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  1. wpe3bql

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    ...... The Reformation Study Bible that's edited by R. C. Sproul? It carries Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.'s endorsement. Apparently it's only available in the ESV.

    While a person who doesn't adhere much to Sproul's and/or Mohler's theology/-ies may not be very comfortable with it, personally I like to examine other peoples' views just to see how their positions may (or may not) differ from mine.
     
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    I don't use study Bibles, but those who have this book tell me it's excellent.
    For those who prefer the KJV, Joel Beeke has his Reformation Heritage Study Bible which also has good reviews
     
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    The Reformation Bible is excellent. Good articles, better short essays inside the text on topics, such as the personality of the Holy Spirit , Heaven, the unforgivable sin, sanctification, and tons more. Awesome study notes. The Bible itself (I have burgundy leather) just feels good in the hand as well. Leather is really supple.

    Mine was prepared and sent out before the Bible was officially released ....I have found two typos in the ESV text(not sure this is still an existing issue). This new edition also a short essay on baptism that heavily favors infant baptism. It skims the believers baptism view, but does not do it justice. The previous edition had a much more balanced essay on baptism. Other than those 2 complaints, the Bible is great.

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    I do believe that Bible will be available in NKJV in October.

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    It is beyond that.

    I know what you meant. But it's best to be clear. You mean the articles -- the commentary is good.

    I really favor keeping things separate and distinct. It is best to get a separate Bible commentary rather than having "notes" bound up in the text seemingly putting the text alongside the annotations as if they are of equivalent value.
     
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    Correct. I was reffering to the notes and articles of the Study Bible. Obviously the Bible (Scripture) is great as well. :)

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    Just curious, but is there any particular reason why you don't use study Bibles?
     
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    It is purely a personal preference. I would sooner consult a commentary or a concordance than a study Bible, but that's just me; I don't want to force my preferences on anybody else.
    I do own a Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible which I consult occasionally, but I don't find it particularly helpful. The centre column references in my trusty NKJV Bible are usually just as good.
     
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    Thompson Chain is a good choice. The Chain indexes are really helpful for topical studies. Not what I would call a typical study Bible, but it is a tremendous resource and a study Bible of its own breed.

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    Please help me to understand why you consider a commentary to be completely different than the comments of a study Bible.

    I'm not sure how you consider the comments in a study Bible to be completely different than the comments one reads in a study Bible.

    IMHO, a comment in a study Bible = the same thing as a comment in a commentary.

    How exactly does one differentiate between a comment found in a study Bible and a comment that one finds in a commentary?
     
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    My friend,
    I have not declared or even hinted that a commentary is 'completely different' to the comments of a study Bible. Obviously it is not. It is simply a personal preference on my part. A commentary will usually give more detail than a comment in a study Bible, and I am in the fortunate position of having built up a fair collection of commentaries over the years, so it would be silly not to use them.
    There is no right or wrong in this matter. If you are blessed using a study Bible, I have absolutely no criticism to make. Read and enjoy! :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks for attempting to clarify my question about what you meant about what you posted as being a difference between a study Bible's comments and that of a commentary.

    I agree that either a study Bible's or a commentary's comments are only as helpful as the particular commentator(s) interpretation of a passage is.

    I know of some people who almost idolize the comments of C. I. Schofield in his Bible. While Schofield might be okay on some matters, his belief in a gap between Genesis 1:1 & 1:2 as well as his tendency toward a rather extreme band of dispensationalism long ago turned me off to his study Bible.

    I still use it, but more often than not I tend to rely on other more recently published study Bibles than his. The same would also apply to what are called Bible handbooks.

    As for Bible handbooks, the one I most often use is the CLC Bible Companion which was published in 2011 by the Christian Literature Campaign (ISBN 9 781936 143139).

    It's much newer than the classic Halley's handbook which first came out in the early 1920's, and it's written by several different evangelical scholars--thus one isn't solely dependent on one person's view on things.
     

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