For review purposes I recently received the “NIV Faith and Work Bible“(edited by David Kim and published by Zondervan). It isn’t exactly a study Bible; instead, it’s a Bible that has doctrine and application articles scattered throughout.
More specifically, the theme of these articles have to do with core Christian doctrines and what it means to live them out in our daily vocations. There are also 31 short articles at certain places in Scripture which gives readers a summary of the overall story of redemptive history. Basically, in this Bible you’ll get articles on 1) Bible storylines, 2) Doctrine, 3) Application to the workplace.
Many of the articles in this Bible are solid and helpful, utilizing various resources such as Abraham Kuyper, Anthony Hoekema, John Murray, and many others. There is something of a “renewing creation” emphasis, but it didn’t seem to be taken to the extremes that I’ve seen elsewhere. I also like the real life stories of how a person in a certain vocation applied doctrine to life. You can preview this Bible on Amazon if you want more detail.
I do like the larger font in this Bible, and it is edited nicely. However, I’d rather have these articles in a separate book rather than scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments. I didn’t really need a new Bible, but I did want to read these articles in this Bible, and I’m glad I own them. But now I have one more large resource on my shelves that could have been much smaller if the articles were published separately. I’m guessing that most people who buy this Bible already have enough Bibles, and now you have to spend more than thirty bucks to get yet another new one.