The question and answer sections in the NIV Quest Study Bible are fascinating. I love the interesting topics, and the info is presented orderly, easy to find, and easy to understand. And any Bible with an attached ribbon page marker is a plus!
I Kings 1:2 So his attendants said to him, "Let us look for a young virgin to serve the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm."
Q. Why look for a virgin to warm the king?
A. In his last days, David suffered from the chills, common among the elderly and the dying. David’s servants believed that if they could find a virgin to lie naked with him, he would be warmed. They probably considered his wives old, and like him, suffering from poor circulation. They thought a virgin would warm him better. Though technically considered a concubine, she acted as David’s nurse and had no sexual relations with him.
Acts 10:1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.
Q. What would be a centurion’s equivalent rank in today’s military?
A. A centurion was a Roman army officer in charge of 100 soldiers, roughly the equivalent of a captain in the United States Army. Cornelius was the centurion in charge of the soldiers in Caesarea.
As in most Bibles, each book has a brief Introduction. I find this incredibly helpful, especially since the language used is so easy to follow and digest. The Introduction also documents who wrote it, when and why, and particular things to look for. The timeline for each book is also presented in a handy illustration, and the maps in the back section of the book are colorful, detailed, and beneficial. The hardback is sturdy, but I wish the slipcover was a bit more interesting and eye-catching.
This really is an incredible Study Bible. I love the format and am learning so much through the edifying question and answers.
Version: NIV (New International Version)
Source: I received a complimentary copy of this Bible as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. Opinions expressed are completely my own.