The Apologetics Study Bible

by Sean McDowell
Also by this author: Apologetics Study Bible for Students, Hardcover Indexed
Genres: Study

The Apologetics Study Bible
Genre: Study Bible
Pages: 2,240 Jacketed Hardcover
Date Published: October 1, 2007
Publisher: Holman Bible Publishers, a division of B&H Publishing Group
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Understand Why You Believe

The Apologetics Study Bible reveals flaws in today’s bizarre worldviews while it helps you grasp the depth of biblical insight on each and every issue. More than 100 articles relate biblical truth to science, history, archaeology, psychology, philosophy, and other critical subjects.

Real Questions. Straight Answers. Stronger Faith. The Apologetics Study Bible will help today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in this age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. More than one-hundred key questions and articles placed throughout the volume about faith and science prompt a rewarding study experience at every reading.

Profiles of key historic defenders of the faith like Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Anselm, Augustine, Joseph Butler, William Paley, Blaise Pascal, and C. S. Lewis highlight the clear-headed thinking Christians through the centuries have brought to bear on objections to faith. A generous helping of study notes clarifies the biblical worldview demonstrated in Scripture. The text is the remarkably accurate and inviting Holman Christian Standard Bible® translation. And features like book introductions, end-of-verse cross references, topical subheads, the words of Christ in red, and a 72-page concordance make it simple to get the most from your Bible study time.

Philosopher and Apologetics Study Bible general editor Ted Cabal observes that we live “in the golden era of Christian apologetics.” There has never before been so much scientific, archaeological, and historical support for the unique truth of biblical Christianity. The Apologetics Study Bible will open your eyes to new reasons to believe, a stronger commitment to faith, and better ways to witness for the Creator of it all.

The Apologetics Study Bible—Now available at your favorite bookstore or online retailer. Look for it, and see what you believe.

My background contains a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. Unbelievably, the first time I encountered Apologetics was when I was substitute teaching at a Classic Christian Education school. Their juniors had just started an Apologetics class and I did not know what it was. I was in for quite a surprise and I was astonished that I had never been exposed to apologetics before, especially since it seems to be an essential part of living in faith and participating in evangelism. Now that I have gotten my hands on The Apologetics Study Bible, I’m so excited and thrilled. I cannot wait to see the new forthcoming Apologetics Study Bible for Students. What a valuable resource!

This Bible is gorgeous. It is completely aesthetically appealing to any eye. I have been curious about this for a while now, as it was about the same time that I was teaching when this Bible was first announced as soon to be published. But I have to admit it was after an email from about some Bright & Bold Bibles that I really put it on my wishlist. The colors of the black, silver, and blue hues are so attractive it is a visually pleasing experience to dwell in the pages of this Bible.

The Apologetics Study Bible is another first for me in that it has introduced me to the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) translation. I did not know even know about this one, but I’m really thrilled about it. It has not been long so I cannot tell you with absolute certainty, but for someone who grew up on NIV and went with NRSV and similar translations during my most thick into Bible Study years, this translation is very pleasing to me. There are a couple variances that take some getting used to, but all and all it is a good one. I’m eager to see other Bibles they come up with in the future.

To really tell you all of the features of this Bible it would take an entire website with various pages and links. Luckily B&H Publishing Group already has one of those and I urge you to check it out. Click through and read about some of their featured articles and what-not. This is fabulous. I feel like it’s a gold mine to me. As someone who once has the dream of being a perpetual student for a career, this Bible is a fabulous addition to my shelves. Easily I am already having issue with whether to jump back into one of my fiction novels, play with my daughter, or spend more time studying with this Bible. Even my Enginerd, who hardly picks up a Bible was interested in the inset articles within the pages of scripture. He said that he learned new things within a few minutes of perusing the pages.

There are so many questions out there. And usually we are fairly equipped with the answer of “just because” and “it’s by faith”. But within the pages of this Apologetics Study Bible more firm and explainable answers are available for some of the hardest questions of history and science combined. Check out this list of articles included. What I love is that these articles are in place within the pages of scripture that make sense as part of a study. Not just stuck in anywhere, and not just another appendix. Another great listing at the beginning of this Bible is a list of “Twisted Scripture Notes”, this has scripture reference where within the pages as a reader you will find examples of how people have twisted a scripture and altered it to meet their ultimate needs. There are also a good few handfuls of Notable Christian Apologist Biographies that I find fascinating and a cause to look for more of their works elsewhere. Then on top of all that there are even more material such as a fabulous Introduction the the Holman Christian Standard Bible, Plan of Salvation, Concordance and Charts and Maps galore. The charts are like I have never seen. So resourceful and educational. It gives me chill bumps.

I love this Bible for personal study. I love the idea of this Bible for an apologetics class. Easily this Bible would fit right into a homeschool curriculum. Our children (and adults) need to learn to be able to prove, defend, refute opposing and persuade others for the Christian faith and this is a valuable tool to do so. Now I cannot even imagine how cool the Apologetics Study Bible for Students will be!

*Thanks to Robin Patterson of B&H Publishing Group for sending me a copy*

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Other features include:

  • The full text of the popular Holman Christian Standard Bible® translation
  • Two-color page layout
  • Introduction to each Bible book focusing on its inherent elements of apologetics
  • 10 point text
  • Double-column format
  • Book Outlines
  • Translation Footnotes
  • Articles on ethics, science, archaeology, philosophy, and non-Christian belief systems
  • Study notes that explain “problem” passages
  • Sidebars on Scriptures misused by cults
  • Profiles of historic Christian apologists from Justin Martyr to C. S. Lewis
  • Plan of Salvation

♥ Also available in Leather Bound in Black, Brown and Brown or Blue Duo-tone.

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About Sean McDowell

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University.

Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike.

Read more about Sean on his website.

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