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Zondervan Niv Study Bible, Compact: Updated Edition

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  744 ratings  ·  74 reviews
The Zondervan NIV Study Bible is the #1 bestselling study Bible in the bestselling NIV translation. And now it includes for 2008 over 20,000 fully revised and updated in-text study notes and a library of study resources at your fingertips.Since its first release in 1985, the Gold Medallion Award-Winning NIV Study Bible has become the treasured and trusted companion of mill ...more
Leather Bound, 2340 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Zondervan Publishing Company
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Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Biblical Theology
Study Bible

General Editor
D. A. Carson

(see my earlier review at

Welcome to (one of) the best modern Study Bible available in 2018. A number of features make it stand out. The first obvious indication of its value is its size. Containing 2500+ pages of Biblical text, notes, essays, concordance, and maps — this thing is HUGE. But more important than this is the range of authorship (something I missed in my earlier review). Authors come from a range of instit
Caroline Kipps
May 03, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Trying to actually read the Bible from cover to cover, with all the notes in this edition. I'm up to Moses...this could take a while.
Janice Dick
The Book of Life, by the Author of Life. Includes the Origin of Life, our purpose in life and where it's all going. Always and forever amazing. Thank you, Lord Jesus for the Word, for Yourself. ...more
Create With Joy
If you are familiar with the NIV Zondervan Study Bible (released in 2015), you will have a sense of deja vu when you read the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, as this Bible is actually a revamp to that Bible. The content is essentially the same, but what has changed in this new edition is the title (to emphasize the Bible's focus on Biblical Theology), the font size, and the overall size of the Bible.

While this may not seem like a big deal on the surface, as an owner of the original Bible, the
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one tops them all.
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible
The best. Have read through before. Plan to read through again this year.
Marika Gillis
"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." -John 21:25

As the book of John states above, there could have been endless volumes written to tell us about Jesus and the "things" He did. And, in 2020, I read the one book that was.

I have reservations about writing about my experience reading the Bible. I know people have strong feelings about the Bible, what it says, and how
Becca-Rae Weidel
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible
Due to high demand I had to wait a bit for this one, but after receiving my copy I have to say it was worth the wait!
Out of the box the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible is what I would call a "beast" of a Bible. It weighs in at almost 4.5 pounds and is 2.5 inches thick. For the size alone I'd be more likely to use it at home than lugging it back and forth to church, but the amount of content added to this Bible leads to no complaint from me. This Bible is packed with not only the expected study
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible

This bible was previously published as NIV Zondervan Study Bible. This bible is rather big  but has so much information to aid in studying the bible. Each book of the bible contains an article about the book These articles include information such as the author, the purpose of the book, any information tying the theology and the history surrounding the time period. Each book also contains an outline for the book which helps the user to get a  general understandin
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars is not enough to rate this book properly. It is giant.

This is an incredibly detailed study guide with rich content and fascinating graphics and pictures. Each of the books of the bible has a detailed introduction giving you context and background to what you are about to read.

There are study notes for almost every verse. This book makes the Bible come alive in a way I have not seen before.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
Billions of people over thousands of years have found truth in the books contained in The Bible. I believe that too many people today who have NOT read the bible for themselves have very strong opinions about the extent to which truth can be found here. There are some challenging passages and hard things to understand, but there's certainly wisdom and truth to be found here. More people should read it. ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this version...easy to read and accurate.
David Woods
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Done! Did the chronological bible in a year plan (in about 3 years). Consistent morning time in the word was great. Brilliant author!! ;)
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Most important book you'll ever read! I will now begin again. ...more
Tamara Lane
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God’s Word is always 5 stars!
Mr. Steve
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally read it all the way through!! This Bible was very helpful with all the explanations and life applications
Jacqui Rivera
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Took 2 years but got through it. Maps and historical facts on each book were extremely helpful.
Lynn Fucci
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is the old NIV translation, however, there are better translations available for studying scripture.
Mark Oppenlander
I don't know that one has much choice but to rate this book highly. Even if you are not a religious person, it is one of the most diverse, thought-provoking and influential books of all time. As a professing Christian it has even more significance to me . . .

