Reviews - What do customers think about NIV Rainbow Study Bible-Burgundy Imitation Leather Indexed ?
Good But ... Mar 14, 2007
This is a good computer Bible, but for the money, I prefer a program like AMG Bible Essentials which has the Libronix Library System built-in and can be integrated with other Bible study software. For about $15 more the AMG program has both KJV, Apocrypha and NASB, including a lot of other capability, like Greek translations, word study, exegesis, parallel Bible comparisons, etc. The Rainbow Bible is an older issue and shows its age by not offering features as mentioned above. Some benefits of this Bible include both NIV and KJV translations, color maps, Matthew Henry's commentary, Naves and a version of Foxe's Book of Martyrs. The various colors can be distracting at times, but overall it is worth considering, particularly if you like the NIV.
it grows on you Jan 20, 2007
I basically agree with the review by Encompassed Runner below: There are both pros and cons to this bible and that review summarizes them very well. The main problem I had with the bible was that some of the colors look very similar, especially in dim light. At first, all the colors seemed to strain my eyes. However, in time, I got used to the coloring system and now I really enjoy it. While I too have a system for marking the bible, it is nice to have one so thoroughly and professionally marked. The type is very clear and the references are good. I have gotten a lot of joy from searching the bible based on a particular "color" or theme. I found my bible at a deep discount; I would not pay full price for one. If you find a good price, get one!!
Husband loved this. Jan 18, 2007
Again, Rainbow Bibles are a little difficult to find but my husband was very pleased with the quality and this site came through for me again.
Has Pros and Cons... Nov 15, 2006
THE RAINBOW BIBLE's unique color and underline system is what makes this Bible both attractive and problematic. The color coding addresses a helpful concept, that of making manageable and navigatable a huge and many-themed book by scripture categorization for easier verse identification, memorization, or integration. However, there are a few problems that come with this approach:
1. Some colors are confusingly close to other shades, such as the medium green indicating "Love" verses and the lighter green indicating "Commandments," or the medium grey for "Sin" verses and the light grey for "History," 2. The categories are fixed, every single verse being allocated a color, so the readers are not personally able to classify verses according to how they mentally process them--for ex, a verse colored taupe for "Discipleship" to one reader might better be considered a "growth" verse that should be in the light green for "Commandments" category, but unlike highlighting a plain Bible, is stuck with this Bible's color choices, and 3. The Bible's feature underlining the words of the Trinity presents problems for readers wanting to underline verses of their own choice; it would have been better for the Bible to use bolder lettering for these verses, thus leaving the underlining option open for readers.
Another point to note, seeing as how the product is called a "Study Bible," is that there are no doctrinal or applicational footnotes many come to expect from a study Bible. However, THE RAINBOW BIBLE does include other study features, such as center-column references, introductions and outlines for each of the Bible's 66 books, a 1-year Bible Reading Calendar, an 85-page concordance to look up verse locations for specific words, an 18-page subject guide to look up topics rather than specific words, and something I've not seen elsewhere: "365 Popular Bible Quotations for Memorization and Meditation," which has verses from every Bible book.
In sum, nice concept, visually attractive, helpful features, but it doesn't work for everyone. Alternatively, books exist that suggest Bible study and marking techniques (such as a rather complex system by Kay Arthur). For me I ended up taking ideas from here and there and coming up after much trial and error with my own system using a mix of underlining in different colors of ballpoint, circling promise verses' numbers in pencil, annotating margins with key letters or symbols in pencil, and using DRY markers that are neither a pencil or liquid marker (refillable Accent Dry Pencil Bible Highlighting Kit).
THE RAINBOW BIBLE, which by the way is available in NIV or KJV, is especially good for devotional rather than academic reading, but with all the glowing reviews, I thought it might be helpful to share that it does present potential problems for some readers.
Very Beautiful Jul 11, 2006
I recently purchased this from a book club, and it is a wonderful Bible. Type is easy to read, and the imitation leather binding cover is of high quality. The various colors help guide you to passages of the same intent. Very innovative. Great.