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Overview A unique study Bible filled with informative articles and full-color photographs that will take you on an illustrated walk through biblical history and culture.
Publishers Description 'Readers who desire a more intimate knowledge of the historical context of the Bible will appreciate the NIV Archaeological Study Bible. Full of informative articles and full-color photographs of places and objects from biblical times, this Bible examines the archaeological record surrounding God s Word and brings the biblical world to life. Readers personal studies will be enriched as they become more informed about the empires, places, and peoples of the ancient world. Features include: * Four-color interior throughout * Bottom-of-page study notes exploring passages that speak on archaeological and cultural facts * Articles (520) covering five main categories: Archaeological Sites, Cultural and Historical Notes, Ancient Peoples and Lands, the Reliability of the Bible, and Ancient Texts and Artifacts * Approximately 500 4-color photographs interspersed throughout * Detailed book introductions that provide basic, at-a-glance information * Detailed charts on pertinent topics * In-text color maps that assist the reader in placing the action '"
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.72" Width: 6.04" Height: 2.33" Weight: 3.53 lbs.
Release Date Aug 28, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 031093852X ISBN13 9780310938521 UPC 025986938529
Bible Binding: Hardcover Color: Full Color Point/Type Size: 8.00 Version: NIV Redlettering: Yes - Words of Jesus in Red! Introduction: Yes - Features Introduction! Concordance: Yes - Built In Concordance Illustrations: Yes - Contains Illustrations Maps: Yes - Contains Maps Presentation Bible: Yes
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More About Zondervan Publishing
Zondervan is an American international Christian media and publishing company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zondervan is a founding member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).
Zondervan was founded in 1931 in Grandville, MI, a suburb of Grand Rapids, by brothers Peter ("P.J.", "Pat") and Bernard (Bernie) Zondervan, who were the nephews of publisher William B. Eerdmans. The company began in the Zondervans' farmhouse and originally dealt with selling remainders and publishing public domain works. The first book it published was Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper, in 1933.
Within a few years Zondervan developed titles of its own, and began publishing Bible editions. The Berkeley Version appeared in 1959, and the Amplified Bible in 1965. The NIV New Testament was published in partnership with the International Bible Society in 1973, and the complete NIV Bible appeared in 1978.
The company was bought by HarperCollins, a division of News Corp, in 1988, and is the company's principal Christian book publishing division.
Zondervan also publishes many other books by Christian authors focusing on topics of interest to Christians. In the 1970s it published The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey, which has sold more than 30 million copies. They are also known for the Bible storytelling books of Ethel Barrett, Joni by quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada, Baptist minister and author Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold more than 35 million copies, Sacred Marriage, the modern marriage classic by Gary Thomas (author), and Rob Bell, author of Velvet Elvis and presenter of NOOMA. NOOMA is a series of short spiritual films. In 2004, Zondervan expanded to include Renee Altson, Shane Claiborne, Sarah Raymond Cunningham and Margaret Feinberg, authors writing for young readers.
Reviews - What do customers think about NIV Archaeological Study Bible/Personal-HC?
Context is King Apr 12, 2010
I have been using the Archeological Study Bible for over a year. The articles and sidebars are an invaluable aid to contextualizing events from which we are removed by thousands of years and vast cultural differences. Understanding God's Word begins with grasping the context of the original writers and hearers/readers. There are frequent notes about discoveries not only in the Holy Land, but also in surrounding countries and cultures. Difficult or murky passages become transparent when seen in light of the perspective of the time. I have been so impressed with this Bible that I have given several away to friends and family.
Archaeological Study Bible Nov 15, 2009
This book was advertised as almost like new and is exactly as described. It is a beautiful specimen that I am very happy with.
Beautiful and Informative Bible Sep 8, 2009
This Bible is so beautiful I could not bring myself to write in it. The pages are beautifully outlined and most books include articles about either archeology of the area written about or history about the era in which the events occurred. Photographs and maps are included as well.
Each book includes two introduction pages of background about what has been discovered about the era, authors, audience and culture relevant to it. There is also an outline and timeline graph to compare to other books. Footnotes that point out themes or relevant articles located in the bible are on on most pages.
The back of the book includes a glossary, tables of weights and measures used throughout the bible, a topical index, concordance and color maps with index. There are 14 maps - each one of a different era from the Patriarchs to the Roman Empire.
It is a fantastic study bible. I have the personal size but it comes in a larger size that has heirloom potential.
This Study Bible Is Good for the Sake of the Notes, but Uses a Weak Translation (N.I.V.) and Lacks the Apocrypha Jun 22, 2009
It is disconcerting how many publishers release potentially good study (or "annotated") Bibles where the wealth of useful notes are attached to a defective translation, such as the popular but (at best the best that one say for it) mediocre and unreliable New International Version (N.I.V.). A scholarly Bible should take a scholarly translation as its base! The N.I.V. is very nearly an outright paraphrase, so loosely does it translate! The resort to "dynamic equivalency" simply occurs far too often, in passages where a "formally equivalent" rendering would be quite adequately clear, readable, and understandable. One can only encourage Zondervan to arrange to have this good study Bible re-edited to fit a responsible translation such as the New King James Version (N.K.J.V.) or the English Standard Version (E.S.V.).
Atop that, for heaven's sake, why would a Bible making so much of archaeology and biblical antiquities omit the Apocrypha? These deuterocanonical writings of the Old Testament are of inestimable historical importance for the often labelled "inter-testamental" centuries (even if these ancient writings may include, according to many, some errors here and there, which the editors of a study Bible could note) and including them in whole or in part serves as a much needed documentary transition to the New Testament. Including the deuterocanonical writings can provide an appropriate text on which to attach study notes of archaeological relevance! Merely to mention cursorily the Apocrypha, as the "Archaeological Study Bible" at least does, is not sufficient. My advice on this matter would be to include at least those Apocryphal (deuterocanonical) writings which present narratives of incontestably genuine historical matter; the remaining deuterocanonical writings have less direct importance for a project of this sort (although they hold enough interest regarding the development of Jewish religious thought and the impact of Hellenism to justify including them as well). The E.S.V. in 2009 published an edition adding the Apocrypha, and the N.K.J.V. draw on the translations of the deuterocanonical writings which appear in the N.K.J.V.-based "Orthodox Study Bible" (2008), thus avoiding the need for any resort to a Roman Catholic translation. Both of these versions (the N.K.J.V. and the E.S.V.), as already noted, are far superior to the lackluster N.I.V., so either the N.K.J.V. or the E.S.V. would make for a much better choice than the woefully inadequate N.I.V., as a translation on which to base any future edition of the "Archaeological Study Bible" with deuterocanonical writings included.
The "Archaeological Study Bible" certainly fills a need, but it incontroveribly could have done so to better effect, and more definitively, if the defective N.I.V. (New International Version) text had been avoided! As it is, many wise buyers will bypass this publication, unless their interest in archaeology is particularly keen, if they already posess Zondervan's own 1983 guide to the subject, the "New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology", by E. M. Blaiklock and R. K. Harrison (the latter of whom, incidentally, was one of the chief architects of the Old Testament both of the N.I.V. and of what R.K. Harrison himself considered to be the far finer N.K.J.V.).
Great Bible but Small Print Mar 2, 2009
The Bible was as expected EXCEPT, the print was so small that I sent it back which cost me $8.33 for a restocking fee and the postage to return the Bible. I would recommend a large print Bible for anyone interested in an Archaeological Bible. The entire process from time of order to refund took a little more than a month and I lost a total of $11.83 on this order, so consider print size before you order.