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The Apologetics Study Bible (Apologetics Bible) HCSB

4.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,017 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Now available in two new simulated leather editions.Real Questions. Straight Answers. Stronger Faith. The Apologetics Study Bible helps today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in an age of increased moral and spiritual relativism. More than one-hundred key questions and articles placed throughout the volume about faith and science prompt
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Imitation Leather, 2048 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers (first published October 1st 2007)
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Jacob Aitken
Nov 03, 2013 Jacob Aitken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit my biases up front. I lean towards a presuppositional apologetic. Seemingly, I would take issue with many of the articles, but I really don't. The editors sought those who are recognized in the evangelical world for the skill in both philosophical theology and applying the bible to tough questions. They did not let us down.

Pros of the Study Bible:
1. Some of the articles are simply outstanding. I can't say more. The ones by Frame, Russell Moore, Copan, and Walt Kaiser are quite good.
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Jamie
May 28, 2015 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I always feel funny “introducing” bibles on the blog. Like the Bible needs a shout out from me you know? But when I do come across one on my review radar that hits a topic close to my heart or I think would really help readers in their faith or for those investigating faith and Christianity, I know it’s worth it to post about!

This is such a thorough study bible! The articles alone cover such a vast array of topics. Here’s just a handful of topics address: Who wrote the Pentateuch, ethics in tod
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Paul
Jan 10, 2008 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible, apologetics
This Bible is a nice addition to the apologist's library. Since the contributors are so varried in their apologetical and theological convictions, you will certainly not agree with everything in this Bible (other than the inspired text!). Nevertheless, it is chalk full of mini-articles on myriad philosophical, scientific, theological, and apologetical issues. These articles are written by some big names, e.g., Frame, Nash, Craig, Copan, Moreland, Blomberg, etc. You're sure to find some good info ...more
Margaret
Sep 02, 2010 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibles, bandh, favorites
*Today an angel from B&H sent me a copy of the version of this Bible I have been dreaming of. Pure bliss! Thank you for this blessing!!!*

My background contains a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. Unbelievably, the first time I encountered Apologetics was when I was substitute teaching at a Classic Christian Education school. Their juniors had just started an Apologetics class and I did not know what it was. I was in for quite a surprise and I was astonished that I had never been exposed
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Mike Duncan
Apr 06, 2013 Mike Duncan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Bible is concise and translated from the original Greek. I love the "Twisted Scripture". They tell where cults and various other religions get their basis in the Bible. In just about every book, some two or three in the longer books, is an article by one of the many listed apologists. They explain why God allows pain and suffering and whether or not a certain religion is authentic or a cult. It reads very easily, as it is written in modern english. Yet no translation is lost. The notes are ...more
Russell Hayes
Nov 18, 2014 Russell Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-books
This had many good footnotes and articles throughout the text. The articles, written by top-notch apologists, always dealt with issues that often come up in conversation and provide a good summary of the Christian worldview. I tabbed the more instructive ones.

The back of the book had a very interesting timeline of apologetic works and authors, many of whom I had never heard of. These include Theodoret's "The Truth of the Gospel Proved from Greek Philosophy" (c. 393-457), Peter Abelard's "A Dialo
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Melissa Travis
Numerous, excellent articles interspersed throughout, written by top-notch apologists. Also, inter-textual "Twisted Scripture" notes that explain how various passages are used erroneously by unorthodox belief systems such as Mormonism, New Age, and Jehovah's Witnesses.
Laura
Jul 23, 2010 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! Essays, introductions, maps, chronologies, comparison charts of religions, and so many more goodies to make your understanding of God's Word that much deeper, richer and sweeter.
Charles Hache
Aug 13, 2012 Charles Hache rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My wife Kari had the duo tone leather copy of this Bible embossed with the words "My Beloved Husband" and she gave it to me for Christmas. I love her so much.
Margaret
Aug 15, 2010 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibles, bandh, apologetics
My background contains a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. Unbelievably, the first time I encountered Apologetics was when I was substitute teaching at a Classic Christian Education school. Their juniors had just started an Apologetics class and I did not know what it was. I was in for quite a surprise and I was astonished that I had never been exposed to apologetics before, especially since it seems to be an essential part of living in faith and participating in evangelism. Now that I have ...more
Sherry Elmer
The three star rating is for the editorial content of this Bible, not the Bible itself.

