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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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Imitation Leather, 2048 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers (first published October 1st 2007)
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Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
One of my sons is feeling God’s call to go into the ministry. We are all praying for him and are proud of him for obeying God. I wanted to give him something to help him now and in the future. So after some thought and prayer, it hit me – a Bible! Now to find the right Bible. There are so many to choose from, where to begin!

First I knew I needed to pick the right translation. CSB (formally known as HCSB) is one of the translations that stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning
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Jacob Aitken
Aug 04, 2011 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I was really impressed with this Bible. Full disclosure, I didn’t review every single article, but I didn’t read several and thought they were helpful pieces to the conversations many of us have with unbelievers. It helped that one of the random profiles I came across was on C.S. Lewis :).

I also thought the “twisted scripture” bits throughout were really helpful. How do other religions use scripture to fit their theology? Explaining the reasons and other scriptures helped my understanding of oth
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Margaret Chind
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bandh, bibles, 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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Paul
Jan 09, 2008 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
Mike Duncan
Apr 06, 2013 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
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 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 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.
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Have you ever been involved in a conversation where someone challenged your spiritual beliefs or asked you a biblical question that you were unprepared to answer?

When it comes to matters of faith, we need to be more knowledgeable and ready to give an answer, in season and out, for the hope that we have within us (1 Peter 3:15). One way to prepare ourselves is read the new CSB Apologetics Study Bible!

The CSB Apologetics Study Bible has been revised and updated with new articles and extensive apol
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Margaret Chind
Jul 17, 2010 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
Russell Hayes
Nov 01, 2014 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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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
Aug 02, 2011 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
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Dogood
Dec 11, 2009 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.
Virginia Garrett
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE God’s Word. I love opening a new Bible, bringing it to my face, thrusting my nose into the center and breathing in deeply. It always emits a sigh from my deepest heart.

Not simply because I’m enamored with a new book, and a new book smell. I get giddy with the heady scent of an old favorite book too. Currently the Bible that I use daily smells of all things coffee. There are coffee rings on some of the pages.

The sigh comes from a place of knowing how loved I am. The God who created a billi
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Brittany
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The CSB Apologetics Study Bible is a good resource to add to your Bible study. In my opinion, the most useful information that has been included in this Bible is the articles. These articles covered a wide variety of topics and most of them answered some difficult questions very clearly. There were a few articles that I felt could have delved a bit deeper in their explanations.

I found myself comparing this Bible with the CSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students, which I recently reviewed. I pers
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Joseph DeBolt
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informative annotations throughout. They offer different interpretations of items that seem to be contradictory or out of context. Very detailed notes.
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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Shawn Candelaria
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
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
Gregory Stanton
May 26, 2011 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.
Phillip
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent study Bible / reference Bible for those that love apologetics (everyone should), and for those that get confused with peachers that take Scripture out of context, or those that love the "fine art" of Scripture twisting (such as the JW's, Mormons, etc...). Another person I got this Bible for uses it regularly as his study Bible.
Amanda Shaffer
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pete
Apr 18, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the good stuff is in the margins and special articles. If someone has abused Scripture in the past, when one comes to it here it is highlighted. It gives the offense (according to whomever) and replies with Scripture to show the opposing view in error.
Kyle
Aug 29, 2012 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.
Patrik Olterman
Dec 10, 2009 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.
Laney
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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