I remember when a Bible was just a Bible, and all you had to choose from when selecting a new Bible was which version and binding you wanted. Nowadays, the possibilities are limitless. Bibles are themed, each targeting a different demographic and approaching the Word of God from a different perspective. The NIV Verse Verse Mapping Bible is a study Bible geared for those who like to journal or take notes in their Bible.
Verse mapping is a technique developed by author Kristy Cambron to use Bible study tools to research what you’ve just read in the Bible. In the NIV Verse Mapping Bible, she expands her verse mapping curriculum series to include verses from the entire Bible, showing you how to compare Bible translations, pick out meaningful words, and delve into the true meaning of each verse using starter verse maps and prompts. Verse mapping helps you to place scripture in historical context, exploring Hebrew and Greek word studies, and compare different translations.
What I liked about the NIV Verse Mapping Bible
I like the way it zooms in on specific passages of the Bible, shows what it says in other versions of the Bible, and provides a word study on key words from the passage. Although it’s not a devotional Bible, the way it’s set up with 350 featured verse maps, it would easily lend itself to a daily reading of the Bible. By working your way through with a verse map a day, you’d pick up the highlights of the Bible, hopefully, encouraging you to delve more deeply and use the same techniques on other verses of your choosing.
What I didn’t like about the MIV Verse Mapping Bible
I’m not one to journal in my Bible, so I’m not sure how I feel about the “Actions” and “Outcome” sections. The writing spaces have a turquoise background and a pretty small unlined writing area, so it doesn’t seem like you could do much writing. If you’re used to journaling in your Bible, this probably won’t bother you, though.
If you’re looking for a study Bible for a general audience, this is a good choice. It would make a great graduation gift for high schoolers or college students as it would help guide them through independent Bible study. If you choose to write in it, it would be a great comfort to come back and reflect on your notes.
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