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Biblical Theology, Harry Potter, and the NIV Zondervan Study Bible

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What do Harry Potter and the new NIV Zondervan Study Bible have in common? Assistant professor and assistant editor Andy Naselli explains. In the four insightful videos below Naselli tells the story of this freshly-conceived study Bible, revealing its benefits and explaining its uniqueness.

First, Naselli explores a distinctive feature of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible and how it fits with the 5 theological disciplines. Where some study Bibles focus on systematic theology, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible focuses primarily on exegesis and biblical theology. “In general exegesis analyzes, and biblical theology synthesizes. Exegesis helps you read the Bible’s storyline with precision, and biblical theology helps you exegete with the Bible’s storyline in view.” Watch him share how this new study Bible executes this mission.

Next, he explains how Harry Potter helps illustrate biblical theology. As he tells it, the first time he read J. K. Rowling’s book series he focused on the storyline. The second time he read it he engaged it differently, tracing thematic trajectories from book one to book seven. “That’s a taste of what it’s like to read the Bible over and over again.” Watch him share how the NIV Zondervan Study Bible helps readers trace the Bible’s themes with fresh eyes.

Third, Naselli shares about his role as assistant editor of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. In addition to helping manage the project and copyedit the notes, he wrote an essay and co-authored three Bible book study notes. Watch him share the three features of the study Bible he loves most, and what he thinks people will appreciate most.

Finally, he explains the translation team behind the NIV foundation to this new study Bible, the Committee on Bible Translation. “The committee is an all-star team of scholars with different areas of expertise that complement each other.” Watch him share insights on several of the top-notch translators who helped craft the heart of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible.

The 5 Theological Disciplines

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Harry Potter and Biblical Theology

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Andy’s Role with the NIV Zondervan Study Bible

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Andy on the NIV and Committee on Bible Translation

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