Experience the Bible through the eyes of a first-century disciple by exploring the cultural, religious, and historical background of the Bible. This Bible allows you to understand God’s Word in its original cultural context, bringing Scripture to life by providing fresh understanding to familiar passages, beloved stories and all the Scripture in between.

The NIV First-Century Study Bible invites you into the questions, stories, and interpretations—both ancient and modern—which introduce you to a world vastly different from your own. Let us read with an eye on the past and with our feet planted in our present questions and circumstances.

Join Kent Dobson as he unpacks the culture of Bible times, and illuminates Scripture passages while asking thoughtful questions along the way. Kent is the teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, where he initially served as the worship director. He has been featured on Biblical programs for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. Kent fell in love with Biblical studies in Israel and had the privilege of learning from both Jewish and Christian scholars.

After his time in Israel, he returned to the States to teach high school religion and Bible before responding to God's call to the pastorate. Today, he keeps his connection to the Holy Land strong as he leads tours to Israel that combine study and prayer, inspired by the ancient discipline of spiritual pilgrimage.

The New International Version (NIV) is the world’s most popular modern-English Bible. Its goal is to reproduce, as closely as possible, the reading experience of the original audience, providing the optimum combination of transparency to the original documents and clear communication of their original meaning.

• Full text of the world's most popular modern English Bible—the New International Version (NIV) 2011 edition.
• Book introductions and outlines for each book of the Bible
• Study notes expound on the Scripture and incorporate writings from early church writers, rabbis, and extra-biblical sources.
• Word studies illuminate Hebrew words and explore their meaning
• “Addressing the Text Articles” delve deeper into passages of Scripture
• Elegant drop-down navigation drawer slides into view when you need it helping you stay focused on Bible text.
• Find Scripture references quickly and easily with predictive search or by quick-touch book, chapter, verse.
• Convenient Content and Note drawers stay out of the way yet are close at hand when needed.
• Synchronized view of Bible text and study notes.
• Notes allow you to capture thoughts for specific passages.
• Highlighting allows you to easily emphasize passages.
• Copy-and-paste multiple verses quickly and easily.
• Bookmark your favorite passages for future reference or make your own personal studies.
• Powerful folder system allows you to organize notes and bookmarks.
• Cross references by tapping and holding on underlined words in the NIV text.
• Convenient back button (iPad) let's you navigate back. Tap-and-hold bottom navigation button to go back using iPhone and iPod Touch.
• Easily email notes to yourself, family and friends.
• Share on Twitter and Facebook.
• Optional red letter Words of Christ.
• Adjustable font sizing.
• Optimized for iPad and iPhone. Buy once and use on both devices.

Plus, leverage the Mode Switcher to get deep into the Bible with Study Mode, or focus on the text in Reading Mode. It's your choice. Page turns are animated in Reading Mode with icons appearing where additional content is available.

Like no other Bible app for iOS, the all new NIV Study Bible immerses you more deeply into the Word. See for yourself!

What's New

Version 7.12.2

- fix resource viewer bug
- fix quick rotation errors
- update facebook sharing
- other bug fixes

Customer Reviews

Not user friendly

Just my 2 cents

I found the "Helps" in this Bible very difficult to access. I tried duplicating the first page Gen 1:1 as in the example and couldn't figure out how to bring up the word study. Further, the sync is not automatic despite the setting being on. In order to move to a note from one chapter to another, the user has to move to another feature and then move back to get the sync to respond. I just found the whole setup awkward and difficult to navigate. Further, the articles and notations were very generic. Nothing exceptional. Considering the cost of this Bible, it was a big disappointment.

Very Good, BUT!.....


Very good app, I just wished there was a way to highlight aspects of the footnotes and sections of the articles. Also, I would love it if you guys could do an app for Mac. Please consider! Otherwise great app! I use it all the time!

First Century Study Bible


One of the best study Bibles I have ever used. Maps, illustrations, and references are just so helpful. I have referred this app to many of my friends.


Tecarta, Inc.
253.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Tecarta, Inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. English Standard Version $1.99
  2. NIV Cultural Bgd - Discount $4.99
  3. NIrV Study Bible for Kids $4.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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