The Fire Bible Articles are great, and should be read by every Christian! it is sad that this is considered to be a Bible just for Pentecoustals, because if you read the NT, you will see that ALL Christians are to be spirit filled, involved in healing, etc. This Bible is great at teaching that. The study notes are good too. The formatting in this version is very well done. Excellent to read. The only issue is the ESV, which, like the NIV, drops a lot of verses that were in the KJV. The formatting though in this Bible is much better than the Fire Bible, NIV, and a huge amount better than the Fire Bible, MEV, even though I would much rather read the MEV, since it is an update of the KJV.
I love almost everything about this Bible. The only thing I would add is slightly larger, more uniform margins and uniform column sets. But content is stellar and reliable. So happy that I finally bit the bullet and purchased this gem.
The Fire Bible was the first study Bible I ever owned. It was called the Full Lie Study Bible in those days (early 1990's). It changed its name to the Life in the Spirit Study Bible and now is the Fire Bible.
The Fire Bible was originally published by Zondervan and was found in the NIV and KJV. I had the NIV. However, over the years my theology changed as well as my Bible translation. I now use the ESV for most of my Bible reading and study. I was thrilled then to see the Fire Bible come out in the ESV.
The Fire Bible is a classical Pentecostal study Bible. The notes are focused on four cardinal doctrines of the Pentecostal movement:
Jesus Saves (Salvation)
Jesus Baptizes in the Spirit (Subsequent to Salvation)
Jesus Heals (Divine Healing)
Jesus is Coming Again (Jesus' Second Coming)
These four doctrines are emphasized in the Fire Bible. The notes reflect these doctrines.
The layout of the ESV Fire Bible is impressive. The biblical text is double columned with cross references on the side. This Bible is easy to read without ghosting (where you can see the writing on the other page coming through to the page you are reading). The leather is well done (mine is black genuine leather and is very nice). The paper is not as quality as a Cambridge Bible but is good. I don't write in my Bibles but this Bible does not have much space for notes.
The commentary is classical Pentecostal as I mentioned above. The view of salvation is Arminian. The view of end times is premillennial with a pre tribulation rapture. While this Bible emphasizes divine healing, the article on healing is clear that doctors are good and needed. Of course, the view of the Holy Spirit is a Pentecostal view with all spiritual gifts available today.
While I am not 100% on board with every note (for example I am post millennial), the notes are solid. What I appreciate is that the notes have a Pentecostal feel to them. Having grown up in the Pentecostal movement and was saved in a Pentecostal church, I know that doctrine does matter but experience flows from the biblical text. This study Bible emphasizes that aspect with a focus on sound doctrine but also upon living the biblical life. Christianity is not merely doctrine but is a life.
I recommend this study Bible. Even if you are not a Pentecostal (say a Wesleyan), this study Bible is useful. The commentary is soundly conservative (for example this study Bible has only one writer of Isaiah). As an Arminian, this is the only Arminian study Bible I am aware of on the market at this time (December 2015). I appreciated the articles on salvation that are clearly Arminian.