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Excellent Study Resource.
on July 17, 2003
The book is beautifully bound in black bonded leather with Silver coloured writing on the spine. It comes in a box which will be useful to preserve the life of the book when on the shelf. It has a ribbon bookmark which is a minor thing but I find it useful. The print in the personal size is quite small only 7 points so if you have any sight problems I would not recommend it. I however had no problem reading the text. The pages are very thin this can cause problem if you are scanning pages as text does show through from the other page. I
I cannot fault the contents. The introductions to the books are concise and to the point covering things like authorship, historical backgrounds, contents and theme of book. There is also an outline for each book giving one line summaries of the main chapters. The book intros do not go into as much detail as the Nelson Study Bible (NSB) or Open Study Bible (OSB). There was however plenty of information and I felt some of the summaries while slightly shorter where better written.
I found it particularly useful having the words of Jesus in red my personal copy of NIV does not have that.
The cross-references are in a centre column this means they are there easy to find but they do not interfere with reading. For example the OSB has the references at the end of the verse this can be distracting when reading. There is an amazing amount of information contained in the study notes at the bottom of the pages. There are clear symbols to tell you if the references are archaeological or life application or about a person. All the study aids are there right by the relevant scriptures. This saves you having to flick through the book to find certain study aids. There are black and white maps and charts interspersed throughout the book these are useful and right at hand. There are plenty of detailed coloured maps as well as timelines but these are found separately at the back and front of the book. This is better than the NSB which has thick coloured charts throughout the book which interferes with the smoothness of the book and page turning. The back of the book has several useful study helps, this includes, Table of weight and measures. Index to Subjects, Index to notes, Index to Maps, Concordance (not exhaustive but enough to find main points and scriptures) and a Index to coloured maps.
In summary I would highly recommend this study bible. It is not suitable if you want lots of application notes for that try the excellent Life Application Bible. However if you want a Study bible that has clear easy to understand notes that go into plenty of detail then this is definitely he bible for you.