Zondervan to Release Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible in New Revised Standard Version

Posted Mar 27, 2019

Grand Rapids, MI — Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is newly stewarding the publishing giant’s New Revised Standard Version line of Bibles, with several exciting new editions planned. First up is an NRSV edition of the award-winning Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, published on March 12, 2019. Featuring notes by scholars Dr. John H. Walton and Dr. Craig S. Keener, the study Bible offers readers a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the ancient world, offering deeper insights into even the most familiar passages.

Previously available in NIV and NKJV versions, the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible will for the first time be available in the NRSV, the translation renowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability. The NRSV is the only widely ecumenical translation, vetted by Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Jewish scholars. The Cultural Study Backgrounds Study Bible will be available in the NRSV Protestant canon edition.

“This study Bible has been purpose-built to do one thing,” the editors say, “increase readers’ understanding of the cultural nuances behind the text of God’s Word so that their knowledge of the realities behind the ideas in the text is enriched and expanded.”

To that end, the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible is packed with details that bring to life the customs, culture, and literature of the ancient world.

The NRSV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible features the new Comfort Print® typeface, expertly and exclusively designed for the New Revised Standard Version text. This easy-to-read typeface delivers a smooth reading experience.