You know the old mantra, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but what are you to do when that is exactly what the publishers want you to do? Should your opinions of the book be shaped at all by the cover, more specifically, should the glowing endorsement of the book plastered across the top the front cover shape your thoughts of the book? What is the one endorsing the book is a prominent pastor? What if that book is a Bible? Welcome to the world of Bible publishing. Crossway did it a few years ago with this campaign for the ESV Study Bible. More recently, Heritage Books did it with their new Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible. But neither of those publishers took the endorsements and slapped it onto the front jacket cover. Perhaps I am a bit jaded to study bibles, but I did expect more. I admittedly judged this book by its cover, and it let me down. When Tim Keller essentially hands you a Bible and says, if you are going to buy a study Bible, buy this one…I expect more. Lest you end up as confused as me, there are absolutely ZERO study notes in this Bible. I counted them…ZERO.
Each book and genre of the Bible begin with an article and outline of the book, but they are quite generic and possibly useless. I did read through a number of them, and it is possible that someone might learn from them..but I would imagine most Christians–the ones who care about a Keller endorsement–will already have a basic understanding of the Bible. So in those cases, the uninspired words of this publication are rather (wait for it)–uninspiring.
Other than a couple nice silver tassels, this NIV has very little to offer over the blue NIV pew Bible sitting on my shelf.
Sorry Zondervan, swing and a miss.
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