*** I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ***
The CSB Worldview Study Bible is a interesting addition to the study Bible market. Instead of helping the reader interpret and understand the text, this Bible contains articles throughout that address issues of our day from a biblical perspective with the goal of helping Christians understand what the Bible says on these topics.
I received the navy leathertouch version. This Bible is very nice to look at and hold. The cover is a deep blue, soft to the touch, and very flexible while not “floppy.” The page edges are silver. This is just personal preference, but I love silver pages edges on Bibles, especially with the blue cover. The “Bible serif” font is used, which is very readable. The Bible has two ribbons, one ivory and one navy. For a study Bible, it feels relatively small – it has the same dimensions as the Spurgeon study Bible but is thinner. This is a study Bible that could be carried to church or Bible study pretty easily.
Most of the books have a 2-page introduction spread that gives the reader the book’s background, the circumstances of the book’s writing, the book’s structure, what the book contributes to the Bible, what the book teaches about God, humanity, and salvation, and a timeline to help the reader see where the book fits in biblical history. The essays throughout the Bible touch on a variety of topics, including other religions, creationism, gender identity, abortion, work, etc. The Bible contains a concordance.
I’m a little torn on this Bible, to be honest. In some places, this Bible excels. The essays on different religions are extremely useful in a time when the “religious other” is often our next door neighbor. The book intros are very helpful while being concise and easy to read. I was happy to see the number of women contributors to this Bible, and very happy that the women’s essays weren’t only about marriage and family concerns.
However, the Bible doesn’t really hit that ideal of representing a Christian worldview. Instead, it represents a conservative complementarian worldview while giving more than one option for other ideas. For example, there is an essay from an old earth creationism viewpoint and an essay from a young earth creationism viewpoint, but all the articles that talk about gender roles assume a complementarian understanding of the Bible. Assuming complementarianism as part of a Christian worldview seems dishonest to me, given how many denominations do not hold to complementarianism.
This is an excellent Bible for those who hold to a complementarian theology, but egalitarians may want to see one in person before making a purchasing choice. Overall, I like the Bible – I just wish it was more inclusive of differing understandings within the church.