It's cheaply made but the content is priceless. I feel like I have to be careful when I turn the pages. The thumb dividers are not worth the extra money and neither is the engraving. It was not centered properly for my name. That said. I would recommend the content to anyone who desires more "meat" in their spiritual diet. The notes and references are excellent.
I had purchased a Life Applications bible and found some things I didn't think were accurate in the notes, so bought this one for myself and I LOVE IT! John MacArthur has studied the Bible for over 40 years and is a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. His commentary/notes have been invaluable to me as I study, giving history, geography, customs, clarification with backup for that interpretation and references, explanation of language, syntax, dialects, etc. The most comprehensive and trusted commentary I have ever seen. Bought one for a friend who also loves it, and will be buying for my son and daughter in the near future. Great resource for a new believer who is serious about learning the scriptures, or a seasoned believer who wants to dig even deeper.
This Bible has a number of positives and negatives.
-The ESV translation is both accurate and readable.
-The footnote format is extremely accessible.
-Most difficult passages have an in-depth explanatory footnote.
-Written from a commited evangelical point of view.
-MacArthur often does not give opposing views the time and consideration they deserve (Dear reader, John MacArthur is not inspired).
-Scholarly viewpoint are often misrepresented ("Scholars now know...").
-The hardback is (for me) less portable and more cumbersome than a leatherback.
With these things taken into consideration, though much good is to be said about this Bible, I cannot endorse it fully, and would recommend a study Bible with multiple commentators of various backgrounds to ensure balanced perspectives.
I like the bible but it is VERY heavy. I didn't realize it would be that heavy. I have a problem with my thumb joint on my left hand so have trouble holding it in my hands and have to set it on something to enjoy it. Otherwise it is a great Bible!
We recently moved and somehow the bible that I had for years full of notes and personal markings was misplaced or lost. I was intentional in seeking out a study bible and this one is perfect. Missing years of notes and reminders in the margins, if I find myself asking what a verse is saying, I just look to the bottom of the page for a thorough explanation and additional verses to look up. Each chapter begins with an excellent historical overview. There are maps, chronological charts, and more information that is helpful contained in the pages.