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2011 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner!

Developed in direct response to what consumer focus groups asked for, only one study Bible delivers more than you'd expect-right where you'd expect it. 

When reading a passage in the Bible, you shouldn't have to wonder where to find supporting reference notes and commentary that go along with it. That's why the HCSB Study ...

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2011 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner!

Developed in direct response to what consumer focus groups asked for, only one study Bible delivers more than you'd expect-right where you'd expect it. 

When reading a passage in the Bible, you shouldn't have to wonder where to find supporting reference notes and commentary that go along with it. That's why the HCSB Study Bible-featuring approximately 15,000 study notes-is designed so that every clarifying resource is there on the same page spread as the biblical text to which it refers. You'll never again forget what you were looking for, because the pertinent note, map, chart, word study, or illustration is already there. And when an even deeper view is desired, there are also introductions for each book, outlines and timelines, a concordance, and more.

For the growing believer whose desire is to know Scripture more intimately and live out its loving instruction, the HCSB Study Bible always keeps you and God on the same page.


315 word studies
Four-color presentation pages
141 photographs
Two-column text setting
62 timelines
Two-piece gift box (non-hardcover)
59 maps
One-year Bible reading plan
24 articles
Center column references
16 illustrations/reconstructions 
Topical subheads
15 charts
Black letter text

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586404574
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Format: Leather Bound
  • Pages: 2240
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Translation Team includes one hundred men and women representing 17 different protestant denominations and reflecting the very best in updated Bible translation scholarship. Above all, each contributor involved honors the Bible as God’s inspired and inerrant Word. In addition to the core translation team led by general editor Edwin A. Blum, as well as the Holman Bible editorial staff, contributors to the HCSB Study Bible include Jeremy Royal Howard, Craig L. Blomberg, Gary Habermas, Walt Kaiser, Mary A. Kassian, Andreas Köstenberger, Robert A. Stein, Ed Stetzer, and dozens more.

Jeremy Royal Howard
(h) 615-288-4015
(o) 615-251-3647
(c) 931-200-4078
Born August 16, 1972
Wife: Simone (Piaggi) Howard, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Children: Isaac Vaughn (2001), Josie Marie (2004), Silas Athanasius (2007), Peter Seth (2009)
Doctor of Philosophy (2005 – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – Louisville, KY)

  • Major: Christian Apologetics and Worldview Studies
  • Minors: Philosophy and Systematic Theology
  • Dissertation: The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Physics: An
Assessment of Its Fitness for Use in Christian Theology and Apologetics
  • Supervisor: James Parker III
  • Committee: Bruce Ware, Stephen Wellum, and Ronald Nash
Master of Divinity (2001 – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – Louisville, KY)
  • Major: Theology and Pastoral track
Bachelor of Science (1997 – Tennessee Technological University – Cookeville, TN)
  • Major: Biology
  • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Vice President of the Chemical/Medical Club

