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More than a bit disappointing
on 22 April 2010
On the positive side, this uses a relatively new translation and it actually seems quite good as modern versions go.
On the negative side however, there was extreme disappointment over the contents that accompany the basic text.
The footnotes are not plentiful and many of the responses to "twisted scripture" (those parts of the Bible that are used by cults to boost their own peculiar and heretical views) are quite short and weak. An example of this is the short piece on John 1:1 and the anti-trinitarian doctrine of the Jehovah's Witnesses; I would hate to see an evangelical Christian stand up to a JW on the basis of this critique!
Some of the articles lack fire and conviction and don't actually give a good account of why believers believe what they do. This is probably due, in no small part, to the choice of contributors. Some are good and orthodox, others are so neo-evangelical that one wonders of there is any conviction at all.
Sadly, the world is still waiting for a good apologetics reference Bible. Meanwhile, there are many others that do it better: The Evidence Bible (Comfort); Ryrie; Baptist; Rice (now sadly out of print).