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Apologetics Study Bible for Students, Trade Paper Paperback – February 1, 2010

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About the Author

Sean McDowell leads the Bible department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools in California. The awarded teacher is also a popular national youth speaker and has authored several books including Understanding Intelligent Design (with William Dembski). Sean and his wife have two children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1440 pages
  • Publisher: Holman Bible Publishers (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586404954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586404956
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Moyer on March 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I purchased the HCSB Aplogetics Study Bible for Students primarily because of the text (the 2nd edition of the Holman Christan Standard Bible translation). The HCSB is a fairly literal translation that is written in natural English. The NIV is translated in approximately the same manner as the HCSB, but the HCSB is more literal and includes many more tranlsation notes (adding a level of insight and transparency that the NIV lacks). The HCSB combines accuracy and readability better than any other translation, in my opinion. The 1st edition of the HCSB was my translation of choice for general study and the 2nd edition is an improvement over the 1st.

The study features of the Bible are very good. The articles, quotes, "Twisted Scripture" notes and study notes all serve to strengthen the reader's faith and provide a solid footing for the accuracy and reliability of God's Word. The only criticisms I have of this fine Bible are: 1) The font size of the study notes is a bit small 2) The Bible lacks a concordance (a necessity in a study Bible). Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this study Bible to students of God's Word, regardless of their age.
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Format: Hardcover
As a young believer I developed a sudden intense hunger for apologetics after a cultist knocked on my door challenged my faith. Then with an atheist at my work site I had to find a way to get intellectually armed, consequently I purchased dozens of books on apologetics. Oh how I wish this Bible or Strobel's apologetic bible had been available. Accordingly, Sean McDowell's (author: "Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking About God"; son of Josh McDowell) "HCSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students" is an outstanding apologetic resource for young people and students.

Within this reader-friendly tool one will discover:

- How to identify scripture twisting
- Simple and powerful evidential proofs
- Easy to understand archaeology facts
- Outstanding quotes
- Ways to defend the Christian worldview
- Easy to implement tactics that will help intellectually equip students
- Potent testimonies from important Christian figures.

McDowell's "Apologetics Study Bible for Students" is a helpful and powerful apologetic instrument written by an author who understands the challenges that Christian students face.
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or additionally see the dynamic new apologetic book:
Truth, Knowledge and the Reason for God: The Defense of the Rational Assurance of Christianity
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One Way to God: Christian Philosophy and Presuppositional Apologetics Examine World Religions
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Bought it for grandson, he loves it!!!
he grabbed it right away and began scouring topics etc.
It has 'twisted Scriptures" where verses that are twisted by cults etc are explained as to what is really meant in the context
It has study notes
it has topics of debate and answers from both well known Bible authorities and the Scriptures themselves
I began using one statement after reading just 1 debatable issues' answer , I put it on my Facebook....what a response!!! Amazing how Christian adults had never thought of this answer before.
hint; it was on 'judge not'
I really really like this Bible
I think it is a great investment
and honestly, i want one !!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The two stars is only because the kindle version is not user friendly. The navigation is time consuming; you have to scroll through each book and chapter starting in Genesis to find the book you want. For example, if I want to read the book of James, I would have to start at Genesis chapter 1 and all of it's chapters, then through Exodus chapter 1 and all of it's chapters, etc. It's not efficient at all. I'm sure this bible is phenomenal in an actual paper book. I do not recommend this kindle version, even for a casual reading, unless you decide to read it from Genesis to Revelation in order.
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This is an incredible bible and I would highly recommend the PRINT VERSION, but NOT the Kindle version. While there are the typical Kindle navigation challenges mentioned by other reviewers, the problem is even bigger with the Kindle version since there are entire sections missing from the Kindle version.

For example, if you search the Kindle version for "xiv" you will find several references to a "Tactical Awareness for Apologetics" section that's found in the Challenges and Tactics section of the print version; however, that entire section is MISSING from the Kindle version. The Bones & Dirt Notes index, the Personal Stories index, Fast Facts index, and Challenge/Notes index on pages xii-xv of the print version is another example of entire sections that are missing from the Kindle version.

Great resource, but Kindle buyers should be aware that they are NOT getting the entire bible when purchasing the Kindle version.
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The content is good, but its a little difficult to navigate the kindle version. If you plan to use it regularly I'd suggest not buying it on kindle and getting a paperback or hard cover copy of it. The notes are really helpful and I think that anyone looking to learn more about defending the faith would benefit from it.
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