I have many different study Bibles. This is my favorite one. I do like to compare using all my Bibles notations. They add so much knowledge and helps me to understand the passages better. But if I only could have one it would be this study Bible!
This is a recent purchase, so I cannot give an overview to all the study notes or articles. But I wanted to share on the quality of this sewn Bible. It may not be apparent viewing online but the font is a pleasure to read. The spacing is, well, spacious, between the words and marginal space. It is not perhaps even a very large print, but still I find it having the appeal of some of the older Bibles from the 1970's or 80's where more space was given for the Bible text. This truly makes it a reach for Bible. Furthermore, the blue on this binding is a very tranquil color and matches the blue design in the interior. One slight complaint is that the Bible footnotes are on the light font smaller side. Because I am an avid reader of Bible marginal footnotes and extra information pertaining to the Bible text, I always like these notes to be also big and bold. Lastly, the HCSB is coming forth with more 2009 update editions, but I find that this edition is also very nice. I do love the increase of the Yahweh Name usage in the new edition.
My biggest disappointment with the Apologetics Study Bible is that most of the issues they address are not really apologetic matters. They are doctrinal matters. Why does this make a difference? It makes a difference because the way we treat doctrine, which is the particulars of the faith, should be different than apologetics, which is a defense of the faith. Obviously, the two matters are related. A faith built on strong doctrine is more easily defensible.
The problem comes from confusing a legitimate question or interpretation from the inside with an attack from the outside. Christians with different doctrinal stances aren't trying to destroy faith; if anything, they are trying to make faith and belief more understandable. This Bible includes such essentially non-apologetics related matters as: why God is definitely male, why trus Christians should believe in eternal torment and not annihilation, and why the Churches of Christ are wrong to disallow the use of musical instruments. This is not apologetics. Apologetics is designed to defend the faith from attacks of those outside the Church, which today predominately means secular humanists, not the Church of Christ, the Seventh-Day Adventist, or Liberal Protestants. You may disagree with these groups interpretation of the Bible, but that i a doctrinal matter not an apologetic one.