The Christian Standard Bible translation (CSB) is the most recent version published by B&H. They have extended this new version to the study Bible market. The result is outstanding addition for pastors and Bible students. One example is the Pastor’s Bible (this review is based on the genuine leather edition).
The first thing we should notice is the cover. The material used is a brown goatskin leather (printed on the back) and it feels so smooth though it has texture. Flexibility and durability guaranteed. The spine gives a solid and elegant view this Bible. There are three spine ribs that divide three inscriptions printed in gold: Holy Bible, Christian Standard Bible, and Holman. The ribs are prominent enough to be noticed. The perimeter of this cover comes with stitches, contributing to an elegant and fine cover. Then points out of ten on the cover. Edges are also gold.
The vinyl liner is the first thing you will find inside this Bible. It helps the cover to feel strong and to get to its original position when manipulated. The next feature is a presentation page, in case you want to give this Bible to someone as a present. Then, a list with the books of the Bible and a table of content can be found. An introduction to the CSB precedes the table of abbreviations, followed by the Bible text.
Readers will find a single column format with a generous size font (Bible Serif 10 points) and bold enough to make reading so comfortable. The single column design offers a generous margin for personal notes. Footnotes are separated from the main text by a horizontal line and notes can be distinguished by the chapter and verse in bold. The paper selected for this Bible is thin, resulting in show-trough thought it is not disturbing as in other Bibles. Appropriate highlighting pens or markers are recommended. Distribution, font, and bolding invite readers to read this text without getting tired.
Footnotes are textual explanations and alternative translations for some words. One thing potential buyers must be aware of is that this Bible is not a study Bible (and it does not intend to be so), and for that reason there are no commentaries on the text. So, if you are looking for a study Bible based on the CSB, you may want to consider the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible.
Three ribbons (5mm black, brown and red) help readers mark the texts they are studying, or to mark the texts readers will be using for their sermons or study Bible.
As a Bible addressed to pastors, this volume includes articles covering different topics:
- Wedding Ceremonies
- Funeral Preparation
- Funeral Sermons
- Where to Turn
- A Brief Biblical Theology of Leadership
- Eight Traits of Effective Church Leaders
- Pastor, Find Your Identity in Christ
- Glorifying God in Your Ministry
- What is Biblical Preaching?
- Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures
- What is Doctrinal Preaching?
- Four Keys for Giving an Effective Invitation
- Five Ways to Improve Congregational Singing
- Soul Care: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love
- Letter to the Church
- Five Steps to Start and Keep an Evangelistic Culture
- How Do You Disciple Others?
- The One Thing You Must Do as a Student Pastor
- Sharing the Gospel with Children
I am still wondering why the first three additional resources (Wedding Ceremonies, Funeral Preparation, and Funeral Sermons) have been placed between Psalms and Proverbs instead of at the end of the Bible text where the rest of the articles can be found. I also miss a resource addressing baptism services preparation.
A concordance and eight full color maps can be found at the end of this Bible.
Summarizing, this Bible is a great addition to the pastor’s Bible market. The CSB translation along with the material and text format make this Bible a highly recommended Bible for pastors and church leaders.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255