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NIV First-Century Study Bible (Black Letter Edition)

Kent Dobson

NIV First-Century Study Bible (Black Letter Edition)

Kent Dobson


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About "NIV First-Century Study Bible (Black Letter Edition)"

Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) 2015 Christian Book Award Winner in the Bible category.

This NIV features extensive notes on the culture of Bible times by seasoned pastor and popular presenter Kent Dobson. The aim is to help readers encounter Scripture through the perspective of a first century disciple, which enables a fresh understanding of familiar stories and passages!
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:Experience the Bible through the eyes of a first-century disciple by exploring the cultural, religious, and historical background of the Bible. This Bible allows you to understand God's Word in its original cultural context, bringing Scripture to life by providing fresh understanding to familiar passages, beloved stories and all the Scripture in between. The NIV Cultural Background Study Bible invites you into the questions, stories, and interpretations---both ancient and modern---which introduce you to a world vastly different from your own. Let us read with an eye on the past and with our feet planted in our present questions and circumstances.Join Kent Dobson as he unpacks the culture of Bible times, and illuminates Scripture passages while asking thoughtful questions along the way. Kent is the teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, where he initially served as the worship director. He has been featured on Biblical programs for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. Kent fell in love with Biblical studies in Israel and had the privilege of learning from both Jewish and Christian scholars. After his time in Israel, he returned to the States to teach high school religion and Bible before responding to God's call to the pastorate. Today, he keeps his connection to the Holy Land strong as he leads tours to Israel that combine study and prayer, inspired by the ancient discipline of spiritual pilgrimage.
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Meet the Author

Kent Dobson

Kent Dobson teaches Bible and Theology at Grand Rapids Christian Schools. His educational background is in English, Biblical Studies and Comparative Religion. He lived in Israel where he studied at Jerusalem University College and the Hebrew University. He has also served as the Worship Director for a Grand Rapids church, as well as hosted Bible related programs for the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. He also leads groups to Israel on a contemporary pilgrimage.

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A Must-Owned Study Bible
5 stars By Dr. Bernard Low, Jul 06 2018
If you are a collector and student of study Bibles, this one by Kent Dobson is a must-have in one's library. Study notes, articles, word studies, references to the rabbis, church fathers and extra-biblical sources, and full color photos, maps and diagrams inform one's reading and study of the Bible. These study features help one to appreciate the biblical texts in their historical and cultural contexts. In recent years, it is heartening to see more and more resources made available to help Christians return to and understand the Jewish roots of our Christian Faith. 
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Another resourceful Bible study tool
4 stars By Bis, May 29 2017
This is similar to the Cultural Background Bible but I would say fits more the cultural background description than the other product. I am not quite sure if one should call it first century study Bible because the entire Bible is not based on either the format or the text of the fist century but useful hebrewgreek word study as well as the usual background and study notes are very helpful in understanding the books being read. Very well laid out, good maps and other study tools. the Bible is laid out for continuous reading with no centre column reference breaking up the chapters. Not so good for centre column marginal reference lovers but this Bible is one I don't think I would like to highlight and mark but instead use it to complement a main study Bible. Overall, a very good resource for new and old Christians alike.
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Love IT
5 stars By Helen Birch, Mar 13 2015
As a person who is fascinated with history both ancient and early church, I have found this Bible to be a wealth of information providing insightful backgrounds to what I am reading. As well as notes on the bottom of each page like all Study Bibles you are treated to informative word studies of Hebrew or Greek words of significance within each chapter. There are numerous textual articles and what I find fascinating, 'Day in the Life' articles which give you a snapshot of life during the period the Book is referring too. There are also the usual maps and charts sprinkled throughout the Bible.
There are references to wider works written by Josephus, Jerome and Philo, to name a few, as well as references to Rabbinic traditions which all help you to appreciate a wider picture of what you are reading.
The only thing which seems to be missing are the cross references down a middle column which I was so used to with my old NIV Study Bible. There is some cross referencing but nowhere near as much as I would personally like. However that aside, I am loving my new Bible and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has a keen interest in the historical background of what they are reading. 
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  • Catalogue Code 397930
  • Product Code 9780310938903
  • ISBN 0310938902
  • EAN 9780310938903
  • Pages 1888
  • Department Bibles
  • Category New International Version
  • Sub-Category Study
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Sep 2014
  • Sales Rank #10794
  • Dimensions 241 x 171 x 50 mm
  • Weight 1.605kg
  • Font Size 9pt

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