As I learn more about the Bible, I find more I want to study. It's funny that way. It's the only book simple enough to be understood by all, but complex enough that scholars can devote their whole lives to its study and not come close to plumbing its depths.
This Bible supplements my NIV Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible, as I wanted a more literal translation for this sort of study tool. I purchased the leather bound version, and am very happy with it.
All the awesome grammatical tools are present, except for a few differences, such as the dictionary being that of Strong's work, instead of the more modern Kohlenberger.
What this Bible contains:
Bible text of OT and NT
Grammatical aids to the NT
Lexical aids to the OT and NT
NASB Concordance of OT and NT
Guide to transliteration
Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries
- This Bible is a little better suited to word studies, as it is a more literal translation.
- The layout of most of the Bible has slightly larger text for easy reading, without being too bulky.
- There are key notes that are usually extremely helpful and consistent with conservative, exegetical scholarship
- The cross references are very beneficial
- Despite this being a different and complicated system of notation, visual layout of the features on a two-page section in the front of the Bible make it easy to learn to use.
- It uses Strong's dictionaries rather than Kohlenberger's lexicons. Strong's definitions are based on Thayer's Greek Lexicon, which is dated scholarship that is no longer the best source, and which confuses classical and Koine Greek frequently, causing incorrect assumptions. (This is the reason for this getting only 4 stars)
- The dictionary in the back appears to be a copy and past from another work, as the text is shrunk and very difficult to read, with a large blank space at the bottom of the page indicative of being copied from another sized page than what is used in this Bible. The Greek and Hebrew characters are very difficult to make out because of this.
In deciding between the NASB and NIV versions of this extremely valuable study tool, I am torn. On the one hand, you have the literal text of the NASB 1977 version but with Strong's dictionary. On the other hand, you have the thought-for-thought NIV Bible that is harder to do word studies in because of the way it is translated, but you have the Kohlenberger dictionaries, which are much more valuable for word study. This makes it very difficult to choose.
Overall, this is an outstanding tool for study and I would recommend adding it to your library of Christian study aids.