Sunday, November 26, 2017

Specialty Bible Review: NIV, Thinline Bible by Zondervan

I think this NIV, Thinline Bible is as close to the original Bible that I have read without commentaries, pictures, and photos. The front of the Bible is black and blank, and the words "Holy Bible", "NIV", and "Zondervan" are on the side of the Bible. The Bible starts off with a presented to page, intro page, Table of Contents (both in the order of the Bible and alphabetical), and Preface before the Bible text starts. Jesus' (Yeshua's) words are found in red in this Bible. It comes with tabs on the sides of some of the Bible pages to mark the approximate location of each of the Bible books with two to four Bible book abbreviations per tab. There are also notes at the bottom of the Bible text throughout the Bible explaining different things about the text. It comes with a soft cover that can be laid flat and a Bible cloth marker. There are no maps at the back of the Bible, after the Biblical text there is a Table of Weight and Measures and that is the last page.

The first thing I remember noticing about this Bible is that some of the pages were tabbed to mark the Bible books, which is uncommon with specialty Bibles I have reviewed up to this point. I love this feature because I end up putting pre-made Bible sticker tabs on some of the Bibles I use! The tabs make it easier for me to locate the Bible books faster than just looking them up in the Table of Contents.

For people that are reading straight from Scripture, the notes at the bottom of Scripture will be easy to find when they see the letter that is beside the part of Scripture that the notes are about. As I read through the Bible books of Esther and Philemon, the notes were kind of helpful. It was good to learn more about the variants of the Hebrew names Jeconiah and Bigthan in the book of Esther. It was good to know that the notes were there even though I didn't use the notes feature very much. For people that are just randomly looking at notes at the bottom of the Bible text, they may find it harder to locate the portion of Scripture the notes refer to since the number of the Bible book and verse are not listed, just the verse.

This probably would be a great Bible for many people that need one to tuck into a suitcase, bag, or purse to have available at different times! The text is smaller than some Bibles I have read but it is not as small as a mini Bible I have read before and also maybe the perfect size text for this size Bible!

My Review= 4.5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this Specialty 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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