Review of NIV First Century Study Bible

Review of NIV First Century Study Bible 


As a member of the Harper Collins book review team I’m reviewing the NIV First-Century Study Bible. As I stated in my last review, I’ve become addicted to reviewing Bibles. I guess of all the addictions one could have, reviewing Bibles should be at the top of the list.

Advertised as a Bible that “helps you study the Bible through the eyes of a first-century disciple by exploring scripture in its Jewish and Early Christian context,” it does all that and more.

Containing notes by Kent Dobson, a pastor who lived and studied in Israel, this Bible is in hardcover and designed to help readers gain a better understanding of the Bible in its ancient context. What this means is throughout the book you will find study helps such as A Day in the Life Articles, Textual Articles, Word Studies, and Bottom of the page notes that explain in detailed what the passage is about. I especially liked the Word Studies. Taking a key word from the text, FCSB gives the Hebrew name and meaning of the word.



This Bible is at the top of my recent Bible reviews. As a Sunday school teacher, I’m constantly looking for study aides to help me with the studies we do together in class. The pictures and maps found in the FCSB are in color which made it much easier for me to read. We are currently studying about the life of Paul and the maps contained in this Bible were fantastic. There was one for each of his journeys, as well as a great timeline of his life.

Overall, I recommend this Bible. My only reservations were found in one of the footnotes in Genesis dealing with Eve giving birth. Although the editor Kent Dobson is referring to ancient interpretations and not his own, I can see where young Christians could be misled. I think it needed to have been worded better, or emphasized more that this was an interpretation that wasn’t his own. With saying that, I still believe this is a very valuable tool for all study leaders, and teachers.


Purchasing Info

Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other book retailers

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan and Harper Collins Publishing for review purposes.



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