Apologetics Study Bible for Students #Giveaway
The Video Portion
I am not a video watcher, so this is the part I was dreading. I always tend to do the things I dislike first, so even knowing this could set a negative tone for my review, I decided to watch the video of my choice first. Imagine my surprise when the clip was not only easy to watch but interesting, too!
Video #3 Does the Bible Demean Women?
- 3:29 in length
- Fast-paced, upbeat dialogue
- Background music that moves the content along
- Backdrop is contemporary, relevant to students, and in motion
- Provides enough information to give students some background info without telling the whole story. Allows for groups to question, research, and dig in the Scripture to find the answers for themselves
The Extras in the Study Bible
“Does the Bible Demean Women?” Marla Alupoaicei p. 507
After watching the video, I decided to see if there was a matching article to go with the topic. I flipped to the front of the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and glanced through the introduction. After a brief explanation, there is a list of Books of the Bible and Contributors followed by an Additional Features section. I skimmed the list of Articles until I found one titled “Does the Bible Demean Women?”. The articles are listed in numerical order by page number. I would have rather seen them listed by topic alphabetically, but since I knew what I was looking for it didn’t take too long to find the matching article.
Following the Articles section is the list of Twisted Scripture Notes. This section is listed by scripture. There is also a Bones & Dirt Notes section, Personal Stories section, Fast Facts section, and Other Material section. The next few pages list the contributors alphabetically by last name.
The Boring Details
Then there is a rather lengthy Introduction to the Holman Christian Standard Bible section. It contains many useful pieces of information, but I don’t foresee any pre-teen or teenager reading any of it.
There is finally an outline for the Plan of Salvation followed by two articles asking questions to engage the reader. All-in-all there are 30 pages of introduction.
The Bible itself is set up in traditional study Bible format. The scriptures are on the top part of the page with the “study” notes typed below. The font for the study notes seems very small to me. This could very well be because I’m not a teenager, but as the parent of one who wears glasses/contacts already, I would prefer not to strain their eyes any further.
Pages within each book are visually broken up almost textbook style. When something from the sections above has been added, it has a gray background, an frame around it, and often a graphic or artistic doodle to give it some movement. While the font may be small, the printed page itself is visually appealing.
Digging in to the Topic
So, back to “Does the Bible Demean Women?” on page 507. I’ve already watched the video segment. I have a few questions about what was said in the video, and perhaps I even find myself disagreeing with one statement made. The truth is I don’t want my students to take my word for it, I don’t want them to take Sean McDowell’s word for it, nor do I want them to take anyone else’s word and accept it for their own or God’s. I want them to question it and use their Bible to find an answer.
In order to see how this works, I flip to the article that goes along with the video. The first thing I notice is the fact it has a female author and it isn’t the presenter from the video. Now I’m getting data from two distinctly different sources.
I start reading. Paragraph two is paraphrasing a very small part of the creation story. It has the Scripture reference listed in parenthesis, but does NOT write out the scripture. YAY! Now my students are being encouraged to seek out God’s word on their own.
As I read through the rest of the article I am drawn to two bulleted lists: commonly abused Scriptures and women who were commended for their important contributions to God’s kingdom work.
The list of abused Scriptures directs students to where the idea the Bible demeans women comes from, but never fully discusses the Scriptures in context. While this encourages students to research it on their own and allows for youth leaders or Sunday school teachers to facilitate discussion and their own lesson, it also leaves the student studying at home on their own without clear guidance.
Scripture references following each woman in the list directs students to find their contributions on their own without hand feeding it to them. This is something that the students studying on their own can do without problem.
I went through both lists to see if any scripture listed showed up in the Twisted Scripture section. John 20:17 did. When I read that this Bible would contain twisted scriptures I was thinking things like, “Money is the root of all evil.” and such. That is not what is meant at all. John 20:17’s Twisted Scripture insert discusses the Jehovah Witness’s interpretation of this verse and goes on to explain how that interpretation TWISTS the scripture.
This study Bible with extra helps is very user-friendly. Books are indexed with tabs for easy scripture look up, it gives students practical suggestions for answering tough questions, and it provides various perspectives with Biblical reference.
From a Teenager’s POV
Lily, my sixteen-year-old daughter, rolled her eyes when I handed her a Bible to review for my blog. About an hour later I received a text from her: “I give this Bible 6/5 stars. I could literally keep reading these question things for hours.”
I intended to have my seventeen-year-old son also look through the Bible to give his opinion, but I barely got to show it to him. His response was that the study part would really help him. He would like being able to get an explanation of the verses he didn’t understand.
Unfortunately for him, Lily swiped this Bible and refuses to let go of it. Here are her thoughts on this Apologetics Study Bible for Students.
Additional Features: Articles
I rate this section 5 Stars because it helps me understand real-world problems and puts them in order based on the books in Bible. For example, the article titled “What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?” is located in Leviticus where scripture about the topic is most prominent. I liked how it said like, “Though it’s a serious offence to God, we shouldn’t heap special condemnation on homosexuals or feel compelled to make homosexuality the special focus of our witness to a world lost in sin.” This helps us to see that we aren’t supposed to focus on specific sins, but that we need to point people to God without judging the severity of their sin.
The study commentary dumbs down the wording to a teenager’s point of view. I liked it. The Twisted Scriptures are also interesting. I read the one for Leviticus 19:28 about tattoos. This section is a lot like a mixture of the study notes and the articles because it helps understand real-world problems through a single verse.
This Bible is interesting and beneficial for teenagers because it’s more interactive than a normal, plain ole Jane, ole Bible with just the verses.
Conclusion & Giveaway
I think you can see that this Bible gets the approval of a youth leader/teacher and youth. I think you could show things from the extras in this Bible to teens who don’t typically read the Bible Win your very own Apologetics Study Bible here! Not only do I have the one my daughter has claimed for her own, but I am also giving another copy away! You may enter several different ways each day until the 21st of August! Click the Rafflecopter link below to get started!
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