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NIV Integrated Study Bible
The NIV Integrated Study Bible is an interesting Bible that offers a fresh look at the story of God that unfolds throughout scripture. It takes a chronological approach, meaning it orders not only the books of the Bible in order of their historical occurrence, but also individual passages as well. The entire Bible is chronological.
This Bible will be especially helpful to those who want to engage in deeper study of the scriptures. The chronological approach is fascinating, because it puts books and passages in order of their occurrence, not necessarily their writing. It also splits books and passages to place them in their historical location. One of the most helpful and fascinating aspects of this Bible is that it also puts similar passages together. This is most noticeable and helpful in the gospels as similar or identical passages are listed side by side. In addition to this, you see passages from other books or even different testaments side by side when they are related or connected to one another. For me, this was the best feature of this Bible and the most enhancing to my onw study. One critique I would offer of this Bible is that it is called a study Bible, but does not provide a lot of points of information or study. Certainly its chronological approach aids study and the introductions to books and parts of this Bible are helpful, but I also would have expected some study points throughout.
I would recommend this Bible as a great resource for study for anyone who wants to dive deeper into the scriptures, especially those who are most interested in history and timelines. I would not recommend it as a first Bible, however as it is so different from the standard Bible that most may be used to.
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Rev. Marcus J Carlson