on 23 May 2011
I love this copy of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament RSV 2e. Reviewing some three hours after delivery.
Encased in a smooth leather cover containing gilted cover art called The Four Evangelists by Christopher J. Peligrano, with an Icon of Christ, the light of the world in the middle. (The biblical reading is from John 8:12 - "I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.") Surrounded by the Man, Lion, Eagle and Ox - representing Matthew, Luke, John and Mark respectively (as alluded to in Revelation 4:7).
Maps include Jerusalem from David to Christ and The Roman Empire in New Testament times. Two ribbons are included in the leather version (the hardcover/paperbacks do not include this to my limited knowledge, according to one review). Gilt edged pages.
The book lays flat when opened to the middle, unfortunately it lacks a Smythe-sewn binding, hence cannot be easily opened at extremities. The format of the book is quite simple - the text, with appropriate subheadings above each paragraph. In the middle one finds biblical references. The excellent exegetical notes are interwoven with biblical references and references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Opening the book to the extremities of either end of the book is rendered difficult due to the glued binding.
Also included is:
- Index of Biblical Doctrines
- RSV Concordance
- Numerous charts and Word studies
- Introductions to each book - each introduction discusses authorship, dates, purposes and themes
- Table of Miracles Jesus did listed in a table - indeed it cites John in mentioning that that "there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written" (John 21:25)
N.B. Check the pictures I uploaded here, click the second link under the main image.
on 15 December 2011
This study bible is not suitable for daily reading for pleasure because the amount of notes and annotations would be distracting.
Having said that, Scott Hahn's notes and word studies are comprehensive and written in a form that is easy to understand for those who have an interest in the subject but do not have degrees in biblical studies. There are some exceedingly interesting word studies too, such as the significance of the phrase 'first born' or the concept of 'covenant', which have a historical meaning far richer than the way we use such words and phrases today.
Physically, the book is bound very well, the paper is a pleasing weight and colour (easy on the eyes) and the font is clear. The two ribbon bookmarkers are very useful and the leather binding of of high quality. This book, although it is just the New Testament, is larger and heavier than an average complete bible.
A superb reference tool of premium, durable high quality.
on 17 August 2011
Firstly, regarding price, this has to be superb value.It's leather bound, has a beautiful set of traditional illustrations picked out in gold on the cover, and has gold edges to the pages. Also, the ribbon markers are not to be sneezed at. The paper is very substantial (better for these purposes than traditional "Bible paper")and all in all it is quite a hefty tome.
Secondly, it's arguably the best "conservative" Bible commentary around. Scott Hahn avoids the extremes of fundamentalism (which requires a type of "double-think" to maintain) and the typical "modern" criticism which empties Christianity of all supernatural elements. Scott Hahn even has the honesty to admit that there is as much evidence for the Matthean Priority hypothesis as the Markan.
Thirdly, it uses the RSV translation, which is infinitely preferable to the ugly uninspiring Jerusalem version. It's a shame that God is adressed as "You" almost throughout, but this was inevitable given the present apalling state of the Liturgy.
All in all, an excellent buy...no Catholic home should be without this one.
on 20 January 2011
If the Apostolic Fathers are your first call rather than the latest christian self help best seller than this is the Study New Testament to buy. Easy to navigate with insightful notes that reveal the full faith of the Christian Scriptures. Honestly Roman but Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist sacramental Christians will find it a useful resource.
on 18 August 2015
less than £23..all in ..amazon gives the correct measurerments, these are the cover measurements only..the measurements for the pages are approx,10" X 7" X 1 1/2 ".. leather bound gold gilt pictures embossed into leather cover. the spine has 3 ribs with gold gilt lettering. ...gold, gilt pages..2 gold coloured cloth ribbons, as page markers...no box to put it in ( i would be happy to pay extra for this ) .. a well made, good quality book...well worth the money..good detail lots of info..... i can go on....you get the jist