How does the NIV Zondervan Study Bible compare to other study Bibles available in the NIV?

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible is a vital addition to the current family of study Bibles supporting the NIV translation. It is appropriate for individual Bible study, group studies, and college and seminary classroom use, and it will be a powerful aid to pastors and other Bible teachers. Its focus on unpacking God’s story first book-by-book, then section-by-section, and finally as a unified story of redemption, stands out from other study Bibles currently available.

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, the all-new NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance, and the existing NIV Study Bible provide a comprehensive tool set for the English-speaking world desiring to expand their understanding of God’s Holy Word.

Will the NIV Study Bible stay in print?

Yes. The NIV Study Bible, originally published in 1985 and last revised in 2011, will continue to be printed and sold. The NIV Zondervan Study Bible (2015) is a separate product, based on the NIV translation and with all new notes, new section introductions and book introductions, and a library of new theological articles and other study aids.

What is the significance of “Zondervan” in the title of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible?

The Zondervan name has grown to be a trusted source for Bible resources that are academically solid and accessible to the lay Bible student, such as the Zondervan Handbook to the Bible, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary and the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible. The NIV Zondervan Study Bible includes material of the same high quality as other Zondervan-labeled resources—up-to-date, from some of the best evangelical scholars around the world, and presented in a way that is friendly to the average adult reader. Additionally, like many other Zondervan biblical study resources, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible’s beautiful, full-color interior draws in readers and presents memorable aids to understanding the Bible.

What is “biblical theology”? How does the reader better understand biblical theology through using NIV Zondervan Study Bible?

In the words of general editor D.A. Carson, “God did not choose to disclose everything in one moment of spectacular revelation. Rather, he chose to disclose himself and his purposes progressively, through events and words spread across many centuries, climaxing in his Son, Jesus Christ.”

Biblical theology studies this development of revelation from various angles. Accordingly, the study notes in the NIV Zondervan Study Bible zero in on the biblical author’s voice and location in presenting a piece of God’s story; the book and section introductions explain the development of theological themes in the collection and their place in God’s revelation, and 28 theological articles address what can be confidently understood from the complete biblical revelation.

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Tell me about the notes of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible.

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible unpacks God’s story in each book of the Bible first through an introduction that reveals the structure and message of each book. The notes help readers zero in on the unique and essential voice of each biblical book and each biblical writer, developing the perspective, purpose, and contribution each one makes to the overall plot of the Bible.

Tell me about the theological articles.

One particularly valuable feature of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is its library of concise theological articles, which unpack God’s story by tracking the development of Biblical themes as they are progressively unfolded throughout the Scripture. Notable scholars and leaders such as Timothy Keller, Kevin DeYoung, and Douglas Moo address theological topics such as “sin,” “creation,” “shalom,” and many more. These short articles provide the perspective that the book-by-book notes cannot: an overarching view of the Bible’s message and teaching—and in particular, how the gospel of Jesus Christ relates to these topics.