I decided to review the NIV PROCLAMATION BIBLE because of the title: Proclamation. Because I have read the NIV Bible on more than one occasion I am very much aware of the writing style and how it is translated. What I asked myself as I examined the books, comments and outlines within was:
- Is this book good for a new Believer?
- For a person who has read the Bible more than once would they benefit from owning this particular translation?
- Knowing that I have at least 3 different NIV Bibles would I purchase this one?
The NIV PROCLAMATION BIBLE is a different type of study Bible which may catch many Bible connoisseurs off guard. Don’t expect lengthy notes at the bottom of the page instead find notes regarding translations. Yes, the center column includes cross references- a study tool most use. What I find unique is perspectives presented at the beginning of the book as well as before each book.
Most Bibles include a “how to section” in which the reader can understand the Bible format, though the standard preface is there I would suggest you skip that and glance over the impressive list of contributors stopping at the first important study: “What Is The Bible?” Included in this chapter are subcategories: The Basis of Christian confidence in the Bible; The God-breathed character of the Bible; The sufficiency of the Bible; The truthfulness of the Bible; The clarity of the Bible; and The authority of the Bible.
The other chapters which serve as a preamble to actually reading Scripture are things I have taught, I have been taught or I have researched. In addition to each book of the Bible having an introduction which includes an outline and references there is also a very good concordance. Soooo..
- Is this book good for a new believer? Yes, particularly if he or she really wants to understand the Word of God.
- Would a person who has Bibles benefit from purchasing this one? Yes, even if you have a study Bible that has notes at the bottom of the page.
- Would I purchase this Bible? Yes.
If you have read any of my reviews you know that I love Bibles and I have so many that I usually give my review copies to individuals who are in need of one; I am keeping this one. I recommend this Bible. xxx Marsha L Randolph
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