Saturday, December 13, 2014

Flash Giveaway: NIV First-Century Study Bible. Perfect for Christmas!

Disclosure: I received a product to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Available at Zondervan

Not long ago, a close friend and I were talking about Bible interpretation, and how nice it would be to know what certain things meant, during the time frame they were written. Shortly thereafter, I received an e-mail asking if I would like to know more about the NIV First-Century Study Bible. Perfect timing, and a perfect solution!!

This Bible makes it easier to understand what you're reading, and it allows for a deeper understanding of what things meant, in context, at the time they were written.

I love the photographs throughout the NIV First-Century Study Bible.
It is incredible to see the culture, scenery, & customs come to life through pictures.

There are photographs in the NIV First-Century Study Bible that help the reader 'see' the culture, scenery, customs, etc. that they are also reading about. It really helps bring the stories to life, and makes for pleasant reading.

Because it is a study Bible, there are excellent references to help you find things,
like this table that shows where to locate the parables of Jesus.

Since it is a study Bible, you will find all kinds of helpful inserts throughout. There are many examples, and the one I used above shows a table of the Parables of Jesus. It is a helpful, fast way to locate them, all conveniently listed for you in one place.

The NIV First-Century Study Bible has maps!

There are also maps. They provide you with a nice reference point and a great visual. 

Words you  might not understand are explained.
One example can be seen in the Table of Weights and Measures shown here.

Words that you might not understand, such as those used to describe weights and measures, are explained in convenient tables that are easy to read, and understand.

The Concordance is one of many helpful features.

And of course, there are many thoughtfully designed features to help you get the most out of what you are reading (like the Concordance pictured above).


The General Editor is Kent Dobson

Here is what experts are saying in response to the NIV First-Century Study Bible:

“The NIV First-Century Study Bible is the most exhilarating and deeply moving work of accessible Biblical commentary and presentation that I have seen in years. Carefully constructed and beautifully presented, The First Century adds a depth and a rootedness to our Christian heritage that will both comfort and enliven the believing heart. I, for one, cannot even begin to express my gratitude for this body of work.”
-Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly
“The NIV First-Century Study Bible is one of the finest publications available today. It deserves a Gold Medallion award for its academic excellence, practical application and beautiful presentation. Kent Dobson makes the biblical world come alive to today’s readers. He helps connect the New Testament to its Jewish roots in the Hebrew Scriptures, examines ancient interpretations and challenges his readers to dig deeper into the Word of God for themselves. Don’t miss this beautiful, helpful and insightful Study Bible. It will make the biblical world of the first-century speak to your heart in the twenty-first century.”
-Dr. Ed Hindson 
Dean & Distinguished Professor of Religion
School of Religion, Liberty University

The new NIV First Century Study Bible from Zondervan allows you to explore scripture through the eyes of a first-century disciple. It includes full-color photographs and illustrations, ancient life depictions, Greek and Hebrew word studies, Jewish and Christian interpretations, and current cultural background details, all which reveal that the Bible is a living book. Learn more at http://www.zondervan.com/more/top-bibles/niv-first-century-study-bibles

One lucky winner is going to get one to call their own. There is no guarantee it will arrive by Christmas, but the giveaway ends at midnight (EST) on 12/18 (so there is a possibility it might!). I'll run the Rafflecopter to randomly select the winner, as soon as the giveaway ends, and notify the winner by e-mail right away. If you are hoping to get it for gift giving, be sure to check your e-mail if you entered, the faster I get your info., the faster I can forward it to the sponsor. :)

Of course, you could purchase this too. It would make a lovely gift for the holiday. US entrants only. Good luck to all who enter.

