- Hardcover: 2048 pages
- Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers (1 October 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433602857
- ISBN-13: 978-1433602856
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.6 x 23.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,71,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Apologetics Study Bible-HCSB Hardcover – 1 Oct 2012
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This book is NOT ideal for the Kindle. The graphs and charts in the back are impossible to see on the Kindle and they can't be enlarged. You are losing a significant amount of information by getting this on the Kindle.
From an Apologetic side, it has excellent short articles (1-2 pages long) dealing with many of the most common misunderstandings and questions regarding: truth, the Bible, morality, biblical history etc...
These are well written by well-studied scholars, and in themselves offer a valuable collection of 135 solid answers to real questions, whether concerning the historicity and accuracy of the Bible, comparison of other religions, proper interpretation of Scripture, and a variety of doctrine.
There are also shorter (paragraphs) articles dealing specifically with the right interpretation of key passages - that other religions and cults "twist" for their own purposes. Each book of the Bible has a 1-2 page introduction, and there are helpful "study notes" at the bottom of pages. The font is slightly larger than others, and easily readable.
In comparison to my NASB Zondervan study Bible, this has far fewer study notes, but I have yet to find study Bibles with as many. It also uses some "artistic" colored splotches or patterns to highlight the "twisted Scripture" articles and other apologetic articles - and these seem to distract me from the overall clean presentation.
The HCSB translation is quite good, and reflects a good balance between the NASB (literal) and the NIV (dynamic equivalence). Some of the verb tenses are changed, and generally reflect well the intended action and aorist.
Overall a very good Bible, excellent for questioning believers and skeptics alike.
My only gripe with this is the chapter structure. It does not always have "breaks" between the end of one and going into the other, just using large chapter number to show a new one has started. This results in a little more time trying to find verse one of that chapter as opposed to the last verse of the previous chapter as they run together. It is not a huge complaint, but it is annoying enough to be distracting.
I still highly recommend this version. It makes it truly interesting to flip through the Bible to read the extras in each book. The Apologetics who contribute are among the most recognized names in the field.
Also incuded in the Bible: Lists of important Archological finds, maps, detailed history of the "New Religious" movements, camparisons of the world religons, concordance (an excellent one, at that), and many other extras.
I do not give 5 star ratings often. This is an excellent translation.