The Jesus Bible: Artist Edition (ESV)

IMG_8884This Bible takes the the big story (meta-narrative) of the Bible and shows how Christ is woven throughout the stories of Scriptures. Each book of the Bible has an introduction and inside the text of each book are notes and articles to help the reader see Christ in all of Scripture.

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This Bible is not new but this edition is. I reviewed the ESV but there is an NIV edition as well. Both have the artist edition cover which I did not find all that great. The leather-like binding is decent and the paper is good.

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The text is in an easy-to-read font and the notes are not in a distracting place. The book introductions have enough information for a good ready but are not extensive for deep study. I will say that the articles are well written and are quite informative.

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*I received a review copy from Bible Gateway Blogger in exchange for my honest review.

NIV Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition

IMG_8744The Life Application Study Bible is the #1 selling study Bible. With over 10,000 notes and features to help the reader both understand and live out Scripture, this Bible is an excellent resource for personal study and for use as a Bible teacher.

This is the third edition and some of the updates include: more notes, the “comfort print” font from Zondervan, and a new design for visual clarity to name a few. Having had a previous edition of the Life Application Bible, I was curious to see how this new edition looked and read.

 

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First impressions are that the new design is much easier to follow and read. The in-text notes are easily recognizable by the color scheme difference and the footnotes are separated by a red bar.

The font for both the main text and notes is a bit small, with the footnotes being smaller than the main text.  It does read easy with the font but it could have been a bit bigger for me. Another item for concern is how bad ghosting (see words from the other side of the page) is in this Bible. It is very noticeable and quite distracting while reading. I would have hoped that either line-matching would have happened or a more creamier color paper used to mitigate this.

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Also, I noticed that the poetical texts seemed to be lighter in color than non-poetic readings. I am not sure why that it but it is a bit annoying in some of the prophetic books.

The construction of this Bible is quite nice with perimeter stitching for reinforcement and a good binding (mine is the leather soft). It is not edge-lined which is not surprising for a leather-like binding.

It is a heavier Bible and not ideal for carrying in a backpack. Also if a Bible for devotional reading is being sought,

I would not suggest this Bible as the prevalent notesIMG_8750 will most likely be a distraction while trying to read the main text.

*I received this free review copy from Bible Gateway Blogger Grid in exchange for my honest review. #BibleGatewayPartner

NIV Quest Study Bible (Comfort Print)

The NIV Quest Study Bible is a study Bible that, instead of having a myriad of footnotes, has questions and answers that interact with the text as one reads through the Scriptures. With over 7,000 notes in this Q&A format, the reader has questions that pertain to the text being read to help better understand key aspects of what is being read.

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There are also helpful, larger articles in the footnotes for more in-depth questions. In addition, the larger footnotes also contain information to help better understand the book being read. There are also book introductions to give a quick summary on when the book was written, who the target audience was, and the main purpose of the book.
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As to the Bible construction, the hardback is sewn-bound and has one bookmark that matches the dust jacket in color. The paper is thin and I would not suggest writing much in this Bible unless you use Bible marking pens/pencils as it will most likely bleed through to the other side. Ghosting (when the thin paper allows for the text on the other side of the page to be seen) is present and is most noticeable in the poetry books.

This Bible is a heavier Bible so I would not suggest using this to carry in a backpack or shoulder bag. Also, if you are looking for a Bible to just read I would also not suggest this Bible as the questions are prevalent and could be distracting while reading.

Having said that, if you are interested in a study Bible that is not so note-heavy that it is hard to read the text, this Bible may be the one for you.

*I received this free review copy from Bible Gateway Blogger Grid in exchange for my honest review. #BibleGatewayPartner

NET Bible 2nd Edition

The NET Bible is a unique Bible in that it approaches Bible translation from that of the translator. The notes have more to do with why a particular passage is translated as it is. There are notes that are study notes but these serve to aid the translator notes which I appreciate greatly.

This Bible is also different in that it is completely free to disperse across the internet (within the proper guidelines). This gives teachers and pastors the ability to print out the passages of Scripture they will be discussing without need to contact the publisher for permission.

As to the Bible design, it is a double column format in 9.5 font that is easy to read. It is Smyth sewn and comes in either bonder or genuine leather. It is a bigger Bible with over 58,000 notes which is great for study but not ideal for carry. There are smaller editions for carry but these do not have the extensive notes as the full size edition.

I would encourage all Bible readers to look into the NET Bible as I believe it will enhance study and understanding of how Bibles are translated and also the richness of some text to shine.

*I received a review copy for my honest assessment.

NIV, Starting Place Study Bible, Hardcover, Comfort Print

225_350_book.2830.cover_The Starting Place Study Bible is an excellent resource for those were getting into an introductory study the word of God. The notes, aids, and instructional articles are very helpful for those who were new to scripture or perhaps have been taught something and I wanted to make sure it is accurate. I found the particular aids throughout the scripture very relevant and also placed at idea locations to help understand a text and also to make sure the proper teaching was followed.

One item about this particular thing is it is a little heavy so it is not ideal for carrying around often. I also feel that the Bible is a bit blocky for my liking as I prefer taller and thinner versus thicker and shorter. That said just to be in a great resource for somebody who want to buy will be the very first time or perhaps wants their first Study Bible.

*I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

50 Core Truths of the Christ Faith by Gregg Allison

9780801019128This book is a really nice guide to understanding theology but not in a very technical or Heavy level. Dr. Allison has done well to list the major components that will make up once theology and give excellent scriptural and argumentative resources so that the individual reading this will have a firm grasp of scripture and what it teaches. While there are some things here that I mean I completely agree with I also understand that Dr. Allison is presenting information as best he sees it and this resource with that make a great tool for those who are developing our theology but also want a basic understanding of a lot of the teachings of most theological camps will give.

The Disciple’s Study Bible

csb-disciples-study-bible-updated-715x1138A lot of the study Bibles that I have reviewed in the past are usually a Bible with a lot of footnotes and some aids in the back. This can be a great help in studying Scripture but can also be a downfall if one relies on the notes of someone else: the footnotes are not inspired.

This study Bible is unique in two ways. The first way being in the form of the F260 (Foundation 260) Bible readings. This reading plan has 260 days of reading to understand the foundational message of Scripture and to help grasp the meta-narrative of the Bible.

The second is the use of the H.E.A.R. journal pages. The acronym stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. This aid is designed for the reader to go through an exercise to better understand and hermeneutically apply Scripture. I really enjoy this feature and plan on using it in my devotional readings.

These two features aside, the CSB translation is a nice reading translation but I most likely will not consider it my preference. The other features are typical study Bible features such as: maps, footnotes, and book introductions. The binding is nice and the paper is good quality. There is also a bookmark present.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.