Apologetics Study Bible For Students {Book Review}

Sean McDowell & Holman Bible Staff
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

can play a crucial role in giving students an understanding of:

What they believe ~ Strong evidence for the Christian faith ~ Answers to the critics of Christianity ~ Weakness of other worldviews ~ Christ-like ways of communicating the Christian faith

The Apologetics Study Bible for Students will ground Christian students in the truths of Scripture by equipping them with thoughtful and practical responses to difficult and heartfelt challenges to core issues of faith and life. It's the study Bible that will actually help students articulate their faith. Think of it as Christian apologetics 101.

  • Book Introductions for each of the sixty-six books of the Bible.
  • Study Notes provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture.
  • 120 Articles written by today's leading Christian thinkers dealing with life's ultimate questions.
  • 60 Twisted Scriptures address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to historic Christian teaching.
  • 50 Bones & Dirt features important archaeological discoveries with an apologetics value.
  • 50 Notable Quotes from influential people throughout history.
  • 25 Tactics will equip students to withstand opposition to Christianity by outlining tactics and strategies for handling frequently heard anti-Christian arguments.
  • 20 Personal Stories will encourage and strengthen readers in their faith by describing how God has worked dramatically in people's lives.
  • 20 Top Five are bullet point lists that help readers remember significant apologetics topics. 
Contributors include:
Sean McDowell ~ Greg Stier ~ Alison Thomas ~ Dam Kimball ~ and more than 45 others

My Thoughts

After going through the Apologetics Study Bible for Students my first thought was, where was this Bible when my kids were teens? First, it is the version that I enjoy reading and studying from. The HCSB version is easy to understand but also accurate to the original text. 

The next thing that I liked was how easy it is to find what you are looking for. Not only are there thumb tabs on the spine so that you can easily flip to the book you are wanting, there are also indexes in the front that give detailed descriptions so you can turn to the exact portion you are looking for according to topic.

My very favorite thing about this Bible is how interactive it is. While it of course contains the complete text of the Bible, it also has articles throughout that allow the student to learn and absorb the facts pertaining to apologetics. Our kids are increasingly faced with tough situations and questions from nonbelievers and teaching them apologetics is an important part of helping them put on the armor of God.

Did you also know that there is a video based Bible study using the Apologetics Study Bible for Students? It is a 16-week study that can be used with youth groups, Christian or home schools, or as in our case your personal home studies. You can find more about it at www.ApologeticsBible.com


  1. Hi Whitney, thank you for sharing about it. I would look for it over here. I haven't seen any around here yet, *South Africa*.
    Thank you stopping by my blog earlier.
    I am grateful
    Blessings to you

    1. I hope you find it! Even as an adult I loved reading through the articles it contained. It helped me to remember some very important apologetics that I learned in Bible college.


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