I just received my copy of the NLT parallel study Bible. I had looked at previous reviews that stated there were no maps etc, in this Bible. Not true of my copy. It has a good concordance, nice set of maps, and a very good subject index.
I would recommend this Beautiful Study Bible to any one who is wanting to search the Word for a greater understanding of Scripture, And how to apply it to their lives. I pray that our Wonderful LORD would guide you in your study of His WORD.
I was pleasantly surprised by this Study Bible. By combining the two Study Bibles one gains an excellent commentary on the text. Context and application are the two unique features of the commentary, both of which are seldom found together in one Study Bible. I prefer the notes in this Study Bible to the ESV Study Bible, the NIV Study Bible, the Reformation Study Bible, and the Spirit Filled Study Bible all of which I use. The drawbacks would be the font size which could be bigger and I more literal translation for Bible Study would be better. All these things considered I would still highly recommend it as possibly the best all purpose Study Bible out there. I would love to get a leather copy to replace my current hardcover.
I'm not a fan of the NLT translation as far as a deep scholarly study of the Bible, but for a devotional reading it is very nice. That being said, With the extensive notes both scholarly & life application I can say that this Bible is becoming a favorite for basic daily Bible reading. I have all of your major study Bibles & I have to say that the scholar notes on the verses have given me some very interesting info that the other study Bibles do not. In fact these notes have actually broadened my understanding. I would highly reccomend this Bible perhaps not for the translation unless you don't care if it is literal, but I reccomend it for the notes. Don't get me wrong I was led to the Lord in an NLT so I feel even though there is controversy over the translation in some verses, if the Lord used an NLT to save me than thats good enough for me. Combining the scholar notes & life app notes was genious!
Instead of comparing different translations side by side, this new parallel bible displays study notes and life application notes side by side. This eliminates the need to be switching between a study bible and a life application bible. Nicely done!