I knew going in that the text was 9 pt. and the study notes were smaller, but I didn't expect the notes to be so light in color. It makes it very difficult to read for my old eyes. I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this so maybe I just got a poorly printed Bible. Other than being hard to read it is a good study bible.
---the HCSB translation is a very clear translation, that is still true to the original text. It is not as word-for-word as the ESV or NASB, but I think it is easier to read.
---The leather quality is amazing, it's very soft, very flexible, and looks amazing.
---The study notes are good. Again there aren't as many as the ESV has but they are still very in depth.
---There is plenty of color on each page. The fact that each page has much more than black and white text on it makes reading for long periods of time easier and more pleasing to the eyes. The inclusion of so much color may bother some but I prefer it.
---Also this Bible has a FULL CONCORDANCE. Not a topical concordance.
---The imprinting looks good.
---Some pages are stuck together on the first time through, but that's to be expected.
I have been looking for a Bible to replace my NIV Study Bible for a long time. After much consideration, I selected HCS Study Bible with the black premium cowhide binding.
It arrived today, and I could not be happier with my selection. The quality of the binding is exceptional, and there are so many study resources in it that it will serve me for the rest of my life. I also like that there are even more resources available for this Bible online. Truly, I cannot think of anything I would add to it.
The only disappointment I have is with the imprinting. It looks kind of cheap when compared to the quality of the Bible. I think there might be a problem imprinting on a leather of this caliber and texture. I would forgo the imprinting if I were to order again.
That's a minor complaint, however. Everything else about this Bible is exceptional.
Oh yes...the translation. I normally read the King James, New King James, and NIV. This translation compares to the New King James, but it is easier (for me ) to read. I like it. If you are concerned, I suggest you buy and inexpensive HCS Bible and read it for a month before investing in an expensive one. That is what convinced me.
All in all, a fantastic product. I believe anyone would be very happy with this beautiful resource.
This study bible is really good. I have a regular HCSB and wanted to get a study bible from them. I really like the way HCS translates. It has a lot of similarities to the King James version while being easy to read. I probably did not need to go with such a nice cover but I think it's ok to splurge now and then. Could spend my money on less important things after all.
The only downside to this is:
The colored pages (maps and chapter summaries) stick together around the gold edging. Not that big of a deal though. Once you break the gold edging between the pages it's all good.