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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2011
Format: Bonded Leather
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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
Format: Bonded LeatherVerified Purchase
My son is 49 yrs old and just started wearing reading glasses. I have long enjoyed my Ryrie bible and wanted to give him one for Christmas. I was glad I didn't have it shipped directly to him, since when I previewed it, I realized he would have trouble reading it. The paper is so thin that the words bleed through from the previous page. The red portions are so softly colored, plus the light throught the paper, that they look faded. I returned the purchase and will go to a bookstore so I can hold and read this important gift before sending.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2012
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Excellent Bible. Exactly as described. Only complaint is instead of tabbing each book, there are three books to a tab making it a little more difficult to navigate than the Bibles with a tab for each book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2015
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This is a very useful and adequately noted bible for anyone who desires to learn more about God's word. It will need to be supplemented, as will all study bibles, for the very serious student of scripture but is certainly one of the best for daily reading. This and the MacArthur study bible are the two I recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2014
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This is a great Bible for the ones who wish to cross reference a topic, It has many comments added to help clarify the text that you are reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2015
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I have other translations of the Bible, but this is my favorite.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2014
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Charles Ryrie is a master of Biblical teaching and this is a great study Bible. I like that even with a fairly large print, the Bible is still fairly thin and light. I love it. It's actually a second Bible I keep for travel, but with the study aids and light weight, it may end up supplanting my primary Bible that I've used for 35 years!
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on March 19, 2015
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In just 6 months of use pages are seperating from the binding.......the print is to small.....verse numbers are near impossible to read......quick reference index tabs are falling off...... this bible is my church bible and is kept in my car all week so it is nearly never used except on Sunday.....
over all just an extremely poorly made publication for a $50.00 purchase
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2013
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This Ryrie Study Bible was purchased for my Grandson. He was delighted with it and is
busy studying the Bible with the wonderful study notes Ryrie has written.
I would recommend this American Standard Version especially for younger people as it is
easier to understand than the KJV.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2013
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I ordered this for a person who was in prison. He was extremely happy to get it and I am glad to know that it arrived in great condition. It will be a blessing to him.
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