Bible Review – Holman Christian Standard Study Bible Premium Black Cowhide Calfskin
It’s been a while since I have done a Bible review but I recently received two new premium Bibles for review from the good folks over and B&H publishing. One I will do today and the other I will do in the next couple of days. Both of these Bibles use the Holman Christian Standard translation as their text. I have had very little to no interaction with this translation and I am excited to finally dive in and get a feel for it. In this post I am going to show you a lot of pictures to highlight some of the great features of this Bible.
Overall, I think this is a great resource. The binding is well done and I love how it looks and feels in the hand, it makes me want to hold it which is always a good thing. I also really like all of the goodies they have inside that help shed light on certain passages, I find those maps and illustrations very helpful. In general, I like the formatting, especially the font and size, I think its a good fit. I really like the size, it’s big but not too big. I really like the ESV Study Bible but it’s just so big.
Some things that on first look I don’t care for. I don’t care for the multicolor format, I strongly prefer a black on white page of text, The text appears too busy to me. Now I am sure that upon further use that distraction would fade but initially it is an adjustment. I also don’t care for unique format placement of texts like “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD” but once again that can be gotten used to.
If the HCSB is your translation or you are looking to dive in and check it out, I highly recommend this edition to you! It is loaded with great resources and is beautiful to boot! If you want something a little more portable and great for just reading and meditating be on the look out for my review of the Deluxe Ministers Edition.
If you have any questions about this edition please feel free to ask in the comments section and I will try and respond as quickly as possible. I want to thank Jamie at B&H for allowing me this opportunity, thank you! If you would like to get your hands on one of these beautiful copies you can find them and many more at www.LifeWay.com. Stay tuned, because in the next day or two I will review the HCSB Deluxe Ministers Edition in black cowhide.