Holman’s CSB Worldview Study Bible review – Rating 9.1

Holman's CSB Worldview Study Bible
In 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Paul talks about using his freedom to become all things to all people so some may be saved.  Without diving into a teaching on this topic, one thing to note is that Paul understood who he was talking to.

Look at Romans and how he spoke to them to appeal to their intellectual side and their culture.  He was able to do this by knowing what his view of the world was from a Christian perspective, but also he had an understanding of what culture was of his audience and how they thought about things. Too much to dive into this particular post.

However, with that said, the new CSB Worldview Study Bible from Holman is a powerful tool to be able to do just what Paul did, but in our current world. Yes, we may have a Christian view of the world as the Bible presents it to us, but we also interact with and contradict other worldviews that we must understand to be effective in reaching others.

I  requested a copy from B&H Publishing (Holman Bible Publishers) through their BH Bloggers program to see how this particular Study Bible stacks up in regards to ease of use and more importantly helping people to functionally understand better about what they believe.  The copy that I got was the hardcover version with the printed dust cover.


In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by B&H Publishing to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


**See all sections below for full detailed review**

Holman has come out with the new CSB Worldview Study Bible which is designed to help the reader to learn to think in a Christian manner and live out the truth of their faith in Christ. This Study Bible does a very good job in helping to connect the gap in how we often fail to do on Monday what we just learned on Sunday.

In addition to this, I see this also as a tool to understand certain worldviews that exist in our culture. We encounter these worldviews on a daily basis and every person does have some kind of a worldview. As Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 stated, he wanted to “become all things to all people” that some might be saved. For him to do this, he had to understand the people and culture to whom he was speaking. The CSB Worldview Study Bible has some very good articles on these non-Christian cultural worldviews and how the Christian worldview stands in contrast to it.

There are fewer study notes in the CSB Worldview Study Bible compared to other ones that I have encountered, but still, it is a nice balance and the notes seem to be solid, with more of a Baptist background.

In addition to the study notes, there are 132 articles that are written very well by around 120 different authors. These articles are probably one of the key extra-Scripture tools aimed at the purpose of this Study Bible. From topics like “Evolution and Intelligent Design” to “things like “A Biblical Assessment of Abortion” and “The New Age Movement” to name just a few of these excellent articles.

I would say that if you are a pretty mature (in the faith) Christian, you likely will know a majority of the topics covered in these articles. But you still will likely find this beneficial. If you are relatively new or not really seasoned in the faith, then I think you will find this to be a very valuable option if you are looking for a Study Bible.

Overall, I am pretty impressed with the CSB Worldview Study Bible and I would recommend it. I received a copy of this Study Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Type of Bible: Study Bible / Reference
Publisher: Holman Bible Publishers / B&H Publishing (May 15, 2018)
Authors: David S. Dockery @davidsdockery ‏& Trevin K. Wax @TrevinWax
ISBN-13 of Bible Reviewed:
Price:  At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is at Christianbook.com.  They have it for $46.99– suggested retail from the publisher is $69.99. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.

If you would like to purchase this book, please support my blog and purchase by clicking any of the links to Christianbook.com on this page like the one below. If you want it in a different format, Click Here for those links listed below in this review.

604348: CSB Worldview Study Bible, Navy LeatherTouch CSB Worldview Study Bible, Navy LeatherTouch
By Holman Bible PublishersThe CSB Worldview Study Bible brings a fresh new approach to the study of Scripture with a focus on how the truths of the Bible impact one’s worldview. Features include extensive worldview study notes and articles by notable Christian scholars. Guided by general editors David S. Dockery and Trevin K. Wax, the CSB Worldview Study Bible is an invaluable resource and study tool that will help you to discuss, defend, and clearly share with others the truth, hope, and practical compatibility of Christianity in everyday life.Features include:

  • Extensive worldview study notes
  • Over 150 articles by notable Christian scholars
  • Center-column references
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Presentation page
  • Two ribbon markers
  • Two-piece gift box
  • General Editors: David S. Dockery and Trevin Wax
  • Associate Editors: Constantine R. Campbell, E. Ray Clendenen, Eric J. Tully
  • Contributors include: Dockery, Wax, Van Neste, Thornbury, Stonestreet, Cabal, Bock, Sharp, Trueman, Ashford, Mohler Jr., Dembski, Vang, Naugle, Marshall, Spencer, Copan, Smith Jr., Groothuis, Moore, Noll, George, Sanderson, Smith, Forster, Fong, and more.

The CSB Worldview Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

Physical Characteristics:

  • “Leathertouch” Imitation Leather
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • 1 blue and 1 white ribbon marker
  • Double column Bible text
  • Center column Cross References
  • Words of Christ are NOT in red
  • 2208 pages
  • Scripture text is a 10 point font
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.8 x 10 inches
  • Approximate weight: 3.1 pounds

CSB Worldview Study Bible Navy cover


Pre-Scripture Text Pages

Presentation Page
This is the typical single page presentation page with a field for each “Presented To”, “By” and “On” for you to fill out.

