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HCSB Study Bible, Jacketed Hardcover [Hardcover]

Holman Bible Staff , The HCSB Translation Team , Jeremy Royal Howard , Edwin Blum
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Book Description

October 1, 2010

2011 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner!

Developed in direct response to what consumer focus groups asked for, only one study Bible delivers more than you'd expect-right where you'd expect it. 

When reading a passage in the Bible, you shouldn't have to wonder where to find supporting reference notes and commentary that go along with it. That's why the HCSB Study Bible-featuring approximately 15,000 study notes-is designed so that every clarifying resource is there on the same page spread as the biblical text to which it refers. You'll never again forget what you were looking for, because the pertinent note, map, chart, word study, or illustration is already there. And when an even deeper view is desired, there are also introductions for each book, outlines and timelines, a concordance, and more.

For the growing believer whose desire is to know Scripture more intimately and live out its loving instruction, the HCSB Study Bible always keeps you and God on the same page.


290 word studies
Four-color presentation pages
141 photographs
Two-column text setting
62 timelines
Two-piece gift box (non-hardcover)
59 maps
One-year Bible reading plan
24 articles
Center column references
16 illustrations/reconstructions 
Topical subheads
15 charts
Black letter text

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Exceeding Expectations
Only one study Bible provides more than you'd expect—right where you'd expect it. Imagine having instant visual and textual helps at your fingertips when reading any given passage of Scripture, and you've just begun to experience the HCSB Study Bible.

We're On the Same Page
In focus groups around the United States led by a world-class market research firm, three different survey methods yielded the same result: "Study Bible users" and "non-Study Bible users" alike agree that the combination of all features working together in a study Bible is more important than any single feature. There's no better way to raise one's level of interest and biblical comprehension than to get that "just right" mix of information and presentation. That's why the HCSB Study Bible is designed so that every clarifying resource—a word study, cross reference, color photograph, alternate translation note, timeline, map, or relevant contemporary essay—is right there on the same page spread with the text to which it refers.

A Number of Reasons to Read
At its core, the HSCB Study Bible is about one thing: deepening your knowledge and understanding of God's Word. But there are a number of ways this unique Bible supports that paramount goal, including 15,000 study notes, 290 Hebrew and Greek word studies, 66 highly detailed book introductions, 62 maps, 27 topical articles, 20 charts, and 18 illustrations, all focusing on the most important topics and questions in Bible study.

About the HCSB Translation
The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is the work of one hundred men and women representing 17 different denominations and reflecting the very best in updated Bible translation scholarship. You will notice the attention to both accuracy and readability—how greater word precision makes for a tighter translation that clarifies the meaning from verse to verse. Above all, each contributor involved honors the Bible as God's inspired and inerrant Word. And that's why the text of Scripture itself is the uppermost feature throughout the pages of the HCSB Study Bible.

Inside the HCSB Study Bible

Introduction to the HCSB Study Bible (PDF)

Excerpt from The Proverbs (PDF)

Topical Articles: The Historical Reliability of the Old Testament (PDF)

Detailed Maps

Word Studies

Helpful Charts

  • More manageable size than some study bibles—at 2,300 pages, the HCSB Study Bible has all of the features that users expect, but not more than users want.
  • Two-column format, top to bottom, the highly preferred layout in research.
  • 50% of the page devoted to text is the goal for as many pages as possible, so notes and ancillary content don't get in the way of the scripture.
  • Pew-friendly notes—focus on the most important concepts and are often in paragraph form, always in an accessible style and tone.
  • Fewer photos, more thoughtfully placed—the highest-quality and appropriate images for the text on the page, from the leader in 4-color Bible reference.
  • References—enhanced prominence with color and located in between the columns of text.
  • 4-color verse and reference designations help readers to visually move from notes and references back to the text.
  • Readability—not only is the Bible text itself in a readable 9-point format, but the study notes are in a 7.5 point, uncompressed type so they will be easier to read.
  • Horizontal instead of vertical timelines—the clear preference, and to give additional context, the timelines integrate Biblical and nonbiblical events.

Praise for the HCSB Study Bible

"The HCSB is a translation that the common man can read with confidence and understanding." —Gary D. Chapman, author, The Five Love Languages

"I love the accuracy of (the HCSB). I love that it champions the veracity of God's Word... this is a version I’ve been looking for." —Beth Moore, author, Praying God’s Word

"I really appreciate the HCSB translation. It is very readable, with a great reference system." —Charles Colson, coauthor, How Now Shall We Live?

