I love that the HCSB uses YAHWEH for LORD, which most all other translations avoid, like the NASB openly states it does not feel people relate to the LORD by using YAHWEH in the opening pages. I honestly believe people love the use of YAHWEH rather than LORD. This translation is fresh and used words that open our mind like in Genesis 1:8 the word "sky" is used. I find the HCSB refreshing and easy to read.
The paper quality is not up to better Bible standards. Pages, especially the introduction of the books of the Bible stick together, and it takes a good deal of effort to avoid tarring them. The Color a light brown seems to be inconsistent and I found an ink blot about 1/4 of a inch on one page, in 1 Corinthians 3.
I bought two HCSB Bibles, one for me and my wife. What was odd, is one was made in the USA and one in China. After carefully comparing the two, the one from the USA was easier to separate the pages that were stuck together, but both were the same in quality and print.
On a sad note the Concordance with 41 pages is one of the poorest , and useless I have seen, except in the very thin line Bibles. Why does such an excellent Study Bible and have such a poor basic Concordance. That's very disappointing in comparison with such a scholarly study Bible.
I have been totally devoted to the New American Standard translation of the Bible for many years. In all honesty the HOLMAN CHRISTANDARD BIBLE is now the Bible I prefer over the NASB. The Southern Baptist found the top Bible translators, one's who believe is the BIBLE is very Word of GOD. without errors, and alive and able to reach the very deepest part of our inner being. Salvation is found in the WORDS we call SCRIPTURE.
I could go on and on, but to say the HCSB speaks to me in a new and fresh understanding is exciting and challenges me to grow and Love The Father, His SON, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit every day in every way.
Excellent study Bible. There are a lot of photos and drawings and articles. This is a wonderful study Bible. The pages seemed to stick at first but other than that this is one of the best study bibles that I have seen.
Excellent! Met my expectations completely. I had been using the online version for quite some time and when the cover came off my preaching Bible there was no question as to what I would replace it with. Be aware, it has a lot of content which requires a lot of pages that makes it heavy to carry so for some it wouldn't be the best carry to church Bible. Also, the print is a little small for aging eyes. I am looking forward to the large print version to be released in February 2015. In anticipation of the new large print version my church gave me a CBD gift certificate for my birthday. I can hardly wait. I plan on giving my present version to my son when I get the large print version. Anyone serious about God's Word needs this study Bible.
This is one of the most excellent Bibles I have ever purchased. Many study helps and I love that it has Hebrew and Greek words and meanings throughout the pages. The quality of the cover is also top notch. I would definitely recommend this Bible to anyone. This is actually the second one I have purchased. My pastor seen my first copy and wanted one so I gave mine to her and bought another one. Well worth the money and surpasses my expectations.
This product has a lot of great features. The type is large enough to read easily and maps, illustrations and photos are wonderful. I love the time lines and overview at the beginning of each book and the colors that separate Scripture from commentary, the word studies and charts. Also there is a Bullet Point section that is wonderful. I have been a little less pleased with some of the commentary considering the number of scholars from schools like Dallas Seminary, Yale University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to name several. My biggest problem with this Bible is the PITIFUL concordance. I would rather have foregone the essays, and Bible reading plan to have had an extensive concordance and Harmony of the Gospels