I just got my Apostolic Bible about an hour ago. I have not had a chance to dig deep into it of course but here are few pictures along with my first impressions:
Bible inside the cover
Inside the Box
- Packing looks & feels professional
- Great presentation
- To me, this shows they took the project seriously from start to finish
Genuine leather cover
Single ribbon marker
- I was pleasantly suprised with the leather quality of this Bible. This is not the premium special edition so I was afraid it would feel pleatherly like the genuine leather Greek/Hebrew Key-Word study bible.
- Leather is a solid-feeling yet supple leather with a nice texture
- The ribbon, imo is too short and too wide.
- Also, many expensive Bibles on the market offer two ribbons. I would like to see that added in future editions.
- I’m not sure if it is Smyth-sewn or not. I don’t think it is… at least it’s not indicated that it is. Also, the pages do not lay flat which is a trademark feature of a Smyth-sewn Bible. Consequently note-taking on the inside margin is going to be difficult. The Binding looks solid otherwise but only time will tell.
Typical Page Layout
Chapter divisions with sub-headings
- I actually like the layout. I appreciate the larger, easy-to-read font.
- I also like the two-tone color & blue makes the accents stand out beautifully.
- The commentary sections are also very legible.
- I don’t use subheadings a lot myself but it’s handy to have and I approve.
- I’m glad they chose to keep it a verse by verse layout instead of paragraph form. I know the latter is becoming the latest fad but I don’t like it.
- It is black-letter. I own several Bibles that are black letter and don’t mind it a bit. However, if you’re used to the red-letter editions, it could be an uncomfortable learning curve.
- First, I think it’s important to remember this is the first printing. Even the Thompson Chain-reference Bible did not start out as robust as it is today.
- Much applause is due to the team who compiled the information. My first impression is they tried their best to make it readable, applicable, and not divisive – something that can be used across a broad-spectrum of Oneness Pentecost.
- I am disappointed there are no cross-references. That seems like a pretty basic function to leave out.
- It is pretty light on resources. Book introductions, commentary on select passages, a concordance, and maps are pretty much it. There is no harmony of the gospels, timelines, or charts that I’ve noticed yet.
- I was hoping to see some bible study inserts. I would love to see an outline study of the Oneness, Jesus-name Baptism, Holy Ghost, and holiness in there somewhere. It would be a benefit to new converts trying to evangelize their world… which leads me to my summary
Conclusions – again based on first impression only
- This is a fantastic first edition!
- It is probably best suited for a newer convert as a more experienced saint and certainly preachers will not find much new “meat” in the study helps.
- They need to bring the price down and I don’t mean bring the quality down. There are Baptist resources that print nice genuine Bibles like these for about $50 and the true church should be able to do it at least as good.
- Except for the price this would be THE Bible I would encourage my new converts to purchase as I don’t have to worry about a bunch of trinity and easy-believism garbage tainting their studies.
I rate it a first-impression rating of 8/10