Bible Review: The Apologetics Study Bible (CSB)

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CSB Apologetics Study Bible, Hardcover, was released by B&H Publishing Group as a study bible. I received a complimentary copy for my honest review.

The CSB Apologetics Study Bible boasts a black hardcover with the image of Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker, in the background. The thin, white pages with bold, black lettering are filled with footnotes for studying. The scripture is printed in a font which is easy for the eyes to handle, leaving enough white space for notes or rest.

This bible opens with an introduction to the Christian Standard Bible. It has an index of abbreviations and leads with the definition of apologetics written by contributing author Kenneth D. Boa. I appreciated this introduction since I am quite new to apologetics.

I especially love the introductions to each book of the bible. There are articles in each book which help with situating scripture for easy interpretation. A number of in-text boxes highlight how we get scripture twisted. Some of these were helpful.

I’m not concerned with how other religions stand against mine and the comparisons were not my favorite. I was also keenly aware that of the 112 contributors to the articles in the bible, only 3 of those where women.

Sharon James wrote, “Does the Bible Demean Women?”

Sheri L. Klouda wrote, “Introduction and Notes: Song of Songs.”

Barbara B. Pemberton wrote, “How Does the Bible Relate to Islam?”

I would have liked to see more women’s scholarly, theological contributions. However, I find the CSB Apologetics Study Bible refreshing and I will be using it next to my own battered and worn NLT.

I would recommend this bible to any scholar or student wanting to press further and more deliberately into the teachings of Jesus.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the B&H Publishing/Lifeway book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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