Book Review: NIV Proclamation Bible

As has been my normal practice in the past, I will issue a couple of warnings or other acknowledgements. It is hard to review a Bible. So many people get bogged down in picking apart the translation and issuing their disagreements with it. I do not think that is right. You should research which translation is right for you and know what you are getting before you get there.  There is useful information on the internet about every translation and what to expect with a particular version. With that being said, you can only really review the content of the notes and introductions and the like while also taking into consideration the other physical aspects.

With that being said, I found that the notes contained in the NIV Proclamation Bible, though useful, were rather routine and nothing spectacular to write home about. There are a wide range of authors used across the spectrum of theology. These notes are practical and could be useful, but are not anything you cannot find online. Outside of that, this Bible contains the normal abridged concordance and cross referencing that are found in other Bibles.

The are a couple of things that stand out to me about the physical aspects. While the cover is hardback, the Bible lays flat from the very beginning and does not seem to need to be broken in first. The pages are also thicker than most study Bibles and seem to be able to withstand years of use. I also like the fact that there are two ribbons included to mark your place. This is useful as most Bibles only contain one and if you are comparing multiple passages, it gets a little difficult to maintain all the divisions. If you remove the sleeve, the Bible is sleek and elegant looking and would look great on a bookshelf of a library if that is the style you are wanting.

Overall, I would give this a three out of five stars. It is a great blessing to have such free access to the Word of God and is not something to be taken lightly. Other than that, the unique content is average at best even if it is wrapped in shiny packaging. Timothy Keller said, “There are many Study Bibles, but none better.” I am not one to typically disagree with Mr. Keller, but I would here.

I received this Bible for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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