This is the newly released NIV Zondervan study bible- published in full color! The simple, minimalist, modern book jacket gives little clue to the visual goodies contained within. The pages are simple yet full of colorful study helps, photos and maps. The quality, durable textured hard cover will last with heavy use. The pages are perfect as far as their thin texture which is also durable.
As far as the content and presentation: I found it to be similar to the NKJV full color study bible and the newly published NIV Essentials study bible. If you find yourself stuck in a deadlock contemplating which bible to choose: This NIV Zondervan Study bible, the NIV Essentials bible or the NKJV study bible- I'd choose this one. The biggest difference between the newly published NKJV Study bible by Thomas Nelson is that this is a NIV translation. The NKJV is more literal and traditional in style and language than the NIV. The NIV essentials bible is black and white with some spot color which seems like an adequate bible until you have been exposed to the beauty of a full color bible.
If you want to own one single bible that is good for study as well as beautifully designed and illustrated, the full color NIV Zondervan Study Bible is the only bible you will need. This bible is great for new bible readers as well experienced readers.
The digital access can be used through an enclosed card with a code. These days many college textbooks come with digital access. There are two options for digital access- lap top and tablet/ cell versions. I chose the android format which lead me to the olive tree app. I found that installing the digital access was not particularly easy. I am unsure if I was able to unlock all the features. I was only able to view the NIV text on my mobile device- no additional photos or charts.. Some readers might be confused into believing the digital access is the digital version of the NIV Zondervan study bible. So far I found that not to be the case. Nevertheless I enjoy this bible as a bible- and digital access is not at all important to me. I only wanted to try it simply to take a look at what it offered.
For anyone looking for a good bible that will provide a lifetime of value and study, this is it!- The top bible among the top choices in my opinion. I think any bible reader will be impressed. As a blogger for booklook I received a copy of this bible published by Zondervan.
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