Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Proclamation Bible (NIV)
When I saw that Timothy Keller recommended this Bible my ears perked up. I respect Mr. Keller and his opinion and thought I would give this Bible a chance.
At first I was a bit disappointed. For a "study" Bible there are no footnotes for interpretation, basic center-column references and brief book introductions. Had it been just that I would have discounted Mr. Keller recommendation.
The reason this Bible stands out are the theological helps at the beginning of this Bible. Scholars wrote some very helpful articles on Biblical interpretation, why we can trust the Bible, how to apply Scripture, and more.
In a sense it is a Bible that prepares you to study as opposed to doing it for you. In this respect I understand why it was recommended and I agree.
This Bible does what other study Bibles do not: let the reader do the digging to find the gems. Sadly, not many Bible readers do this which is why this Bible is a stand-out.
As to the Bible itself, a good typeface and good binding are present. Also there are two bookmarks which is nice for cross-referencing. It weights in at about three pounds which does not make it ideal for devotions/study on the go but good for desk study The lay-flat binding is a great add so one does not have to hold down pages while reading.
I give this Bible five stars for the theological articles and solid build. If you need to replace a study Bible give this one a hard look.