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NIV Archaeological Study Bible

Review of the NIV Archaeological Study Bible – part two.

See part one

As long as you don’t mind the NIV translation the NIV Archaeological Study Bible is definitely the best Bible-resource for the avid enthusiast of Bible archaeology. It is published by Zondervan. Having been a long-time user of the NIV, for over 15 years, I think I will return to the NIV Archaeological Study Bible as my Bible-of-daily-use because of the archaeological benefits of this superb resource. The web site offers a FREE sampler in pdf format.
Features one notices in the first 30 minutes or so include . . . .
1. It’s a single column text with single coumn reference notes, which I like much more than double column formats.

2. There are tons of high-quality color pictures throughout the Bible. It almost seems like there is one on every page but there are officially some 500 color photographs.

3. There are a variety of articles, giving the reader a solid general exposure to many topics in Biblical archaeology. There are five major categories of articles:

  • Archaeological Sites
  • Cultural and Historical Notes
  • Ancient Peoples and Lands
  • The Reliability of the Bible
  • Ancient Texts and Artifacts

4. There are over 8,000 bottom-of-page study notes. Not as comprehensive as the excellent NIV Study Bible Notes, but quite useful for this particular Bible.
This review will be continued soon…..

The Armchair Archaeologist gives the Zondervan Archaeological Study Bible four helmets.
Four helmets

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NIV Archaeological Study Bible

Review of the NIV Archaeological Study Bible – part one.

As long as you don’t mind the NIV translation the NIV Archaeological Study Bible is definitely the best Bible-resource for the avid enthusiast of Bible archaeology. It is published by Zondervan.

If one goes by first impressions I noticed the following when I first examined the Archaeological Study Bible.

1. The cover box is very nicely designed. There is a cut-out swatch-area to allow the potential buyer to see what the cover material looks and feels like. This review is based on the BLACK top grain leather version [0-310-92607-6].

2. It is thicker, thus heavier, than most other study/reference Bibles I have seen.

3. It comes with FREE software (CD-format) with the complete NIV Bible, photograpghs, charts and graphs.

4. The Top Grain version is not cheap, weighing in at $89.99 at Lifeway Bookstores.
5. The paper has generous thickness and each page has the look of faded papyri around the edges. The “new Bible smell” was also nice for the Top Grain version.

This review will be continued soon…..

The Armchair Archaeologist gives the Zondervan Archaeological Study Bible four helmets.
Four helmets

One of the finest exhibits displaying fragments and/or complete texts on the Bible is the ‘Ink and Blood‘ exhibit, now touring the United States.

Their web site states:

Authentic Dead Sea Scroll fragments are just one part of an extraordinary display of rare ancient Biblical manuscripts and historic Bibles traveling the country. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit, known officially as Ink & Blood: Sacred Treasures of the Bible, contains fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls, including portions of Genesis and Isaiah, and numerous Bibles including a medieval manuscript Wyclif Bible from the 15th Century, the first translation of the Holy Book into English.

Click here to view a complete list of the artifacts on exhibit

1536 Tyndale New Testament

1536 Tyndale English NewTestament

The Armchair Archaeologist attended the Ink and Blood Exhibit in Lexington, KY.

It gets a 4 1/2 helmet rating.

4 and a half helmets