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NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible Notes

, 2016
ISBN: 9780310090175
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You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.

That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally-based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

This resource does not include the Bible text. The NIV is available separately and can be purchased here.

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Key Features

  • Describes cultural nuances behind the text of God’s Word
  • Features relevant cultural and political information in each book introduction
  • Includes dozens of helpful charts and maps
  • Explains the text with over 10,000 study notes


  • Author Introduction
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Authors
  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • Hebrew to English Translation Chart
  • Ancient Texts Relating to the Old Testament
  • Old Testament Chronology
  • Major Background Issues from the Ancient Near East
  • The Torah: God Establishes His Covenant
  • Narrative Literature: God Working through Events and Outcomes
  • Wisdom and Hymnic Literature: God’s Wisdom and Kingship
  • Oracles of the Prophets: God’s Plan Announced through the Prophets
  • The Time Between the Testaments
  • Key New Testament Terms
  • New Testament Chronology
  • The Gospels and Acts: Accounts of Jesus and the Early Church
  • The Letters and Revelation: Messages for the Growing Global Church
  • Table of Weights and Measures

Praise for the Print Edition

How I wish someone had put a book like this into my hands 50 years ago.

—N.T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity

I cannot recommend a study Bible any more than this one: Five stars!

—Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament

  • Title: NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture
  • Authors: Craig Keener, John H. Walton
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 2016
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible › Study and teaching
  • ISBN: 9780310090175
  • Resource Type: Study Bible
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-11-30T17:08:26Z

About the Editors

Craig Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and is the author of 17 books, four of which have won book awards in Christianity Today. One, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, has sold more than half a million copies. He has authored scholarly commentaries on Matthew, John (two volumes), Acts (four volumes), and more briefly on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Revelation. Dr. Keener is married to Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, who spent 18 months as a refugee in her nation of Congo before their marriage.

John H. Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, spent 20 years teaching at Moody Bible Institute.

In his college years, he developed a passion for archaeology and Bible history. Instead of training to be an archaeologist, though, he focused his attention on studies comparing the culture and literature of the Bible and the ancient Near East. He has never lost his fascination with this subject, but comparative studies only provide one of the means by which he tries to get people excited about the Old Testament. He’s saddened by how little exposure to and understanding of the Old Testament many Christians have, but he’s passionate in doing whatever he can to remedy this spiritual and theological loss.

For 25 years, Dr. Walton was active at South Park Church in Park Ridge, Illinois—teaching at every level, from adults through preschool. He’s driven by the desire to offer people a greater familiarity with God’s Word and a greater confidence in understanding God’s revelation of himself in its pages. Since moving to Wheaton, he has gotten involved in the same areas of ministry at Glen Ellyn Bible Church.

Whether in teaching or writing, he’s constantly challenged in his own life because the material he’s presenting stretches him as much as it stretches his students and readers. Whatever he’s writing or teaching also has a way of infiltrating his family. His wife, Kim, was trained as a biochemist, which made for interesting dinner conversations—especially when he was working on his Genesis commentary. His three kids have often gotten involved in the discussions, and he’s had fun responding to them and seeing his family grow together.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition


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  1. James Rogers

    James Rogers


    This tool is not only informative concerning the Jewish/Greek cultures, but also expounds on other cultures that may have influenced mindsets of the era. It gives me more of a "you were there" feeling than most of my study tools. I have been using it for a couple of months and have already experienced several "aha!" moments. informative and easy to read, I would recommend it to anyone who desires to dig a little deeper into biblical cultural understandings.

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  8. Bohuslav Wojnar
    It's excellent tool for those who take Bible seriously. Especially for those who do not have access to the more detailed commentaries.

  9. Edward Wright

    Edward Wright


    I had to give the print version of this away because the print was too small and too light. I love this version print is large enough and dark enough for me too read. I wish they would make a truly large print printed version like th large ESV Study bible. I sent a letter to publisher but no response.

  10. J. Wright

    J. Wright


    It’s an excellent resource, but I can get the hardback edition for $20-25 and a leather-indexed for about $45. Sure, this edition syncs with Logos, but it’s just too high of an expense for the value it provides. I’ll stick with the paper edition for now. Maybe for $20, but not $40.

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