The HCSB Study Bible – Book Review
At the beginning of each New Year, I like to start a fresh journey through God’s Holy Word. Because my regular Bibles often become filled with notes and highlights from previous sojourns, I find it helpful to start with fresh, clean pages. In recent years, I’ve also found it helpful to supplement readings from my preferred translation with readings from less familiar translations so that when God speaks to me through Scripture, I hear His voice anew.
Today, there are more Bibles available than at any other time in history – but with so many Bibles to choose from, finding the right Bible that accurately and faithfully translates the Word of God into contemporary language can be a challenging, daunting task.
That’s why I am so excited to discover the HCSB Study Bible (Holman Christian Standard Bible – God’s Word For Life) – an award-winning Bible that faithfully translates Scripture in a way that is easy to read and understand – yet highly accurate.
The HCSB Study Bible uses the Holman Christian Standard Bible as its translation – a Modern English translation that was initially published in 1999 (New Testament) and completed in 2004 (Old Testament). The Bible was translated by an interdenominational translation team of over 100 top conservative scholars who ascribe to the inspiration and inerrancy of God’s Word.
The original translation team translated the HCSB Study Bible using a process called Optimal Equivalence – a methodology that combines the use of literal translation where a word-for-word rendering is clearly understandable, and a more dynamic translation where a literal translation would obscure the meaning for today’s audience. This results in a text is both accurate and readable – the best of both worlds when it comes to Bible translation!
The current development team of the HCSB Study Bible surveyed focus groups to determine what they would find useful in a Study Bible and incorporated their ideas into the design. The result? A beautiful blend of study aids that enhance – not overwhelm – the text!
Here are a few of the features you’ll find inside of the HCSB Study Bible:
- 15,000 Study Notes
- 290 Word Studies
- Four-Color Presentation Pages
- 141 Photographs
- Two-Column Text Setting
- 62 Timelines
- 59 Maps
- One-Year Bible Reading Plan
- 24 Articles
- Center Column References
- 16 Illustrations/Reconstructions
- Topical Subheads
- 15 Charts
The HCSB Study Bible has received accolades from many top Christian pastors, authors, and Bible teachers, and is a 2011 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner!
If you are looking for a full-featured Study Bible – particularly one featuring an alternative yet reliable translation to enhance your time in God’s Word – the HCSB Study Bible is definitely worth your consideration!
I rate this Bible 5 out of 5 Stars.
For More Information
- Visit the Holman Christian Study Bible Website.
- Connect with @HCSB on Twitter.
- The HCSB Study Bible is available on Amazon.
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