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Item description for NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible by Zondervan...
Overview A fresh and conservative approach to studying the Scriptures through the eyes of the Reformed Theological heritage, this Silver Medallion award winner is the first NIV study Bible incorporating a summary of Reformed theology.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 6.7" Height: 2.3" Weight: 3.2 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2003
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310923603 ISBN13 9780310923602 UPC 025986923600
Bible Binding: Cloth Color: Full Color Point/Type Size: 8.80 Version: NIV Introduction: Yes - Features Introduction! Concordance: Yes - Built In Concordance Maps: Yes - Contains Maps Outlines: Yes - Contains Outlines Presentation Bible: Yes
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Reviews - What do customers think about NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible?
Amazing Study Bible Feb 24, 2007
Here is a study Bible that ALL Christians should get. It is filled with lots of spiritually instructive information, academic commentaries, and theological outlines that will give more than enough for one to start building a sermon on and starting up one's group bible study. I will even dare to say that it is better than the famed NIV Study Bible because of the amount of study notes, comments, and charts available.
Though the perspective given in the notes and commentaries is decidedly Reformed/Calvinist, it is still useful for evangelicals of all stripes - Lutherans, Methodists, Pentecostals, Baptists, Free Church Evangelicals, etc. - for personal Bible study. This is due to the highly orthodox and evangelical nature of the study notes and comments. Hence, reading the notes and comments will still be helpful for readers who are not Reformed. Except for some comments regarding passages that teach election and perseverance, a non-Reformed Christian will still be comfortable and secure enough to trust in the notes to guide their reading of Scripture.
What I really liked about this Bible is that at the end (after the concordance) there contains a section of all of the Reformed creeds and confessions of history (pp. 2143-2218). This is a truly remarkable feature of this study Bible. In fact, these confessions will help Reformed Christians better understand their own theological history and allow non-Reformed Christians to have some exposure to the teachings of the Reformed tradition.
Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this Bible to all Christians. Trust me, you won't regret purchasing this study Bible. Too many study Bibles out there are either too simplistic or theologically sub-standard. This study Bible, however, combines good academic scholarship with good practical applications for the laity. I would also get the leather bound edition since it is so much nicer to hold and look at.
Best Study Bible Feb 6, 2007
I'm a pastor who cares much about good, helpful, and accurate information. This is a fantastic study Bible. It's the best study Bible of all--better that the NIV Study Bible, which is good, and better than the ESV Reformation Study Bible.
Great Content Nov 17, 2006
I recently purchased this Bible and am enjoying it thoroughly. It is a big and heavy book and the print is a little small for me but otherwise the content is great. I have recommended it to friends already. I was specifically looking for a Bible and/or commentary from the reformed perspective and this fits the bill.
Simply the Best Nov 3, 2006
If you want the most comprehensive study bible from a reformed perspective, this one is simply the best available. Not only are the study notes and theological articles more extensive than those in the Reformation Study Bible, but the inclusion of the most influential reformed confessions (Heidelberg, Belgic, Dort, and Westminster) makes for a very complete overall package. The only reasons for my not giving it five stars are the fact that it's in the NIV translation (a good translation as far as it goes, but a more literal one like the NASB or ESV would have been better), and the 1689 London Baptist Confession is not included. I realize that the LBC is very similar to the WCF, however, it's inclusion would have provided a useful comparison between the paedobaptist and baptistic perspectives within the reformed community.
Second to none Oct 20, 2006
As a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church, this Study Bible is indispensable to me. It offers a solid evangelical & Reformed perspective on many difficult passages, as well as in the articles on many topics of interest: What is salvation and how do I get it? Can I resist the Holy Spirit? Why was Jesus resurrected? What does it mean to be "in Christ"? Can I lose my salvation? Are we in the last days? Can I be possessed by a demon? ...and many more. If you want to know what you believe and why, this Bible will help you move from reading to understanding. It is the best Study Bible currently on the shelf.