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The New Inductive Study Bible (NASB) Hardcover – August 1, 2013
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About the Author
Precept Ministries International was founded by Jack and Kay Arthur in 1970, and their son, David Arthur, serves as CEO. Kay is a four-time Gold Medallion award-winning author, member of the NRB Hall of Fame, and beloved international Bible teacher. Precept Ministries International developed The New Inductive Study Bible and is committed to equipping believers with inductive Bible study tools and training so they can understand God’s Word and make it a real part of their lives.
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. I have Bibles I carry along with me to simply read and then I have this Bible for digging deep. Since I do sermons and homilies from time to time, it is very help in preparing as I have notes to which I can refer back. Serious student or not, it's a good book and the price was wonderful.
However, I can already tell that this Bible is going to be very useful. And just for clarity, I own the hardback version.
To address some of the concerns in other reviews:
Size: It is the same size as most standard hardback study Bibles. The book is 9 X 6 and the width is 2 inches.
Page quality: The pages are thin, but no thinner than any other Bible, in my opinion. I am using Fantasia colored pencils and Pigma Micron pens and nothing bleeds through.
Margin size: Although advertised as "wide margin," I do not find these margins to be "wide" enough for the in-depth note taking and listing this type of study requires. I am, however, using a 3-ring binder to record notes and thoughts and answer the study questions, so this is not a big deal to me. There is enough room to write a list of keywords or a brief statement, but certainly not enough to perform all the tasks outlined in the study. I highly recommend using a notebook along with the Bible and study book(s).
Overall quality: Pages are sewn. Cover is glossy thick cardboard.
Contents: Bible contains maps, charts, brief insights, and worksheets for the inductive method.
The only reason I am giving it a 4/5 is because I am used to and much prefer the NIV translation, and this Bible is a different translation (NASB). I wish it came in NIV but it does not.
Cover and Binding
This edition is in hard cover. The cover feels smooth and looks glossy. The binding is in sections. There is some stitching in the front and back, but I think the binding is actually glued.
Paper and Print
The paper is thicker than most Bibles. It's not as nice or thick as premium wide-margin editions, but it's still good for writing and coloring with pencils. It has a slight cream tone which I like a lot. It could be a little more opaque, but the show-though isn't too bad. It is good for writing.
I'm guessing on the font size, but it looks like a 10/11-point font to me (looks to be the same size as the Longprimer). There is plenty enough room for underlining.
The print quality is consistent throughout. It's about a semi-bold and is sharp and clear.
There are 14 pages in the back for notes. I'd like to see more pages for notes, but 14 pages is a good start.
The text is presented in single-column verse-by-verse format. Paragraphs are marked with bold verse numbers. Poetry is set to verse format. Old Testament quotes are in an offset text to help identify them easily.
There are no section-headings in the text. References appear on the inside margin and the outside margin is 2.25 inches wide for notes. There are some notes in the margins, but not many.
Books are introduced with a paragraph or two about the book, things to do in your inductive study of the book, and things to think about.
There are some timelines, maps, and charts throughout. There are not a lot of them, but what is there is very good information and helps set the scene for the book.
The beginning of each chapter has a line for you to write the theme of that chapter.
At the end of each book is a chart that contains keywords, and places for you to write the theme of the book, author, date, purpose, segments, divisions, and chapter themes. Many books have charts that are tailored to that specific book. For example, Revelation includes places for you to write about the seven churches, trumpets, bowls, seals, etc. This is one of the features that helps you dig deeper into the Scriptures and is one of my favorite features.
References and Translation Notes
References and notes are keyed to the text with letters and numbers. References appear in the inner margin and notes appear at the bottom of the page under the text. The references are, as much as possible, from the 1611 KJV. There are 13 references for Genesis 1:1, so there are plenty of references to look up.
How to Use the Inductive Study Approach
In the front is a section that teaches the basic methods of inductive Bible study. This section covers Observation, Interpretation, and Application. There is a section on how to mark with symbols that includes 36 symbols with examples of their use. This is another of my favorite features. This information can be used with any Bible and is good training on how to study and mark the Bible.
Bible Study Helps
The Bible Study Helps section is a compilation of articles with information about the Bible itself, the history of Israel, history and grammar (which includes figures of speech and Greek verbs), reading plans, and more. These are very good articles to read and study and many of them contains charts and information that is worth referring back to many times.
The concordance contains 3000 entries and 14,000 references. There are 70 pages with three columns of text per page. There are more entries than I expected and I found the concordance to be very useful. It has 56 entries for God.
There are 8 pages that contain 11 maps. The maps are color, but rather than having multiple shades of color, there are large blocks of a single color. It looks good and everything is easy to see or find. I would like the see an index to maps.
This is an excellent Bible for study. I've always said that the best study Bible is the Bible that contains tools to help you do your own study and that's exactly where this Bible excels. It promotes studying the Bible for yourself rather than giving you someone else's opinions. It includes many charts to record your own insights about the text. It focuses on Bible study with observation, interpretation, and application. I highly recommend The New Inductive Study Bible in ESV. I hope to see this Bible available in KJV and NKJV.
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Harvest House Publishers provided this Bible for free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.