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NIV Archaeological Study Bible

An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture
Format: Genuine Leather

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Featuring a four-color interior, over 500 full-color photographs, in-text maps, detailed charts, study notes and cultural facts that bring the ancient biblical world to life … The Archaeological Study Bible will open your eyes to the archaeological, historical, and cultural contexts of the stories you read and the people you meet in Scripture.
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"Readers who desire a more intimate knowledge of the historical context of the Bible will appreciate the NIV Archaeological Study Bible. Full of informative articles and full-color photographs of places and objects from biblical times, this Bible examines the archaeological record surrounding God’s Word and brings the biblical world to life. Readers’ personal studies will be enriched as they become more informed about the empires, places, and peoples of the ancient world. Features include: • Four-color interior throughout • Bottom-of-page study notes exploring passages that speak on archaeological and cultural facts • Articles (520) covering five main categories: Archaeological Sites, Cultural and Historical Notes, Ancient Peoples and Lands, the Reliability of the Bible, and Ancient Texts and Artifacts • Approximately 500 4-color photographs interspersed throughout • Detailed book introductions that provide basic, at-a-glance information • Detailed charts on pertinent topics • In-text color maps that assist the reader in placing the action "

Contributor(s) Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. , Duane Garrett
About the Contributor(s) Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (PhD, Brandeis University) is distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Dr. Kaiser has written over 40 books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching; The Messiah in the Old Testament; and The Promise-Plan of God; and coauthored An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning. Dr. Kaiser and his wife, Marge, currently reside at Kerith Farm in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. Dr. Kaiser’s website is

Duane Garrett
Duane Garrett (Ph.D., Baylor Univerity) is John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
UPC 025986939588
ISBN-10 0310939585
ISBN-13 9780310939580
Publish Date Aug 19, 2008
Weight (lbs) 4.5200
Height 10.13
Width 7.25
Length 2336
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $109.99
Bible Translation New International Version
Color Brown
Format Genuine Leather
Specific Color Venetian Brown
Features Concordance, Maps/Charts, Reference, Ribbon Marker
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Richard
Overall Rating
After spending two (2) hours at Mardell's Christian & Education Supply Store and having purchased two other bibles both of which I was unhappy with, in a locked glass case I finally found their more premium bibles than I thought existed. This particular Bible is specifically an Archaeological Study Bible bound in a luxury or premium leather. Throughout the Bible are boxed notes relating to a nearby passage and accurately and clearly explains a place, location, meaning of the passage and in easy to understand writing,

In addition, there are fourteen four-color maps of geographic regions of the times. Unfortunately, this, although accurate, collection of maps is only 4-color and rather dull. Eight or even 12-color maps would have been a nice increase to the quality of the Bible, but for the excellent price of $109.00, one can't have everything.

Finally, there are three type of footnotes on each page, a Table of Weights and Measures, a very complete Glossary of words, a Subject Index to Articles, a List of Articles by Scripture Reference, a full Concordance, complete Index to the Color Maps, and, of course, the excellent but drab looking maps, and a front and rear rather thick protective.

The brown leather cover is nicely accented with a gold top, fore-edge, and foot of the book. Whether this edging will stand the test of time can't be predicted, but 20th and 21st Century gilding are notoriously bad compared to their cousins from the 14th through 18th Centuries.

Finally, this Bible is not tabbed and please don't ruin it by adding self-adhesive tabs only to ruin it.

On another, important note, Zondervan makes this Bible in 9 pt. print for us older persons, but sadly only in an Italian Duo Tone, which although beautiful, and has the feel (not the odor) of a fine Napa Leather. The prices can be miles apart, or very nearly close to each other. But if you are looking for a generational Bible, pay the extra money and stick with leather.

In 2009, Zondervan added a zippered case sized precisely for this particularly sized bible. It's part of their Aviator line and comes in a suede-like material with a ribbed carry handle and two pen holders. As I had a problem finding this online, to view it, go to and in the search field type "bible covers-025986823870.

Reading every Boxed Note to full understanding will add at least 30-50 percent to your reading time, but I, who has never read the total bible before makes reading this as pleasurable as a 7-day cruise in the Azores on the Scarlett O'Hara. (Posted on 4/20/2014)

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