God's justice—his "setting things right”—is a foundational principle of the Bible. His plan for justice to triumph is traced from Genesis to Revelation, and as a theme it forms the backbone of Scripture.
Designed to inform and inspire, NIV God's Justice: The Holy Bible carefully addresses the timeless and universal issues around injustice. Written by a team of international writers who bring a global perspective to these issues, NIV God's Justice: The Holy Bible is designed to fire readers’ passion for social justice and take positive steps to bring justice issues to light in their own circle of influence. The writers come from every continent, representing organizations such as the International Justice Mission, Compassion and World Vision. Well-Known UK and US contributors include Kirsh Kandiah, Tim Stafford, Andy Crouch, Ron Sider, and Joel Edwards.
- The complete text of the NIV Bible, the world’s most-read and most-trusted modern-English translation
- Book Introductions for every book in the Bible highlight how the theme of God’s justice is addressed throughout the entire Bible
- Study notes on passages that speak to the problems of injustice in the world (governmental oppression, human trafficking, slavery, financial inequality, and more) and how God’s overall plan is to restore his creation
- Prayers and questions for reflection at the end of each book of the Bible
- World Christian perspective on God’s justice brought through a portfolio of 57 international scholars and writers
- Full-color interior design with wood-carving images of trees from around the world
|About the Contributor(s)||Tim Stafford
Tim Stafford is Senior Writer for Christianity Today and the author of more than thirty books including The Student Bible (with Philip Yancey). His most recent publications are Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern-Day Experiences of God's Power, and Birmingham (a novel). Tim and his wife, Popie, have three children and live in Santa Rosa, California.
|Publish Date||Feb 23, 2016|
|Bible Translation||New International Version|
- Review by Micah Challenge USA
It's not just another themed Bible.
This is a great quote from the introduction that I think sums up the idea of the Bible and understanding our God of justice quite well.
“The book you hold in your hands is the story of a God who sees disease and wants it healed, who hears the cry of the oppressed and is determined to make things right…The Bible tells the story of God’s amazing kind of justice, with love and mercy inextricably intertwined.”
God’s Justice is not really a devotional Bible, but it is designed to make you really think about justice as a constant theme throughout the Bible and reflect about what that means.
Here are some things I love about it.
1. They brought in a wide variety of voices for contribution
One of the key things that they did was ensure that they had contributors from around the world. To be specific, there are 56 contributors and 22 countries represented. It’s truly a multicultural look at not just the Bible, but the central theme of justice within the Bible.
2. Introductions to each book
Those 56 contributors wrote introductions for the books of the Bible. Each introduction examines justice and injustice in that particular book. It helps prepare you to look for certain stories and themes in that book and examines current justice issues in light of those stories and themes. It’s a nice way to put your head in a good mental spot as you start to read the book.
Throughout the Bible you’ll see footnotes. Each one pertains to a verse or excerpt from the above text, explaining or expounding upon the text and in some cases discussing how it relates to the theme of justice. It really helps clarify a lot of questions around time period and cultural context. It also helps you think a lot more about specific things in the Bible, like why Paul placed such an emphasis on clothing, modesty, and the importance of self-care.
These footnotes really enhance the overall Bible-reading experience and offer some new perspectives within the justice theme of the Bible.
4. Questions for reflection and prayer prompts
At the end of each book, there are 5-7 questions for reflection and a prayer. Each of the questions help you relate what you read in the book to issues of justice while the prayer helps connect that understanding to your relationship with God.
Between this, the introduction, and the footnotes, there is ample provocation for really discovering, digging, and pondering. It’s clear that the creators and implementers of this Bible really sought to engage the reader to think about culture and the real heart God has for justice.
5. Organized into 7 volumes
The volumes are: Beginning, History, Poetry & Song, Prophets, Life of Jesus, Letters, and Apocalypse. They are broken up to bring out the distinct qualities the different sections have.
For my need to organize everything, this delineation is wonderful.
6. It’s visually appealing
Rather than over designing the Bible with images of justice or making it really dark with colorful images, the design is very simple and beautiful. They used a nature theme and cool colors that transition from green to more blue/purple as the Bible progresses. The fore edge (opposite the spine, where the pages are together but not glued together) is designed with corresponding, color-matching nature images. With the Bible closed you can see the demarcation of the different volumes.
Honestly, the only thing we really didn’t like about this Bible is the fact that the books of the Bible are listed on the bottom of the page next to the page numbers. In every other Bible I’ve owned, it’s at the top. So, when you’re flipping through to try to find a certain book it just takes some adjusting to look at the bottom of the page rather than the top, but that’s any easy adjustment and does not hinder the overall experience.
You can check out the full review here: http://www.micahchallengeusa.org/blog/item/justice-bible
Disclosure of Material Connection: We received this book for free from the publisher. We were not required to write a review at all (positive or otherwise), but loved the Bible so much we wanted to ensure people knew it's true merits. The opinions expressed are solely our own. (Posted on 2/18/2016)
- Review by Tim
From the introduction, "The book you hold in your hands is the story of a God who sees disease and wants it healed, who hears the cry of the oppressed and is determined to make things right. Many people restrict the Bible by thinking it's just a book of rules and religion...The Bible tells the story of God's amazing kind of justice, with love and mercy inextricably intertwined."
The introductions and commentary throughout this bible are written by scholar and social activists from all around the world. A four-fold approach to the reader finding their place in the story of God's justice is included: 1)Begin to learn the story, 2) Commit to following Jesus, 3) Live a life of justice and 4) Find others who are acting out the story of God's justice. The focus of all of the commentary in this bible are aimed at helping the reader fulfill those four objectives.
The primary text of this bible is the NIV translation. The books of the bible are color-coded in one of seven categories. The edges of the pages then form a beautifully designed vine-like pattern linking one section with the previous, indicating a continuity to the bible as a whole. The notes at the bottom of the pages include points of historical significance, cultural importance and similar study type notes. In many sections, the notes help focus the reader to look for specific thematic elements running through a given section of the text.
I love the concept of this bible, as well as the execution of this concept. I have always believed the Bible to be more than a set of rules and regulations. God has revealed a call to action on behalf of His followers. This bible helps the readers take a guided journey through the Word, helping them see what God has done on behalf of humanity. God has not been silent in regards to injustice. This bible helps us understand this and it helps us determine what our role should be in helping alleviate the injustices God detests.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
(Posted on 1/22/2016)
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