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The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
1:1-17pp — Lk 3:23-38
1:3-6pp — Ru 4:18-22
1:7-11pp — 1Ch 3:10-17
1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, 9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, 15 Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us").
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
The Magi Visit the Messiah
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 "In Bethlehemy in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:
6 "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'"
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
The Escape to Egypt
13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."
The Return to Nazareth
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dreami to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."
21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
3:1-12pp — Mk 1:3-8; Lk 3:2-17
3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
"A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"
4 John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
The Baptism of Jesus
3:13-17pp — Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21,22;
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
15 Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heavenc said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4:1-11pp — Mk 1:12,13; Lk 4:1-13
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempterg came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written:
"'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"
7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Jesus Begins to Preach
12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali — 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
15 "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles — 16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heavent has come near."
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
4:18-22pp — Mk 1:16-20; Lk 5:2-11; Jn 1:35-42
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his broth Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, pre- paring their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Jesus Heals the Sick
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.
Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount
5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
5:3-12pp — Lk 6:20-23
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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Table of Contents
Editor's preface, A7,
What is the Bible?, A15,
A Bible overview, A20,
The historical reliability of the Bible, A25,
Finding the "melodic line" of a book, A32,
From text to doctrine: the Bible and theology, A37,
From text to life: applying the Old Testament, A42,
From text to life: applying the New Testament, A47,
From text to sermon: preaching the Bible, A53,
From text to study: small groups and one-to-ones, A58,
Biblical interpretation: a short history, A65,
The Old Testament,
1 Samuel, 284,
2 Samuel, 319,
1 Kings, 349,
2 Kings, 384,
1 Chronicles, 416,
2 Chronicles, 454,
Song of Songs, 712,
The New Testament,
1 Corinthians, 1228,
2 Corinthians, 1245,
1 Thessalonians, 1282,
2 Thessalonians, 1287,
1 Timothy, 1291,
2 Timothy, 1297,
1 Peter, 1329,
2 Peter, 1335,
1 John, 1340,
2 John, 1346,
3 John, 1349,
Table of Weights and Measures, 1375,
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This is going to sound wrong, but for a study Bible, this is a lame one. Not the Scriptures themselves of course, but the study notes, or rather, lack of notes in this edition. It has several essays at the beginning of the book, on topics such as "the historical reliability of the Bible', "From text to doctrine: the Bible and theology", "Biblical interpretation: a short history. But I didn't like them much as they had several concepts and statements that were more biased towards Covenant Theology, promoting concepts like Christian Jews and Gentiles all being a part of the 'Israel of God', and the Promised land not being limited to a small geographical location like Israel, but now includes the whole earth…or something along those lines. Also promoted is a 'Christocentric' hermeneutic…which I still don't quite get. Why not use a Theocentric hermeneutic, or what about a literal grammatical historical one? Some of the sections in the Bible, like some of the historical narratives, or some of the genealogies, just point to concepts of God's sovereignty rather than God's plan of salvation. Some just show human depravity like Judges 19. I just don't see a Biblical case for a Christocentric Hermeneutic. Okay, moving on from the beginning essays, all this Bible has are rather short introductions to each book of the Bible, and a cross reference column down the center of each page of the Scriptures. The introductory notes didn't strike me as very profound but they did include short lists of commentaries for further reading on whichever book of the Bible you're studying. At the back of the Bible is a Concordance. This Study Bible doesn't strike me as even remotely as great as several of the promotion reviews on the cover make it out to be. I received a free copy of this book from the Booklook Blogger Program(My review did not have to be favorable)
In the summer of 1981, 40 men engaged in a preaching ministry gathered at a center in Surrey for a conference on ‘expository preaching’. The aim of the conference was to examine and learn what particular Bible texts actually say. Since then, the formation of the "Proclamation Trust" was born and it is this group that is spearheading the release of this new Bible. The Proclamation Bible The add copy on the back jacket has this quote from Timothy Keller “The NIV Proclamation Bible is remarkable for how well it puts the highest quality biblical scholarship at the Bible student’s fingertips in such a clear, penetrating and accessible form. There are many study Bibles on the market right now, but none better.” Sounds pretty good. So Tim Keller calls this a "study Bible" and I suppose that term can be loosely applied to any volume, but for me, when I call something a study Bible it has passage notes. It has tools that allow me to "study" the text built into the Bible, This Bible - as far as the text goes - only has chain reference and textual footnotes. This Bible has no actual textual commentary. The add copy will tell you "Sixty-five expert Bible teachers have contributed to the NIV Proclamation Bible " So what did these expert Bible teachers contribute? Well, they contributed to the 10 theological essays at the beginning of the Bible and to the 2 page summaries that proceed each Book of the Bible. Don't get me wrong, this is still a great Bible, it has a concordance, maps, charts, and a ribbon marker just like you'd expect and it's printed in the new 2011 NIV translation. But it is not a "study Bible." The book summaries are good, and they each give a unique insight, but I would argue that it's difficult for a bible expert to shine and to be their very best for you when technically they are writing a "book report" that includes the same elements as the next reviewer (i.e. the structure, the points to consider and recommended commentaries to study). With barely two pages to contribute a seminary student could have done the same job and been as good. But at least it's nice to have a book summary for each book of the Bible.... kinda. Briefly glancing through the Bible I noticed that Nehemiah got missed - no book summary! So I went backwards to Ezra and fond it there. Peter Adam, the bible expert for writing these particular book summaries wrote only 1 summary for both Ezra and Nehemiah. For whatever reason the publishers felt that Nehemiah didn't deserve it's own summary. weird. I don't know, like I said, its a good volume. I certainly think that researchers and especially Bible teachers and preachers will appreciate the essays and the scholarship that IS included, but in a market where the buyer is saturated with new Bibles every year, this Bible doesn't offer much to the average consumer. Thank you to Zondervan for this preview volume in exchange for a fair and honest review