This study Bible has readable, accessible commentary. Printing the Biblical text in single column rather than the typical double column helps readability. The only other study Bible I can think of that does likewise is Oxford University Press's "The Jewish Study Bible," which has somewhat larger type and seemingly higher quality printing.
In the Gospels and Paul's letters, the commentary has been kept in check, so that the Biblical text usually takes up at least a bit more space than the comments. The commentary is admirably free of light on scholarly technical terms. Apart, perhaps, from very conservative Protestants, it's a usable, even chatty, Bible for regular use.
I'd like to see a slightly better printed version. Maybe large print?
I have both a large print hard bound, and now this imitation leather copy of the CEB study Bible. They are both very well made, easy to read and understand copies of GODS' Word. I have enjoyed the way they use todays language, making scripture easier to understand.
I do recommend having one of these in your Bible library.
May God bless you with understanding in your study of His Wonderful WORD.
I just received this Bible today, and am impressed with the clear print, bright paper, easy to understand text, and notes. This Bible would be a good addition to your library. It is very large and heavy, but wth all the notes, and helps, that is to be expected. The print is large, and easy on the eyes.
May our wonderful LORD bless you with understanding in your study of His Word.
I really enjoy this translation and the study notes but the print is still small to me. If this is large print I wonder how they define small print. I unfortunately can not recommend it to many of my friends who would need larger print to enjoy the full depth of this otherwise wonderful bible.
As to the book itself, quality is good...single column text is very nice...overall appearance is fine.
Unfortunately though, I cannot give this study bible my endorsement.
When we read the notes at Mark 15:38, that the rending of the curtain from top to bottom signifies that "God is loose in the World," we're reading comments that clearly miss the point of God's revelation. First, what does "God is loose in the world" mean? He's always been "loose in the world." He's omnipresent. The curtain was a symbol of our separation from Him, only allowing the High Priest to approach. The real purpose of His rending it, of course, was to show the Law had come to completion by the atoning work of Christ ("It is finished") and to demonstrate that the way was now open to ALL, to enter the Holiest of Holies. (In Him, we are all priests and kings.)
When we read comments in John that the baptism of Jesus "bridges the gap between earth and heaven", we're again reading what misses the mark. Messiah Himself said it's purpose was "to fulfill all righteousness", which was essential to His fulfillment of the Covenant of Works, perfectly obedient to all God's will, as well as prepare Himself as the Atoning Sacrifice satisfying the requirements of the Covenant of Grace.
When we read in the Corinthian letters watered down study notes intimating that Paul's interpretation of God's revelation regarding the homosexual issue may be because he was Hebrew and so "influenced by the FORMER scriptures" with reference to Leviticus, we're reading subtle hints both that apparently God may have "changed His mind" regarding His stand toward the issue (though we know that He is the same yesterday, today and forever), and that the "former" scriptures may no longer bear on the present. That is, revelation changes with time. (Or possibly with societal change.)
The more I reviewed the study notes in this bible, the more I saw a great deal of work poured into subtle uses of the English language in presenting the material, intended to speak "toward" the Truth, but fall just short of the mark, leaving more questions than answers, and a wide range of liberality able to be read into the text.
However, beloved... God is sovereign over ALL events and circumstances, and this study bible is no different. "All things work together for good to those who love God..." &c.
The great value of this Study bible is to bring it along other study bibles available... (almost any other one)... to see just how hard we can work, and still manage to leave the veil over people's eyes, and Truth unrevealed.
I strongly recommend every follower of Jesus Christ to at least review this bible so they know what it is and are prepared. Our God will be creating opportunities for us as a result of its release.
As to young seekers after the truth...I can only recommend this bible after you are well grounded from other sources...or that if you buy this one, be sure you have 3-4 others at hand to help straighten things out.
God's kingdom come, beloved.
His grace and peace be with you as you do the works He planned for you before the foundation of the world.