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Zondervan NIV Study Bible [Hardcover]

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1 Oct 2002
#1 Best-selling study Bible in the best-selling NIV translation

Study features fully revised and updated
Over 20,000 in-text study notes
A library of study resources at your fingertips

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  • Hardcover: 2240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Rev e. edition (1 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310929555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310929550
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.4 x 4.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,066,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The World’s Best-Selling Study Bible Now Raises the Standard Even Higher

That’s because its celebrated study notes have been thoroughly revised.

Turn to any page and discover the difference: over 20,000 of the Zondervan NIV Study Bible’s Gold Medallion Award-winning study notes—now meticulously updated and expanded to reflect the most current conservative Bible scholarship. Unmatched in any other study Bible, these notes place at your fingertips a treasury of instant commentary from today’s top evangelical scholars. Icons highlight notes of special interest in the areas of character study, archaeology, and personal application. Simply put, you won’t find study notes as complete, up-to-date, helpful, and easy to use anywhere else.

And the benefits build from there. Like no other Bible, The Zondervan NIV Study Bible places an entire resource library for Bible study in your hands. Over 6 million people have made it their study Bible of choice. Make it yours as well. It’s one choice you’ll always be glad you made.
NIV text remains unchanged, the most read, most trusted English-language translation.
Over 20,000 study notes. NIV translators thoroughly revised and expanded the award-winning study notes, and added over 800 new notes.
Icons make important information easy to spot.

900 Character Profile icons

425 Archaeology icons

Almost 3,000 Personal Application icons
Introductions and outlines provide valuable background information for each book of the Bible.
In-text maps, charts, diagrams, and illustrations right where you want them—five of which are completely new.
16 pages of full-color maps plus timelines and presentation page.
Words of Christ in red letter.
NIV concordance plus subject and study notes indexes.
Referred to daily by millions of pastors, students, church leaders and other Bible readers around the world, the renowned Zondervan NIV Study Bible notes are the crown jewel of the world’s best-selling study Bible. These over-20,000 notes are the handiwork of the same translation team that produced this Bible’s text, the New International Version. The same exacting, conservative scholarship that brought you today’s most read, most trusted Bible translation went into creating the most celebrated, widely used Bible study notes in existence.
Why improve on what’s already outstanding? Because now it can be made even better. In the years since the 1985 publication of the first Zondervan NIV Study Bible edition, ongoing discoveries in archaeology, linguistics, biblical history, and other disciplines have suggested the need to revise the notes. Drawing on the most current scholarship, the world-class team who first created the study notes now present comprehensive revisions and additions that bring the notes thoroughly up to date. With all the changes to the study notes, however, one thing has remained unchanged—the time-tested, trusted text of the NIV itself.
You’ll be pleased with the results. If you found the original notes indispensable in clarifying obscure Bible passages and shedding light on the meaning and significance of Scripture, you’ll love how these revised and expanded notes add even greater depth to your study of God’s Word.
The New International Version (NIV) is today’s most read and most trusted English Bible translation. Since its release in 1973, the NIV has sold over 150 million copies. The goal of the NIV translation team was to produce an accurate translation and one that would have clarity and literary quality and so prove suitable for public and private reading, teaching, preaching, memorizing and liturgical use. Today the NIV is accepted by more denominations than any other translation and is supported by a library of reference resources that is unmatched by any other translation.
Over the last five years, the editors of the NIV study Bible have painstakingly reviewed, revised, and rewritten the notes of the classic, bestselling NIV Study Bible. Over 80 percent of the notes have been revised and adapted in some way from the 1996 update, and some 30% of the notes in the text have been added, completely rewritten, replaced or deleted. Over 800 of the more than 20,000 notes in this edition are completely new. This update reflects the most recent scholarship from a conservative academic perspective, and reflects changes to the text suggested and requested over the last 15 years by students and academics who have studied, used, and loved the NIV Study Bible.

