A very thorough study bible I have ever seen! I have the hard cover edition. I use this while reading scripture in my other Bible and don't understand something I go to my companion Bible for an answer and what a reward it gives. I love this Bible
The key feature in this study bible for me is the emphasis on structures throughout the bible, especially in the psalms; there may be superior (and cheaper) books that highlight these structures, though. The Companion Bible also contains a unique metric translation of Job, and the author draws your attention to key Greek and Hebrew words and phrases throughout the bible and in the numerous appendices (a concordance would accomplish the same thing). Theologically,the author is conservative, but even then you can find a lot to disagree with him on (he accepts the gap theory, for example). The authors gospel harmonies are pretty bad. I would not purchase The Companion Bible at full price.
With so many study Bibles from which to choose, the Companion Bible is a superior choice. In addition to the helpful and ACCURATE appendices, the Companion truly acts as a "companion" of information and insight that is rarely found in other publications. One of my favorite aspects is that the comments do not tell me what to believe; they merely give additional information and allow me to make my own decisions. I do not think study Bibles should tell us what to believe; that is the job of the Holy Spirit. Do not be frightened by the King James language. Overall, this Bible is a wonderful choice!!