Interesting and easy to read. Who can't find less than five minutes each day to be encouraged in the spirit. My dad gave this volume to me years ago aInteresting and easy to read. Who can't find less than five minutes each day to be encouraged in the spirit. My dad gave this volume to me years ago and I still use it along with my other study references.
It is not the best... not the worst daily study guide....more
Maybe not the most acurate, word for word translation, but oh so easy to just sit and read for inspiration and spirtual nurture. NOT a "study" Bible,Maybe not the most acurate, word for word translation, but oh so easy to just sit and read for inspiration and spirtual nurture. NOT a "study" Bible, but a "reading" text....more
Wow! What a great Bible Study Guide! The very best in my Library. It is a lovely hard bound spiral edition with an absolutely gorgeous, full color layWow! What a great Bible Study Guide! The very best in my Library. It is a lovely hard bound spiral edition with an absolutely gorgeous, full color layout. The volume is extremely easy to use as a serious study guide and a delight to just peruse with curiosity.
Included are: Full color Bible charts Accurate Illustrations of Old Testament Temple, Tabernacle, and High Priests. Ancient AND Modern Maps Biblical & Historical Time Lines Explanations of Christianity, Cults and Religions ... and so much more
Good gift item! I gave this book to my retired missionary dad - who, at age 90, has everything! He is delighted with the accurate and impressive accumulation of information in the beautiful, easy to use format....more
Great to be able to view the original Greek with translation beneath each word in the center column, then compare the New American standard on the lefGreat to be able to view the original Greek with translation beneath each word in the center column, then compare the New American standard on the left and the New International Version on the right.
The NASV is based on a formal equivalency - which means the translation stays as close to the original Greek as possible.
The NIV is based on a dynamic equivalency - which means the translation attempts to impart the sense of the text rather than specific word for word translation.
Between the three, one can hardly claim the scripture is unclear. ...more
There is no doubt that the New Kings James Version is a good translation from the original Hebrew, Greek and the few passages of Aramaic script. So, oThere is no doubt that the New Kings James Version is a good translation from the original Hebrew, Greek and the few passages of Aramaic script. So, of course the BIBLE Scripture itself gets 5 stars. I gave this edition 3 stars because of the LARGE "MacArthur" printed before the Study Bible title on the spine, the pronounced authorship credit on the title page and voluminous personal doctrine, opinions and interpretations.
I take minor issue with this edition because the Bible is the Holy Bible, authored by God, with the Divine Holy Spirit's inspiration to the individual book writers... NOT written by or inspired by MacArthur. His name is not only printed first in large type on the binding, suggesting authorship credit (MacArthur's Study Bible) but he also asserts direct and specific "authorship and general editing" on the title page. Worse yet, in both instances his personal name is printed in LARGER, more impressive print than the title name Bible.
Some may point out that, as with many other Bible editions, the use of MacArthur's name was necessary to identify his study guide notes. In this, I agree: then this Bible could have been titled "Study BIBLE" (large print), "Notes by MacArthur" (smaller print.) I take issue, although admittedly minor, with all Bible editions placing any proper name before and/or in larger type than the word BIBLE... ie... Thompson's Chain Reference Bible (which I also use.) Why not, "A Chain Reference BIBLE", "Reference Guide by Thompson"? Even my favorite study Bible, The Archaeological Study Bible, has the study theme in larger, fancier print than the word Bible.
This may seem petty, but we are talking about GOD'S Holy Word! MacArthur's obvious claims to authorship made a negative first impression on me, which gave me pause to consider the motives and inspiration of the study notes. Reading the notes has proved caution was warranted in some instances. Not only do I sense that personal interpretations, doctrines and comments seem to be re-assigning meaning to much of the scripture, but also I found many pages of this rendition have more comments than Bible verses. The Bible stands "flawless" and doctrinally sound on its own, as it was originally inspired. It does not need to be re-written or assigned a doctrine.
That's not to say that those called to teach through study guides, books, etc... and therein offer what is clearly stated as their personal insights, direction and opinions are not important and valuable. Of course they are! It is when those views are possibly presented as an authoritative addendum to God's Holy Word that we should become concerned.
Scripture instructs us not to "judge" one another but charges us with the discipline of discernment. It can be a fine line, and one I do not wish to cross. So, I offer these observations, not in judgment of the subject edition, but as thoughts possibly worthy of review, prayer and consideration.
I do use my MacArthur and humbly suggest others use this edition,(with a cautious eye and much prayer for discernment concerning the notes,) as a beautifully bound Bible in the now accurate NKJV translation... and give God all of the glory and credit of authorship! ...more
This Bible is absolutely the most exciting study version I've ever seen! Not only is the NIV translation accurate, but easy to read and comprehend.
TheThis Bible is absolutely the most exciting study version I've ever seen! Not only is the NIV translation accurate, but easy to read and comprehend.
The archaeological articles envelope and take one back to the moment of scripture origin. Notes on the original Greek, Hebrew (& rare Arabic) script help one fully understand the full impact and intention of the text.
This Bible also includes invaluable sections such as Bible Book introductions including information about the author, cultural & historical facts, time lines, themes, an outline and more. Also included is a concordance, charts, color illustrations, chronological historic lists with references, a glossary, tables, maps and even more information in the "Helps" section.
The leather binding is of decent quality but I recommend keeping it in a quality (X-lg) study case. The paper quality is fine. Although a bit small, the type set is clear and easy to read. The articles and illustrations are remarkable.
Not only is this volume easy to use and relevant but also makes it fun to read and study the Word of God....more
The author, Beth Moore, is a down to earth, unpretentious personable "gal." At no time does one feel that they are being "preached to." Although not pThe author, Beth Moore, is a down to earth, unpretentious personable "gal." At no time does one feel that they are being "preached to." Although not pushy, Beth is a knowledgeable teacher. The book, as well as the complimentary video, is well documented with scripture and frequent references to original script and accurate translation. Her teaching relates well with the modern woman.
One special highlight I learned from her study was the revelation of the power of God's original name ehyeh - translated into English as "I am." When the guards arrested our Christ in the garden, they asked which man was Jesus. The Son of God, responded with "I am." (Beth pointed out that most Bible translations CHANGE the accurate translation of Jesus' response by adding the word "he" and thereby read "I am he.")
The simple words "I am" (God's own name for Himself as identified in Exodus 3:14), spoken with the authority of the one true God produced such power as to literally knock the men to the ground. How awesome is that?
The compatible workbook to Jesus The One and Only was a bit tedious and at times felt silly & condescending. Given the need to meet the needs of a broad and diverse span of Bible students of all ages, one can be forgiving of the simplistic nature of the study guide.
My advice: Read the book, watch the video (DVD), but skip the workbook unless you are a babe in Christ....more