My first NASV and I really like the translation, study notes are not opinionated. Notes are detailed and easy to understand. I wanted red letter but it was not available. Only reason I rate it 4 star is lack of red letter, print is lite and small making it very difficult to read in low light. Highlighting should be done with dry markers (available thru CBS) or it will bleed through the high quality paper which is very thin. I would recommend to anyone looking for a study bible.
I bought this for my husband for Christmas and he loves it! I, myself, am reading it as well. I enjoy the such a detailed explanation of the verses, and the maps make clarifies how it looked at the time. A really great study Bible!
I ordered this study Bible for a gift, along with NKJV and NIV 1984 Life Application study Bibles. As far as I can tell, the study notes are the same in all three Bibles. These are the first study Bibles I've ordered, so I don't have any others for comparison. I really like the LA study notes and find them to offer clarification and additional info, such as notes on some of the important people, timelines, etc. So far, none of the study notes have seemed controversial or opinionated to me. The notes probably make up close to half the volume of the Bible.
What I really like about this Bible, besides the study features, is that it is the Updated NASB translation, which is generally acknowledged to be the most accurate word for word modern translation, and updated in 1995 to improve reading ease. The NASB version was requested by the recipient for those reasons, and I would now like a personal size NASB for myself.
What I wish was better about this Bible is the stiffness of the leather. I almost deducted a quality star for that, but in fairness, it is as high or higher quality than other genuine leather Bibles in the $50-$60 range. It's just not as supple as I'd prefer, especially when compared with the soft Renaissance leather of the 1984 NIVs that I purchased. (That leather is amazing for the price, and I've not been able to find it for other translations.)
Other differences are that this one does not have Christ's words in red, and this one is a thumb indexed edition.
The product information re font size is confusing for both of these Bibles. Depending on where on the product pages you look, it says either 8 pt., 9 pt., or 9-10 pt. The font is readable for my older eyes in adequate light, but I wouldn't want any smaller size type.
I ordered one of the 1984 Renaissance NIVs for myself, for the supple leather binding. But all three versions that I ordered are great study Bibles, and the NASB translation is tops for accuracy.