It’s the time for New Year’s resolutions. Well, it’s January 8, so it’s probably time to begin to break the resolutions. Either way, I hope you are doing well.
Perhaps you made a resolution to read the Bible more in 2018. If so, I would like to recommend the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (CBSB). I bought it last year. It was love at first sight. It is (by far) my favorite study Bible. In a digital age where thousands of volumes of encyclopedic information are seemingly at my fingertips through my phone, I am surprised that I have fallen in love with this resource.
The notes stay true to empirical data and avoid the ‘preachy’, predetermined, and presumptive dogma that plagues many study Bibles.
I think the CBSB’s strength lies in the fact that the only time I would want to know the information in the notes is when I reading the accompanying passage. It brings the Bible’s stories and teachings to life by adding information and context that the original audience would have known intuitively.