New Verse Mapping Bibles Offer Customized Convenience for Scriptural Word Studies
The newly published NIV Verse Mapping Bible (Zondervan, 2021), created by award-winning author, and women’s ministry leader and speaker, Kristy Cambron, is designed to help you experience the all-inclusive story of who God is and how he is presented throughout the totality of Scripture.
“That’s the heart behind the NIV Verse Mapping Bible—taking God’s Word, turning pages that are alive, digging deep into the story of Scripture, and recording promises that are wholly relevant to our faith today,” says Cambron. “It’s the journey that’s changed my entire life, and I’m so excited that through these Bibles we can invite families into that same experience, and they’ll make precious memories out of studying God’s Word together.”
The NIV Verse Mapping Bible is also available for young readers. The NIV Verse Mapping Bible for Girls (Zonderkidz, 2021) puts the same verse mapping format into a fresh, youthful design for girls ages eight and up, giving them a template and foundation for starting their own exploration of Scriptures. Young readers can use this system to see just how real and relevant the Word of God is in their daily lives.Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, New Verse Mapping Bible Study Launched]
In the NIV Verse Mapping Bible, Cambron expands her verse mapping curriculum series to include verses from the entire Bible, showing readers how to compare Bible translations, pick out meaningful words, and delve into the deep meaning of each verse. This unique study technique also helps readers study the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse.
Verse mapping involves five steps:
- Choose: Select a verse and write it out.
- Compare: Record this verse in two or three other Bible translations and underline key words that are the same or different between translations.
- Research: Look up the Hebrew or Greek meaning for the underlined words and record it.
- Consider: Ask questions of the verse. Imagine what it would be like to have experienced what’s happening. Read the verses surrounding this verse and use other study tools to dig even deeper.
- Apply: What is God saying to you? How does this verse relate to your life today?
The NIV Verse Mapping Bible is designed to be able to work in tandem with Bible Gateway Plus. Members search for a verse in the New International Version (NIV) Bible translation on BibleGateway.com using Bible Gateway’s search tool at the top of the page. Then select “Reverse Interlinear PLUS” under the page options menu (the small Gear icon above the Scripture). Clicking each word of the Bible verse will open details about that word in the accompanying tab titled Original. While every verse of Scripture in the NIV on Bible Gateway is able to be mapped in this way for Bible Gateway Plus members, the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek words in 350 verses are able to be viewed by those not yet members.[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, New Feature for Bible Gateway Plus Members: Reverse Interlinear]
“We are so thankful for this opportunity to partner with Kristy to bring this unique Bible study tool to life,” says Melinda Bouma, vice president and publisher of Bibles for Zondervan. “We feel honored that our Verse Mapping Bible editions will foster a deeper love of Scripture while helping readers develop a new, lifelong Bible reading habit.”
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The NIV Verse Mapping Bible features guided instructions on how verse mapping works, where to start, and how readers can make the most of their time in the Word. Features include:
• Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
• Guided instructions on how verse mapping works, how to start, and how to get the most from your mapping
• 350 partially completed verse maps with pre-selected verses in multiple Bible translations and helpful Hebrew or Greek word studies
• Includes directions on how to use the Reverse Interlinear feature on BibleGateway.com to research the Greek and Hebrew translations for these 350 verses for free
• More than 70 blank verse maps for your own inductive Bible study journey
• 66 book introductions
• Presentation page
• Topical index
• Satin ribbon marker
• Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface
• 8-point print size
The NIV Verse Mapping Bible is published by Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., which is the parent company of Bible Gateway.
BIO: Kristy Cambron is a vintage-inspired storyteller, writing both award-winning historical fiction and Bible Studies. She’s served as a women’s ministry leader and speaks at events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to the Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, has received multiple INSPY Award nominations, and is a 2020 Christy Award Winner.
Zondervan (@Zondervan) is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources, and digital products. The company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.
About the NIV (@NIVBible)
The New International Version (NIV) is the world’s bestselling modern-English Bible translation—accurate, readable, and clear, yet rich with the detail found in the original languages. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority. Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica, a nonprofit ministry organization, translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world. To learn more, visit www.thenivbible.com.
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July 29, 2021