I am continuing to dig into the CSB, to read it and compare it with other translations and what (very) little Greek knowledge I have gained. I am still enjoying what I am reading and finding.
Holman Bible Publishers graciously agreed to send me a few different editions to look over and review, and I hope to get to all three soon.
Today, I am reviewing the CSB Pastor’s Bible.
As far as I know, for the time being, if you want a single-column Bible in the CSB, you only have two options: the CSB Reader’s Bible, which I already reviewed, and the CSB Pastor’s Bible. I do believe they have another personal size single-column being released later in 2018, but I’m not sure when it will be available exactly.
Some of the basic information for this Bible, from the back of the box, are that it has a smyth-sewn binding, black-letter text throughout (no words of Christ in red), and 11-point type (the Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible has 9.5-point type; a picture comparing the two is posted later). Unlike the Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible, there are no cross-references in the Pastor’s Bible. It comes with three ribbon markers (one black, one red, and one white). The edition I received is a black LeatherTouch, and it has silver gilding on the edges. It has all the CSB footnotes throughout, and the CSB topical subheadings are included. As with most Bibles, it has a presentation page, a concordance in the back, and full-color maps. The perimeter has stitching around it: black on the outside and red on the inside. But the inside cover liner seems like it is glued on rather than sewn in.
In terms of size and weight, it is certainly not the smallest and lightest Bible you can purchase. It is, however, still a good size for carrying to church, unlike some of the massive study Bibles out there. Even if you don’t want to carry this one with you, it is good for keeping at home to read.
As you can see in the above two pictures, there appears to be a decent amount of margin space in the Pastor’s Bible for those who like to make notes while they are reading. No, it is not a wide-margin Bible, per se, but it has more space than some Bibles do in the margins.
The Pastor’s Bible is designed to be a CSB resources specifically for pastors. After the book of Psalms, it includes a section for wedding ceremonies (classical and contemporary, pictured below), information on funeral preparation, and some funeral sermons.
The funeral preparation is broken down into a few tips with detailed information under each one: what to do on receiving notification of death, what to do when visiting in the home, what to do when scheduling the service, what to do during the funeral home visit, what to do during the service, what to do when concluding the service, and what to do at the graveside.
The funeral sermons include a basic funeral sermon, one for a funeral for a child, one for a funeral for a student, and one for a funeral for a suicide victim.
At the end of the Bible, there are various pastoral helps. These include a “where to turn” section with Scripture references to help (pictured below), “A Brief Biblical Theology of Leadership,” “Eight Traits of Effective Church Leaders,” “Pastor, Find Your Identity in Christ,” “Glorifying God in Your Ministry,” “What is Biblical Preaching?,” “Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures,” “What is Doctrinal Preaching?,” “Four Keys for Giving an Effective Invitation,” “Five Ways to Improve Congregational Singing,” “Soul Care: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love,” “Letter to the Church,” “Five Steps to Start and Keep an Evangelistic Culture,” “How Do You Disciple Others?,” “The One Thing You Must Do as a Student Pastor,” and “Sharing the Gospel with Children.” The last two articles demonstrate that this Bible is equally valuable for youth and children pastors, as well as senior pastors.
While it is geared toward pastors, I have seen many discuss their love for this Bible merely because of the large print and single-column format, so if you are not a pastor, don’t rule out this Bible, thinking it is irrelevant to you. The layout itself is beautiful and easy on the eyes.
If you are a pastor and are looking for a Bible with many helps and articles of encouragement and advice, this is a wonderful Bible to add to your library.
*Note: I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.