I had the 1984 black leather bound NASB study bible. I was introduced to the Key Word Study Bible by students from Calvery Chapel Bible College Marietta Ca. This was the bible we would do our bible study from.
I love the lexicon in this bible it is so nice to have when trying to figure out what why a word was used in the original translation.
I have had this bible for 13 years and I have studied it every day, this Bible is my favorite, I am blessed every time I study from it and I am sure you will be too!
I wore out a hardbound copy of this that I bought in 1990 & in 2007, I treated myself to a new bonded leather one like this. Both of mine are the 1977 text of the NASB, not the 1995.
Of all my Bibles, I have used this one the most, certainly because of the Key Word feature but also because I have come to respect the NASB translation.
The quality of the binding is not beautiful but so far it has held up for me. I always keep my new one in a Bible bag because it rides around in my truck all the time inside my backpack.
I'd like to have genuine cowhide binding & a thumb index but I can live without such "frills".
Zodhiates' Bibles are an acquired taste. His notes tend to go off on tangents and his conclusions might be offensive to conservative Evangelicals. This is probably not a good Bible for you to buy "sight unseen".
Once I got the concept of Key Words, Strong's Numbers, & the Hebrew-Greek lexicons, I got very enthusiastic about using this as a daily reader, which I did for years.
These days, I range a bit further afield, reading the NKJV, NIV, HCSB, Message, and NRSV Bibles more than I used to. If I could only have one print Bible, it would have to be the Orthodox Study Bible (the text mostly from the NKJV) because I'm an Episcopalian, but the Hebrew-Greek Key Wprd Study Bible would come in a close second.
This Bible is amazing. Haven't even had it for a week, and already I have tons of notes in it! The fact that there's a Hebrew/Greek dictionary is a huge help when wanting to do word studies on a particular verse or word. For a language lover like me, having access to a dictionary really helps! Anyone who wants to dig a bit deeper in the Word, this is the Bible for you. A bit big, but it's to be expected. Overall, I'm very satisfied!
I think that anyone who wants to have a fuller, deeper understanding of Scripture would benefit from this Bible. It is easy to use for doing word studies right at your fingertips. Very handy. Plus you don't have to worry about charging the battery or running out of power.
This Bible has a lot of info in it. The "key word" portion is very helpful as it refers to Strongs dictionary. Some of the commentary however, is questionable. So you have to sort it out through your study. Remember commentaries are just someone's comments not necessarily Bible doctrine. Over all an excellent Bible.