I have been waiting for this Bible to arrive for almost a week now - I have an Oxford annotated Bible in loose-leaf form but I wanted a nicer one I could carry with me and use as a traditional study Bible. The NRSV is my favorite translation and the Oxford annotations are always intelligently written. I am well aware that the Oxford annotations tend to be on the critical side often discount the veracity of certain aspects of the biblical narrative. However I am quite secure in my faith and I'm not shaken by a challenge to my traditional way of thinking here and there. I believe this has become my new favorite Bible - the leather feels great in the hand and is very flexible. The formatting of the pages is really nice and readable with room for notes and plenty of annotations- obviously. Most people I know use the NIV translation and so it's always nice to have a format that reads a little differently. My experience with christianbook.com has always been seamless and I would highly recommend this Bible to anyone with a scholarly interest in Scripture.
I've always enjoyed the NRSV Bible. I noticed a pastor friend using the 3rd edition of this bible and when I realized it contained the Apocrypha I asked him why he had this Bible. I found it a bit weird because he was a Nazarene pastor. His response was he wanted to read them for the first time and after reading them he said he found them to be interesting and would recommend any Christian to read them. So I went to my pastor I'm a Seventh-day Adventist and he too said that he had no problem with people reading the Apocrypha he said there is a lot of history we can learn from those books especially from 1st and 2nd Mac. So with that I decided to purchase this Bible. I have to be honest it feels a little different to have this Bible but I'm sure with time I will get use to it. The Bible is large but smaller than most study bibles I have and the leather is top quality it feels very soft even softer than some of the Bibles I have that cost more than $100. Over all I am very pleased with this Bible and I'm actually excited to read the Apocrypha for the first time in my life. May God bless you all as you read God's Holy Word.