Holman Bible Publishers has been coming out with some awesome Bibles containing their Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation. One of the more unique ones has been The Spurgeon Study Bible.
Let me state up front that this is not a traditional study Bible. You will not find notes related to culture, words studies, hermeneutics, or application as we would normally think of it. The only part of this that matches normal study Bibles are the introductions to the books of the Bible. (More on that later.)
This Bible is unique in that every study note is a quote from Spurgeon’s sermons that ties in to the text in question. For Spurgeon lovers, this is an interesting way to combine Spurgeon’s thoughts with the biblical text. Rather than having to comb through Spurgeon’s sermons to see where he refers to some Scripture verse, one can see them related here. The notes are not exhaustive, I’m sure, and if you read through Spurgeon’s sermons, you may find multiple times he references verses, but this Bible gives you at least some quotes to connect to the Biblical text.
The edition I have is a cloth over board edition. It comes with a partial paper slip cover that gives some information on the Bible on the back. If you remove the cover, you will find a two-tone brown cloth over board cover with C. H. Spurgeon’s signature at the bottom right corner. It comes with two ribbon bookmarks: one dark brown and one a lighter tan.
The Bible starts with a Table of Contents that lists the books of the Bible and the page references of additional material in this Bible: a Spurgeon biography by Alistair Begg, the lost sermons, Spurgeon quotes, Spurgeon illustrations, and intro to the CSB, abbreviations in the CSB, and the page where the concordance begins.
There is a four page (two columns each page) biography of Spurgeon by Alistair Begg to give people some background on Spurgeon as a person.
In addition, twenty of the lost sermons of Charles Spurgeon taken from The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon: His Earliest Outlines and Sermons Between 1851 and 1854, Volume 1 are interspersed throughout the Bible. For each sermon, the handwritten sermon is included on one page and a typed-out version is on the next. I have to admit, it is neat being able to see a sermon outline in Spurgeon’s own handwriting!
Each book of the Bible has an introduction to it. Most of the information in the introduction matches the introduction from the CSB Study Bible or The Disciple’s Study Bible. The outlines that are generally included with the books of the Bible introductions is not present in this edition. In its place is a section titled “Spurgeon on [the Bible book].” From what I can tell, this section is taken from the notes that will come later in the book’s footnotes on the text, so it is sort of a brief summary of what is to come.
Spurgeon Quotes are scattered throughout. They are typed in a cursive font that seems like it was intended to resemble Spurgeon’s own handwriting. These quotes are highlights from the notes at the bottom of the page, and the quote itself is in a green font at the bottom of the page so you can see where it was taken from. (That may not show up with my camera very well.)
The CSB footnotes are included at the bottom of the page in a green box. There are no cross references in this Bible, unlike most study Bibles.
There are also illustrations throughout, which are not included in the notes at the bottom of the page, but are additional thoughts on the notes.
If you are looking for a deep study Bible, this is not the one you are looking for. I would recommend the CSB Study Bible in that case.
For someone who loves C. H. Spurgeon, however, this is a wonderful Bible. It gives a way of combining some of Spurgeon’s thoughts with the biblical text, allowing you to see what Spurgeon might say as you are reading the word of God.
*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.