The Apologetics Study Bible contains many useful footnotes pointing out common errors in Bible critics' condemnations of Biblical truth. I was often surprised at some of the strange things certain groups pick on in their attempt to prove the Bible false. There is another feature called "Twisted Scripture" that briefly tells how a particular scripture is "twisted" to support various man-made religions/cults. T
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Luke Brown
Dec 31, 2011 Luke Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the Bible I am reading this year. I am on an annual Bible reading plan and use a different Bible each year. This one is okay. Different translation than NIV or ESV which is primarily why I chose it. I liked the translation, especially how it was consistent with doulos - slave. Some translations monkey around and call it servant or bondservant. It was objective in its study notes - not taking a stand on subjects such as sacraments or the end times - but presenting different interpretation ...more
Atchisson
Dec 24, 2009 Atchisson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Currently reading this version in an effort to read it again this year. Last year I read it front to back (different version). This year I am doing it chronologically. The Apologetics Study Bible offers some nice insight into the history of different interpretations, scholarly explanations and arguments, and a straight-forward style of writing that allows the message to be easily conveyed. This version is now my choice for daily reading. It helps fill in the gaps on everything from historical ba ...more
David Saxon
The essays on apologetics topics and the brief biographical sketches were good and helpful. The comments attached to each book were extremely uneven. The editors needed to establish clearer criteria for the contributors. Some books had thorough comments, but they were not geared to apologetics concerns particularly. Other books were more focused on apologetics issues, but in both cases it was not clear what issues would trigger comments. Overall, I was a bit disappointed.

I did enjoy the HCSB tha
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I.P.B.
Mar 20, 2012 I.P.B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who hungers, any Christian who read English
Recommended to I.P.B. by: J. P. Holding
Both the Bible and the Translation are 5-stars worthy. The articles are mostly correct and conformed to Scriptures, which means I give them 4-stars. However, most articles are only beginners' apologetics, yet the articles are a starting place for understanding God's word and for finding more advanced apologetics sources.

I clearly have used this well.
Jacob Aitken
The editors sought those who are recognized in the evangelical world for the skill in both philosophical theology and applying the bible to tough questions. They did not let us down.

Pros of the Study Bible:
1. Some of the articles are simply outstanding. I can't say more. The ones by Frame, Russell Moore, Copan, and Walt Kaiser are quite good.

2. The study notes are decent, if one understands the context. It is not aiming to give an exposition of each passage, but to focus on the apologetical app
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Ted Morgan
Aug 12, 2015 Ted Morgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The views promoted in this work are not traditional and have no pedigree in orthodox tradition.
Richard
I have been using this study Bible for nearly two years. It's by far the best I've ever used. It is intended for defenders of Christianity and for those new to the faith, i.e., for anyone who has questions about their beliefs (especially in these times when it's so often easy just to pay lip service to our Christian beliefs and go about living secular lives in a secular world... speaking only for myself), and for any who wants to equip themselves against cults and non-believers. As I have learne ...more
Shawn Candelaria
May 18, 2015 Shawn Candelaria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My rating is not for the Bible text itself but for The Apologetics Study Bible as a whole. The articles succinct and interesting, but not necessarily connected to the text in which they are placed,. As a study Bible it is just okay. The study notes are too apologetically focused to be useful for indepth study. As an introduction to apologetic topics addressed by some of the best scholars, and for the apologetics enthusiast, this Bible is great. If you are looking for a good study Bible, try the ...more
Gregory Stanton
Mar 25, 2012 Gregory Stanton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really fantastic bible with great articles and notes/footnotes that go fairly deep into a defense of the bible and Christian theology against all others. The translation even comes with a good deal of detail even offering possible difference on debated translations of certain words/phrases. I recommend it for a Christian looking to strengthen their faith against attacks.
Patrik Olterman
Dec 10, 2009 Patrik Olterman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This Study Bible while filled with a lot of amazing facts is a very biased book, it promotes a very specific strain of theology and therefore, in my opinion is a poor study bible for the serious bible student or scholar.
Kyle
Aug 29, 2012 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The HCSB is an odd choice, but ultimately satisfying. Nearly all the articles are solid, though some are unnecessarily biased, and almost all leave you wanting more. The selection of scholars is good, but heavily evangelical.
Ken Smith
Jan 01, 2013 Ken Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this study Bible but was a little disappointed that there were not more notes. Some of the writing is a little hard to understand but this does not take away from the text.
Martha
This book is one of my favorites. It poses real questions with straight answers for a stronger faith. It is also the Holman Christian Standard Bible. I love it and use it frequently.
Julianna Lopez
Aug 01, 2011 Julianna Lopez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love this Bible. I do, however, wish some of the footnotes and articles were more in depth. But overall, I suggest this study Bible to any Christian.
Ed Gosney
Nov 01, 2013 Ed Gosney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great articles included with this version, along with sections of "Twisted Scripture." The Holman Christian Standard Bible translation is one of my favorites.
Eric
Dec 30, 2014 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
Lots of notes and annotations. Highly recommend!

Sidenote: kind of weird to say I 'read' it. Like you read the Bible once and then are done.
Tiffany Rivera
Aug 27, 2011 Tiffany Rivera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love it! I love the articles that it has, however I was expecting for there to be much more articles for study and referencing.
Eladio
Sep 02, 2010 Eladio is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This apologetics study bible gives you a deeper understanding of God's word so that you can better defend the faith that you believe in.
Drew
Jun 06, 2011 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One never truly "finishes" reading the bible. I just decided it was time to remove this one from the "stack o' stuff"...
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