Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ESV Study Bible Review

Well, the time has finally come for me to put together a hands-on review of the ESV study bible. That's just what I did! I think a video review such as this really helps when deciding if you really want to spend the extra cash to get one or not. I have tried to cover all the features of this study bible and to show you almost everything that is contained inside.

It took a lot of time to cover the ESV study bible in this amount of detail, but I hope you truly get a feel for this work. It always is very important for me to get a hands-on feel for a book before I am comfortable putting a chunk of money down for it. Sorry for the length but I have tried to split it into three manageable parts.

I hope to put up some more comments/pictures of the ESV study bible soon as well. I plan on making many more study bible video reviews including a comparison video or two. For now, enjoy the videos!

You can also check out my video review of the HCSB study bible here if you please.

ESV Study Bible Review - Part One

ESV Study Bible Review - Part Two

ESV Study Bible Review - Part Three

Monday, October 18, 2010

Photos of the HCSB Study Bible

So I provided a quick hands-on video of the new HCSB Study Bible and I thought I would include some pictures of it here for you enjoyment. The only thing I can't add is the newly published smell!

Here are a couple of things I forgot to mention in the video post about the HCSB Study Bible. A few people have asked about these things and so I thought I would include them here.
- It does not include the words of Jesus in red
- The hardback edition does come with a nice brownish-purple ribbon marker unlike the hardcover ESV study bible and NLT study bible.
- I think the HCSB study bible does have a freshness about it because of its color scheme. It kind of makes you want to spend more time with it. The gold bar really complements the blue verse numbers.
- The book introductions in the HCSB study bible are much shorter than those in the ESV study bible. They cover the basics and a little more detail here and there but are not early as exhaustive and lengthy as the ones in the ESV study bible.
- The HCSB study bible is not much smaller or lighter than the ESV study bible or another other study bible for that matter. I think they decided to not include a number of articles at the end to cut back on the number of pages the HCSB study bible had, yet still did not accomplish the feat of making it significantly smaller than the ESV study bible. I think the HCSB study bible has thicker pages as well making it slightly more bulky than had been planed. On another note, the ESV study bible is going to be released in a "personal size" in early 2011. It seems that they have cut most of the "extraneous" articles out of the study bible yet still include all the study notes. It appears to come in a number of designs and is sure to satisfy those who think the original ESV study bible is to huge to carry.

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Notice the "ribbed" appearance of the left page.
That is because "Joshua's Citites of Conquest" is behind it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ravi Zacharias at the Veritas Forum

I mentioned in early September that Ravi Zacharias was speaking on behalf of the Veritas Forum at the Mayo Clinic. I had the privilege of attending this event.
They just got the video up over on the Veritas site and I wanted to share it with you all. I've embedded it below for your enjoyment. The topic was "What does it mean to be human?" Which is not the first subject that I would choose to listen to. I would normally pick some other topic first, but the way Ravi approaches it makes it worth watching.
Ravi has a very good apologetic approach and a varied religious background. This gives him great credibility and the ability to critique other worldviews masterfully. He does a great job of answering this question. Take some time to watch Ravi expound on this topic. The video is and hour and a half  but includeds a question and answer session at the end. Enjoy! Feel free to let me know if you think he is off base.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

HCSB Study Bible Review

So I just received my HCSB study bible in the mail and wanted to share. I made this video (first video ever) of the HCSB study bible. I hope you enjoy.

Holman has included a website that includes the HCSB study bible at: www.mystudybible.com
For some great information about the HCSB translation see the This Lamp blog here.

I posted some photos and other remarks about the HCSB study bible here.