I have never owned an Apologetics Study Bible so I was curious to see what set this Bible apart. The Bible department can be a bit overwhelming at all of the choices, all meant to help take you deeper into studying God’s Word.
I liked the sleek, clean look of the front of this Bible. It was very appealing to the eye and made me want to pick it up each time I passed by it. I absolutely love the words on the side of the cover that say “Faithful and True.” Amen.
As I was looking over the articles found within the Bible, I was impressed with the wide range of topics covered, as well as the many articles it contains. I also liked the Twisted Scripture Notes and the Notable Christian Apolgoist Biographies included within.
Kenneth D. Boa kicks off the articles with “What is Apologetics?” Sometimes that word alone can turn people away from picking up a certain book or Bible. So I was glad to see that this page was first with an entire page defining apologetics and it’s relevancy. He says, “Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith.” He goes on to say, “Apologists develop their defenses of the Christian faith in relation to scientific, historical, philosophical, ethical, religious, theological, or cultural issues.”
The page right after this article is an article by Lee Strobel, whom many people will be familiar with. His article is called “How Apologetics Changed My Life.” He shares his story and the important role apologetics played in his life both before and after knowing Christ.
I love that these topics hit so close to the issues that we are battling today. We are always trying to see if Scripture speaks to the current issues and it does. But for those that want more Scripture, more science, or more evidence, this Bible provides the extra study help.
The Bible itself doesn’t hold a lot of extra study notes on the bottom of the pages, so if you’re looking for a commentary on every verse written in the Footnotes, this may not be the Bible you’re searching for. However, I thought it was just enough to clarify some things, but not so much that it either becomes overwhelming or you begin to lean on the Footnotes instead of doing your own studying.
The back of the Bible has a long list of extra books on Apologetics. It also has a nice concordance with a few maps in the back.
I’m a texture person, so I loved the feel of the pages in this Bible. My copy was a hardback Bible, which is perfect for me to use at home. However, if it were going to be my everyday Bible that I carried everywhere, I would definitely spend a little extra to get the leather or softcover option.
I received this book free from Lifeway and B&H Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this Bible.