5 Stars Out Of 5
Lots of Study Features in a Compact Package
April 8, 2014
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The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Personal Size Study Bible contains all the features of the full sized study bible, but in a smaller, yet quite readable format. The layout of the HCSB makes it easy to use and pleasing to the eye. Color is used throughout the bible (diagrams, photos, verse numbers, section headings, etc.). The blue verse numbers would be easier to read if they were darker. The HCSB translation is quite literal, but utilizes natural English, so it is easy to read, yet very accurate. The words of Christ are not printed in red, but quotes from the Old Testament are printed in bold font when they appear in the New Testament. Study notes are written from a balanced, conservative, evangelical viewpoint. The quality leather-like cover is pliable and soft. The cover liner is a heavy-gauge paper; however, a plasticized liner would have provided greater durability. The bible does has a sewn binding and two ribbon markers; both indicative of quality construction. The size of the bible is approximately 5.75" x 8.25" by 1.9". The font is ~ 8 point for the text and ~7 point for the study notes. It contains a multitude of translation notes and bullet notes (which define traditional biblical terms). The HCSB also contains cross references, a concordance, word studies, essays on theological issues, bible reading and memorization plans, blank pages for personalized note taking and colorful maps. The book introductions are very helpful and contain both outlines and biblical timelines. This is a tremendous study bible in a very convenient size!