"How I wish someone had put a book like this into my hands 50 years ago."
Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
"Every line and every word in the Bible comes from a context -- historical, social, cultural, theological -- and speaks into those contexts -- sometimes against that culture, sometimes with that culture, and sometimes to expand that culture. In so doing the Bible models how we can speak from our culture and into our culture in every fresh and missional ways. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible not only acknowledges this but engages ordinary readers in seeing what it looks like. I cannot recommend a study Bible any more than this one: Five stars!"
Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament
The full text of the NIV in study Bible format Full-color page presentation with hundreds of photographs and images from around the world illustrating the included contextual information In-depth book introductions that explain the context in which each book of the Bible was created, whether in the oral tradition or as it was written down by the Bible's 40+ authors Over 10,000 verse-by-verse notes that shed light on the important details surrounding the context of the original writers and hearers/readers, opening new understanding to readers as they engage the text of Scripture Dozens of charts, maps, diagrams, and other information in vivid color In-depth articles on key contextual topics Words of Jesus in red Full study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps