It took me about a year but this was by far the best book I have read and will ever read it has every kind of story in it you could look for, true stories, figurative stories fantacies very very good. I recomend all to read at least LEAST once in there life time there is a reason it is called the best story ever told.Jake Kern
OK, I know it may seem trite to put the Bible in among the books I'm currently reading, but there have been some significant changes in my life that compelled me to add it. First I lost my dad on 9/4/09, and love, prayer, and the Bible are what held me together during that time. Also, as I've been talking with my therapist in the past couple months, I've had a tremendous breakthrough with my depression, anxiety, agoraphobia...you name it...and it's all because I've been speaking aloud and rebuking whatever it is that is attacking me with Scripture. Plus, how can you NOT love a Love Letter from God?Eissenn Downey jr.
The fantasy book that has the most active, and arguably hardcore, fan base. EVER. You now when nerds fight over which is better; Star Wars or Star Trek? Think that's pretty intense? Well, that holds no candle to this bad mother right here! List the most brutal, gory, most transgressive fiction you have ever read and this book makes that look like a nursery book.This book has murder, incest, talking snakes, demons, angels, monsters. All the crazy shit you'd want in a crazy book. This has it all. This book has been around a thousand years and its book club is still active up to this day! This is the most suggested book. Most influential. If you haven't read it, you're missing out, buddy.Dina (ReviewTime)
DescriptionThe New Inductive Study Bible is designed to help you gain a more intimate understanding of God and His Word. It's the only Bible available based entirely on the inductive study approach- giving you the tools for observing what Scripture says, interpreting what it means, and applying what you learn into your life.About the Binding & CoverThis edition is made from high quality Genuine leather, with a Smythe sewn binding. The cover has a rich leathery feel, rich color and well defined grain. Bibles covered in Genuine leather are very durability and will last for many years. Genuine leather is made from the remaining layers after the top layer has been removed, at that point it has a suede surface which is then refinished to add grain and texture. Genuine leather can be refinished in many textures from fine grain to crocodile skin. This edition lays flat while you are reading because of its high quality Smythe sewn binding. Smythe sewn binding is considered the highest quality binding, the pages are sewn and glued to the spine of the Bible. The benefits are a long lasting Bible that can be read and reread for years without falling apart. Books with Smythe sewn binding will stand up to more abuse than regular glued binding, and can be read on a flat surface. For these reasons many textbooks, picture books and Bibles that are designed to stand the tests of time use Smythe sewn binding. Smythe sewn book printing and binding gets its name from its inventor, an Irish-American named David McConnell Smythe (1833-1807). A pioneer of modern day bookbinding, Smythe took a bold leap forward over the centuries old methods of binding by producing the first technology and methods for sewing book pages to the spine to create a book of superior quality and appearance. Smythe-sewn Bibles are durable, but they may be heavier and less flexible than glued Bibles. That said if you want the best, then you want Smythe sewn binding. Size: 9.5 X 6.5 X 2.25 (inches)What’s inside?The text of this edition is 9.5 pt, which is clear and easy to read. The layout of this Bible is single column format, black letter edition, with blank paragraph/subject headings so that you can write your own subject headings. This new edition contains many special and revised features: a 32-page guide to carrying out the steps of observation, interpretation, and application, full-color pages with step-by-step instructions and overviews for every book of the Bible, individualized instructions and overviews every book of the Bible, Wide margins for note taking, 24 pages of full-color charts historical time-lines and maps, dozens of unique study helps including a comprehensive history of Israel, cross-references, and concordance. This Bible is printed on high quality paper, because of the thinness of the paper I recommend using Sakura Pigma Micron Pens and Crayola Color Pencils for highlighting. The margins are 1 1/4"" along the outside of the pages. This edition has a burgundy ribbon marker, the pages are edged with gold which looks elegant with the burgundy cover.Preview The New Inductive Study Biblehttp://harvesthousepublishers.com/tex...In the Front 1. Foreword--Updated New American Standard Bible 2. Welcome to The New Inductive Study Bible 3. The Books of the Bible 4. How To Use The New Inductive Study Bible 5. A. How to Use the Inductive Study Bible 6. B. Observation--Discover What It Says! 7. C. The Marking Approach--Sample A 8. D. The Marking Approach--Sample B 9. E. The AT A GLANCE Charts--Sample C 10. F. The AT A GLANCE Charts--Sample D 11. G. A System for Marking Key Words Throughout Your Bible 12. H. Interpretation--Discover What It Means! 13. I. Application--Discover How It Works! 14. J. Getting Started 15. The Spiritual Life of Israel Comparative Timetable of History 16. A. The Tabernacle 17. B. Solomon's Temple 18. C. Herod's Temple at the Time of Jesus 19. D. The Temple Mount at the Time of Jesus 20. E. The History of Israel--Adam to Modern Times 21. F. Books of the Bible in Canonical OrderThrough Out This Bible You'll Find 1. Key Charts and Illustrations 2. Key Historical Charts 3. A. The History of Israel 4. B. The Overlapping of the Patriarchs' Lives 5. C. The Jewish Calendar 6. E. The Feats of Israel 7. F. David's Family Tree Related to 1 Kings 8. G. The Historical Charts of the Kings and Prophets of Israel and Judah 9. H. Prophetic Overview of Daniel 10. I. The Genealogy of Jesus the Christ 11. J. Inside Herod's Temple 12. K. Life of Christ Charts 13. L. Sequence of Events in Paul's Life After His Conversion 14. N. Overview of the Bible 15. M. A Harmony of the Gospels 16. Key Illustrations 17. A. The Tabernacles 18. B. Solomon's Temple 19. C. Herod's Temple at Time of Jesus 20. D. The Temple Mount at the Time of Jesus 21. E. Inside the Tabernacle 22. F. Solomon's Temple and Temple Furnishings 23. G. Prophetic Overview of Daniel 24. H. Inside Herod's TempleIn the Back 1. Bible Study Helps 2. Understanding the Value of God's Word 3. Major Events in Israel's History 4. Historical and Grammatical Helps 5. A. The Ark of the Covenant 6. B. Understanding Gnosticism 7. C. Guidelines for Interpreting Predictive Prophecy 8. D. Figures of Speech 9. C. Laws of Composition 10. F. Tense, Voice, and Mood of Greek Verbs 11. Read Through the Bible in One Year 12. Three-Year Bible Study Plan 13. A Harmony of the Gospels 14. Indexes to Charts, Maps, and Illustrations 15. A. Historical Charts 16. B. Topical Study Charts 17. C. Maps 18. D. Illustrations 19. E. Index to Color Maps 20. Concordance 21. Color Maps 22. A. Modern Boundaries of Bible Lands 23. B. The Settlements of the Descendants of Shem, Ham and Japheth 24. C. The Ancient and Modern Sites of Exodus 25. D. Ezekiel's Vision of the Promised Land 26. E. Israel's Territories: Ancient and Modern 27. F. The Relationship of Ancient Empires to Modern Nations 28. G. Development of Modern IsraelAbout this TranslationThe translation used in this edition is the Updated New American Standard VersionThe New American Standard Bible (NASB) is a revision of the American Standard Version of 1901. The American Standard Version was a reversion of the King James Version. Many view the New American Standard Bible as one of the most literal translations of the 20th-century. Since its completion in 1971, the New American Standard Bible has been widely embraced by many as “the most literally accurate English translation” from the original languages. In 1995, the Lockman Foundation reissued the NASB text as the NASB Updated Edition (or more often known, the Updated NASB or NASB95). Since then, it has become known simply as the "NASB" and has supplanted the 1971 text in most current printings (although the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, the Open Bible, and the Key Word Study Bible still use the 1977 text for their NASB editions).My Personal OpinionThe NISB is one of the most interactive study Bibles I have ever seen. This Bible teaches you how to observe, interpret, and apply scripture through careful observation. This is a very unique and useful study Bible. The NISB is available in Hardcover, Bonded Leather and Genuine Leather editions.Ben Moore
I don't understand much of what's written in this book...particularly the first half. In spite of that...this has been an interesting and even life changing read. It's a great deal like Tolstoy's War & Peace in that there are large sections of it that I'm tempted to skip over...but I keep getting rewarded as I plow through it. I find Jesus to be a most remarkable man and have come to believe in him as God. He surprised me with his kindness and willingness to sacrifice in the face a people who first throng to him and then murder him. I'm glad the murder thing didn't end up working out so well for them ;)Aaron Nixon
One of the worst collections of writings ever compiled.Monk
Five stars to the Bible. There's a shocker. Even if I weren't sincere, which I am, what kind of moron would pan the Bible? Like I really need to be struck by lightning because of a goodreads review.Mike (the Paladin)
This is probably still my favorite translation of the Bible it was the first one I read through, cover to cover from front to back that is. Most of the mistranslations of the original KJV have been corrected while the flavor and poetry of the 1611 language are still there. (though sadly there are a couple of places where the "Authorized King James" got it right and the NKJ mistranslated) This is an attempted word for word translation much like the RSV and ASV (also New Revised Standard and New American Standard). It suffers slightly from lack of idiom meanings but is still a very accurate translation.Eviliv3
this is by far one of the best fiction books i have read... props to the author if anyone knows who it is...Martinray2
It has been so many years...Since this was the book; the source for everything.Perhaps I had repressed the poetic power of a "new" language, a noble one, for the life of a young person.The messages of supernatural significance entwined with the often elegant prose inextricably, and growing out of dependence on the veracity of the former left me with amnesia of the latter.All these years, and I realize there was no text in my life I studied so assiduously, loved with as much emotional ownership, and struggled with so mightily.This King James Bible was my invisible parent, and retrospectively, I understand it held that power through the majesty of its prose.Brenda Surin
I started reading the Bible when I was 5 years old - random readings. I was a 'born again' Christian by the age of 15 years old. Then as a young adult, I started studying the Bible via church leaders and scholars. I participated fully in church and church related activities. Took many courses from seminaries and bible schools. Then in my thirties, I found the need to read the Bible without outside influence. So, I read it cover to cover -- Gen. 1:1 to Rev. 22:21 -- six times from 1980 to 1986. I filled dozens of spiral notebooks with my findings, feelings and thoughts. About half-way through my 7th reading I discovered I had become an atheist -- a lack of belief in god(s). The Bible and all religious tomes (I have read the major ones) have stories, proverbs and parables that can offer insight into the kinder, gentler side of humanity. They also show us how fear, power and prejudice can cause people to assign responsibility for these 'failings' to a god or gods. So yes, I think the Bible is worth reading but not just the 'feel good' parts -- read all of it if you are going to read it.BirdBrian
INTRODUCTIONIn a season of inspiration, I read the Bible (“New International Version”) cover-to-cover, just a little bit each day, over the course of almost two years when I was 19-20. I don’t recommend reading any book this way, especially one with as many characters and story lines as the Bible. In truth, I’m still not sure how much I got out of it, but like the very last straggler crossing the finish line in a marathon, I’ll claim my “read” status, even if it should bear some sort of asterisk. About this reviewerMy experience with the Bible and Christianity is probably mundane for the time and place I was raised. In my youth, I was taken to church regularly, if not weekly. I embraced what was taught to me in that way children around the world always have- much more out of a desire to please my parents than an understanding of what I was being inducted into. As I grew, I started to question elements of the faith that struck me as ridiculous, contradictory or unjust. There’s no short supply of these, as thousands of websites will attest, so the questioning took some time. Then there’s the issue of Christianity‘s habitually unsavory history. It’s hard to believe in a religion which purports to teach compassion and forgiveness, when it has such extensive associations with torture, pedophilia, and corruption. As a consequence, I spent most of my twenties and thirties in a smoldering state of anti-Christianity. Somehow that too has gradually passed. Time mellows us, as elapsing years massage out the angrier knots in one’s psyche. Now I’m in my forties and reconsidering my position on this book. Oh, there’s still no denying the evils that have been inflicted in the name of the Bible. There’s still no defending its contradictions, or some of its wilder assertions. Yet, I am reluctant to discard the baby with the bathwater. For all its flaws, there is much to value on these pages. While so much of everyday life is packed with vacuous and impermanent things, this book continues to be a source of great inspiration and comfort to many- including several people whom I respect profoundly. That strikes me as significant.About this reviewOver the past twenty centuries, scholars have exhaustively parsed, interpreted and considered every last word in the Bible. There’s no way I can review this book and its nuances in an all-inclusive way. Moreover, the largest portion of the Bible comprises text which I have either outright forgotten, or never really knew to begin with: Banal genealogies which run on for three pages at a time. Ancient-world politics whose context and significance elude me. The social mores of agrarian peoples so far removed from my frame of reference as to be completely inscrutable. Some readers get this stuff, and even attach deep meaning to it all, but I don’t. Just as modern day astronomers claim that most of the universe is composed of a murky, poorly-understood “dark matter”, so too, the Bible for me is largely composed of material which I am assured has substance, but which seems to me undetectable and irrelevant. Of that remaining minority portion of the Bible with which I can claim familiarity, I divide the book up into five categories: -the mythological, -the historical, -the personal, -the sociopolitical, and -Revelation. THE SUBSTANCEThe MythologicalAt the beginning of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001:A Space Odyssey, we see early pre-humans huddled in a tree at night, unsheltered from the rain, beset on all sides by predators and the unknown. I think that’s pretty much how it started for our species. It’s been a long and arduous path from those days to the present. Since the scientific method revolutionized our thinking, it has become difficult to look back on earlier models of the universe without feeling smugly superior. Yet somewhere between the mastery of fire and the Enlightenment lies the bulk of human history. It’s a time of small agricultural communities. Of simple devices like the wheel and the lever. Oral tradition for the many, and writing for the few. The Bible is a link to that old mindset. Although I don’t literally think all the plants and animals of the Earth were put here in one day, I love that even five thousand years ago, my species was trying to explain something as abstract as the origin of plants. Finding fault with their cosmology completely misses the point. These are the priceless stories, rich and fantastic, of our imperfect intellectual heritage. They are the footprints along the path of our collective cognitive evolution. Unfortunately, many Christians are adamant that the Bible be taken entirely literally, or not at all. Too bad for them; they aren’t the boss of me. I happen to like “whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me”, and I don’t think embracing that lesson requires belief that a man could survive for three days and three nights inside a whale’s stomach.The HistoricalHowever supernatural it may be in places, the Bible does contain a good deal of verifiable world history. The Jews were enslaved in Egypt, and eventually liberated. The ancient world was marked by trade routes cris-crossing Greece, Asia Minor, Phonecia, Ethiopia and Egypt. The interaction of the diverse groups in this region was the source of amaranthine intermingling, alliances, conflicts and cultural exchange. As simple communities grew more complex, codified laws were devised, which almost certainly included what we know as the Ten Commandments. A man named Jesus did start a social movement which the Romans found threatening, and it did result in his execution* (*there may be some room for debate here, but I think there is a lot of evidence that some historical Jesus figure did exist) For two thousand years, the Bible has been an accessible source of information about our early Mediterranean history. For this fact alone, I would make it one of my five “desert island” picks.The PersonalThis is probably the biggest part for most people. To its devoted readership, the Bible is a book of moral instruction, and for all its other faults, it remains ever-relevant in that capacity. As I have already mentioned, plenty of harm has been done in the name of Christianity. To be fair, though, plenty of good has been done as well. Make what you will about stories of curing lepers or walking on water, but the enduring influence of the New Testament lies in the Sermon on the Mount and its parables about compassion, humility and redemption. Some of the great icons of Western history have cited the Bible as inspiration: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Florence Nightingale, for starters. Of course I am now talking about people who actually put the teachings of the New Testament into practice, not just people who self-identify as Christian. Lest I come across as a pontificating jerk, let me state for the record that I could not be easily admitted into either category.The SociopoliticalI love this part! This is what makes the Bible so important today. For perspective, let me tell you the Bible is much more interesting and rewarding if you’ve read Edward Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Early Christians were persecuted by the Romans. For as innocuous as Jesus’ teachings seem, he was regarded as a subversive. It’s funny, because he reiterated several times that his message was spiritual, with no political agenda implied. Note Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.”; and also Mark 12:17 “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”. I see no reason to disbelieve the sincerety of this, yet as Gibbon explains so masterfully (in a mere 2100 pages), Christianity was one of the major causes for the destruction of the Roman state. The New Testament is the supporting document for the most successful radical political movement of all time! And that’s not all; the Old Testament is just as powerful, showing how Moses unified Jewish slaves to successfully oppose the superpower of their day: Egypt. The Bible defies the old aphorism “History is written by the winners”. Sure, the winners have written plenty of history, but nothing they wrote has enjoyed as wide or enduring success as the Bible, which is by and for the oppressed. It is the history of the slaves and the disenfranchised, ground down under the empires of their day. It speaks to the perpetual humiliation and impotence of living under foreign occupation. So many books examine the glory and might of Persia, Babylon, and Rome. So few focus on the underclasses whose labor supported Empire's decadence from afar. In these waning days of American Empire, it isn’t difficult to see who the modern correlates to the enslaved Jews and early Christians are... and it ain't you and me reading this! The Bible's allure is that it is