I have owned this study Bible for some time and have delayed in posting the review–mostly due to my slothfulness.
I believe every Christian should own at least one solid study Bible. I have been fond of the ESV Study Bible or the new NIV Study Bible edited by D.A. Carson. However, a new kid has come on the block published by Holman and that is the CSB Study Bible. I thoroughly enjoy the CSB translation of Scripture, I use it for preaching, and for general reading, and now they have produced a superb study Bible. Yet, this study Bible is not like a “normal” study Bible (whatever that is!)
The CSB Worldview Study Bible is just that–it helps Christians gain a worldview through studying God’s Word. Christians sometimes find themselves in peculiar situations and faced with challenging questions to which they might not know the answer. Christians might also find themselves in difficult discussions concerning hot-button issues of the day (e.g., same-sex marriage, abortion, refugees, politics) and desire to answer questions from a faithful study of Scripture. The CSB Study Bible aids the Christian in just this journey, to answer faithfully from Scripture the questions which non-Christians (or other Christians!) have for us.
What I love about this particular Bible is, first, its aesthetic appeal. I own the Navy Leather Touch study Bible and the navy color is calming (strange, I know). I appreciate its touch, its look, and just the “classiness” of the Bible. Secondly, I appreciate the opening article discussing what a Christian worldview encompasses and how one can develop such an outlook on life from the Bible. That is an essential article to read to understand the layout and purpose of this study Bible. Thirdly, I love the scholars assembled to write articles interspersed throughout the Bible. For example, Dr. Thomas Kidd, professor of History at Baylor University, writes an article on a biblical view of history. Other notable scholars are Drs. Russell Moore, Preben Vang, Timothy George, and Christy Hill. Finally, I appreciate that the introduction to each book provides a historical timeline, the contribution of that book to the narrative of the Bible, and developing a Christian worldview from that particular book which includes teachings on God, humanity, and salvation. Finally, a quirky appreciation for me is the double ribbon which allows me to keep one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament, perfect for reading or study plans.
I hope you have invested in study Bibles in your life, and if you should happen to need another, I highly commend to you the CSB Worldview Study Bible.
Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishers through the B&H Blogger Review Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.