Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping uses Bible study tools to research what you’ve read—to learn about what God is saying and how you can apply his Word to your life. The NIV Verse Mapping Bible includes 350 partially completed verse maps to get you started.
Go beyond just reading the Bible.
Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping means using Bible study tools to research what you’ve just read in the Bible—to learn more about what God is saying to you and how you can apply his Word to your life today.
In the NIV Verse Mapping Bible, author Kristy Cambron expands her verse mapping curriculum series to include verses from the entire Bible, showing you how to compare Bible translations, pick out meaningful words, and delve into the true meaning of each verse using starter verse maps and prompts. Verse mapping will help you study the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse. This unique study technique includes exploring Hebrew and Greek word studies, finding connections in Scripture, comparing Bible translations, and learning as much as you can from your time in God’s Word.
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, if you prefer.
- Apply: What is God saying to you? How does this verse relate to your life today?
Several years ago, I discovered Verse Mapping, so when I had the opportunity to review this Bible, I had to take part. I typically prefer King James Version Bibles, New King James Version, or Amplified Bibles, but this Bible only comes in the NIV format. But I found that issue to be manageable. The
The Bible comes in a variety of covers, so you can pick the one that suits you best. I love how this Bible contains pages to guide you through the process of verse mapping. I appreciate how at the beginning of the Bible, instructions are provided for walking step by step through the process including the design of the verse, which allows you to compare different translations of the Bible, identifying and exploring keywords in the passage, the “actions” taking place, and the “outcome” from the passage.
I also appreciate the white margins provided around the Biblical verses to allow for notes to be recorded, such as presented below.
So if you enjoy Verse Mapping or would like to learn more about it, check out this Bible for yourself. I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
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