Apostolic Study Bible – First Impressons

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

Materials

  • 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

Layout

  • 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.


Book introductions

Concordance

Maps

Content

  • 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

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