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One of the best study Bibles
on March 17, 2011
I bought a Ryrie NASB Study Bible recently (not from Amazon) and have been so impressed I wanted to let other buyers know what they're in for.
First off, the Ryrie NASB Study Bible is a mix of three types of Bibles: the Zondervan Study Bible, the ESV Study Bible, and a regular reference Bible. What I mean by this is the Ryrie Study Bible contains enough commentary notes to help you understand many key passages. One of the previous reviewers is right in that if you need commentary notes for every single verse, you should stick with a Zondervan NASB Study Bible. The Ryrie will give you a good understanding of hard passages, but it can leave you out to dry on other ones. But usually, that problem can be fixed with the cross-referencing system for interpreting Scripture with Scripture. Also, this study Bible contains a very good synopsis of Christian Doctrine in the back, like the ESV Study Bible. But notice I said synopsis, it isn't a catalog of all Doctrine and it doesn't contain articles on World Religions and etc., but does have several helpful resources for Biblical Interpretation and other things. Finally, the size of this study Bible is extremely convenient. It really isn't much bigger than a good reference Bible and is very portable. The leather is durable, becomes soft quick, the pages have extended margins, and the print of the Bible is large enough and dark enough to read without any trouble (the Zondervan NASB Study Bible's print is fairly light).
The software that comes with the Bible can be in two forms that I've seen: a DVD or an access code. The one I bought had an access code to download WORDSearch9 Bible Software w/ multiple electronic books for free. WORDSearch9 is like an electronic library with multiple tools for in-depth study of the Bible, Jewish culture, history, etc. The download or installment of it is simple and easy to use. So far, the books and the software have not been demos or trial-based, I haven't noticed any cut off dates anywhere.
If you're just starting off with reading the Bible, I would recommend getting a basic commentary to carry with you as you read this. The NASB translation can be tricky and challenging, but I honestly don't think it's a struggle. The Ryrie NASB Study Bible could be accompanied by a cheap copy of the Zondervan NIV Study Bible for the beginner to understand really challenging passages as well. Either way, I would recommend that everyone have this Bible if they're interested in the NASB translation.