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207 of 210 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Bible gets better 23 Nov 2002
By Charles S. Houser - Published on
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The only statement the publiser/editors make about how this revision differs from the landmark first edition (1985) and the well-received second edition (1995) is found on page xviii: "In this fully revised edition of the NIV Study Bible, the Associate Editors and I have added hundreds of new study notes, improved the book introductions (e.g., paying greater attention to the rhetorical, structural and other literary features) and enhanced other helps."
A certain amount of the "Evangelical defensiveness" I found bothersome in the 1995 edition has been burnt off in the nicely-conceived, thoughtful re-expression of book introductions found here. Compare, for instance, these statements from the Introduction to Job:
[1995 ed.] "Two dates are involved: (1) the date of the man Job and his historical setting, and (2) the date of the inspired writer who composed the book."
[2002 ed.] "Two dates are involved: (1) that of Job himself, and (2) the composition of the book."
While the editors have not gone overboard trying to turn the NIVSB into a "pc/inclusive language" text, they have restated a few things here and there that, to my sensibilities, seemed worth fixing. For instance:
[1995 ed., from Wisdom Literature Introduction] "The Jews sometimes speak of the OT as the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings."
[2002 ed., page 725] "An ancient tradition among the Jews divided the collection of their holy books into three major divisions: the Law (Pentateuch), the Prophets (Former and Latter) and the Writings."
These are small but welcome changes. [For those who may be following the controversy about the "Today's New International Version" translation, an adaptation of the NIV which endeavors to use gender-inclusive language when both men and women are clearly being discussed or addressed, the NIVSB uses the "unaltered" NIV. This is a good choice for a Study Bible, since serious Bible students need to confront the patriarchy of the ancient world at some time or another. The notes, rather than the translation of the text, seems the best place to accomplish this.]
Although I see nothing in the introductions and notes that should be alarming to the book's primary audience (Evangelical Christians), the NIVSB now seems worthy to be used by Christians from other Protestant traditions, as well as by the general reader who may be curious about the Bible as one of the most important texts of Western civilization.
The NIVSB continues to use three "icons" with its introductions, charts, and notes: a "seedling" to suggest an item that will help the reader apply something to her/his personal life; a "trowel" to identify items based on archaeological discoveries; and "a human head" to call attention to items relating to key characters. One could read the notes carefully and dispute the way these icons have been assigned throughout the text, but the editors should be applauded for their judicious restraint. To tag more notes with icons (or to introduce more types of icons) would have created visual clutter. The publisher should also be applauded for making the icons gray instead of solid black as in the previous editon; it's easy to read around them. (I only pay close attention to the "trowel" icons, because I am personally curious about what in the Bible can and cannot be confirmed by external evidence; although I usually skip the "seedlings"--because I don't like to be told how to apply Scripture to my life--these notes often discuss key theological concepts and are equally worth reading.)
The typography is improved in the 2002 edition, most notably in the center column reference system. However, I still find it difficult to know where to look when I see a superscript marker in the Scripture text (To the center column or at the foot of the Scripture text?). At some points in the text, there are two superscript markers! For example, the name "Immanuel" in Matthew 1:23 is followed by a roman superscript "d" and an italic superscript "w." Oddly, both identify Isaiah 7:14 as the related text. Although, I suppose, there's nothing technically wrong with stating something more than once, I think it unnecessary in a book so tightly packed with information. The unintended effect on the reader might be to erode his/her willingness to pay attention to the notes or to bother to look things up. That would be unfortunate, indeed, because there's a lot in the revised NIV Study Bible that is worth checking out.
61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Study Bible 12 Nov 2005
By David C. Leaumont - Published on
Format:Leather Bound
I own many different study Bibles, from the Scoffield, New Scoffield, Thompson Chain Reference, Dake Bible, NIV Topical Study Bible and several Parallel Bibles. While I use them all, my favorite for study and for Scripture reading is the NIVSB. The language is easy to understand and the study notes are fairly comprehensive. The commentary hails from a conservative evangelical theology.

Book binding quality:

The binding is strong and is durable. I've carried this Bible around a lot, and it has held up with no sign of failure.

Scripture Page layout:

The Scriptures are laid out in the natural paragraph form, rather than the bullet form based on verse numbering. The Scriptures are laid out in two columns, with a column for Scripture cross-references in the middle. The bottom of each page contains commentary listed by corresponding verse. The words of Christ are in red, and contextual sections have headings that correspond to the outline at the beginning of each book.

Introduction to Books:

Each book of the Bible has a discussion of the author, audience and purpose, date and place of writing, characteristics, sources and a short outline of the book.


The notes deal with archaeological, historical, lexical (minimal lexical inputs) and cultural aspects that pertain to conservative hermeneutical exegesis. In disputables, the often do make definitive conclusions, but also at times give different views giving info on what the editors believe is the most probable correct conclusion. It is impossible to put all information on a topic into a study Bible, but the NIVSB does a good job of packing a lot of information in for a significant level of understanding.


There are several helpful and easy to use indices at the back of the Bible. An Index of Subjects acts as a topical study help. An Index of Notes acts as an index for the subjects of NIVSB commentaries. There are several map and measurement aids and finally a standard but fairly comprehensive concordance is included.

A note on the NIV translation:

The NIV translation is a controversial translation. It has begun to outsell the long-beloved King James Version (KJV) Bible. I am not here to say one translation is the one to read while another should be shunned. I prefer to study many different versions, hence my use of parallel Bibles. But, please know that many of the negative reviews tend to be based on dislike of the NIV translation. Until Zondervan creates a parallel study Bible, this will remain one of my favorite Bibles.

