Friday, August 14, 2015

The Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB *Review & Giveaway

Can I have too many Bibles? Not in my opinion. There are countries where the Bible isn't allowed and people seek to see even a torn out page of it. I plan to exercise my right and desire to own as many different Bibles as I can, in the hopes that I can give them to others who don't have one.
Not all Bibles are the same either. They are interpretations of Ancient, Holy Spirit inspired text. Some people prefer one translation over another, or prefer to use the same version that their pastor preaches from. I love comparing the different versions. Though similar, their might be a word change that helps me understand God's meaning better. This Apologetics Study Bible for Students uses the HCSB version. Holman Christian Standard Bible.
So why the need for yet another translation?
  • Each generation needs a fresh translation of the Bible in it's own language
  • English, one of the world's greatest languages is rapidly changing, and Bible translations must keep in step with those changes
  • Rapid advances in biblical research provide new data for Bible translators
  • Advances in computer technology have opened a new door for Bible translation
(From the HCSB Bible)

Apologetics helps believers explain why they believe what they do. Being prepared with Biblical answers will help people who are seeking answers to some of the tough questions about God. This Apologetics Study Bible helps the student prepare their own learning, and helps them learn how to share the truth with others.

Some excellent features of this Bible are;

Book Introductions for each of the 66 books. Who wrote it, when, where.. some of the basics to help the student formulate a timeline

"cheater tabs" to mark the books of the Bible. Yeah I call them that because I prefer my kids memorize them! It is helpful when the pastor is whipping through a variety of passages :)

 I love this Bone and Dirt section where they show actual pictures of archaeological digs and sites as they may have been in Bible times. Additionally on the left there is an example of the Twisted Scriptures  that helps to show how some other religions twist the word to support their errant ways, going against what the true scripture says.

There are over 20 personal stories by authors and speakers like Ravi Zacharias. These are just for encouraging and helping you as you dig into the word.

120 articles by Christian thinkers today give you a look at some of the questions that arise in Apologetics. Some of the questions we get asked as believers. These are from reputable authors and speakers. Remembering that this is in addition to the word, and not to be a replacement, but an opinion and personal reflection.

Learn more about the HCSB Bible and how they have formed their translation HERE

Be sure to check out the website to see 16 videos in 16 weeks with Sean McDowell. The current week #6 is on the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is a great place to get extra information on some of the things you wonder about in the word!

"The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are a cache approximately 1,100 ancient texts written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Among these are over 220 biblical manuscripts dating from the second century B.C. to the first century A.D., representing every book of the OT except Esther. Muhammad Ed-Dhib, a young goat herder from the Ta’amirah Bedouin tribe, discovered the first DSS in 1947 when he was searching for his lost goat among the arid limestone caves at Qumran overlooking the shores of the Dead Sea. Subsequent excavations of 11 nearby caves by Pere Roland de Vaux from 1951 through 1956 yielded a variety of Jewish literature, yet nothing compared to the initial discovery of a complete copy of the book of Isaiah dating to 125 B.C. Learn more about Apologetics and how God has revealed Himself throughout history, by visiting "

These are really interesting and you can check out the archive for any you might have missed. Be sure to check out great Bible apps and free Bible studies as well. All a part of the Confident Faith series.

Confident Faith Sweepstakes is being offered to give away Bibles, free mini libraries of B&H's best apologetics resources and even a trip for two to the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) being held October 16-17, 2015 in Charlotte, NC where some of the world's leading thinkers will offer insights and teaching. Enter HERE

Here on A Year of Jubilee Reviews we are offering a copy of the Apologetics Study Bible for Students in a #giveaway!!
US and Canada
Ends August 22

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1 comment:

  1. Yes I have a favorite Bible. It's one that my sister gave me years ago.