27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Underrated Study Bible,
This review is from: NLT Study Bible (Hardcover)
I have had the personal size of this Bible for about a year now and at first I did not use it too much. At first the translation style was hard to get used to as I was used to a more literal translation such as ESV, NASB, NKJV, etc. There are times where other translations have some clunky sentence structure but after giving this Bible a second chance, I love it! Passages that I have read over and over in other translations, it seems like im getting it for the first time, which is definitely a good plus.
As for this actual study Bible, it has some great features and the notes are very helpful. The format takes some time to get used to as the study notes are split into three columns, but overall, you get used to it. The book introductions are great and are as thorough as any study Bible out there aside from the ESV Study Bible. A bonus in this study bible also are the Greek and Hebrew words in the back, so if a concordance or a dictionary seems overwhelming to you, this might be a good start. I am not Greek or Hebrew scholar but I appreciated this. Another favorite I like about this Bible are the half page articles found in many books of the Bible that really put things in perspective. For example in the book of John, some articles we can find are "The Word", "John the Baptist", "Miraculous Signs", "Nicodemus", "Believing", "Living Water' and many more. So, while the notes may be concise when it describes a particular verse, these articles are pretty extensive and useful.
All in all, I definitely recommend this Study Bible, I am finding myself coming back to this one more and more for the ease of reading and the helpful notes. Having said that, I wouldnt recommend this as the main Bible one would use, but it is a great compliment to another Bible. Personally myself, my main Bible is a Thompson Chain reference NKJV, which I could never depart with, I feel like i've grown so much in the Lord so it has a special attachment to me I guess you could say. Using the NLT SB alongside my Thompson is a great blessing.
Whatever Bible you choose, just know that you really cant go wrong with many choices. Ive owned almost any Study Bible you can find and give them to people I feel can use them but my three favorites are NLT SB, ESV SB and my good ol Thompson.
Thanks for reading this, hope it is helpful and never forget that while we decrease He must increase! God bless