Designed to be the initial Study Bible for a typical new believer, the NIV Starting Place Study Bible would appear to accomplish that goal.
Borrowing from some of Zondervan’s most helpful Study Bibles, the NIV Starting Place Study Bible provides a wealth of information to the new Bible student. The six underlying resources are as follows:
- The Essential Bible Companion
- NIV Quest Study Bible
- NIV Foundational Study Bible
- NIV Archaeological Study Bible
- NIV Student Bible
- NIV Rock Solid Faith Study Bible
With the exception of the last, each of the above resources is well-known and appreciated by this reviewer. Having never the Rock Solid Faith Study Bible, I cannot comment directly on its value. Included are a variety of helps:
- Book Introductions
- Study Notes keyed to Biblical passages
- Context Notes providing background material
- Q & A Notes providing answers to key questions
- Bible Character studies
- Introductions to key Bible Truths
- Subject Index
- Dictionary – Concordance
Designed using a four color (black, white, yellow, and gold) layout, there is useful information on almost every page. I would recommend that pastors and others use the underlying Study Bible resources; but for the new student of the Bible, this Study Bible is a useful resource. It will not be the last Bible most students of any age will want, but it is a great place to begin.
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.