I know, I know. You’re probably wondering another Bible review? Yup. But you’ll soon find out why I’m so stoked about the CSB Worldview Study Bible and what sets it apart from some of my other look-through-the-Bible posts. (You can see them here if you’re curious: She Reads Truth Bible, ESV Illuminated Bible, the CSB Study Bible, the CSB Study Bible for Women.)
All these Bibles are fantastic with none better than the other. the CSB Worldview Study Bible itself isn’t better than these Bibles, but it is a resource that helps you see through life with a Christian worldview.
I’ll give you a look through the CSB Worldview Study Bible to show you what I’m talking about.
The Best Parts of the CSB Worldview Study Bible:
This is one of the best parts of the CSB Worldview Study Bible: the commentary which is stock full of insights that will help you see the text through the culture and time in which it was written. This is key in helping all of us develop a better Christian worldview.
As of this moment, the CSB Worldview Study Bible commentary is my ultimate go-to. You know how some commentaries feel like they’re just filler, detailing what the passage already says but just in other words? Not super helpful, right? The CSB Worldview Study Bible doesn’t do that.
For instance, in a passage most Christians know,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek”
the CSB Worldview Study Bible spells out why this is such a vital phrase by taking us into the culture and context of the Greco-Roman culture. Here’s what the Christian Worldview Study Bible tells us,
“Paul lived in a shame culture in which honor was extremely important. The very idea of crucifixion was regarded as shameful since a crucified person was thought to be under God’s curse. Thus, the gospel that Paul preaches-about a crucified Savior-would be regarded as shameful. Nevertheless, Paul says he is not ashamed of the gospel.”
Pretty mind-blowing, right?
Told ya this was a good resource. 😉
And this is another one of the best parts of the Bible: the meaty articles written to help believers develop a Christian worldview with topics ranging from:
- Film and Christian Worldview
- Illness and a Christian Worldview
- Is Gender a Choice?
- Christians and Suffering
- Should We Legislate Morality?
- The Bible and Civil Rights
- Are Miracles and Science Compatible?
- and more
The intro to a new book of the CSB Worldview Study Bible includes Christian worldview elements which is a nice feature of the Bible. The book opener includes:
- techniques about God
- teachings about humanity
- teachings about salvation and
- a relevant timeline
that are all unique to each book of the Bible.
The Design of the CSB Worldview Study Bible:
Now, this Bible is more of a plain-Jane compared to some of the others I reviewed like She Reads Truth Bible and the ESV Illuminated Bible. Given the eye-pleasing website for the CSB Worldview Study Bible and beautiful presentation box, I thought the design of the Bible itself would be equaling appealing. But unfortunately, it was a little boring design wise.
I think it’s unfortunate that books elevating the mind in Christian circles tend to be neglected aesthetically.
Hopefully in the future, there will be a trend that gives design appeal to books/resources in the Christian circles that elevate the mind.
Even with my small criticism on the design aspect, the CSB Worldview Study Bible is still an amazing tool that will help you grow in your Biblical worldview.
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