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NIV First-Century Study Bible

Explore Scripture in Its Jewish and Early Christian Context
$49.99
Format: Hardcover

Availability: In stock

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Experience the Bible through Eastern eyes by exploring the cultural, religious, and historical background of the Bible. This hardcover study 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.
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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 First-Century 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. 

What others are saying:

“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

Contributor Kent Dobson , Ed Dobson
Short Bio Kent Dobson

Kent Dobson 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.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Kent lived and studied in Israel where he earned a Masters Degree in History and Geography of the First Temple Period from Jerusalem University College. He also studied Comparative Religion at the Rothburg International School of the Hebrew University.

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.

Kent lives is Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and three children.

UPC 025986938901
ISBN-10 0310938902
ISBN-13 9780310938903
Publish Date Sep 9, 2014
Weight 3.5500
Length 1888.00
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $49.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Victor
Overall Rating
Today I am writing my review of : NIV First Century Study Bible by Zondervan. In a few words I can say this version of the Bible is just an exquisite work.

I received the hardcover version, which is good. I just wonder how good this jewel will look in leather. In a scale of 1 to 10 I will give the presentation of this Bible a 10+ . Love the type of paper, the tones and fonts, the graphic design and the way the commentary has been placed trough the Scriptures, it makes the lecture of the Bible a pleasant and easy to understand adventure.

The work done has wonderfully blended an encyclopedia with the sacred text, so much that one to forget there are added notes.

In this edition you will find book introductions, study notes with key words explained . Writings from early church writers, rabbis. Apart from the knows maps most bibles have, The First Century Study Bible, will provide you with extra maps inserted in the text.

One of the extras that I love is the concordance at the end, plus it has a topical index to articles and a glossary. It really is an encyclopedia within the Bible.

Personally I would say this is a gift that I would love to get, I am sure many Christians will feel the same. I recommend this Bible. (Posted on 9/24/14)
Review by Dr. David Teague
Overall Rating
I was the editor for an Arabic edition of the NIV Study Bible in the 1980's. I also teach in a seminary. In reviewing the sample provided by Zondervan for the "First-Century Study Bible," I was deeply concerned. Here are some of my concerns:
1) The title is misleading. It gives the impression that so-called "first century" interpretations are more correct because they come from the time of the New Testament. In reality, the notes are full of ancient theological speculations which the apostles avoided.
2) Note on Deuteronomy 4:35 "Monotheism is Born" - By phrasing the title of the note like this, the impression is conveyed that monotheism was invented.
3) Note on Genesis 1:1 "What was before Creation?" The quote from Philo that wisdom is older than creation is pure speculation and suggests polytheism, or even Arianism. Again, it can create needless doubt and confusion.
4) Note on Genesis 2:4 "One God" - Dobson introduces his own speculation that Elohim is a "force." He then defines YHWH as the personal God who gets "his hands dirty" in the creation of the world. This is utter speculation that borders on belief in a Gnostic demi-urge. It's poor scholarship which implies that Elohim and YHWH are not the same. This can cause needless confusion and doubt.
5) Note on Genesis 2:10 "One river, one Eden" - Dobson calls eternal life an “ancient speculation” which the book of Revelation then picks up. In other words, eternal life is just a concept which someone invented.
6) Note on Genesis 4:1 Dobson suggests, without rebuttal, that Eve had sex with either the serpent or an angel.

I can't imagine using this book in a church. A study Bible should clarify the text, not create confusion and doubt. Sadly, this book harms the reputation of the Zondervan publishing house among evangelical Christians. (Posted on 8/18/14)

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