Published by: Crossway
First of all, I want to say: #1 I have only read the footnotes in this book through Exodus at the time of writing this review. #2 A study bible really shouldn’t be read the way I read it.
This study bible is really, really cool. It got me pretty excited to read my bible! This book has tons of texts from ancient myths compared to biblical text. I read most of the archaeological notes by going through and reading only the scriptures that the notes talked about. This is not the best way to read it, as it can seem a little repetitive. Even with reading it that way, it was still very interesting!
Not only does this study bible have footnotes on every single page, it also has tons of maps, photos of ruins, excerpts about different cultures, photos of ancient idols, reliefs, charts, and articles about archaeology! I learned a lot of things from it, and I would say it’s quite faith-building.
The only things I didn’t like were the few “duh” moments in some of the notes (a.k.a. unnecessary explanations). Also, keep a dictionary on hand. Almost every page has at least one fancy/scholarly word that no normal person would know even though there is a lot simpler words that could be used.
I have really enjoyed what I have read so far. The information this book contains is definitely worth reading and I recommend it completely!