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NIV, First-Century Study Bible, Hardcover

Explore Scripture in Its Jewish and Early Christian Context
$49.99
Format: Hardcover

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The NIV First-Century Study Bible is designed to help you uncover a new understanding of the cultural, religious, and historical background of the Bible so you can interact with Scripture in a new way! This study Bible is full of study tools like Hebrew word studies, notes from a variety of scholars, and articles from Holy Land expert, Kent Dobson.
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"The NIV First-Century Study Bible was created to help you understand God’s Word in its original cultural context. It introduces you to an ancient world vastly different from your own, but rich in valuable life lessons. This Bible is designed with great tools to help answer your questions about life in Bible times. As you dive in, you’ll see how the ancient past holds applicable truths for life today.

The NIV First-Century Study Bible includes fascinating articles from Pastor Kent Dobson, unpacking the culture of Bible times, illuminating Scripture passages, and asking thoughtful questions along the way. Kent is the teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, where he initially served as the worship director. He has been featured on Biblical programs for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. Kent fell in love with Biblical studies in Israel and had the privilege of learning from both Jewish and Christian scholars. After his time in Israel, he returned to the States to teach high school religion and Bible before responding to God's call to the pastorate. Today, he keeps his connection to the Holy Land strong, leading tours to Israel that combine study and prayer, inspired by the ancient discipline of spiritual pilgrimage.

This edition includes unique features to help shed light on the historical context of the Scriptures:

Complete NIV Bible text • Day In the Life Articles, describing daily life in Bible times • Word Studies expound upon original Hebrew words • “Addressing the Text” articles help you dive deeper • Study notes include writings from early church writers, rabbis, and extra-biblical sources • Full Color photographs, maps, and diagrams • Book introductions and outlines. The First Century Study Bible helps you explore Scripture in its Jewish and Early Christian context. Order yours today.

This Bible offers supplemental information on the following topics: Abomination that Causes Desolation, Antiochus IV Epiphanies, Conversion, Covenant, Dead Sea Scrolls, Essenes, Desert Law, Diviners in the Ancient World, Intertestamental Times, The Ethics of War, The Shema, Life in the Diaspora, The Greek Lions, The Biblical View on Slavery, Did Moses write the Torah, The Spirit of YHWH, Zealots, Wine Making"

Contributor(s) Kent Dobson
About the Contributor(s) Kent Dobson

Kent Dobson is the teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, where he initially served as the worship director. He has been featured on Biblical programs for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Kent lived and studied in Israel where he earned a Masters Degree in History and Geography of the First Temple Period from Jerusalem University College. He also studied Comparative Religion at the Rothburg International School of the Hebrew University.

Kent fell in love with Biblical studies in Israel and had the privilege of learning from both Jewish and Christian scholars. After his time in Israel, he returned to the States to teach high school religion and Bible before responding to God's call to the pastorate. Today, he keeps his connection to the Holy Land strong as he leads tours to Israel that combine study and prayer, inspired by the ancient discipline of spiritual pilgrimage.

Kent lives is Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and three children.

UPC 025986938901
ISBN-10 0310938902
ISBN-13 9780310938903
Release Date Sep 9, 2014
Weight (lbs) 3.5500
Height 9.50
Width 6.75
Length 1888
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $49.99
Bible Translation New International Version (NIV)
Format Hardcover
Features Concordance, Maps/Charts
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Victor
Overall Rating
Today I am writing my review of : NIV First Century Study Bible by Zondervan. In a few words I can say this version of the Bible is just an exquisite work.

I received the hardcover version, which is good. I just wonder how good this jewel will look in leather. In a scale of 1 to 10 I will give the presentation of this Bible a 10+ . Love the type of paper, the tones and fonts, the graphic design and the way the commentary has been placed trough the Scriptures, it makes the lecture of the Bible a pleasant and easy to understand adventure.

The work done has wonderfully blended an encyclopedia with the sacred text, so much that one to forget there are added notes.

In this edition you will find book introductions, study notes with key words explained . Writings from early church writers, rabbis. Apart from the knows maps most bibles have, The First Century Study Bible, will provide you with extra maps inserted in the text.

One of the extras that I love is the concordance at the end, plus it has a topical index to articles and a glossary. It really is an encyclopedia within the Bible.

Personally I would say this is a gift that I would love to get, I am sure many Christians will feel the same. I recommend this Bible. (Posted on 9/24/2014)
Review by Dr. David Teague
Overall Rating
I was the editor for an Arabic edition of the NIV Study Bible in the 1980's. I also teach in a seminary. In reviewing the sample provided by Zondervan for the "First-Century Study Bible," I was deeply concerned. Here are some of my concerns:
1) The title is misleading. It gives the impression that so-called "first century" interpretations are more correct because they come from the time of the New Testament. In reality, the notes are full of ancient theological speculations which the apostles avoided.
2) Note on Deuteronomy 4:35 "Monotheism is Born" - By phrasing the title of the note like this, the impression is conveyed that monotheism was invented.
3) Note on Genesis 1:1 "What was before Creation?" The quote from Philo that wisdom is older than creation is pure speculation and suggests polytheism, or even Arianism. Again, it can create needless doubt and confusion.
4) Note on Genesis 2:4 "One God" - Dobson introduces his own speculation that Elohim is a "force." He then defines YHWH as the personal God who gets "his hands dirty" in the creation of the world. This is utter speculation that borders on belief in a Gnostic demi-urge. It's poor scholarship which implies that Elohim and YHWH are not the same. This can cause needless confusion and doubt.
5) Note on Genesis 2:10 "One river, one Eden" - Dobson calls eternal life an “ancient speculation” which the book of Revelation then picks up. In other words, eternal life is just a concept which someone invented.
6) Note on Genesis 4:1 Dobson suggests, without rebuttal, that Eve had sex with either the serpent or an angel.

I can't imagine using this book in a church. A study Bible should clarify the text, not create confusion and doubt. Sadly, this book harms the reputation of the Zondervan publishing house among evangelical Christians. (Posted on 8/18/2014)

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