Director of Publishing for Bibles and Reference Books – B&H Publishing Group. August 2009 to present.
Editor of Bibles and Reference Books – B&H Publishing Group. July 2007 to July 2009.
Writer / Researcher / Instructor – GobalReach, a ministry of Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock. I co-authored several works with Dr. Robert Lewis and also taught in the church’s Equipping Center. 2005 to 2007.
Teaching Assistant – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – serving James Parker III in 2003, and Ronald H. Nash from 2003 through 2004. Duties included substitute teaching in theology, philosophy, apologetics, and church history for classes at Boyce College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Supervisor – United Parcel Service, Louisville, KY. Twilight Ground Sort. 2002 to 2004.
Leadership Residency Program – Fellowship Bible Church – 2001 to 2002. Studied Fellowship Bible Church’s I2 philosophy – where Christian disciples are encouraged to lead by doing ministry in the community.  
Head Pastor – New Hope Baptist Church, Greenville, IN – 1999 to 2001. 
Student Ambassador – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1999 – 2001. Represented SBTS and Boyce College at graduate fairs and youth conferences at major universities, and raised funds via phone calls to donors and alumni. Conducted campus tours for prospective students and dignitaries.
Youth Minister – New Hope Baptist Church, Greenville, IN – 1998.
Youth Minister – First Baptist Church, Celina, TN – 1997.
Books – Author or Contributor
  • Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Jesus – B&H Publishing, 2009.
  • Is Jesus Alive Today? The Evidence and Why It Matters to You – B&H Publishing, 2008. Author of the title essay, which is an apologetic for the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Christianity and Quantum Physics: Assessing the Fitness of the Copenhagen Interpretation for Use in Christian Theology and Apologetics – VDM, 2008.
  • The New Eve: Choosing God’s Best for Your Life – B&H Publishing, 2008. Co-author with Dr. Robert Lewis.
  • The Men’s Fraternity Bible – B&H Publishing, 2007. Editor and concept designer.
  • “The Origins of the Gospel: Human Ideas or Divine Revelation,” in If God Made the Universe, Who Made God? B&H Publishing Group, February 1, 2012.
  • “Scripture and the Pre-scientific Worldview,” in If God Made the Universe, Who Made God? B&H Publishing Group, February 1, 2012.
  • “Women Witnesses to the Risen Christ,” Biblical Illustrator, Spring 2012.
  • “Did the Apostles Report Jesus’ Words Accurately?” The Apologetics Study Bible for Students, 2010.          
  • “Canon and Transmission: How we Got the Old Testament,” HCSB Study Bible, B&H Publishing, October 2010.
  • “Canon and Transmission: How we Got the New Testament,” HCSB Study Bible, B&H Publishing, October 2010.
  • “Background for the Gospel of Mark,” Biblical Illustrator, November 2009.
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: A Brief Assessment from the Christian Worldview,” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 11:1 (2007).
  • “Does the ‘New Physics’ Conflict with Christianity?” Apologetics Study Bible, B&H Publishing, 2007.
  • “Origins of the Gospel: Idea or Revelation?” Christian Observer, August 2003.
  • “Origins of the Gospel: Is the New Testament Greek?” Christian Observer, September 2003.
  • Ghost writer for magazine articles supporting Men’s Fraternity and Becoming a Man – ministry products of Dr. Robert Lewis.
Select Books Edited for B&H Publishing
  • The HCSB Study Bible, General Editor and Contributing Scholar, 2010.
  • Holman KJV Study Bible, General Editor and Contributing Scholar, 2012.
  • The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible, General Editor, 2013.
  • Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation, Mark Whorton, 2008.
  • Holman QuickSource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Craig A. Evans, 2010.
  • The Apologetics Study Bible for Students, General Editor Sean McDowell, 2010.
  Professional Papers
  • Evangelical Theological Society – Fall 2007, San Diego, CA. “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction and Worldview Assessment”
Radio and Television
  • I have done a hundred or so local, national, and international radio interviews in support of my books and B&H products. I have appeared on The Harvest Show (December 11, 2009) for LeSea Television Network in support of my book, Understanding Jesus.
  • 2011 ECPA Bible of the Year Award for the HCSB Study Bible

Edwin A. Blum is the general editor of the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) translation. He holds degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., Th.D.) and the University of Basel (D. Theol.).

