"How I wish someone had put a book like this into my hands 50 years
ago." - N.T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early
Christianity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland "I cannot
recommend a study Bible any more than this one: Five stars!" - Scot
McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern
Seminary CONTEXT CHANGES EVERYTHING 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 NIV
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 NIV 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 NIV * 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
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