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As someone who is far from a biblical scholar. I depended heavily on my study bible to read and comprehend the book of revelations.
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But as I have grown in my personal bible studies and prayer life I have learned that the best understanding you will ever receive from the bible is through the Holy Spirit.
This is why it is so important to pray before you begin your Bible study. The Lord will fill you with the Holy Spirit and ensure you receive the message he has in store for you.
As an advocate for bible study beginners, I think it’s important to make clear that study bibles are simply a resource to help you gain deeper insight into the bible. But it does not take the place of the gospel.
This is why I find it important to dig deeper into the word exploring different resources to gather a better understanding of what you have read.
I think it important to note that studying the bible compiles and includes Bible commentary which are explanations and interpretations of Bible verses from biblical scholars. With that being said let’s hop into the review of the NIV Quest Study Bible.
Pros of the NIV Quest Study Bible
- I like the size of the font.
- Surprisingly enough I like the Q&A format. It makes the notes easy to read.
- I really like the way they introduce each book and answer the common questions like who, what, where, why, when.
- I love that they have prayers and promises of the bible section.
- I think most beginners would enjoy the perspectives section that provides bible verses for different things you may experience in life (i.e. anger, hopelessness, pride, or just in need of comfort, etc.)
Cons of NIV Quest Study Bible
- When I compare the NIV Study Bible to the ESV Study Bible I wish they provided more cross-reference verses. I have found that the longer you read the bible the more you begin to try to connect the different books together.
- Although the Q & A is extensive I don’t it answers every question you may have which could be frustrating for the cost. Especially if you are a beginner and have not figured out how to find all the different resources available for studying the bible.
Description of NIV Quest Study Bible
- Over 7,000 insightful notes arranged in a unique question and answer format
- Nearly 350 articles investigate the most asked questions about the Bible
- Article index and expanded subject index
- Single-column Scripture text arranged in a modern, two-color page design
- Over 150 charts, timelines, and maps
- A reading plan with three distinct tracks to follow
- NIV Dictionary-Concordance
- 16-page full-color map section
Overall Thoughts of the NIV Quest Study Bible
I think this is a great study bible for beginners who enjoy reading the NIV translation. Although I don’t personally believe this is the most comprehensive study bible. I do believe it is a great starting place for beginners.
One of the things I appreciate most about this study bible is that they present their commentaries in a way that the audience understands they are not offering facts but hypothesis based on their research.
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