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  • Posted April 27, 2015

    Study bibles have been around since the Geneva Bible of 1560 and

    Study bibles have been around since the Geneva Bible of 1560 and they have come in every imaginable sort, from the general purpose study Bibles like the NIV and ESV Study Bibles, to ones with a more specific agenda, like the Reformation Study Bible or the Orthodox Study Bible. As such, the HCSB Study Bible falls squarely in the “general purpose” study Bible category. In fact, in the introduction, the editors say that they intentionally avoided any sectarian bias in the notes, and I have found that to be (sometimes disappointingly) true. I like notes that make me think and sometimes even disagree with, but this study Bible is pretty main stream Evangelical in its approach. The excellent scholars that wrote the notes to the HCSB Study Bible are mostly from southern Evangelical seminaries, but there is enough variety in their denominations to make me happy. 
    The notes to the HCSB Study Bible are very good, but not great. Sometimes there are no notes where there should be some. Let me give you an example. John 6:44 states: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (HCSB) The English word draws is very important here because it comes from the Greek word ε¿λκυ¿ω (helkyo) which can mean drag (as a net) or draw (as a sword) or impel. Many commentators, including Martin Luther believed that it was more of a “gracious allurement” than God compelling the believer. The point is, there is a lot of disagreement over whether Christ meant that God the Father drags people to come to Him (perhaps even against their will) or whether he entices them (in accordance with their will). The HCSB Study Bible avoids this issue altogether and doesn’t even comment on this important verse and others related to it.  
    To be fair, the HCSB does have a textual note on John 6:44 that says, “Or brings, or leads” but this is in all HCSB Bibles, and not the study Bible specifically. I wish that more study Bibles had the courage of their editor’s convictions and wouldn’t be afraid to take positions on difficult or controversial topics. Too many study Bible’s notes are tepid at best. 
    That said, one of the best features of the HCSB Study Bible are its word studies. The editors have chosen over 400 words in the Old and New Testaments and have given them special colorful articles that are both helpful and attractive. And while we are on the topic of color, you will not find a more colorful study Bible anywhere. Besides the many colorful end pages, the text itself is full of colorful maps, illustrations and diagrams. Along with these, the in-text headings and verse numbers are in a nice dark shade of blue and the textual notes are in their own cream-colored section beneath the text of the Bible. Some people are distracted by a lot of color, but I found the color tasteful in this Bible. It is a joy to read. Yes, I wish the text was in a single column format like the ESV Study Bible, but the overall page design is pleasing. 
    Another feature of this study Bible are its essays by leading Christian scholars. I found these essays to be well-written, but again, some important topics and doctrines were left out. I know that no study Bible can be all things to everybody, so I don’t fault the HCSB Study Bible too much here. The essays are useful and a pleasure to read. 
    What do I love the most about this study Bible? Its maps. This is where this study Bible shines. It is chock full of color maps, often full page, that make orientating oneself in whatever book you happen to be reading much easier. So many study Bibles have weak gray-scale maps that the reader passes over because they are so small and bland. I found myself getting much more out of my reading (especially OT books) because I could reference the maps that went along with the text. The HCSB Study Bible also has good maps in the back of the Bible, but those are almost vestigial there are so many excellent maps in the text. One note: Why is it that Bibles have gotten rid of their map index (gazetteer)? It seems like Cambridge is the only Bible publisher that puts a map index in their Bibles anymore. This is a very useful feature that should make a comeback in Bibles, especially study Bibles. 
    The physical nature of this study Bible is impressive. It is a big study Bible and heavy. I brought it to church with me and thought it was probably too heavy to bring to church all the time, especially as I like to take notes on my iPad. Handling both was a bit much. Still, it feels good in the hand, like the precious tome that it is. The “deluxe leather” version is in black cowhide and is nicely executed. The leather is soft and pliable and the gold inlay on the spine is well done. It is not leather-lined, but the lining is very flexible and looks sharp. More importantly, the text is Smythe-sewn. It is a Bible that should last for years, if treated well. Interestingly, the gold leaf edges make a lot of the pages stick together on this Bible. Rather than being annoying, I rather liked this, as it made opening many pages of the Bible a special event of its own. It also reveals that the gold leaf was thickly applied and not some cheap spray on, like it is on a lot of Bibles. 
    The paper of this Bible is excellent—one of its best features. Holman needed an especially opaque paper for this Bible so the color illustrations wouldn’t show through, and they found a good one. Even with full color illustrations on the following page, I wasn’t distracted in my reading. The HCSB Study Bible has two ribbon markers of different colors presumably for the Old and New Testaments. I don’t use the ribbon markers and they remain tucked in as if new. They look good, however. This Bible also has a very good concordance (for the back of a Bible) and the cross references are thorough. 
    One thing this study Bible lacks that some (such as the ESV and Ryrie) study Bibles have is a section in the back on important church doctrines and ethics. While nice, I didn’t miss this in this Bible. I have plenty of books on these topics and don’t really use them in a study Bible. To me, a good study Bible should make reading the Bible text itself more revealing and informative. The HCSB Study Bible does this. 
    The overall impression of this study Bible is well executed. Good job Broadman & Holman! I have started to really like the Holman Christian Standard Bible version and now read it nearly as much as the NIV and the ESV. This study Bible will only make me want to read this version more.  I should mention here that I was kindly sent a copy of the HCSB Study Bible to evaluate by Brandon Taylor of B&H Publishing. Many thanks to him. 

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