To find comprehensive information of a topic or passage, I use my Thompson Chain Reference. For seminary study, I use parallel Bibles (Evangelical Parallel NT and NIV/KJV Parallel). For initiation of a study, reading and study away from home, I use the NIVSB. There is a wealth of information in this study Bible.
95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 9 Oct 2002
By The Professor - Published on
The main difference between this new 2002 and the previous 1995 revision is the inclusion of 800 new study notes. A quick browse through easily reveals a number of these, the first of which being at the first line of Genesis. There are also a number of explications to replace the frustrating "See note at Psalm 15:2" type of notes. Now they sometimes tell you why you should see it. Many of the earlier notes are also revised based on comments from seminary students, professors and pastors to bring them up to date with current conservative evangelical scholarship. There are also a few more charts in this version, a couple of new color maps (only dropping one, the pointless "The World as it is Today" from the previous edition). The typography is also slightly different, as are the icons used to denote archeology and life application passages. The font used for the headers is also different (in my view a slight improvement since it makes it easier to quickly spot stories and parables), and the comfortable font used for the Bible text itself remains unchanged. The standard edition is 2198 pages not including color maps, while the 1995 version was 2172. The spine of the leather version is also more stylish than the 1995 edition, simply stating "Zondervan NIV Study Bible" and "NIV" and "Zondervan" near the bottom. The 1995 edition said "The NIV Study Bible" "New International Version" "Words of Christ in Red Letter" and "Zondervan," which made it a little busy. Oh, yes--the new version contains no family record pages, apparently realizing that study Bibles are used for study and not as heirlooms. There's only a nice presentation page and then it gets right into the timelines. All in all I highly recommend this update--and that's only after a quick browse-through! Frank
54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought "Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Indexed" - love it 1 Dec 2004
By J. A. Brauer - Published on
Format:Leather Bound
It's unfortunate Amazon can't fully describe these Bibles on their pages. I used the Zondervan website ([...]) to find out the ISBN numbers for the highest quality, top grain genuine leather bound editions, and ordered the navy indexed model (ISBN 0-310-92982-2). I am very happy with this Bible, as the leather is soft and the look is unique in the navy color with silver page edges. It is also a very thick Bible and has numerous maps, timelines, and other helpful study aides, in addition to the thorough notes. My only complaint is that the font is a rather modern one, and does not look as fancy as the Ryrie Study Bibles. They also have Burgundy and Black, in Top Grain or Bonded Leather, and with or without thumb indices, it's just nearly impossible to tell which is which on Amazon.

Here's a list from [...] of all the styles available, hope it helps:

Zondervan NIV Study Bible (European Leather, Black/Black ISBN: 0-310-91997-5)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible (European Leather, British Tan/Alligator ISBN: 0-310-91998-3)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible (European Leather, Taupe/Mahogany ISBN: 0-310-91999-1)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible (Hardcover, Printed ISBN: 0-310-92955-5)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible (Bonded Leather, Burgundy ISBN: 0-310-92956-3)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible (Bonded Leather, Black ISBN: 0-310-92957-1)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible (Bonded Leather, Navy ISBN: 0-310-92958-X)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible (Top Grain Leather, Burgundy ISBN: 0-310-92959-8)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible (Top Grain Leather, Black ISBN: 0-310-92960-1)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible (Top Grain Leather, Navy ISBN 0-310-92961-X)

NIV Study Compact, LTD (Italian Duo-Tone™, Green/Sand ISBN: 0-310-92966-0)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Thumb Indexed (Bonded Leather, Black ISBN: 0-310-92977-6)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Thumb Indexed (Bonded Leather, Burgundy ISBN: 0-310-92978-4)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Thumb Indexed (Bonded Leather, Navy ISBN 0-310-92979-2)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Thumb Indexed (Top Grain Leather, Burgundy 0-310-92981-4)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Thumb Indexed (Top Grain Leather, Navy ISBN 0-310-92982-2)

Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Thumb Indexed (Top Grain Leather, Black ISBN 0-310-92980-6)
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Bible Study Tool 18 Oct 2003
By Nate - Published on
Format:Leather Bound
I received this Bible as a gift a number of years ago, and I've used it regularly ever since. Personally, I prefer the New American Standard version for studying and reading, but I always keep this Bible handy for its unbeatable study notes and cross references. The notes, written to be nondenominational and always upholding the infallibility of the Bible, shed light on difficult passages and historical information, helping readers get the most out of time spent in God's word. Bible book introductions are often several pages long and discuss the book's origins and themes. And between the cross references and the excellent included concordance, I've been able to examine what the rest of the Bible says regarding topics in the passages I've studied. In fact, I often copy information out of this study Bible and put it in my other Bibles, so that I can always have easy access to information about my favorite verses and chapters.
How this Bible looks also makes it stand out. The leather is high quality and attractive. Inside, the font size makes reading easy on the eyes, and other formatting features help make the Bible simple to use and navigate. Its size makes it a bit cumbersome for everyday use while on the go, but for at home study and going to church, there's no problem.
Bottom line: NIV fans who want excellent study supplements inside an attractive cover simply can't go wrong with this Bible. The highly respected, easy to read translation combined with top notch study notes, cross references, and a concordance make this Bible a great way to set out on the journey of studying God's word.
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