Preface for the Worldview Study Bible
This is a nice two-page write-up that explains the purpose and need of the Worldview Study Bible which is to help Christians continue to grow in their path of being transformed.

Books of the Bible 
One page that is the fairly typical listing of the name of the book, the abbreviation and what page to turn to for the beginning of that book.

Additional Features
These three pages list out the different essays by Title, Author and what page they are on.  Fairly typical contents-type page, just for the essays mostly, with a listing for each of the following: Contributors, Introduction to the Christian Standard Bible and the CSB Concordance.

Three pages that show the contributor that were involved either as editors, commentary writers or essay authors. Like most of Holman Bibles, commentaries and articles/essays come predominantly from a Baptist background.

 – General Editors: David S. Dockery and Trevin K. Wax
 – Associate Editors: Constantine R. Campbell, E. Ray Clendenen, and Eric J. Tully
 – Old Testament Commentaries: Kevin Chen and Eric J. Tully
 – New Testament Commentaries: Michael L. Bryant, Constantine R. Campbell, Edward D. Gravely and Ray Van Neste.
 – Essay authors: with over 100 of them, there are too many to list here for now, but here are just a few of them:  Daniel L. Akin, Darrel L. Bock, Timothy Paul Jones, Thom S. Rainer, and David L. Weeks to name just a few.

Introduction to the Christian Standard Bible
These 4 pages are the typical letter from the translators’ information which informs you how this translation came to be and the method the translators used when translating this version.  I always recommend people to read these sections of their Bibles to understand some of the features and how your particular version was created.

Commonly used abbreviations in CSB Bibles
Kind of a help for the translators’ notes to give you an idea for what abbreviations are used mostly in the Translators’ Footnotes.

An Introduction to a Christian Worldview
This very well written three-page essay by Trevin K. Wax goes into a brief introduction about what a Christian Worldview is and why it matters to us as believers.

The Crisis of the Christian Mind
A two-page essay by James Emery White on how we need to be taking how we think about our beliefs very seriously.

What Is a Christian Worldview and Why Does It Matter?
A two-page essay by Gregory A. Thornbury that goes into a little more detail and viewpoint from the Introduction essay by Trevin Wax.

Biblical Interpretation
This is a two-page essay by George H. Guthrie helps to quickly explain how we need to keep our interpretation of the Scriptures within the context that they belong so we do not interpret them incorrectly.

Biblical Inspiration and Inerrancy
This two-page essay by Richard R. Melick helps us to understand how the Bible is inspired and also inerrant.

What Is a Human?
This two-page essay by John Stonestreet reviews what a human is when compared in the Christian worldview against other worldviews.

Speaking to a Non-Christian About Jesus
This three-page essay by John D. Massey helps us to get a solid idea of how we can approach non-believers to speak to them about Jesus.  As with my Quick Summary section above, the author goes into some detail about how we really have to keep it in context to the person we are talking to for this to be meaningful and effective.  Very well written.

Scripture Text Pages

Individual Book Introductions
The Book Introductions are usually two pages for most of them.  The first sections of the book introductions are fairly typical with an Introduction, Circumstances of Writing (including Author and Background), Contribution to the Bible and Structure of the book. They do have a nice timeline at the bottom of both pages that gives a nice background about Biblical and historical events that take place during the timeline surrounding this book.

As you would expect with this particular Study Bible, there is a section that is almost a half page that is geared toward Christian Worldview Elements that pertain to this particular book. This section is broken down into three portions which include Teachings about God, Teachings about Humanity and TEachings about Salvation.

CSB Worldview Study Bible Book Introduction to the book of Mark

Old Testament References in the New Testament
Like the majority of the CSB Bibles that I have encountered so far, they followed suit with how they referenced Old Testament quotations/references just like they did in the publisher’s previous HCSB translation.

They did this by using a nice bold font for the Scripture text that is the reference.  This makes it very easy to see the references that are in any New Testament text to indicate Old Testament quotations or any obvious allusion to any Old Testament text.

As I have stated in previous reviews of different CSB Bibles, this is my favorite method of identifying Old Testament references where they bold the font of the actual text in the New Testament.

CSB Worldview Study Bible Old Testament References

Study Notes
The study notes in the CSB Worldview Study Bible are geared toward the Christian Worldview to help the reader gain a better understanding of how we should be viewing our world from a Christian perspective and thus growing and transforming more in the image of Jesus.

The number of study notes does not outweigh the actual text of the Scriptures.  The study notes seem to be solid and easy to understand from the ones I have read through.

CSB Worldview Study Bible Study Notes

There are over 140 articles that cover some broad apologetical topics.  While I did not read every single one, the ones I did read are very well written and helpful.  These are all geared in some way or another, to the concept of gaining a Christian Worldview from the Bible. Also, some of them are geared toward non-Christian worldviews and then juxtapose those against the Biblical approach to the Christian Worldview.

