Friday, August 1, 2014

Speciality Bible Review: The Journey Bible (An NIV Translation)

The Journey Bible is a specialty Bible that uses the NIV translation. The beginning pages start off explaining what this specialty Bible was created for, and for what type of person. Then after the “Table of Contents” and alphabetical listing for the Bible books are given, a spiritual explorer is defined because people who pick up this Bible may very well be spiritual explorers. “How to Seek God”, “A Summary of the Bible”, “Who is Jesus?”, “Jesus’ Famous One-liners”, a section about how to follow Jesus, “Defining Moments of the Old and New Testaments, a “Five Alive” (covers the five main Bible books that contain essential Biblical teachings) reading plan, the “Five Alive” Main Themes and Book Summaries then follow before the Bible book contents start.

I reviewed a paperback version of this Bible. Throughout all the Bible books in this specialty Bible there is an introductory page, explaining important facts about each of the Bible books, as well as an outline and timeline for the history of the times those Bible books happened in. In at least one case (like with the introduction to the books of Ezekiel and Daniel), their introductory page is combined. Just about every page I came across had some type of commentary on it while I was reading the book of Ezra and John, although when skimming through the Bible I noticed that there are some pages that do not have commentary on them. There is commentary titled “Discovering God”, which includes the verse(s) that it applies to, “Addressing Questions”, “Strengthening Relationships”, and “Knowing Yourself”, which is good for readers of this specialty Bible to try to apply what they are learning in those sections to their lives.

There are also some resources in the back that I consider supplemental, such as a “Where To Find It” section (relating to events that are well-known, and the Parables, Miracles, and Teachings of Jesus), “Titles of Jesus” used throughout the Bible, 14 “Explorer Studies” (which give Bible sections to read, and reflection and discussion questions for each study), a “Subject Index”, and a dictionary/concordance related to the NIV translation.

“Be careful not to confuse the comments of our writers and editors with the actual text of the Bible” (Pg viii). I really like that they added this note for the readers at the beginning, so we know that the comments (commentary) have been added around the Biblical text. I always have a hard time with there being a bunch of introductory or commentary pages before the Bible contents have been introduced for some reason, so I was happy to see that the “Table of Contents” was listed pretty much at the front of the Bible, after the “Read This First” and Bible introductory pages.

The commentary with the sections I listed above really did feel like they would help people who are using this specialty Bible for their spiritual journeys, and I think it would be great if groups used this Bible together during their learning and/or discipleship experiences in some cases (if possible…and hopefully if they are on the same reading plan). I am not an expert on Bible translations though, so I do not know how close this translation is to being the correct one. Group members can also potentially share enlightments about what the commentary pointed out to them in relation to their Scripture reading.

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this Bible free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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