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ESV MacArthur Study Bible, Personal Size Hardcover – September 30, 2013
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About the Author
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master’s University and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
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0. Note the Crossway version is different than another version which my son had. My son's version on Kindle was MUCH MORE difficult to navigate.
1. Highlighting and note writing are easy on the Kindle Fire.
2. I have the pc Kindle version on my desk top, and can quickly review, copy paste, etc into the lessons I prepare. Copy/paste automatically inserts a reference in word (nice feature)
3. The ability to go from verse, to study note (or footnotes) and in turn to a new reference from the study note is exceptionally useful. Furthermore one can "back navigate" using the back arrow.
4. I wish there was a "forward arrow" to return to the page I have just gone "back" from.'
5. Study and footnotes are in the same size font as the Bible, which makes it much easier to read (the hard copy study Bible has smaller font for the study and foot notes.)
6. The electronic version makes it easier to read the foot notes and navigate back & forth.
End of May 2013 Review
It has taken me a long time to learn how to use the Kindle version (& I'm pretty familiar with computers and software, but not very experienced on the Kindle), which has some SIGNIFICANT advantages over the hard copy. I have used the study Bible since it was 1st publish in the NKJV years ago, and have given away many to people who are earnetly interested in learning the truth. (I also have the ESV and NASB versions, hard copy, in English).
First (& foremost) the information is excellent. Dr. John MacArthur is one of the top Biblical teachers today. His research and insights are excellent. The introduction to each book relates excellent research to the Author, Date of writing, Major Points, and difficult points.
Here are HUGE advantages of the Kindle version:
1. "INSTANT NAVIGATION NOTES-SCRIPTURE-NOTES ETC" -From the study notes one can go DIRECTLY to the scripture, by bringing up the pointing finger on the scripture and hitting the "enter" button (on my Kindle, the square button with a dot in middle.) One can then go back or forward in the scripture using the "Next" or "Preivious" page button. AND by using the "Back" button you can return to the study notes that launched you into the scripture.
(NOTE: I'm not sure how far "forward" you can go and still use the "Back" button to return.)
2. Going to a Specific Scripture: I have not yet memorized the 2 letter abbreviations for each book of the Bible. Note John is not JO (which is Jonah). A quick way to navigate is to use Menu, Index, and type in 2 letters of a book that is near where you want to go. E.g. you may not remember the abbreviation for Matthew (It's Mt, not ma), but remember Mark (mk). In the index start typing mk and his enter. This will take you to Mark 1:1. Then his the left arrow (square key) which will take you to a list of all the chapters of Mark. Hit the left arrow key again and you now have the list of all the chapters of Matthew. Then you can use the up/down/across arrow key to get a pointing finger on the chapter you want and his enter. (Another clue - to get to the last verses of a long chapter, say Matt 26:68, instead of going to Matthew 26 and using the page forward key, go to Matt 27 and use the page backward key.
3. The compact and light Kindle is better than the paper version.
4. Other resources (e.g. Oxford New English Dictionary) is also just a few buttons away on the kindle
5. Cost is outstanding.
The instructions, especially how to transition from scripture to study notes or to cross references took me hours to figure out. Sometimes the cursor changes to a pointing finger on the [+] and sometimes it changes to a pointing finger on the word AFTER the [+], which is the indicator of transitioning from scripture to study notes. I'm still not sure how to transition to cross references. It would be nice to have a word document to print out with instructions which one could read while learning how to use the Kindle version.
IMAGES & MAPS - I haven't been able to find them on my Kindle.
You won't be able to tell this from the sample download, but once you get the whole digital download the Bible is indexed, and you bring up the menu, index, and then it pops up with books, chapter and verse, and you type in a few characters of the book abbreviation and it takes you to it. Will work a lot quicker with a touchscreen Kindle, but even my basic Kindle is quick enough to go from one verse to the next and be able to keep up with those who have a paper Bible in front of them.
Also, the study notes from MacArthur make the $9.99 price for this version a steal. I had been wanting a MacArthur Study Bible for quite some time, so naturally seeing it via Kindle made this a no brainer. I definitely recommend this version and translation. The ESV is quickly becoming a very popular English translation of the Bible. Easy to read, and accurate to the original Greek and Hebrew. This is definitely the last Bible you'll need to purchase, at least for reference and study purposes.