CSB Worldview Study Bible Essay

Margins on Scripture Pages
There is a little bit of room in the outside margins to write some notes, but not very much room for you unless you write very small.
– Top Margin (not including page number and Scripture reference in the header) =just shy of 9/16″
– Outside margin =7/16″
– Bottom (foot) margin =5/16″ (below study notes area)

Translator Footnotes
Typical with most Bibles, the CSB Apologetics Study Bible has translator footnotes on many pages that show how the translators understood the original Biblical language.


Post-Scripture Text Pages

CSB Concordance
This is a pretty decent concordance that is around 97 pages for the CSB translation. It is laid out very clean and is easy to read and use.

CSB Worldview Study Bible Concordance

8 pages of additional full-color maps which are printed on very nice paper and pretty easy to read except for some of them have pretty small text.  If you have trouble reading fonts that are around a 5-point font, you may need some magnifiers.  Otherwise, these are very nice maps.


OK, this is the part where I get to tell you about how I like or dislike this bible in a detailed manner. What I typically try to do is do a quick glance over the entire book at a high level to get a feel for it.


Ease of Use:
I would say that this bible is very easy to use. The layout is very nice and easy to follow.  The articles are written very well and if you are looking to get a better understanding of how a believer should be looking at things in life (Christian worldview), then you will find the articles and Study Note very helpful.  Overall, this is a very well designed Study Bible.

Study Tools Helpful & Informative:
The study tools in this Bible are very helpful.  They really are easy to read and will provide you with a good basic understanding of what our Christian worldview should be.

Does Commentary Convey Biblical Truth:
From the articles and study notes that I read, it does seem pretty solid.  Again, these are primarily from a Baptist background for the most part.

The Durability of This Bible:
I would say that this appears to be a fairly durable Bible. It is an imitation leather Bible for the version that I received which I think will hold up better than a hardcover one, but not quite as well as a genuine leather one (which you can get hardcover or geniune leather versions as well – click HERE to see those options).  With that said, this Bible is Smyth Sewn (or section sewn), which will help the durability of this Bible. I would consider this to be a Bible for studying or reading.

Typeface and Print:

Scriptures appear to be at a very readable 10 point font for the Scripture text.  The articles are just a little bit smaller at a 9 point font with the Study Notes at an even smaller 7 point font.

One thing to note is that they really did do a really good job on the line matching which helps the readability quite a lot.  Line matching is where the printed lines on the front side of the page are lined up exactly with the lines on the back side of the page which makes the show through (where you can see the type ghosting through from the other side) much less apparent and easier to read.

Paper Stock:
Paper used for this Bible is fairly typical and you can see the type through the paper.  However, as mentioned in the section above, the line matching really does not make it as noticeable so I would not classify it as a concern.   ________________________________________


Below, we have the overall ratings that I would give to this particular Study Bible with a 1 to 10 range. Keep in mind that when I am doing these ratings, it is based on the physical makeup, format, extra-biblical content and value of the Bible, not rating the Word of God itself.
Quality: 9.1 – I am going to state that when I rate the “Quality” section, I am basing it partially on how the product is made when compared to the actual price.  With that said, I would say that for the price of this particular Bible, you are getting a fairly good quality… again for the price.  It is an imitation leather Bible, and I normally prefer a genuine leather Bible, but still, this one is actually pretty good quality.  
Appearance: 9.2 – 
The appearance of this Bible is very nice.  The imitation leather cover is a very dark (navy) blue and in some lighting, it will look almost black.  The font is a very pleasing and easy to read font in my opinion and has a decent 97-page concordance for the CSB translation. The Scripture font is 10 point which is a very good size and easy to read.
Value: 9.0 – I think that for the price of this Study Bible, you really do get a very nice Bible for a good price.
Innovation: n/a – Nothing pops out to me as overly innovative, so I am going to mark this section as not applicable and not include it in the rating.
Other/Wildcard: n/a – There aren’t any real wildcards for this one that stood out to me, so I am marking this section as not applicable and not including it in the rating.

Overall Rating: 9.3 out of 10


Bible Formats and Options:

There is a small selection of binding options/formats that this Study Bible comes in from the publisher.  Click the ISBN number of the option you like below to be taken to Christianbook.com where you can purchase your desired format:

ISBN: 978-1433604348 (CSB Worldview Study Bible, Navy LeatherTouch- This review)
ISBN: 978-1433604331 (CSB Worldview Study Bible, Gray and Black Cloth Over Board)

ISBN: 978-1433604324 (CSB Worldview Study Bible, Brown Genuine Leather) 

Company Summary:

In 1993, A.J. Holman Bible Company was acquired by Broadman Press to form B&H Publishers. Then in 2014, B&H Publishing combined with Lifeway Church Resources. They are based in Nashville, TN and have roots that go back to 1738.


Please leave a comment or question and I will try to respond a.s.a.p.
– Michael


This entry was posted in B&H Publishing, Bible Reviews, Christian Living, Concordance, CSB, David S. Dockery, Evangelism, Gospel, Holman, LeatherLike, Lifeway, Maps, Reference Book Reviews, Scriptures, Study Bible, Study Bible Reviews, Studying, Trevin K. Wax, Word of God and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.