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NIV Zondervan Study Bible: Built on the Truth of Scripture and Centered on the Gospel Message

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The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D. A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. An ambitious and comprehensive undertaking, Dr. Carson, with committee members Dr. T. Desmond Alexander, Dr. Richard S. Hess, Dr. Douglas J. Moo, and Dr. Andrew David Naselli, along with a team of over 60 contributors from a wi

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Published August 25th 2015 by Zondervan
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Mike E.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beast when it comes to size . . my genuine leather edition is elegant . . at first glance this appears to be one of the best study Bibles with highly capable scholars assigned to various books of the Bible . . the authors are identified in the introductory material . . Carson's attention-to-detail comes through in a superb study Bible . . I was impressed with the willingness of the notes to take controversial stands when the text of Scripture is clear . . for example on 1 Cor. 7:15 the notes s ...more
Kyla Fergason
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Bible in a 1(.25) year!! I have been wanting to do this for a while but finally did it, and what a journey it has been! Going to write about my favorite books this time around to look back on :)
- Genesis- I mean ofc! This is the start of it all and there’s just so much here to unpack
- Esther- I mean I have always loved this book. A heroine in the Bible? We love to see it
- Job- read through this through all the craziness of 2020 and got SO much out of it.. thank you Bible project and Bema for
Craig Hurst
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The long awaited NIV Zondervan Study Bible (NIVZ) is finally here! This much anticipated Bible combines the most popular translation (NIV) along with a stellar line up of Christian scholars who provide a myriad of helpful content to help readers understand the Bible better. This Bible is all about serving the reader in their understanding of the God that is glorified in the text.

The Editors

The NIVZ Study Bible was overseen by general editor D. A. Carson. Carson can, and has, ably written across
Steven Montgomery
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible-studies
The "NIV Zondervan Study Bible: Built on the Truth of Scripture and
Centered on the Gospel Message" (hereinafter, Zondervan Study Bible) is,
as of August 2015, a new, completely rewritten study Bible, based on the
groundbreaking and popular New International Version first published in
1985. This new version weighs just short of a hefty five pounds, is
printed with the beautiful four-color process, and contains almost
20,000 new verse notes, as well as extensive cross references, indexes,
a conco
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When first received my copy of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible in the mail, my first impression was amazement over its size and weight, it is HUGE! It is quite impressive on the inside as well, the text of the NIV is laid out in a one column format instead of the usual 2 columns. The cross references are placed on the side of the column and study notes on the bottom. I loved the charts throughout, especially in the OT which included charts summing up what was in certain sacrifices and offerings, a ...more
Michael Boling
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are study Bibles galore on the market today. Some merely contain the name of a popular author, theologian, or pastor, while others focus on specific elements of church history or theology. Adding to those various choices is the matter of translation with many study Bibles offering one or a variety of translations. This makes choosing a study Bible somewhat akin to throwing a dart at a dartboard, hoping you hit the proverbial bulls-eye. Since most Bibles are not exactly cheap, it is importa ...more
Peter Krol
"English-speaking people have no shortage of study Bibles," writes Dr. D.A. Carson in his preface to the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. But do these English speakers need another one? Does the NIV Zondervan Study Bible stand out in this crowded marketplace?

What it does

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible (ZSB) offers a library of resources in a single volume, focusing on biblical theology—"the ways in which many important themes work their way through Scripture and come to a focus in Jesus Christ." The bod
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, edited by DA Carson, is the newest in the study Bible genre from evangelical scholars. It has the usual maps and charts one would expect, plus a great set of notes, but also some great short articles in the back by folks like Tim Keller, D.A. Carson, James Hamilton, Pual Williamson, Sam Storms, Graham Cole, Doug Moo and more. They cover topics like "The Bible and Theology", "A Biblical-Theological Overview of the Bible", "Sacrifice", "Kingdom of God", "The Gospel", ...more
Sharon Siepel
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This NIV Zondervan Study Bible uses the 2011 version of the NIV, which is different than the 2002 and 2005 translations which received a far amount of backlash. It is pretty easy to find good articles regarding the different versions on the Internet, if that is something that interests you.

The first thing I noticed about this Bible is its size. At 5 lbs and 2880 pages, this definitely constitutes a hefty book. The second thing I noticed was that the general editor is D.A. Carson, a professor of
Tim Phan
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really helpful, a lot of resources from a lot of scholars. If you're reading ESV, it's always nice to compare it with NIV. The notes are well balanced and insightful. ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Rating the materials, not the Biblical text. They study aids are adequate.
Josh L.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
Very thorough, readable, and well-rounded scholarship. Especially, like the emphasis on themes (motifs) in the grand narrative of scripture
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-non-fiction
This is a great study Bible. It is full of detailed essays, maps and pictures, and has rich introductions to each particular book, as well as to the Bible’s various broader sections (Pentateuch, Prophets, Gospels, etc.).

On top of this, it has lengthy line-by-line, verse-by-verse notes that cover the whole biblical text. These notes are so extensive that they often take up the majority of the space on each page.

On the whole, I’ve found it an invaluable guide in my ongoing Bible study project. I
Carole McDonnell
Review: NIV Zondervan Study Bible
D A Carson, General Editor

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible is a new study Bible which uses the NIV translation and which is structured in the following manner:

Quick Start Guide
Table of Contents which is divided into the following sections:
Each book of the Bible and its location
List of Articles
Abbreviations and Transliterations
Editorial Team
Editor's Preface
The Bible
Weights and Measures

The Bible proper is introduce
Ronald W.
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love the way the NIV reads. It's the first version I was able to read all the way through. And it inspired me to read many other versions such as the very loved King James. Face it, the bible is old literature and can be hard for many people to read and understand. The NIV opened my eyes to the beautiful words of GOD and helped me understand it in ways I was struggling with in the King James version. Highly recommend to anyone who finds the older English to hard to read. It can open y ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is right up there with the ESV Study Bible in terms of how comprehensive it is. I got the hard copy of this on for $15 and I have definitely gotten a lot of bang for my buck out of it. Much better in my view than the older NIV study Bible.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best study Bibles on the market and a worthy investment.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must confess that I have quite a few study bibles. My latest is the NIV Zondervan Study Bible: Built on the Truth of Scripture and Centered on the Gospel Message. It is a great resource for home study because it is big! And heavy! There are 2,880 pages. It is substantial. I can turn the pages without worrying about tearing them. I can read the print...and I'm not young! There is lots of color to add interest. And best of came with free access to the digital edition so I can access it ...more
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Donald A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in ...more

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