Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The NIV Proclamation Bible

The NIV Proclamation Bible  is yet another themed bible published by Zondervan.  With the durable, textured matte jacket, quality hard cover, embossed on the spine- this sturdy  bible is made to be durable . The modern yet minimalist design looks luxurious.  The quality cover contrasts with the glossy pew-like covers of many of Zondervan's other themed  bibles.  The binding is sturdy- much more so than many of the other bibles. The market for this bible is for leaders: pastors, ministry leaders, theology students and scholars.  The minimalist, quality binding looks like a pastor bible. The interior has easy to read font.

As far as the articles and content- this is a great reference bible for anyone who wants to go deeper into theology. As the title suggests, it is based on theology  and the articles contained focus on deeper biblical theology and concepts than the average study bible.  As far as a study bible- there are not too many study features other than the articles contained in front and chapter introductions. Furthermore, not each book opens with an introduction. It almost seems like an oversight or error because most of the bible books have chapter introductions except for a few.  For anyone who is motivated to read through the essays in the beginning of this bible as well as the chapter introduction- much biblical insight will be gained.  Rather than paying for a formal education in theology, pick up this bible instead.  I truly believe there isn't anything you can learn by paying for a seminary course that you can't learn from the articles in this study bible.  I advocate self study especially when it comes to theology and anything remotely connected to the bible.  I truly believe the Holy Spirit guides those who are willing to learn.  I feel it is divisive that many Christian denominations and so called bible churches depend on formal education programs that require a great monetary cost.  Basically anyone who does not have the money to pay for bible or seminary classes or conventions are left out.  And this is among one of the reasons I do not attend certain churches.  Yet this bible provides a wonderful opportunity to bring quality theological scholarship to the average person who does not have the funds or the time to pay to attend elitist "Christian" conventions.

For anyone looking for a good bible that will provide a lifetime of value and reference, this  bible is a top choice for leaders or theology students especially. Yet I find after reading the full color NIV First Century study bible, also published by Zondervan, I have been spoiled- and I feel that no bible will ever come close in quality and substance. This is a standard black and white text minimalist bible.  Admittedly I prefer full color study bibles.  Yet as far as content and deep, complex theological insight, this is a bible that is worth reading.  As a blogger for booklook I received a copy of this bible published by Zondervan.

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