MacArthur Study Bible is one of the best I've used
August 27, 2012
Morton Grove, IL
The MacArthur Study Bible is one of the best study Bibles I've used. It is more compact than most study Bibles, which makes it easy to carry along to church and Bible studies. The introductions for each book are more detailed than most study Bibles and contain an outline of the book. The notes are easy to read and understand, drawing the reader into a deeper understanding of God's Word.
I have several study biblies. I add on study biblies as I review them for content and quality. Each one offers something different on biblical application and understanding, yet the message is always the same. They have been benificial in my new role as Minister.
The MacArthur Study Bible take verses that can be somewhat difficult and offers explanation making the content many times easier to understand. I find the footnotes informative and helpful sharing background of the verse, historical information and provide meaning of a word(s).
As I started reading in Mark I saw a page showing THE MIRACLES OF JESUS, listing verses for each miracle. Each book starts out with notes on author, dates, the setting, themes and challenges which is helpful and opens up my understanding of the particular book.
2 Chronicles shows a map of Solomon's trade routes showing his vast source of wealth and locations of his various goods such as horses, spices, gold, precious stones, peacocks, to name a few.
Ecclesiastes has a 'box' listing 'The Vanities' along with the verses so I can refer back to them as I read the chapters. Again, the footnotes at the bottom really help in understanding or getting a picture of what was going on in the lives of the various people on the OT & NT. i.e. Ecclesiastes 2:8 says "many concubines" and cross references the reader to I Kings 11:3 but at the same time lets the reader know "many concubines" is actually 700 wives & 300 concubines. On a more serious note, several pages over, is Solomon's conclusions (in a 'box' which is easy to read) as he ponders life and man's sin.
The intro to Philemon gives insight regarding slavery of those days letting the reader know although slaves were many, the relationship between master & slave could be very close, even offrering geniune friendship which is not how we, as North Americans typically view the word 'slave'. The footnotes help boost the reader's understanding in seeing why Paul wanted Philemon to accept Onesimus back with love and forgiveness. This makes studying the Bible so enjoyable and applicable today!
I could go on and on but these are just a few examples of some of the great helpful tools in The MacArthur Study Bible. I am very pleased I bought this Bible and have the feeling it will fast become my favourite study Bible.