Easter and Bibles go together and Holman’s new Bible translation is especially worthy of consideration this Easter. Holman Bible Publishers hit a home run when they published Holman Christian Standard Study Bible in 2010. “Evangelical Christian Publishers Association” (ECPA) thought so too when they awarded the bible ECPA’s Bible of the year award in 2011. From the new translation, to the Hebrew and Greek word studies, footnotes, time lines, full color maps and more, there is lots to like in this inviting Bible.
While most Bibles today are revisions of previous translations, “…the HCSB is a new translation for today’s generation” that reflects the “information age” of Biblical research. Instead of interpreting original texts “word-for-word” or “thought-for-thought” like paraphrase translations, the HCSB uses both methods with footnotes if additional explanation is needed.
An entire page devoted to the Plan of Salvation features a FAITH acrostic with the sinner’s prayer, what it means and how to say it.
· F is for forgiveness—Ephesians 1:7a
· A is for available—John 3:16, Matthew 7:21a
· I is for impossible—James 2:13a, Romans 3:23
· T is for turn—Luke 13:3b, Romans 10:9
· H is for heaven—John 10:10b, John 14:3
In addition to the one or three year reading plans, I especially liked Old Testament quotes in the New Testament printed in bold black letters that sets them apart. Then there are the stunning full-color photographs, illustrations and maps for readers who haven’t visited Israel that add rich visual depth and meaning. The center-page cross-references, inset text box word studies and sidebars make the HCSB a rich and valuable resource for in-depth study, yet is still simple enough for lay readers.
Gilt edged pages are laid out in standard format with Bible text on top and study notes on the bottom. Section headings along with chapter and verse numbers are in blue. Denser brown toned pages are used for multiple essays, section introductions and overviews that include timelines, author, surrounding circumstances, purpose and outline of events, plus a feature length article on how to read and study the bible.
I would have liked a larger Concordance, however with all the other features that would make it too large and hard to handle. The Bible’s stunning binding, numerous features, and the way it lays flat for reading more than compensates for a small concordance. Without a doubt this Bible will raise the bar for study bibles and I’m sure others will think so too.
Although I personally use the NIV translation I was so impressed with this Bible I plan to buy one for myself since my husband claimed ownership after he read the review. I encourage everyone to consider the HCSB because, as my husband and I learned long ago, “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”― Charles H. Spurgeon
For more information about the HCSB study Bible: www.hcsbstudybible.com and http://www.mystudybible.com/ or for a quick overview of other best-selling Bibles from Holman, click through the "list" that headlines the review.
‘Holman Christian Standard Study Bible’ Jacketed Hardcover, Holman Bible Publishers, 2010, Holman Bible Editorial Staff, 2336 Pages, 978-1586405069, $49.99
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