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Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture (NIV ) by Walter C. Kaiser Jr. and Duane Garrett (Feb 18, 2006)

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.   (Description from Amazon)  Has excellent notes and maps including side bars called ‘ancient voices’ that quote from primary documents such as Josephus’ history.  But note the Bible translation is conservatively oriented."Readers who desire a more intimate knowledge of the historical context of the Bible will appreciate the NIV Archaeological Study Bible.   The NIV translation has proved to be one of the Bible's all time best-sellers and is a strong foundational plank of Chrsitian evangelicals.


Publisher:  Christian Resources Development Corporation (CRDC), October, 2015.

The CEB Study Bible gives you the tools, illustrations, and explanations necessary for making informed decisions about the meaning of the Bible. The notes in this study Bible don't tell you what to believe. Instead, they give you the context for what the books of the Bible meant to their earliest readers and what the Bible means right now.

The CEB Study Bible is for encouragement and challenge, for guidance and reflection, for study and prayer:

  • The reliable, readable, and relevant Common English Bible translation in a single-column setting
  • Detailed book introductions, outlines, and notes from the finest biblical studies professors
  • Full-color throughout, including more than 200 illustrations, photographs, maps, and charts
  • Hundreds of thousands of cross references
  • More than 300 indexed sidebar and general articles
  • 21 full-color maps designed by National Geographic and fully indexed

Common English Bible – History
The Common English Bible is a new Bible translation, not a revision or update of an existing translation. Work on the CEB began in late 2008 and was completed in 2011. Most editions of the Common English Bible also include the 14 non-canonical books of the Apocrypha. The goal of its publisher was two-fold: to ensure a smooth and natural reading experience for everyone, including young people, and to write at a level comfortable for over half of all English readers; thus, the name Common English Bible.

According to its preface, the Common English Bible was produced out of a “concern for accuracy and accessibility in one translation that the typical reader or worshipper would be able to understand.” The Common English Bible was sponsored by several denominational publishers, including Chalice Press (Disciples of Christ), Westminster John Knox Press (Presbyterian Church, USA), Church Publishing, Inc. (Episcopal Church), Pilgrim Press (United Church of Christ), and Abingdon Press (United Methodist Church). The CRDC utilized the work of over 117 Bible scholars from 22 different faiths. The CEB was field-tested in 13 different denominations.

The publishers purport using a balance of dynamic equivalence and formal equivalence translation principles in order to reflect the best in accuracy to the original texts as well as ease of readability. Their goal was to produce a Bible that was written at a seventh-grade reading level—the same as that of the USA Today newspaper.

The translators used the popular Nestle-Arland Greek New Testament as a basis for the CEB New Testament. For the Old Testament, they used the various editions of the Masoretic text, as well as the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartgensia, the Biblia Hebraica Quinta, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Septuagint.

Common English Bible – Pro’s and Con’s
One of the chief aims of the CEB is to use more natural wording as compared to traditional biblical terminology. In many ways, the CEB has achieved that goal, but some renderings can be problematic. A good example is the term “Son of Man.” Here is the New International Version’s translation of Ezekiel 2:1:

“He said to me, ‘Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you’” (Ezekiel 2:1, NIV).

The Common English Bible renders the same verse this way:

“The voice said to me: ‘Human one, stand on your feet, and I'll speak to you’” (Ezekiel 2:1, CEB).

In the New Testament, where Jesus calls Himself “the Son Man,” the Common English Version still renders it as “the Human One” (e.g., Matthew 8:20). This is unfortunate, since, as a title, “Human One” does not carry the same weight as “Son of Man.”

2017 ECPA BIBLE OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT  (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association)

“How I wish someone had put a book like this into my hands 50 years ago.” - N.T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland


You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.

That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.


The HarperCollins Study Bible: Fully Revised & Updated by Harold W. Attridge, Society of Biblical Literature (Aug 22, 2006).

The HarperCollins Study Bible—Student Edition is the landmark general reference Bible that offers the full text of the New Revised Standard Version as well as in-depth articles, introductions, and comprehensive notes by today's leading biblical scholars for the Society of Biblical Literature. Completely revised and updated, this edition incorporates the latest scholarship and findings as well as incorporating new diagrams, charts, and maps—25% revised or new material.  Used extensively by mainstream Christian Seminaries, universities and ministers.


The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version 5th Edition -

by Michael Coogan (Editor), Marc Brettler (Editor), Carol Newsom (Editor), Pheme Perkins (Editor).  This Bible features extensive annotations providing historical and cultural context.  It includes maps, a glossary, an abbreviated concordance, timelines and various essays.  The NRSV translation continues in the tradition of the King James Bible. As described in the Preface, it accounts for the "development of biblical studies and the discovery of many biblical manuscripts, " and is "essentially a literal translation" that introduces changes "as are warranted on the basis of accuracy, clarity, euphony, and current English usage."  Seels for $42.  Described as an "Ecumenical Study Bible."

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New Living Translation (NLT) Study Bible, Indexed Edition

NLT Study Bible, Indexed Edition  by Tyndale House Publishers (September 24, 2008)
The New Living Translation is an authoritative Bible translation, rendered into today's English from the ancient texts by 90 leading Bible scholars. The NLT's scholarship and clarity breathe life into even the most difficult-to-understand Bible passages. Provides book introductions, overviews, maps, summaries, timelines, outlines, cross-references, author/date and historical information, further reading suggestions, etc.

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The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha

The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition,College Edition, New Revised Standard Version by Oxford University Press (Feb 2, 2007)

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