I was intrigued by the idea of the NIV, God’s Justice Bible, Hardcover: The Flourishing of Creation and the Destruction of Evil. After all, on the back cover description of the book, the editors remind us that “God’s justice–his plan for ‘setting things right’–is a foundational principle of the Bible.” They then explain that what they’ve done with the Bible is to trace this theme of justice all the way from Genesis to Revelation to show that is a backbone of scripture.
Let’s begin this review by pointing out a few of the features of this Bible:
- This Bible contains the complete NIV text of the Bible. It is a translation I’m not personally fond of, but I didn’t agree to review this Bible on the basis of translation, so let’s move on.
- There are book introductions to each book of the Bible. These are written by a team of international writers, so a true global perspective is brought to the commentary on the text.
- Like most study Bibles, there are notes at the bottoms of each page to commentate on specific verses. All these notes take a justice perspective on how the Bible relates to justice and to the injustice in the world that surrounds us.
- There are questions for reflection and a prayer included at the end of each book of the Bible.
- There are lovely woodcut tree images at the introduction to each book of the Bible, and edging decorations based on the section of the Bible that the book is in.
The printing of the text is a nice size and is single column in nature. This makes for a very nicely defined differentiation between prose and poetry in the Bible. I do hate that there’s very little space in the margins in the prose sections of the Bible. If you like to take notes in your Bible, this isn’t the kind of Bible you’ll be able to do this with.
I also would have liked to see some special sidebars and articles addressing specific social justice issues and what the Bible has to say about them. However, the notes that commentate on each verse do commentate about specific justice issues. I just would have liked to have seen them all gathered together into articles are an index.
This is probably not the Bible that you’re going to want to use at your primary study Bible because all the notes and articles in the Bible are justice themed. However, this is a nice addition to my library as I can check out these justice themed notes as I am studying and completing lesson preparation.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.