In the past, I have loved the KJV, NIV and NAS, but now I have loved the English Standard Version. John MacArthur's notes in each of those Bibles have really helped me when I am studying. Everyone in my Bible Study thought I was smart...until they started getting the MacArthur Study Bible! Now we all really enjoy learning equally, together. This particular Bible's cover is beautiful, protective yet has a soft touch to it. I love my new Bible and hope to pass this marked up & underlined Bible on to my kids when I'm gone to heaven.
I have gone through several MacArthur Bible Studies, and decided it was time to get the MacArthur Study Bible because I loved how informative the bible studies were. This bible is absolutely beautiful. The black calfskin cover is soft, flexible, and very high quality. If you are looking for a study Bible that will help you fully understand the word of God, and grow deeper in your faith, then this is the perfect bible for you. I have several study Bibles, and it seems like a lot of them have personnel opinion scattered throughout the notes, but Macarthur's notes are straight forward and easy to understand with plenty of references to back up his notes. The price is a little steep for the premium leather edition, but it's worth it for the content you get.
This was a Christmas present for my wife and she loves it! My expectations were exceeded in the quality and the resources within the bible. I would recommend this bible to anyone who wants/needs a new study bible and wants one that maintains most of the depth that is lost in newer translations.