Review: The Apologetics Study Bible | B & H Publishing | General Editor Ted Cabal

Hardcover: 2048 pages
Publisher: Holman Bible Publishers (October 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1433602857
ISBN-13: 978-1433602856
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches

Associate Editors:

Chad Owen Brand
E. Ray Clendenen
Paul Copan
J.P. Moreland

I’d like to thank all the folks at B & H Publishing for providing a review copy in exchange for my honest review. Purchase a copy here.

I am really enjoying The Apologetics Study Bible with all of it’s articles, maps, introductions, notes and the feature called twisted scriptures.

The translation philosophy of the HCSB is explained, (pages xvii-xix), for the users benefit and it’s highly recommended the reader commits this to memory. Which I believe can/will help with effective and apologetic conversations.

There is also a gender language policy employed by the HCSB translation which states the following (p.xix):

The goal of the translators has not been to promote a cultural ideology but to faithfully translate the Bible. While The Apologetic Study Bible avoids using “man” of “he” unnecessarily, the translation does not restructure sentences to avoid them when they are in the text. For example, the translators have not changed “him” to “you” or to “them”, neither have they avoided other masculine words such as “father” or “son” by translating them into generic terms such as “parent” or “child”.

Also provided on (p.xxiv), is “God’s Plan for Salvation” (quotes are mine). This is a 1 page introduction speaking about how we got here, why God put us here, how we respond, how God rescues us, our response. One is encouraged to call the Evangelical Response Team (ERC 888-537-8720) if one has questions about Jesus, at anytime.

On (page xxv) the reader is introduced to 1 page overview of the four functions and definition of apologetics by Kenneth D. Boa. For obvious reasons this is very useful and important for the reader.

The Apologetics Study Bible has also provided copious amounts of bullet notes, (pp. 1119-1124), index (pp. 1925-1935), concordance (pp. 1948-2008), in addition there is over 140 bibliographic references (pp. 1937-1946) for the reader to pursue.

One thing I did find lacking with Apologetic Study Bible with respect to the articles and twisted scriptures, mentioned above, is the reader is not pointed to the correlating bibliography located in the back of this study Blble. This would have been less frustrating for the reader, in my opinion.

All of the maps in The Apologetics Study Bible are extremely useful in providing the locations, timelines and comparisons of religious movements, manuscripts authority compared w/classical work in antiquity, the use of apologetics throughout time.

Do I endorse The Apologetics Study Bible, absolutely! I encourage any student of biblical apologetics to include this body work in their library.

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