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  1. 5 out of 5

    Floyd

    At almost 2500 pages, this is one of the largest Study Bibles I have encountered; but that is okay, it is also one of the best. With copious notes for both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the comments focus on both background material (as the title suggests) but also material suited for more typical Study Bibles. My current preaching series centers around the book of Philippians 3. Here is an example of the kind of material found in this commentary (clipped from Amazon.com): **** Images i At almost 2500 pages, this is one of the largest Study Bibles I have encountered; but that is okay, it is also one of the best. With copious notes for both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the comments focus on both background material (as the title suggests) but also material suited for more typical Study Bibles. My current preaching series centers around the book of Philippians 3. Here is an example of the kind of material found in this commentary (clipped from Amazon.com): **** Images included in original review **** The text is full of illustrative material that would bring the scriptures to life for the congregation of the person studying Bible for themselves. Along with the many notes, are a series of over 300 essays on Biblical history and archeology. The full-color images, cross references, a concordance, and indexes to the essays add additional value to this Bible edition. For the church looking for an attractive gift for their pastor during “Pastor’s Appreciation Month” (October), this would make a nice addition to the pastor’s gift. Similarly, this Bible would make a wonderful gift for a pastoral student - whether in a college, seminary, or non-traditional program. This would also serve as a nice addition to a lay person’s or church library. ______________ This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yvie

    You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. That’s what the NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing d You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. That’s what the NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus. Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world. The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world. The NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers. Features: The full text of the NKJV Targeted book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written Insightful and informative verse-by-verse study notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages Key Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament terms are explained and expanded upon in two helpful reference features Over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics 375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from around the world Dozens of charts, maps, and diagrams in vivid color Words of Jesus in red Additional study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps Sometimes, when reading the Bible, it's very difficult to understand what's going on. There are some things that people do that just flat don't make sense. That's where a knowledge of ancient history and the everyday lives of those ancient peoples really comes in handy - because armed with that knowledge, things start to make a lot more sense. This book provides that much-needed cultural background, for various different groups of people. My kids love ancient history, and this book actually led them to be more interested in the Bible. (Granted, I think the relationship is supposed to go the other way, but...) The text includes pictures and maps - which really help the visual learner - to help clarify the lifestyles as well as the travel routes. My only complaint with this book is that the text is teeny, so you won't want to read too much at one time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dana Kamstra

    I’m so excited to have a chance to review this Bible, the NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. I’ve been looking to add something like this to my collection of Bibles, mainly because well, there are a lot of cultural references in the Scriptures that I’m just not familiar with. But, through sermons and personal Bible study, I’ve learned that sometimes knowing and understanding these references can really help to make the Bible more understandable and more applicable to my walk as a Christian. I’m so excited to have a chance to review this Bible, the NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. I’ve been looking to add something like this to my collection of Bibles, mainly because well, there are a lot of cultural references in the Scriptures that I’m just not familiar with. But, through sermons and personal Bible study, I’ve learned that sometimes knowing and understanding these references can really help to make the Bible more understandable and more applicable to my walk as a Christian. So what kind of things can you find in this study Bible? In my first flip through, I was finding a lot of pictures. Some of them are various artifacts that are relevant to passages. For example, there might be an image of a jug that has images of someone playing a harp. With it, is an explanation of the types of harps that existed in the time. Harps or music are also mentioned in a nearby passage. Or modern day images of places mentioned. There are also explanations of things such as dowries or what a certain phrase might mean. There are maps sprinkled throughout showing things like David’s journeys as a fugitive, a map comparing the key events in the lives of Elijah and Elisha, Paul’s missionary journeys, and plenty more. Introductions of each book of the Bible tell about the book. These explain key concepts, who wrote the book, when it was written, and any other relevant history or facts about it. And mixed in with all of this are other charts and tables. Overall, I am impressed with this Bible and I’m looking forward to using it in my personal Bible studies. My personal copy is a hard cover with a dust jacket. Under the cover, I was pleased to see that it was fairly plain—there is a leather texture printed on that mimics the look of a plain leather Bible. If you are looking for a Study Bible that might help you understand a bit more about the cultures surrounding the Scriptures, check this one out. It may just be what you are looking for. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    When a Bible is read it is often done through the lense of the reader. This is not a bad thing unless the lense of the reader is understanding something that is not there. This happens more than realized because our cultural dictates how we understand something we read. It is the same with the Bible. The NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Bible seeks to give the reader an understanding of the culture of Scripture. By doing this, the reader should have a better comprehension of what the writer was trying t When a Bible is read it is often done through the lense of the reader. This is not a bad thing unless the lense of the reader is understanding something that is not there. This happens more than realized because our cultural dictates how we understand something we read. It is the same with the Bible. The NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Bible seeks to give the reader an understanding of the culture of Scripture. By doing this, the reader should have a better comprehension of what the writer was trying to say. Instead of viewing it as a foreigner, the goal is to place the reader in a setting as if they were alive as the Biblical events are taking place. I found this Bible to be a great help in understanding what a person in Biblical times may have thought. As to this Bible itself, it is a heavy Bible coming in at just over four pounds. The text is easy to read and the photos are stunning. The articles are well placed and not distracting. There are also great aids in the back of the Bible such as a weights and measurement section and a brief concordance. This is a great Bible for study and it would do well for those that want to better understand the day in which Biblical characters lived. For those wanting a devotional Bible, seek elsewhere. *I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy Jamieson

    I was often dismayed to see that my study bible would make conclusions that seemed not backed up by my concordance. This lead me to research other study bibles and I found this!!!’ Wow! I recommend this for every one. All to often I see biblical passages used in ways or interpreted in ways that removes them from context! This bible is amazing at clearing those things up. I feel like it’s full of so much amazing and useful information.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Raymond Holmes

    Many good notes. The OT did very well at presenting information from the historical perspective; what did these writings and practices mean to the average guy in this area at that time? What are the traditions and customs that we don't know about from 3000 years later that this guy would have understood implied in the text? Good insight. This is not a book for spiritual insight, just cultural. I don't know if the guys would even consider themselves Christian. The NKJV is a very good translation, Many good notes. The OT did very well at presenting information from the historical perspective; what did these writings and practices mean to the average guy in this area at that time? What are the traditions and customs that we don't know about from 3000 years later that this guy would have understood implied in the text? Good insight. This is not a book for spiritual insight, just cultural. I don't know if the guys would even consider themselves Christian. The NKJV is a very good translation, literal but not too wooden. Losing some of the poetry of the KJV, but more readable.

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