I always wanted a Study Bible and the version NIV. I saw this NIV Study Bible and I fell in love with it. I purchased it and it came within a week. I like it because it's the first NIV and it's nearly the same with recent NIV update 2011. I highly recommend this to a newly believer.
Simply the best bible you can own. There is so much in the bible that can confuse you and parts are cryptic at times and this can sometimes frustrate someone trying to learn the gospel. Well this Scofield III Study Bible provides all the answers with many conveniently placed maps throughout the notes as you need them (not just a couple in the back like most) as well as provide a concordance and name index that are second to none even when compared to the old Scofield (which does have some incorrect references that are corrected with this edition). Notes are conveniently and respectfully placed separately from the scripture along the bottom all while retaining the authorized KJV Holy Scripture.
Though some of Scofield's notes are the subject of contention at times, the arguments are nonsense and are only a lame attempt by some church leaders to stur up controversy out of fear that a bible that explains everything will result in lower attendance at church and less money in the coffers. Thats why the same anti-study bible pastors will tell you to just get a regular bible or only a reference bible and not to get any study material not provided by them.
As long as you can keep in mind that the notes are not Holy Scripture but tools to help you better understand, then you should definitely get the Scofield III above anything else. You would be doing yourself a great disservice by not getting one. There is some doctrines in the bible that are so intricate and complex that it takes some pastors their entire life to understand them on their own by reading only the bible and even then they still end up being ignorant to a lot of it if they never use study material.
That is why all of the greatest pastors in the world use a Scofield Bible. A trusted source of biblical knowledge for over a hundred years! My uncle is the pastor of a huge church and has been for over forty years. He has two doctorates, one in theology and one in pastoral care. This bible has always been his number one tool for guidance. He recommended it so much that he even presented some as gifts.
This is a beautiful and useful bible. It has a nice leather cover, the NIV text is so readable and clear, the study notes are very helpful to understand the Word and get more insight. I love the combination Scofield-NIV, the result is a great study bible that wan't disappoint the reader. What you get is an all-over good quality bible (leather, binding, paper and print), well made. I never get tired reading this bible, it's worth the price. Thank you christianbook, you made it possible to have it.