An Honest Review
Because I am a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid, I was asked to review Zondervan’s new QUEST STUDY BIBLE. I promised an honest review!
The Only Q&A Bible
If you are a bible reader I am sure you have read a passage and sat back and asked, “What if?” Well, this Bible asks those questions and furnishes the answer!
Over 7,000 notes are found in the margins, answering questions anyone of us have asked in the past!
New International Version
It is NIV, which is probably one of the most widely-used versions of the Bible. It is easy to read with a good font size and Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface.
Dictionary – Concordance – Maps – Subject Index
I love maps and the Quest Study Bible has a whole section with 16 full-color maps and maps throughout the text with specific uses (see above).
The index to subjects is helpful as well. Want to know what the Bible says about sarcasm? Look it up! This is most helpful for writers and I know I will use this index often.
The dictionary-concordance is thorough – it’s not a Strong’s 40 pound publication but it is thorough enough.
There is an index to in-text maps and in-text charts. For writers, again, this is great. If I want to see where the Book of Ruth takes place, I look it up and turn to page 382! It shows me a small map and the route from Bethlehem to Moab.
The charts are excellent. The one that stands out to me is “the last week” of Jesus’ ministry on earth – this would have been paramount as I wrote the 40 Days of Lent.
Each Book of the Bible is Properly Introduced
- Why read this book?
- Who wrote this book?
- To whom was it written?
- When was it written?
- Why was it written?
- What is a proverb (specific to the book)
- What to look for in Proverbs (specific to the book)
Each book of the Bible has a time-line also. This feature is so helpful and I will refer to it often.
What don’t I ‘like’ about this Bible
It almost seems like heresy to admit to not liking something BUT…
I do wish they had included a chronological Reading Plan. They do include:
- Introduction to the Bible
- A Guided Tour of the Bible
- Every Word in the Bible
Another would be the answers to some of the questions are too broad for me – perhaps I’m a bit dogmatic when it comes to certain areas. For instance.
Q: Why did God say, LET US (plural) MAKE MANKIND IN OUR IMAGE? Ref: Genesis 1.26
A: Often kings referred to themselves in this way. The Hebrew word for God (Elohim) is plural, perhaps indicating that God was taking counsel with Himself. Some think this describes God speaking to his heavenly court of angels. But this may also hint at the mystery of the Trinity — in the unity of God there is plurality.
My overall rating of The Quest Bible
As a writer, I give it a strong 4 stars. I’m holding back the fifth star because of the two things “I don’t like.” I say that with great trepidation! This Bible will definitely be on my writing desk for easy look up and reference.
I was furnished a copy of Zondervan’s NIV Quest Study Bible because I am a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid, in return for an honest review.