Zondervan NIV Study Bible
by Laura Morgan
Zondervan is one of the largest retails and publishers for bibles. They have virtually every kind in print and remain at the top of list for retail sales for their products. The Zondervan NIV Study Bible, the New International Version (NIV) is today’s most read translation. The main goal of the NIV translation bible was to combine a factual translation and one that would have clarity and quality and so prove suitable for public and private reading, teaching, preaching, memorizing. And most importantly, be accurate.
Today the NIV is accepted by more denominations than any other translation and is supported by a library of reference resources that is unmatched by any other translation.
Zondervan Publishing House first published the Zondervan NIV Study Bible in 1985; this particular bible focuses on the large popularity of the NIV.
The Zondervan NIV Study Bible includes many features, an introduction, a full-color chronological table, and an overview of ancient texts relating to the Old Testament. A cross-referencing system, study notes, introductions to each book of the Bible, maps, charts, and a series of essays on Bible topics that provide a strong supplement to the Bible text.
If you are looking for solid study bible that doesn’t have many frills, and if your preferred translation is the New International Version, you won’t go wrong with the Zondervan NIV Study Bible.
Some of the features the Zondervan NIV Study Bible have are:
- NIV text remains unchanged - the most read, most trusted English-language translation.
- Over 20,000 study notes. NIV translators thoroughly revised and expanded the award-winning study notes and added over 800 new notes.
- Icons make important information easy to spot.
- 900 Character Profile icons.
- 425 Archaeology icons.
- Almost 3,000 Personal Application icons.
- Introductions and outlines provide valuable background information for each book of the Bible.
- In-text maps, charts, diagrams, and illustrations right where you want them—five of which are completely new.
- 16 pages of full-color map plus timelines and presentation page.
- Words of Christ in red letter.
- NIV concordance plus subject and study notes indexes.
- Clearer, stronger, better.
- Referred to daily by millions of pastors, students, church leaders, and other Bible readers around the world, the renowned Zondervan NIV Study Bible notes are the crown jewel of the world’s best-selling study Bible.
This company also publishes a favorite bible of my husband’s. The Promise Keepers Men’s Study Bible. It's also a Zondervan NIV Study Bible. It is a study for men who are into the Promise Keeper’s Movement to use as a guide and structure for the daily life of those who are committed to being a promise keeper.
On the downside of Zondervan Publishing House, they stop print on many of their bibles and this can be frustrating when you become attached to a certain one. This past holiday I spent many, many man-hours searching the Internet for ANY company that had this bible. I must have ordered six bibles from websites that said they carried this particular one.
It would turn out they stopped print again, and it was a cat and mouse game to actually find this bible. With all my lovely expertise in the “thrill of the hunt” knowledge, I happened to come across a website belonging to a radio station in Texas, who carried 30+ of Zondervan’s Promise Keepers Men’s Study Bible (NIV version). I was a happy girl! Christmas could finally go on….
If you are looking for a bible that is thorough, reliable, easy to read, understand, and use, then I would highly recommend the Zondervan NIV Study Bible. You just can’t go wrong. Unless they stopped print and you can’t find them. In any case, for me, this company makes bibles that are worth the hunt. I am a happy customer, and would refer them again, and again. Now go hunt for that Zondervan NIV Study Bible, happy hunting, it’s worth it!!!