuracy, the NIV is readable. The not footnotes of this version identify and discuss the Hebrew and Greek behin
Frances Alvarado
Helps for anything. :) even if you want to know what to wear although I don't recommend the styles or fashion women used in those times. :) LOVE THIS BOOK, LOVE GOD, he'll love you back. just reading excerpts of this will help you day to day. specially this one since it has a study and will give you contextual information right before each book. :) - it has helped me, hope it helps you too :)
Sep 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Basically this is a relatively new translation of a two thousand year (+) old text that some people believe is a foundation for morality, government, society, personal experience, and an authority over the traditions of science, thought, and literature. Why? Because it says so. End of question. Next...
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will read it again, and again, and again until I die. Because it's the greatest story ever told.
Sep 01, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
uhh stuff..
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learn a lot from this book, every time I read it!
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keep this with me at all times. Had to add it to my booklist. =)

"Sanctify them by the truth, your WORD is truth." John 17:17
G.D. Master
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
For most people living before the nineteen eighties, the King James Version of The Bible was the authorized text of Christians and other Western religions relying on historical Hebrew texts. Fortunately, scholars with advanced educations decided that relying on English versions of the bible with deprecated words and a medieval style was less approachable for younger generations. These scholars were able to pull their efforts together and create the New International Version of The Bible. The NIV ...more
Kenton Russell
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Book of John, by John, the authors message is that, there is going to be a magnificent kingdom (Heaven.) We can understand how incredible heaven is by this verse, "No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man."*(John 3:13) To be in heaven you need to be 100% pure. Before Jesus was crucified on the cross, to be forgiven from your sins you needed to sacrifice a pure animal. So to say that the “Son of Man” descended from heaven is huge! The Son of Man was ...more
Kaleb Wolters
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book of John tells the story of the Prophet John the Baptist and Jesus as they travel the land to spread the good news of God and his word. John travels the land preaching about Jesus and pleading with people to give Christianity and God a chance. He is highly dedicated to his task and will stop at nothing to spread the word of God throughout the land.

This book goes into great detail about the journeys of both Jesus and John the Baptist as they continue to try to convince people of the trut
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
#Top5AllTime As powerful as the Bible is, it amazingly is often taken in unjustly diluted form due to its usual and practical piecemeal presentation for the purpose of isolated studies and sermons. A cover-to-cover reading opens up a world of appreciation. And each repeat tour uncovers new layers and unearths riches overlooked before. One never graduates from the Bible.

There is an unbroken thread that courses through the whole Bible beginning with the presentation of the tragic human condition,
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first bible I ever started out with over 20 years ago. It however is missing A LOT of scripture. Now being a well rounded, and educated preacher, I now see where the flaws are coming from.

This book is taken from the "westcott and hort greek." The two men westcott and hort, had done a revision of the Alexandrian greek. They being both of the "watch tower society" (Jehovah's Witness) and the founders of the ghost hunters society removed and alter words they felt to be inappropriate fo
Matthew LaFave
I completely believe that this is The most powerful Book on the planet. Every single word in this wonderful book has a separate and distinct meaning. It is the greatest and most merciful tool available. The book of Chronicles I and II for instance, has myriad meanings that guide the reader to a proper destination when faced with an adversity that is not expected. It may not seem like much, but this is what I completely believe. Anyone with this opportunity, who has sober conduct and would like t ...more
Sep 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People new to reading the Bible
My mom gave me this Bible when I was a Senior in high school. It's honestly not the greatest Bible. Especially not the greatest study Bible. The notes lack something to be desired. It seems that a lot of the study notes are just opinions that aren't backed up with any scripture. It also seems that a lot of the verses you'd like to know more about just don't have any notes. Despite all this, this Bible has served me well over the years. It holds a lot of sentimental value for me because my mom ga ...more
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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
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“14We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual,† sold† as a slave to sin.† 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.† 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.† 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.† 18I” 0 likes
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