At almost 2500 pages, this is one of the largest Study Bibles I have encountered; but that is okay, it is also one of the best.
With copious notes for both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the comments focus on both background material (as the title suggests) but also material suited for more typical Study Bibles. My current preaching series centers around the book of Philippians 3. Here is an example of the kind of material found in this commentary (clipped from Amazon.com):
The text is full of illustrative material that would bring the scriptures to life for the congregation of the person studying Bible for themselves. Along with the many notes, are a series of over 300 essays on Biblical history and archeology. The full-color images, cross-references, a concordance, and indexes to the essays add additional value to this Bible edition.
For the church looking for an attractive gift for their pastor during “Pastor’s Appreciation Month” (October), this would make a nice addition to the pastor’s gift. Similarly, this Bible would make a wonderful gift for a pastoral student – whether in a college, seminary, or non-traditional program. This would also serve as a nice addition to a lay person’s or church library.
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.