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  • Apologetics Study Bible, the Message, or ESV Study Bible?

    I'm currently trying to decide whether to get The Message, the Aplogetics Study Bible, or the ESV Study Bible.

    Can anyone offer some input on any of these three Bibles?

    Thank you for your input.

    TripleB

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    I don't have any but I would suggest the ESV Study Bible. From what I hear it's the best Bible ever. If you don't want that then I would suggest the Apologetics Study Bible. Really anything but The Message.
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    • #3
      My ESV Study Bible arrived yesterday via UPS, and I am very impressed with it. The color maps and useful illustrations found throughout the Bible are very impressive. There a whole lot there, from the extensive introductions at the beginning of each book to the massive notes to the supplements found at the back. And of course, I've only had it less than 36 hours, so I can't give a thorough review of it, but I'm extremely pleased. I've had an NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible since 1984, and my new ESV Study Bible outdoes that by a long way...
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      • #4
        I own two of the three: the Apologetics Study Bible (ASB) & The Message.

        Which should you buy? It depends on your needs. The ASB uses the Homan Christian Standard Bible for its base which is fine. Much more typical of a translation than The Message. It has top apologists (and many of them) that have lots of articles on very good questions. If you have a decent library of apologetic books (like I do) it's neat to have but not all that necessary. However, if you don't have much apologetics in your library, this is a great buy. If you aren't familiar with apologetics, it's a great place to get your feet wet.

        Sometimes we can get so familiar with passages that we can end up missing some of the impact and what the author was really trying to get across. The Message is great if you want to read a different version in the coming new year to jar you out of that kind of complacent "I'm familiar with this already" kind of position. As I posted in your thread about The Message, it's not the Bible you stick with and do your studies in. However, it has its place. People who are down on The Message in my opinion miss the point of The Message. It's not trying to be the new KJV or even NIV. People criticize it as if it's in the market to do that and become the next #1 study Bible. If it ever did become that, then it would have done what Eugene Peterson never wanted for it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by danielh41 View Post
          My ESV Study Bible arrived yesterday via UPS, and I am very impressed with it. The color maps and useful illustrations found throughout the Bible are very impressive. There a whole lot there, from the extensive introductions at the beginning of each book to the massive notes to the supplements found at the back.
          As far as ease of reading, how does the ESV compare to others such as the NLT, NIV, CSB, NAS, etc?

          Thanks for everyone's insight!!!

          TripleB

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          • #6
            I can recommend the ASB. The articles are well done and the snippets called "Twisted Scripture" are very informative.
            I do not have the ESV or the message, but I've heard good things about the ESV. I find the Message a little loose for my liking.

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            • #7
              I own all three and the ESV Study Bible is the best, an awesome resource. This is not to put down the ASB, as it does an excellent job in apologetics as well as traditional study notes. It also has some excellent charts and maps in the back. The "Message" is more of a commentary than a Bible. I'm not saying it's a bad commentary but I recommend using it as a supplement to a real Bible rather than one's primary source of scripture.

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              • #8
                Since I am really into apologetics, I would want the ASB.
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                • #9
                  ESV Study Bible
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                  "A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions."...........~Wilson Mizner

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for all your help with this decision.

                    I went today and spent about an hour looking at all the various Bibles and it came down to either the ASB or the ESVSB.

                    I found a copy of The Message on a bookshelf in my computer room. When my father passed away I inherited about 20 (or more) different Bibles. The copy of the Message he had doesn't have verse numbers but until I decide I need those I'll probably refrain from purchasing the Message...unless they have another 50% off sale

                    The ESV is an awesome resource with a lot of amazing features but I decided to go with the Apologetics Study Bible for $30.

                    The main reason I chose the ASB is for ease of read. I'm not a die-hard reader (started in 6th grade...don't ask) so ease of understanding the material is my number one concern.

                    Unfortunately I probably won't get to read it until Christmas day...my wife things that it would be something she would like to give me for Christmas

                    But again, I appreciate all your help and advice!!!

                    TripleB

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TripleB View Post
                      As far as ease of reading, how does the ESV compare to others such as the NLT, NIV, CSB, NAS, etc?

                      Thanks for everyone's insight!!!

                      TripleB
                      It's probably a little less easy than the NLT or NIV since the ESV has tried to stick closer to a "word for word" translation as opposed to a "thought-for-thought" approach. But I think it's a very well done translation. Our church uses the NIV for public readings, and I have been following along with my ESV, noting the differences. The ESV is usually more direct and less ambiguous. But the ESV also uses more compound and/or complex sentences to get its points across than does the NIV. I prefer the ESV just because it does seem clearer to me.

                      I don't own a CSB or an NASB, so I can't really compare it to those translations.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TripleB View Post
                        Thanks for all your help with this decision.

                        I went today and spent about an hour looking at all the various Bibles and it came down to either the ASB or the ESVSB.

                        I found a copy of The Message on a bookshelf in my computer room. When my father passed away I inherited about 20 (or more) different Bibles. The copy of the Message he had doesn't have verse numbers but until I decide I need those I'll probably refrain from purchasing the Message...unless they have another 50% off sale

                        The ESV is an awesome resource with a lot of amazing features but I decided to go with the Apologetics Study Bible for $30.

                        The main reason I chose the ASB is for ease of read. I'm not a die-hard reader (started in 6th grade...don't ask) so ease of understanding the material is my number one concern.

                        Unfortunately I probably won't get to read it until Christmas day...my wife things that it would be something she would like to give me for Christmas

                        But again, I appreciate all your help and advice!!!

                        TripleB
                        I do have to say that the more I get into the ESV Study Bible, the more I love it. It's a Bible and a Bible encyclopedia all in one.
                        http://artmodellog.blogspot.com

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                          Re: Apologetics Study Bible, the Message, or ESV Study Bible?

                          I have a Message Bible. Its a good Bible if you want to get the overall feel of a passage, but since its more of a thought for thought than other translations its a good idea to have a tried Bible with you (KJV, NKJV,NRSV, etc..)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Apologetics Study Bible, the Message, or ESV Study Bible?

                            You could also consider the Archaeology Study Bible. It has a wealth of background info on cultures and history that I've found invaluable.

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                              Re: Apologetics Study Bible, the Message, or ESV Study Bible?

                              Originally posted by TripleB View Post
                              I'm currently trying to decide whether to get The Message, the Aplogetics Study Bible, or the ESV Study Bible.

                              Can anyone offer some input on any of these three Bibles?


                              Thank you for your input.

                              TripleB
                              Don't get the message if you want to study the Bible. The message is a paraphrase not a translation. With the message you get what someone else thinks the Bible means.

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