Publisher and Publication Date: Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. August 24, 2021.
Source: I received a complimentary hardcover copy from Bible Gateway as I am a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. I am a Bible Gateway Partner. #BibleGatewayPartner. I am not required to write a positive review.
Audience: Bible readers.
Link at Zondervan/Church source.
Church Source which is the website for Zondervan Bibles and books.
Features of the NIV Grace and Truth Study Bible:
1. Text size is nine point.
2. Note size is eight point.
3. Cross references are located in the center column.
4. The commentary notes are located at the bottom of the pages.
5. Double column Bible.
6. The titles, Bible books, numbers (not the numbers by the verses), dividing lines are in a medium golden brown color. This reminds me a little of the NIV Study Bible Fully Revised Edition. It is the same color scheme.
7. For each Bible book there is a two to three page introduction to that book.
8. A 310 page NIV Concordance.
9. Fourteen pages of glossy color maps. The maps are from International Mapping.
10. Words of Christ Jesus in red.
11. One medium golden brown satin ribbon.
12. The NIV translation sponsor is Biblica. Link to read about the NIV translation at Biblica. Link to read about the history of the NIV translation at Biblica.
13. The introductory material located in the front section of the Bible: Table of Contents, Alphabetical Order of the Books of the Bible, Abbreviations and Transliterations, Quick Start Guide, The Grace and Truth Study Bible: Introduction, Acknowledgments, List of Editors and Contributors, and Preface.
The Bible is available in hardcover, soft leather-look brown, soft leather-look brown-indexed, soft leather-look, navy blue; soft leather-look, navy blue-indexed.
This is a quote from the Preface about this Bible’s translation of the NIV:
“In obedience to its mandate, the Committee has issued periodic updates to the NIV. An initial revision was released in 1984. A more thorough revision process was completed in 2005, resulting in the separately published TNIV. The updated NIV you now have in your hands builds on both the original NIV and the TNIV and represents the latest effort of the Committee to articulate God’s unchanging Word in the way the original authors might have said it had they been speaking in English to the global English-speaking audience today.” Page Xlll.
I have to be honest. I like the NIV translation but it is not my favorite. Nevertheless, I own several NIV Bibles.
The first NIV Bible I owned was in 1990.
BSF or Bible Study Fellowship International uses the NIV translation. As a member, I can use any translation but all the Bible texts in the notes and questions are in the NIV Translation.
What I love about the NIV Grace and Truth Study Bible:
1. The Bible text print is easy to read. It is nine point. It is bold print. The type font is an easy format.
2. I love the explanation and placement of Bible passages that are not in the earliest of manuscripts. I am referring to John 7:53-John 8: 1-11. I have looked in several of my Bibles to see how they handled the placement of this section. In the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible it is located in the Scripture passages portion and not set apart in anyway except to include double brackets. There is nothing written in the commentary notes. Right before chapter eight begins there is in brackets the following: “[The earliest manuscripts do not include 7:53-8:11].” In the NIV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible, the portion of Scripture is in italics. There is a brief explanation in the commentary notes. The NIV Study Bible Fully Revised is the same. The NIV Grace and Truth Study Bible is the same except there is a longer write-up in the explanatory notes. It is stated: “The comments below treat the verses as if they accurately describe an actual event.” Page 1458.
3. The NIV translation is a readable translation. It is easy to read. It flows easily for reading silently or out loud. It is an easy translation to memorize.
4. I love the commentary notes.
5. I love it R. Albert Mohler, Jr. is the General Editor.
6. I love the maps. They are aesthetically pleasing and on thick paper. Out of all the Bibles I mentioned in #2, NIV Grace and Truth Study Bible is the best for maps.
7. The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible has an 81 page concordance. The NIV Study Bible Fully Revised Edition has a 147 page concordance. The NIV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible has a 100 page concordance. The NIV Grace and Truth Study Bible’s concordance is 310 pages. It is extensive and impressive. I love it!
8. The features most important to me is the translation followed by readability. Even though the NIV is not my number one favorite I still like the translation. I love the bold print text that is easy to read. I love the layout and form of the Bible. I love love the concordance. I love the maps. I love the commentary notes.
This is an excellent Bible!