Besides knowing that Pastor MacArthur has done all the footnotes himself over a 4 year period therefore getting one mans thought of scripture but there are the maps, history etc. Your get truth one verse at a time and John MacArthur interpretation of it. This is my second purchase for myself and at least 5 for others. To put is simply it has it all. Thank you Pastor MacArthur for you service to the Lord and His family.
Fantastic bible! If you purchase this it is well worth it to buy MacArthurs Doctrinal book as well. They are linked together and make a great set along with the MacArthur Topical Bible. These three are a excellent foundation for any beginning biblical leaner or advanced student if The Word! love it
Purchased the NASB MacArthur Study Bible, received it in rapid order, thank you CBD. I ordered the hardcover issue, I have several bibles both leather and leatherette types (with gold edges) but this is a daily study bible for me so I didn't need another bible with a more elaborate cover. I ordered the ExLarge Canvas Wordkeeper canvas cover for it. The hardcover is easier to use in my lap and favorite chair because it's sturdy, doesn't "flop" over and become limber in my lap but stays open and keeps both sides firm in an open position. With the Wordkeeper cover, the cover of the bible isn't visible so no need for a more elaborate cover. I also believe hardcovers are more durable, especially with a bible cover, so more practical for daily study. The print on this bible is 9 pt., very readable and clear, the text print is listed as 7 pt. but also very easy to read with clear printing. I couldn't be happier with it. there isn't a large margin on the pages but quite enough to write a few words or write scripture references (I have much less margins on almost all my gold-paged leather bibles). The pages are thin but quite heavy enough for good use, definitely heavier than most typical bible pages.
The Wordkeeper Canvas Ex Large cover fits this bible well, it's larger than the bible but I think a smaller cover would crowd the bible's hard cover. I LOVE this bible cover, it has a place for everything, a ruler, pens, markers, and a pad for notes. Even has a pocket on the front large enough to hold a small thin book, I have on of my Sunday School commentary guides in it--with plenty of room in the cover; no bludgeoning from this small commentary, in fact I can't even tell it's in there . You can't put a full sized book in this cover in addition to your study bible but that would make the cover much too large for using with just a study bible and small notepad, there's definitely more room in it than reviews I read that said it's good only for church bulletins. I could get a large amount of "bulletins" in there so it has just enough room and not too much so that your bible is sliding around. I'm very happy with the fit. I expected the canvas cover to be the cheaper grade of canvas, I was really surprised to see this canvas has the strength and feel of nylon, good zipper on it, handle firmly attached to the cover so it can take the weight of a study bible and I doubt is easy to tear. The canvas is backed by a thin coating that makes the canvas even more sturdy and could even provide a little water proofing to the canvas. I am very impressed with this cover, worth every cent and well thought out. I'm VERY happy with the hardcover MacArthur Study Bible and the Wordkeeper Canvas Cover, great combination.
The MacArthur Study Bible is a large bible but most study bibles are large and must be to accommodate the extensive notes and references. I have an NIV study bible that's heavier and larger (thicker) than this bible so it's size is what I expected. If your looking for a small compact bible this one isn't for you, if you are looking for a study bible packed full of commentary and notes, scripture references, bible helps, etc. this is a very good one.
The study Bible arrived in a timely manner and in good condition. My wife started using it immediately and was impressed with the insights on the scripture she was reading. The price on this was good too.
I have been reading and studying the MacArthur Study Bible for a few years now and I am not unhappy with it except that I wish he could have went indepth a bit more on certain passages. I guess that's just the I want to know everything person that I am. But over all I am VERY pleased.