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40 comments:

  1. That is very cool! Images and tables would help.

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  2. I'd like to know more about the customs. I do know about the custom of turning the other cheek and it is not a meekness gesture as some people think. In that time sometimes employers or even owners of slaves or indentured servants would get mad at their employees etc., and would slap them. Back then the custom was you could strike an employee etc. on the face as a gesture to let them know you were dissatisfied with their performance/work to get them to work harder, but you could only strike them once and using the back of your hand. Say for example you used the back of your right hand to strike the face, the side of the persons face you struck then had to be the left side of their face. If you used the back of your left hand to strike you had to hit the right side of their face. This was done so no one was struck too hard. In the custom you were only allowed to strike the person once. This also applied to disagreements that got a bit out of control and the person might strike out. One hit, back of hand. So, if a person was hit and turned their face for you to strike them a second time, it was not a sign of meekness, but rather a bold move to challenge the person to keep their emotions in check and not break the laws/customs back then and hit a second time and with more force, thereby being a bigger sinner than the person that might have offended you by not working hard enough, or giving you good service enough, etc.... So when God told people to turn the other cheek, he meant challenge the person that has a grievance to get themselves under control, to prove they are not too a sinner in this matter. It was to help keep employees, servants, slaves from not being beat on or humiliated as well by employers or slaves owners with tempers.
    Lauralee Hensley
    lfhpueblo (at) msn (dot) com

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  3. 2. Lauralee Hensley, I visited Zondervan, something I like is The Bedtime Story Bible for children.
    http://www.zondervan.com/children/bible-storybooks/my-bedtime-story-bible

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  4. I'm so fascinated by early Christian history. Thanks for the chance for this giveaway

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  5. A study Bible is just what I need to get back into studying again!

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  6. Oh I'm in. Yes indeed.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  7. A lot of things in there sure don't mean what one may think, but they are easy to twist to what one wants them to be.

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  8. I am enjoying my own NIV Bible; the explanations and references have brought me to a greater understanding of God. My previous New American Standard Bible from 1980 is worn out, but the words stand firm.

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  9. This looks like a great Bible that would have been very helpful when we were in our Bible Study! I love that it seems to be so full of information!

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  10. I visited the site and love that they have such a wide variety of Devotionals!

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  11. My little one is studying in CCD to get his first communion next spring, so this would make an awesome gift for him. I might get him one :-)

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    1. This would make the perfect gift for an occasion like that!

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  12. This looks like a beautifully done study book and would make a great gift for several people on my list.

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  13. What a fantastic study guide for terms, measures, and laws in ancient Biblical times. I know several people who will put it to good use.

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  14. I have been looking for a wonderful Study Bible, and this one sounds perfect!

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  15. I have a girlfriend who this would make a great gift for. She loves studying the Bible.

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  16. This looks like a very good study Bible - that is one thing I want to start in 2015. I have so much to learn.

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  17. I like the way the study bibles are written with references and maps..very interesting.

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  18. I have a bible similar to that. I enjoy the little extras for information, the photos, and the maps.

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  19. I have always enjoyed the NIV Bible. This one would be a great gift, especially for new Christians who are interested in learning a lot!

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  20. Study bibles take me right back to my childhood - I remember using them a lot back then.

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  21. I like that they added photographs. Perfect for a study Bible!

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  22. This would be very nice to have it's so hard to know what the Bible means

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  23. I appreciate that this book references the Jewish and Christian content. We're of the same lineage but the world often forgets this fact.

    Be well, dear Rosey.

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  24. Oh my - my dad would love this - he tend to collect Bible in different versions, lol!

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  25. My grandma would have loved this. She was huge on collecting Bibles!

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  26. This is really cool. I love that if helps you actually study, not just read.

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  27. I think this would be so interesting. I would love to have this version.

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  28. Great giveaway for this bible! I love that it helps you study and comprehend it!

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  29. This looks like an excellent bible! Great gift idea!

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  30. What a great giveaway. I love seeing new study Bibles. I worked for a Christian publisher for years and we released several of my favorite Bibles. I love the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation the best.

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  31. We love study Bibles in our home and my husband is a Student Minister so this would be a great tool for him as well.

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  32. This would make a great gift. I need a new Bible. Amber N

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  33. A good study Bible is a wonderful thing to have! Nothing better than reading God's word!!

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  34. I love these Bibles that have so much more in them. I appreciate all the people who worked to bring them together. It makes scripture study easier for me.

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  35. Thanks for sharing this giveaway! I hope that I win!

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  36. This looks like a great Bible. I love it especially because it is NIV.

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  37. I visited the site and liked the different Devotionals they had.

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  38. Finally bought my own study bible Rosey!! So excited! I also bought my mom one, it's very helpful to her!

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