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The Apologetics Study Bible: Understand Why You Believe Hardcover – October 1, 2007

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     The Apologetics Study Bible will help today’s Christian better understand, defend and proclaim their beliefs in this age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. 

     More than one-hundred key questions and articles placed throughout the volume about faith and science prompt a rewarding study experience at every reading.  Highlights of this new thinking person’s edition of God’s Word include the full text of the popular Holman CSB® translation, an introduction to each Bible book focusing on its inherent elements of apologetics, and profiles of historic Christian apologists from Justin Martyr to C.S. Lewis.

     Also featured are valuable contributions from a who’s-who of modern apologists such as Chuck Colson, Norm Geisler, Hank Hanegraaff, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, Ravi Zacharias, and 90+ more contributors.  Plus a special lead article from best-selling author Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and many more) on how “How Apologetics changed my life.”

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About the Author

Josh McDowell, internationally known for his books on apologetics (Evidence That Demands a Verdict) and youth culture (Right from Wrong) as well as his innovative mission outreaches into the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, would tell you in a minute what his first ministry is--his family. He and Dottie, his wife of more than thirty years, still keep tabs on their four children from their home.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2048 pages
  • Publisher: Holman Bible Publishers (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158640024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586400248
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Bonded Leather
I do not believe it is necessary to continually repeat what has already been said. Stephen Donahue and J. Bradford's comments below mine do more than enough justice to this Bible. HOWEVER, they left one thing out that I believe is an incredible attribute to this study Bible:

THROUGHOUT the Bible, there are gray-inserted boxes in the text that are titled "Twisted Scriptures". The verse is named and then the authors will tell how other religions (Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc.) have distorted these certain passages due to a misunderstanding of the text. They do the same thing for certain Christian movements and some denominations. I believe this is a truly fabulous addition because one can see where so many people have gone wrong with the exact text in front of them and a possible solution/rebuttal towards those who use it as such. This becomes a great help in regards to trying to remain orthodox, without being thrown off by some passages that have (due to lack of education, ignorance, harmful bias, etc.,) made others stray from correct teachings. And regardless if some may disagree with the author's comment, it still delivers an edifying note and makes one aware of a "problem" that they never would have known before. Now I must emphasize that the "Twisted Scriptures" passages are not "in-depth". They are not extensive by any means, but as I just said, they bring to light potential problems in interpretations that the reader may never have been aware of. This alone, I believe, is worth its weight in gold.

An essential study Bible for laymen and even Pastor's and students. I don't usually get excited or impressed by new "study" Bibles, but this one does deliver a package that no other Bible has yet to do!
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Format: Hardcover
I must admit my biases up front. I lean towards a presuppositional apologetic. Seemingly, I would take issue with many of the articles, but I really don't. The editors sought those who are recognized in the evangelical world for the skill in both philosophical theology and applying the bible to tough questions. They did not let us down.

Pros of the Study Bible:
1. Some of the articles are simply outstanding. I can't say more. The ones by Frame, Russell Moore, Copan, and Walt Kaiser are quite good.

2. The study notes are decent, if one understands the context. It is not aiming to give an exposition of each passage, but to focus on the apologetical application of passages. Still, it gives interesting historical, archeological, and contra-cultist insights. Interestingly as a side-note, the Study Bible takes a premillennial approach to Revelation 20.

3. Wide margins. I applaud the formatters on this one. This bible has wider-margins than most. This was a huge plus in my opinion. One can legibly write thorough notes in the margin.

1. Some of the study notes take an almost facile approach to some really hard questions. For example, Norman Geisler's attempt to demonstrate how the Apocrypha shouldn't be in Scripture. The verses he quotes against it not only do not disprove the Apocrypha, but if accepted would also disprove the book of Judges and 1 Samuel! Further, Geisler ignored essentially every good argument against the Apocrypha. This kind of shallow reasoning makes one skeptical of the overall apologetic quality. (And poor Geisler's criticism of the Apocrypha almost convinced me the Apocrypha should be in the Bible!)

2. The editors suffer from a severe myopia.
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Format: Leather Bound
I have eagerly awaited the Apologetics Study Bible, and so it arrived in many bookstores last week. It is available in hardback, black bonded, brown bonded, black genuine and brown genuine leather. I initally wanted the brown genuine leather, but the artwork inside the bible appears to be black and silver, which did not go as well with the very dark brown leather; so, I chose the black. The black has silver page edges and a good-lengthed black and a silver ribbon marker. The binding is sewn; not glued. The print is very good, my guess is 10 or 10.5. It is a black letter edition( YES!!!!!!), so words in the New Testament are NOT in red. The Bible contains annotations, which are very helpful, doctrinal articles, in-text maps, and wonderful charts (in colour) in the back with compares traditional Christian doctrine with world religions, and also with cults. This is an excellent Bible to have as it necessarily builds up one's faith along with traditional orthodoxy. The Holman Christian Standard Bible uses what is termed, 'optimal equivalence.' It is much more literal than the NIV, but more readable than the ESV. I have only heard/read good things about the HCSB. This is a definite to-have Bible.(Note: The HCSB is under revision, completing in 2009. Look for discounts soon on all first-edition HCSBs)
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From the list of contributors, I was expecting a five star product across the board. But that was not to be.

There are many good articles and excellent notes making this Bible worth owning for reference purposes but it should most definitely not be a single source for apologetic material. In some controversial topics where there are differences of opinion even among conservative evangelicals, they tend to give coverage to only one of the opinions--and even then do not cover it as well as it could have been covered given the space limitations. If they do mention an alternative opinion held by other conservative Christians, it is usually a passing comment. In one instance they mock holding an opinion other than the one they present.

This work has many great contributors and enough quality material to recommend itself. But, in some instances, it does not present a well-rounded Christian apologetic. Supplementing the notes in this Bible with works from Zondervan's Counterpoint series would go a long way in correcting the problem.
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