Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Henry Morris Study Bible

Well, the first thing I can tell you, is that this beast is BIG! As for as study bible sizes go, it is right up there with the infamously large ESV. Serious bible poundage!

I'm reviewing the hardbound edition, which as you would expect, is sturdy and well built. The layout is a two column format with each verse starting a new line. The 10pt text is easy to read. One of the most surprising features is the inclusion of not one, but two ribbon markers. Overall, this bible delivers a pleasant reading experience.

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So who is Henry Morris?

Henry Morris is considered to be the Father of modern Creationism. He believed the bible to be the absolute authority on all matters, a belief that he made his life mission to defend. Much of his work centered on the accounts of creation and the world-wide flood. Morris felt that to deny God's Word on either of these was to doubt God's truthfulness in all matters. The Henry Morris Study Bible aims to defend the truth of scripture against evolution and all competing and conflicting worldviews and "sciences" that seek to cast doubt upon or reject God's written revelation.

Now, on to the notes. The best description I can give for the reference material comes from the introdution to the study bible itself.

"Based on this literal and contextual approach, the notes become what one might call Baptistic in ecclesiology, pre-millennial in eschatology, non-charismatic in pneumatology, and moderately Calvinistic in soteriology."

Kind of refreshing to see this honest of a description right up front. This study bible was compiled with a particular world view and theology in mind, and they aren't afraid or ashamed to admit it.

Included in the back of the bible are twenty-two appendices covering topics such as the authenticity of scripture, creation versus evolution, and other theological issues. One of these I would like to mention in particular is titled "A Creationist's defense of the King James Bible." While he doesn't condemn all other bible translations as heresy, he doesn't cast them in a very favorable light either. I do appreciate the KJV and its legacy, but I personally don't agree all of the arguments used to elevate its status as the supreme biblical translation or those that cast doubt upon newer translations. Just something to be aware of.

So what's the bottom line?

If you are in the market for a new study bible and the King James is your translation of choice, you can't go wrong with The Henry Morris Study Bible.

I'd like to thank Master Books for sending me this free copy for review as part of their Bible Defenders Review Team.
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