written from the underside of power. It is aimed at those who dwell invisible at the bottom of society. Take Matthew 5:39, for example. If somebody slaps you, you’re supposed to turn the other cheek! To a peasant living in an occupied client state of an empire, this was a familiar situation. Turning the cheek was the only option for such a person. However, when the turning becomes a tenet of a belief system, it restores dignity to the offended... dignity that was otherwise in painfully short supply. No wonder Christianity spread so rapidly... it rehumanizes the dehumanized. Yet these ideas must have seemed alien and perplexing to upper crust Romans. Their society worshipped wealth, and declared the powerful to be literal gods. They must have wondered how a credo of humility was finding purchase. Empires don‘t turn the other cheek; they strike back! They conquer! They take more than they give, and are quite proud of that fact. The empowered, with their dignity intact, may have had difficulty fathoming the dyamics of a religion congenitally rigged against the rich. Material comfort isn't very motivating towards submission to a higher authority. Why submit when you’ve got everything? I would love to have seen Roman patricians responding to Jesus’ warning in Luke 18:25 “Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." That message should trouble children of privilege wherever they may be. It's a radical philosophy, incompatible with the "might makes right" ethos which supported survival and accumulation since the first days of man. And yet it resonated. And it resonates still today. America in 2010 knows better than almost anybody in human history how overabundance can turn into a burden, even a curse. While most people in the world do not own a car, 35% of Americans own three. Meanwhile, the number of Americans taking antidepressants has tripled in the past ten years. I can’t show linkage between those two facts, but the pattern I’m alluding to is clear. We are living at the top of a global economic system founded on lot of injustices, and that carries a certain spiritual price. This is a very difficult position to try to understand the Bible from. Don’t get me wrong; there are a lot of oppressed living within our borders, and a lot of the affluent are probably well-intentioned, albeit clueless about where their goods come from. What I’m saying is that I am mystified but fascinated trying to imagine what the modern churchgoer makes of the Bible. Ours is such an over-the-top consumer culture; every day delivers a constant bombardment of advertisements, fashion images, corporate programming, military-industrial propaganda, entertainment news, and digital distractions of ten thousand different flavors. How is a penniless savior preaching humility, and murdered by a distant foreign Empire, supposed to fit into all that? I don't know, but this is a fascinating time to be thinking about the Bible. As Ben Bernanke talks about “quantitative easing” and a corrupt banking system precipitates a slow-motion controlled demolition of our economy, it seems clear that the gap between haves and have-nots will soon widen dramatically. Main Street U.S.A. appears destined to become the next downtrodden victims of Empire, and I wonder whether this book will then emerge as the subversive liberation theology it is so well-suited to be. My favorite story is still Jesus kicking the moneychangers’ asses.Revelation…is walled off from the rest of the Bible in my mind, because it is so conjectural, allegorical, and just bizarre. A faction of evangelical Christians in America are downright obsessed with it. I think the imagery is so symbolic, it could mean just about anything. I don't know how to relate Revelation to anything in my life. That’s really all I have to say about Revelation.CONCLUSIONSThe Bible is a book that’s hard to wrap your head around. It’s a project to read, but very rewarding. This book is more multifunctional than a Swiss army knife, so no matter who you are, or what you believe, chances are you’ll find something in the Bible you can enjoy. I don’t plan on going to church more frequently, but I do think about re-reading the Bible sometime. Maybe that’s the GoodReader in me.Jennifer
Sorry, fellow Christians. I do believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, but there are some bits that I think don't match that description, and I'm holding it accountable!!! Yay for the footnotes and JST! But after teaching from the New Testament to 14 year olds this year, I'm going to confess that I am not completely fond of Paul's writings. His dissertation on Charity is beautiful. But not all of his writing is that quote-able, or even very discern-able, which may also have something to do with the translation. I am yet very grateful for William Tyndale (responsible for much of KJV), and other martyrs who tried to put the Bible out in common vernacular for everyone to read.Ward de Kock
Badly written, bad plot.Rita
Yes, I know, I'm surely going to hell for giving the Bible only 4 stars. But some of it is really hard to get through.And, this is the one I was presented with when I was confirmed Catholic.Yes, I've actually read all three. And studied them through various theological courses.