I have looked at many different student study Bibles and I have to say that the Apologetics Study Bible for Students is one of my favorites. This HCSB translation Bible includes many features designed to help students grow in their faith and learn to articulate that faith to others. These features include:
- 120 Articles that answer the most commonly asked questions about the Christian faith. Some of the topics included are “What does the Bible say about Homosexuality?” “Does God want me to be rich?” “What’s the big deal with astrology?” “How can a person get into heaven?” and “In what ways did Jesus fulfill prophecies?” Questions cover all the foundations of the Christian faith as well as application to contemporary issues.
- Study notes: Footnotes at the bottom of each page explain the difficult issues.
- Twisted Scriptures: Clarification of passages that are often distorted by cults.
- Bones and Dirt: Describes archeological findings that support scripture
- Personal stories of heroes of the faith and of ordinary people
- Notable Quotes that encourage and motivate
- and more
I’ve spent some time this week reading through parts of the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and am very impressed. The study notes are very helpful for explaining scripture and adding background information without seeming so scholarly that the reader would want to skip them. The articles include great questions, including many that are current hot topic issues. Even though this is a Bible that my teenager will use, I plan to spend some time with it myself, because I really feel that the apologetics features are applicable for anyone. I’ve seen teen Bibles that are much more focused on specifically “teen” issues. Unlike those, this study Bible can certainly be used well beyond the teen years without seeming too “young.”
The formatting is very attractive and the print is a nice readable size.
An additional feature is the indexing that makes it easy to turn quickly to the desired Bible book.
My 15 year old says that she loves all the questions and answers and the explanations of difficult concepts. She said that it would be very helpful for anyone with questions about faith and that she could relate to the personal stories. She also loved the index tabs. Since she spent 3 hours reading the Bible this afternoon, I’m definitely giving it two thumbs up!
More Apologetics Resources:
Sean McDowell, the editor of the Apologetics Study Bible for Students is currently doing a 16 week series that answers some of the toughest questions about faith. These short (3-4 minute) videos give great answers about topics like abortion, and “ Does the Bible demean women?” that will make you (and your youth) think and give you a taste of the content of the Apologetics Study Bible for Students. You may or may not agree with Sean’s answers (I did), but they are biblically grounded, provide opportunity for thought and discussion, and include topics that will resonate with young people.
You can watch the series at http://www.apologeticsbible.com/.
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