I have to say that I've read the entire NIV many times. I took a chance on a series of his lectures and I'm so very happy I did. He gives a whole different perspective on the nature of the time when these books were written. Including maps, government and military and practiced religions of the time. He also asks and answers most of the "natural" questions we all ask when reading it. I DO believe these lectures will enlighten and inspire you to dig deeper into your own knowledge and understanding of GOD and Jesus.