- Hardcover: 1440 pages
- Publisher: Holman Bible Publishers (June 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433601567
- ISBN-13: 978-1433601569
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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The Mission of God Study Bible, Hardcover Hardcover – June 1, 2012
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About the Author
Philip Nation is director of Ministry Development with LifeWay Research. His books include Compelled by Love and Transformational Discipleship.
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I think it is well worth your time, because of the following reasons:
1. It uses the Holman Christian Standard Bible, which is not in the King James-RSV-NASB-NIV-ESV straitjacket. Those other versions are remarkably similar, despite what people say. They often default to the same familiar words. It is refreshing to read a Bible like the New Jerusalem Bible or Revised English Bible, or the HCSB, which is genuinely independent.
2. The introductions to each book are short, focused on God's unfolding mission, and helpful.
3. Some of the articles are excellent, and most are good. I'm not mad keen on the excerpts from Francis Dubose's book on mission, though.
4. The articles on ministry in different parts of the world to differing groups of people are worth chewing over.
5. The articles about faithful Christians, most of whom are well-known, or should be, and many of whom were martyred for their faith, are an important feature.
I think every Christian would benefit from reading through this whole Bible.
It is not an exhaustive study Bible, and won't give an answer for your questions on controversial passages, but there will be a lot to learn and appreciate.
I found the commentaries pretty dry. I guess I expected something that would be more inspiring about evangelism--maybe suggesting ways for sharing the Gospel--commentary that lights a fire.... What I found is a Bible I would say is geared more toward a 'beginner' with the Bible. Some of the recent study bibles include a lot of photos of the places described, which I like and expected here. Don't let those pretty photos on the cover fool you; there are none inside--just on front and back covers.
All in all, I felt this bible was geared more toward a new believer or someone new to the Bible, which seemed odd as new believers aren't the biggest percentage of missionaries in my experience. If the intention was to light a fire in the new believer to engage in the mission field, I did not get that at all.
There are SO many great bibles available that I would pass on this one even if considering it for the HCSB translation. I think I'll be ordering the Holman Illustrated Study Bible-HCSB for that translation instead, or maybe mystudybible.com.