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The Quest Study Bible (New International Version)
by Phyllis Ten Elshof
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If you have never read the Quest Study Bible, you're in for a treat. What makes this study bible really interesting and different is that it's presented in a conversational and very easy-to-understand "Questions and Answers" format. The Questions and Answers are presented on the outer edges from beginning to end, page by page. You'll find more than 6000 questions and answers throughout all the passages in the Scriptures. They provide thoughtful, accurate, and conservative insight. 200 of the most commonly asked questions and answers having been expanded into short articles throughout the bible. There are color maps, 100 charts, book introductions, timelines, a concordance, dictionary, and subject index. There is a tremendous amount of work by a very large group of Contributors put into the production of the Quest Study Bible.
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NIV is my preferred Bible translation and I have recommended this particular study Bible to others. I like that the notes are primarily in the side margins, which makes for much easier reading and searching. The information they provide seems pretty straight-forward and without strong bias.
I really like the NIV version and I like the historical information and other ideas that are placed along the margins in this bible. I've used it now for nearly 15 years. I bought several beginning studiers of Christianity this bible in the mid-90's. I don't know if the current editions are different from mine, although the cover is!
Answers Thousands of Your Questions About the Bible. The Bestselling NIV Quest Study Bible is Now Easier to Read with Comfort Print! The only question and answer Bible is now available with exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® for smooth reading. Expertly designed specifically to be used for the New International Version (NIV) text, Comfort Print offers an easier reading experience that complements the most widely read modern-English Bible translation. Get answers to the Bible questions you have... and questions you haven't yet pondered! The NIV Quest Study Bible features over 7,000 notes written in an engaging question and answer format that give insight into the common, uncommon, and sometimes perplexing passages from the Bible. You will have the opportunity to consider questions like "Why did God send angels to Jacob?," "What prevents God from hearing our prayers?," and "Why does God test us?" as you explore God's Word using the many study helps. The original Quest Study Bible was conceived in 1989 when two publishing companies, Zondervan and Christianity Today International, worked together to develop a Bible that would answer the challenging questions that arose as people read Scripture. Focus groups around the United States evaluated the usefulness of potential study Bible features and helped select the features that would be included in this Bible. Then, more than 1,000 people received passages of Scripture and were asked, "What questions do you have about this portion of the Bible?" Their responses helped determine what kinds of questions the notes would answer, helping to create a resource that answers the questions that real people have asked about the Bible. Notes have been updated in subsequent releases to ensure that this Bible stays relevant and current to modern readers. Features: Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) Over 7,000 insightful notes arranged in a unique question and answer format Nearly 350 articles investigate the most asked questions about the Bible Book introductions that answer questions about each book, such as "Who wrote it?," "Why?," and "What should I look for?" Article index and expanded subject index Single-column Scripture text arranged in a modern, two-color page design Over 150 charts, timelines, and maps A reading plan with three distinct tracks to follow NIV Dictionary-Concordance 16-page full-color map section Leathersoft cover lays flat when open Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface 9.5-point print size
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The biggest different in this Bible is that on the sides of each page, there are questions we might ask about the Scriptures we are reading with he answers to these questions. I really like this because it explains things in depth in a way that is understandable and memorable.
I also love that the print is easy to read and doesn't strain my eyes. There is an extensive index by subject, a concordance, dictionary and bright, colorful maps to add to your study experience. There really is a lot packed into this Bible!
Another thing I liked is that the paper quality is excellent especially for someone like me who likes to highlight and make notes in her Bible. The highlighting didn't go through onto the back of the page and I saw no shadowing from my hand-written notes.
This Bible would be great for anyone but especially a new Christian would love having so many of their questions answered as they are reading their Bible. This would be an invaluable tool for getting a clear understanding for them without having to write their questions down and asking someone later. This lets anyone get the answers they need immediately!
I highly recommend this Bible as it's easy to read and gives so many extras in one Bible! I give it 5 stars.
*This Bible was provided to me by Bible Gateway. I am a member of Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. I received a copy of this Bible to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this Bible. ( )