Review: NIV Proclamation Bible

NIV Proclamation Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015), 1568 pages.

Zondervan’s NIV Proclamation Bible, dubbed as the resource to help Bible preachers and teachers “correctly [handle] the Word of truth” is mundane and generic, and I’ll just get it out at the start: I do not recommend purchasing this Bible. Also, I so appreciate Tim Keller…but what in the world prompted him to write the cover endorsement: “There are many Study Bibles, but none better”? Seriously. I wouldn’t call this a study Bible. There are no notes of any sort, just a few brief essays in the beginning and a standard introduction to each book of the Bible geared toward the central themes and message of each book. The front essays could better serve preachers and teachers as a separate series of blog posts. They’re moderately helpful, demonstrating the movement from God who speaks, to the Living Word, to the written Word, and moving from text to life, text to preaching, and text to study. It is helpful that each book introduction offers a list of suggested commentaries, which you will want because this study Bible doesn’t offer any further notes on the biblical text. I do commend the nice binding and the inclusion of two ribbon bookmarks. If you’re looking for a true study Bible, I’d recommend instead the ESV Study Bible, the Reformation Study Bible, or the NIV Study Bible (1984 translation).

On the off chance that the Zondervan editorial team sees this review, there is a rather glaring typo in the introduction to Jonah, second paragraph of Points to Consider, where a Scripture reference is printed this way: “2{dec63}Kings 14:25.” (2 of 5 stars)

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About Joshua

Joshua is the lead pastor of Massapequa Reformed Church (RCA) on Long Island, New York. He and his wife Kathryn have one young daughter. He loves coffee and board games, ice cream and sports—he's an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, UConn Huskies, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Stephen Shaffer

    I appreciate your honesty in the review. I’m not even sure what a Bible ‘designed for preaching’ would look like as distinct from the Reformed Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, or NIV Study Bible, but it doesn’t look like this is it.

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