After waiting for months for the ESVSB to arrive I must say that I am at best ok with it. I was afraid that it was going to take a Calvinist theological approach to it’s doctrinal pages, and commentaries. Although I was not certain, but fairly sure that they would. Well no surprises, when I started reading that was the case. I do applaud them for their efforts, and for those that are Calvinist I am sure you will love it.
I cannot recommend it to anyone at my church since we do not hold to a Calvinist position. I suppose to a mature Christian I can, but I doubt that I would. I would be more incline to recommend the NLTSB, if I had one to review.
ESVSB is friendly towards Charismatics, but honestly if I wanted a study bible that had a Charaistmaics/Pentecostals position I would have purchased another one. But that is my point, I do not want a study bible that has a particular theological bent. I already own enough of those, and don’t find them useful.
Now I understand that the NLTSB has chosen to not have a theological bent towards any camp, although I have read a few reviews that show that it may have a few here and there, but not enough to label it towards any particular theological postion. What I do like about the ESVSB is the on-line version. However, the NLTSB does have an on-line version as well, and I would rather invest my time with them.
Now I wonder if NLT is still sending out copies to review. Since I am not committed to the ESVSB, and hope to find something better and less theologically in your face, maybe the NLT will become my study bible. Choices, choices, choices. Maybe Laura Bartlett will find it in her heart to send me a review copy.
Oh well if left to spend my own money, and I have to choose I might just invest in a high quailty TNIV fine leather reference bible.
Great Reviews to read:
- ESVSB by Nick Norelli – 3 stars
- NLTSB by Nick Norelli – 4 stars “I can honestly say that this is the best study Bible I own” – NN