The Bible tells one story. I’ve been harping on that message for years. From one end to the other the Bible tells the story of how a holy God relates to people that are sinful, fallen and broken. At the center of that story is Jesus. Zondervan now offers a study Bible centered around that theme, appropriately titled The Jesus Bible.
Each book is introduced in a way that helps the reader find Jesus. There are essays from popular theology “heavy hitters” like Ravi Zacharias, John Piper and Randy Alcorn. This is a large book with over 300 full page articles, in addition to hundreds of sidebar articles, all designed to reveal Jesus throughout the story of scripture. The Jesus Bible is available in ESV, which I reviewed, and NIV. The Artist Edition pictured above just came out in October but there are a number of covers to suit each taste. The large 8.7 point font is clear and easy to read.
The entire book, including the glossary, comes in at just under 2,000 pages. I couldn’t possibly read everything in time to publish my review. I have read the ESV text many times as it is my personal favorite. I feel good about endorsing the English Standard Version as a modern translation faithful to the earliest source texts we have available. For this review I carefully read a few of the book introductions and skimmed several others. I looked at the side-column notes which serve as a biblical commentary. I paid special attention to the introduction and explanations offered in the Song of Solomon, which some have made a mess of in the past. The Jesus Bible is clear that Song of Solomon is a lyrical account of a romantic relationship between a man and a woman. There are things we can learn about Jesus in such accounts without making Jesus our lover and getting all awkward. I read the notes and sidebars relating to Isaiah 53 simply because I enjoy that part of the story. I was mildly concerned about how they would handle Romans 8. Two schools of thought are presented relating to election and a statement about where the two meet and what we all have in common. The study Bible does not take a side.
There are a multitude of study Bibles and reference Bibles on the market. I have a few and if you are looking for one I feel good about recommending this one. You can read more details, reviews and place an order directly from Zondervan, Amazon or Christian Book.com.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Jesus Bible without cost to review as a Bible Gateway Partner. This blog is a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.