I own many study bibles, and this one is THE only one I really use EVERY day for my reading/prayer and study time (I've had it for about 2 years). I just love it and have never seen any thing like it (I own about 15 bibles in english and many others in french, spanish and portuguese). This bible has an incredible wealth of information, excellent introductions, book outlines, lists, footnotes, topical and word studies, cross-references + the best concordance I've ever seen in any bible, except maybe the ESV study bible. Maps all the way through and at the end... it also quotes the church fathers and refers to the CCC when it's relevant. I can't tell you all the details here, but believe me- and I know what I am talking about, you just can't beat it! I also love its size (very comfortable to read and handle) and its sturdy paper... It has a great feel to it, and, well... my notes all over the place :-) To put it simply: if my house was on fire and I only had time to save one of my bibles, this is the one I would save, without a second thought. And not just for my personal notes... for its worth. If you are a catholic, definitely buy it; and if you're not, but still are open-minded, give it a chance: you won't regret it. (Don't forget Scott Hahn used to be a presbytarian- this bible truly shows his love for the Word :-))) )
The one-star review here is beyond my understanding... either this person was commenting on some other book, or she was greatly distracted when she started writing, or... she is definitely of bad faith. Go figure...
This is a cross between a NT Study Bible and a very well laid out one volume commentary, with the NT text prominently at the top. This has more extensive footnotes than the NIV Study Bible, primarily historical, linguistic, and scriptural. It has good introductions to each NT book and is interspersed with many extended features and discussions of important topics. It has a pretty extensive concordance and a few color maps in the back.
This looks to be great for both personal study and for small groups.
If you are Catholic, this is a phenomenal resource - it doesn't get any better than this. If you a non-Catholic evangelical, you will still find this to be a phenomenal resource. More than 90% of this book will remind you of the kind of information evangelical commentators would provide. The remaining 10% involve comments drawn from Church Fathers and the Catholic Catechism.