Thursday, March 12, 2015

NIV Proclamation Bible

This is going to sound wrong, but for a study Bible, this is a lame one.  Not the Scriptures themselves of course, but the study notes, or rather, lack of notes in this edition.  It has several essays at the beginning of the book, on topics such as "the historical reliability of the Bible', "From text to doctrine:  the Bible and theology", "Biblical interpretation: a short history.  But I didn't like them much as they had several concepts and statements that were more biased towards Covenant Theology, promoting concepts like Christian Jews and Gentiles all being a part of the 'Israel of God', and the Promised land not being limited to a small geographical location like Israel, but now includes the whole earth…or something along those lines.

 Also promoted is a 'Christocentric' hermeneutic…which I still don't quite get.  Why not use a Theocentric hermeneutic, or what about a literal grammatical historical one?  Some of the sections in the Bible, like some of the historical narratives, or some of the genealogies, just point to concepts of God's sovereignty rather than God's plan of salvation. Some just show human depravity like Judges 19.  I just don't see a Biblical case for a Christocentric Hermeneutic. 

Okay, moving on from the beginning essays, all this Bible has are rather short introductions to each book of the Bible, and a cross reference column down the center of each page of the Scriptures.  The introductory notes didn't strike me as very profound but they did include short lists of commentaries for further reading on whichever book of the Bible you're studying. At the back of the Bible is a Concordance.

This Study Bible doesn't strike me as even remotely as great as several of the promotion reviews on the cover make it out to be. 

I received a free copy of this book from the Booklook Blogger Program(My review did not have to be favorable)

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