What a great bible! It has exceeded our expectations in every way. We love the HCSB translation. It's easy to read while remIning true to the word of God. It is well designed and constructed. We love the book intros, study notes, translation of Greek & Hebrew words. It's maps and illustrations are beautifully done. And is an exteremely good value. Holman hit a homerun with this one!
The HCSB translation is an easy to understand English version, yet it contains many familiar verses. This comes from the in depth study by the scholar team to find a word for word and literal translation. Many bracketed scriptures with footnotes letting you know why they were omitted from other translations, or why they are included in this one. I have read where earlier versions only had a topical concordance, but, this has been corrected and it now contains a full concordance. It is a large bible, one I do not recommend carrying with you, only for study. I purchased the Mahogany simulated leather cover, and it holds up really well. It is a sewn binding, and lays flat at any point I go to. The use of Messiah and Yahweh along with God and Lord adds an extra power not normally understood. This is a wonderful study bible with in depth notes, commentary, HCSB bullet notes and many more features. I do not believe anyone would be disappointed with this bible.