This is my third or fourth time reading through a Bible cover to cover and my first time through the NIV since college classes. It took me a couple of years to complete this reading cover to cover.

I like the clean, straightforward translati
I have read this version and study bible once before but thought it was time to do so again. The bible study references are detailed and spirit-filled. One can tell that there was much care and scholarly research taken into writing the detailed linear notes at the bottom of each page. Often, I did use the references as I read through the bible this time. The map The section between the Old Testament and the New Testament provides historical, religious and cultural information that is quite cruci ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did a one year chronological read of the NIV study bible and it was an incredible journey. It required a lot of time, discipline, and energy but it’s totally worth it. I think it’s extremely important to read the bible from a historical and cultural context and this bible certainly did the job. I encourage every believer to take the one year journey and read the NIV study bible in chronological order. You will not regret it. I personally feel that this experience has made me a more humble, und ...more
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that everyone should read at least once in their life. [Just as they should read the Koran, Buddhist, Hindu, and even Wicca Text [As well as ethnic religious works.]

The Book is really two parts, the Old and the New Testament

The first is about the movement of God's work from the individual man, to a family, to a chosen people, and then the prediction of the movement to all people. It reflects the power that we all seek to understand, and declares it constant and close at hand, always ac
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great edition of the Bible.

First of all, it's NIV. The NIV is a thought for thought translation so it's not as difficult to read like some of the word for word translations while still being very accurate and close to the original Greek and Hebrew.

Second of all, it's a study Bible. No matter why you're reading the Bible be it curiosity or you're a Christian or it was assigned to you for literature class, you're going to need a little help. Parts of the Bible can be very confusing. The
Diane Gihring
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone in the world
Recommended to Diane by: Norma Arthurs
This is my favorite translation and edition of the Bible. It has great study notes at the bottom of every page. They provide parallels from one passage to another and make connections outside of the bible to other historical events and resources to help give some content to events in the bible. I also really like the introductions to each book. It helps me to see what the main ideas are of each book and some historical context as well about the author and the date it was written.

I highly recomme
Laura-Lee Rahn
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible
This is a very very good study Bible and it has a lot a lot a lot of information to digest. I have been a Christian for more than four decades and I thought I knew a lot about the Bible Jesus Etc but I have learned so much more with this Bible. I completely recommend it especially if you read it with the discernment and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

The only downside of it is that it is extremely heavy. And I mean physically heavy. One of the big Mis interpretations of the Bible is that it is way to
David McClendon, Sr
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Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the THE STORY THE BIBLE AS ONE CONTINUING STORY OF GOD AND HIS PEOPLE, I am ready to finally read the Bible all the way through. I am starting in James as it is one of the earliest books of the NT written. I plan to go to John from there and go back to Matthew. I'm listening to God's Masterwork a survey of the NT by Chuck Swindoll so my thoughts may change.

2/18/16 - After over two years, I have finished reading every word. I finished in the Psalms which were very uplifting. Praise
I don't think I can rate the Bible. This particular edition was very good...lots of useful notes on context, history, secular references, etc. I would highly recommend it for those reasons.

The Bible has a lot of wisdom in it. But it's also got a lot of repetition and mind numbing-ly boring parts. I think reading it cover to cover has given me perspective that I didn't have before on looking at the big picture (love people and pretty much every thing else will fall into place) and not getting ca
Mar 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Angela by: The people that raised me
I have been raised with the coriculum in this book in my schooling and play

I went to a Christian Church as a child then was Christian homeschool and during this whole time I went to church were this book was preached.

In it I find a lot of guildlines on how to live a respectful life

For anyone seeking direction in their life and need examples to show them this is a great book.

I make up a lot of songs out of the Songs of Solumons and enjoy many of the parables

Angela Langr
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