The Apologetics Study Bible

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  1. TCGreek

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    1. I went into a Christian bookstore yesterday and ran into this new bible from Holman.

    2. So I thumbed through it and left rather impressed. I'm thinking about getting one. Anyone here has one already? It's fairly new.

    The Apologetics Study Bible
     
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    Sounds interesting! I'd love to take a look at the format...
     
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    I've long wanted two study Bibles: one that covers languages and history in detail, and one that covers apologetics in detail. I'm still looking for either of these, but this Bible, at least in intent, sounds like a step in the right direction. If they ever come out with an NASB version, I'll be interested.
     
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    I too have been debating the issue, but the NASB is more tasty to me. I guess I cling to the NASB too much.
     
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    It sounds like it would be a very good study Bible. I saw a copy at Walden Books. My only wish is that they had consulted with Baptist, Lutheran, and other scholars and not just the Baptist ones .
     
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    I don't think that is a fair assessment. The following are not Baptists: Lee Strebol, JP Moreland, Ravi Zacharias and a few others.
     
  9. Psalm 95

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    I have already sent an order and my internet bookshop just dropped my a e.mail telling it will arrive to me in just a few days.

    I am a little excited about this study Bible, I like the HCSB translation and I also have confidence for those that have written notes and articles.

    The subject is important.
     
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    " I will probably get this bible fairly soon since I can kill 2 birds with one stone. I have been meaning to get a HCSB plus I like the idea of a study Bible arranged for apologetics.:godisgood:
     
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    I went ahead and bought. I should be getting it in two days. :thumbs:
     
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    Keep us posted on the Apologetics Study Bible
    with the HCSB version in it.

    I noticed it when I went to get my TNIV (Today's New
    International Version, Zondervan, 2006) Study Bible.
     
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    Ed,

    1. I just got my copy. It has two ribbon marker, 10/10.5 font, wide margin, textual notes at the book with variant readings and so on, and under that you have your study notes.

    2. In the NT, quotes from the OT are bold and when they are three lines or more, they are set off in a poetic form.

    3. There are apologetic articles two pages the most featured between chapters; there's feature called "twisted Scripture" where a that particular Scripture is look at; for example, John 9:2, Does it support reincarnation?

    4. There's a sort of a dictionary in the back, good, I must say. Then apologetic charts and an annotated apologetic bibliography, plus your usual maps.

    5. The binding is great and so are the paper used for the Bible, not too thin. The two ribbons are only in the Bonded and Genuine Leather, one in the Hardcover, one nevertheless. :laugh:
     
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    Thank you Brother TCGreek.
    If you see any other goodies, please report it.
    I've got a couple or three HCSBs around, but
    no study Bible in it.
     
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    I bought their Illustrated Study bible last year. Boy, I wish I would have waited! This looks like a keeper. I really like the HCSB, as next month I will have finished the Bible through. Maybe I will have to donate mine, and purchase this one.

    Give us your review as you go through it.
     
  16. Psalm 95

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    I have spent a few days with the Apologetics Study Bible. I have it in brown leather.

    Here are a few thoughts.

    1. I like the leather and binding it is of good quality and looks nice and feels like a solid craft.

    2. HCSB is a good translation, it is easy to understand (for me English is a second language and I am not born around 1611), but at the same time quite literal and and in places there are notes that often give a more literal translation. So it is good for general reading, but also OK for study.

    3. There are no cross references or chain topics. I have gotten used to follow chain topics in the Thompson Chain Reference Bible and I use cross references in my Swedish Folkbibeln and in my Scofield HCSB. For me the lack of cross references and chain topics means that this can not be my only study Bible.

    4. I have found what I have been looking for in the book introductions.

    5. I love the articles on different topics of apologetics. A page or to can be a little short for a topic, on the other hand I have in one book many topics covered and there is in the end of the Bible a bibliography of recommended books to research a topic deeper. For me only to have the articles is value for money, I really like them.

    6. The notes are as you can expect slanted to apologetics. I have found what I expected, I like the notes. The notes I have checked has been solid evangelical, they do not prove more than the Bible clearly tell but is in the same way faithful to the Bible.

    7. The twisted scripture feature is very interesting, consists of explanations of verses that various cults has built wrong theology from and tells why the cults are wrong.

    8. There is and index and a concordance.

    Conclusion (after a few days study by a layperson)

    Lack of cross references and chains topics means for me that it can not be my only study Bible. But for general reading and for studying apologetics it is very good, for me it has secured a place in my study library among Swedish Folkbibeln, the Scofield (in HCSB), the Thompson chain (NKJV), wide margin KJV and wide margin NIV. I really like browsing for a topic of apologetics and learn, and also to read a chapter and see it from an apologetics perspective.
     
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    Thanks for the review. The twisted Scripture feature sound interesting...
     
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    I've got an Evidence Bible which has some of the same info in it, but when i first saw the Apologetics Bible a couple of weeks ago i thumbed through it and really liked it. I'm hoping to convince my wife that i do "need" another Bible.:thumbs:
     
  19. TCGreek

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    I hope the wife says, "Go ahead, honey." :laugh:
     
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    Well, the good thing about being the wife and furnishing the Bible shelf is . . .

    I'm the one that stops at the Bible bookstore on the way home :D

    The bad news is, we share the shelf with the exception of a couple of Bibles.

    This one is intriguing and I meant to stop on the way home today. Maybe it will be a run after dinner ;)
     
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