"The HCSB Study Bible is a marvelous tool to help open up even more the message of the Bible. A real gift to the church." —Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary

"A fine new translation now has a study Bible with notes by solid scholars. I am happy to commend it to you." —Mark Dever, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

"The strength of the HCSB Study Bible lies in the recognition and emphasis on the supremacy of Scripture. Helpful tools are immediately accessible to engage the student of the Bible with the ultimate purpose of life transformation. Utilization of knowledge from distinguished scholars serves as a tremendous asset." —Stephanie Edge, Union University

"First, you'll love this translation! I've had the privilege of reading every word, every line, and every paragraph of the HCSB. You'll discover it's 'friendly' and yet very true to the biblical text. Second, the HCSB Study Bible will motivate you to both read and study the Bible. The explanatory notes are clear, concise, and based on careful interpretation." —Gene A. Getz, Center for Church Renewal

About the Author

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) translation team includes one hundred men and women representing 17 different protestant denominations and reflecting the very best in updated Bible translation scholarship. Above all, each contributor involved honors the Bible as God’s inspired and inerrant Word. In addition to the core translation team led by general editor Edwin A. Blum, as well as the Holman Bible editorial staff, contributors to the HCSB Study Bible include Jeremy Royal Howard, Craig L. Blomberg, Gary Habermas, Walt Kaiser, Mary A. Kassian, Andreas Köstenberger, Robert A. Stein, Ed Stetzer, and dozens more.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2100 pages
  • Publisher: Holman Bible Publishers (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586405063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586405069
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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171 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best study Bible available to date September 8, 2010
The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is an excellent Bible translation that premiered in 2004. It is more readable than the New American Standard Bible (NASB), but more accurate than the New International Version (NIV). However, until now there has not been a really good study Bible available in the HCSB, with the exception of the Apologetics Study Bible, which is really intended for scholarly readers. The HCSB Illustrated Study Bible was not really a study Bible, but more of a Bible with a lot of illustrations. The absence of a good popular study Bible in this good translation is about to change in October 2010.
The HCSB Study Bible was published in October 2010. I had the opportunity to study a preview copy and later I reviewed a hardbound copy.
As a busy pastor, I love the rich resources available all in one volume in the HCSB Study Bible. This study Bible takes some of the good qualities of both the HCSB Illustrated Study Bible and the HCSB Apologetics Study Bible, but much more. The Apologetics Study Bible is more scholarly, whereas the HCSB Study Bible takes a more popular approach. However, don't let that statement mislead you. The HCSB Study Bible is very thorough in dealing with all kinds of issues of Bible interpretation and the footnotes do an excellent job of discussing the important issues of interpretation, historical background and theology. It has all of the things one would expect in a study Bible, including center column cross-references, helpful notes at the bottom of the page, maps, introductions to each book of the Bible and a concordance in the back (one negative is that the concordance is not a full concordance, but only a 12-page topical concordance; I hope this will be corrected in future editions).
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
A legitimate question these days is to ask whether retail study bibles are getting better or just prettier. Well, it's both, judging by this Holman Christian Standard Bible - Study Bible (HCSB-Study Bible). The whole production is a knockout, and the best of its kind I've ever seen or darn close to it, both for its usefulness and its beauty.

I was especially impressed by how varied and solid the features are: words in text preceded by a bullet (bullet = . ) are defined in a special list with special attention paid to nuance and context (examples: Sanhedrin, wormwood). There are introductory chapters to this work that contain some of what we'd expect (Plan of Salvation, study notes), and some features that outdo the competition by far (articles on how our modern English-language bibles evolved, separate articles on Hebrew and Greek words). Frequently found along with text notes are special maps that show one location or occasion, explanatory boxes, additional interpretation, timelines and other helpful features. (There are also a pretty typical five meso-scale maps in the back of the bible, the more conventional type that go in the back of bibles, but with very rich and vivid color (computer design, I'm guessing).

Open up an average two pages of text and the reader who has previously encountered other modern study bibles will feel familiar: Roughly the top half of an average page will hold text plus alpha-notes (lc and upper-case both, with center-page note in abundance from the lc alpha notes. A little below the middle, on average, comes the horizontal bar that offers alternate translations referenced by the alpha uppercase notes. Below that come the notes, so numerous as to come close to a running commentary.
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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Sit Corrected September 15, 2010
I sit corrected. When I first heard about the Holman Christian Standard Bible, I assumed that it would be a denominationally-niched Bible with little or no distinctive contribution to make. But it turns out that the HCSB, and in particular the new HCSB Study Bible, is a faithful and elegant translation which should have more than a little cross-denominational appeal.

As the publisher notes, the HCSB has at least five noteworthy distinctives as a translation. It uses the personal name of God when appropriate (Is 42:8: "I am Yahweh, that is My name."); it highlights Jewish Messianic expectations (Mk 8:29: "Peter answered Him, "You are the Messiah!"); it identifies the radical nature of Jesus' call (Col 4:12: "Epaphras, who is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, greets you."); it clarifies the original meaning of John 3:16 ("For God loved the world in this way..."); and it employs 21st century speech patterns (Jn 1:36: "When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look! The Lamb of God!").

On the whole, I think these distinctives are appropriate and helpful. Take the Jewish Messianic expectations, for example. The HCSB translates the Greek word Christos differently, based upon its use in context. Whenever the biblical author emphasizes Christos in a Gentile context or as a name for our Lord, HCSB renders the word as Christ. Whenever the biblical author emphasizes Christos in a Jewish context, the title "Messiah" is used. This is particularly helpful in instances such as Matthew 16:16 and Mark 8:29, when Peter declares, "You are the Messiah!
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