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The Apologetics Study Bible (Apologetics Bible) HCSB

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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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Published October 1st 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers (first published 2007)
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Jacob Aitken
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.
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
*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
Bea Garcera
I praise God for this study Bible! God has used it to help me grow in my maturity and to encourage me to study His Word and actually enjoy it! He has caused me to think of reading His Word as not just something I have to do, but now it's something I actually look forward to doing! Praise God!

However, during my readings, there were a few commentaries I did not agree with. For example, in Luke 6 about Jesus' commandments to love your enemies, the commentary states, "These are not absolute commands
Mike Duncan
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Luke Brown
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
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
Mar 20, 2012 Derek rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who hungers, any Christian who read English
Recommended to Derek 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Great articles included with this version, along with sections of "Twisted Scripture." The Holman Christian Standard Bible translation is one of my favorites.
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
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.
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.
One never truly "finishes" reading the bible. I just decided it was time to remove this one from the "stack o' stuff"...
This is something that is always in progress. The Bible is something that is never done.
Garrett Cash
Well written articles. Good resource. I recommend to any Christian and non-Christian.
Phil Sessa
Great for the apologetics student. It's a nice compliment to the evidence Bible.
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