Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Ryrie Study Bible NASB - Burgundy Bonded Leather: By Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie

About the Binding & Cover
This edition is made from Premium Bonded Leather, with a Smythe sewn binding. The cover has detailed grain, rich color, and a nice leathery feel. Bonded leather is made from tiny bits of leather reformed together with latex binders to create one sold sheet of leather. Depending on the quality bonded leather is composed of 80% to 100% leather fibers. Bonded leather doesn't last as long as Genuine Leather, but does certainly out lasts other types of covers. This edition lays flat while you are reading because of its high quality Smythe sewn binding. Smythe sewn binding is considered the highest quality binding, the pages are sewn and glued to the spine of the Bible. The benefits are a long lasting Bible that can be read and reread for years without falling apart. Books with Smythe sewn binding will stand up to more abuse than regular glued binding, and can be read on a flat surface. For these reasons many textbooks, picture books and Bibles that are designed to stand the tests of time use Smythe sewn binding. Smythe sewn book printing and binding gets its name from its inventor, an Irish-American named David McConnell Smythe (1833-1807). A pioneer of modern day bookbinding, Smythe took a bold leap forward over the centuries old methods of binding by producing the first technology and methods for sewing book pages to the spine to create a book of superior quality and appearance. Smythe-sewn Bibles are durable, but they may be heavier and less flexible than glued Bibles. That said if you want the best, then you want Smythe sewn binding. Size: 10.2 x 7.5 x 2 inches

What’s inside?
The text of this edition is 9.5 pt, which is clear and easy to read. The layout of this Bible is double column format, Red letter edition, with paragraph/subject headings. Features of this edition include: 10,000 Concise Explanatory Notes, in text graphics including maps, charts, timelines and diagrams, Comprehensive book outlines in easy to read format, Expanded topical index, Wide margins for better note taking, Extensive cross references, Detailed introduction to each book, Introduction to the Old and New Testaments and Gospels, Comprehensive concordance, 16 full-color maps, 8-page historical time-line, Daily bible reading plan. This Bible is printed on high quality, the paper itself is thin, and has a semi-transparent quality. The margins are 1/2" along the border of the page, there is also limited room on the inside edges for writing.
This edition has one burgundy ribbon marker, the pages are edged with gold which looks elegant with the burgundy cover.

In the Front
  1. Presentation Page
  2. To The Reader
  3. How to use this Study Bible
  4. Forward to the NASB
  5. Abbreviations and Special Markings
  6. Table of Weights, Measures, and Coins
  7. Read through The Bible in a Year
  8. Canonical Order of Books
  9. English and Hebrew Classifications of Old Testament Books
  10. The Names and Order of the Books of The Bible
  11. Abbreviations for the Books of The Bible
  12. Introduction to the Old Testament
  13. The Old Testament Annotated
In Between the Old and New Testament
  1. Between The Testaments
  2. The Apocrypha (Information about the Apocrypha books, the books themselves are not included in this Bible)
  3. Maccabean Revolt
  4. Harmony of the Gospels
  5. Introduction to the New Testament
  6. New Testament Books and Political Background
  7. Palestine and the Roman Empire
  8. The Miracles of Jesus
  9. Messianic Prophecies
  10. Introduction to The Gospels
  11. Comparison of The Four Gospels
  12. The New Testament Annotated
In the Back
  1. Index to the Principal Subjects in the notes
  2. A Synopsis of Bible Doctrine
  3. The Inspiration of The Bible
  4. Understanding The Bible
  5. How we got our Bible
  6. The Meaning and Blessings of Salvation
  7. Archaeology and The Bible
  8. A Brief Survey of Church History
  9. Topical Index of Scripture
  10. Concordance Title
  11. Concordance
  12. Time-line
  13. Map Index
  14. Maps
Included with this Bible is a Free Bible Study Software DVD-ROM (a over $400 value)—Ideal Bible software programs for pastors, teachers, professors, students, bible study leaders and anyone who desires to know God and His Word more intimately. This hand-picked library was designed by Moody Publishers and Wordsearch as the companion to the Ryrie Study Bible.

(CD) Selected features include: (*30-day preview only)
  • KJV, NIV*, and NASB*, The Message*
  • MacArthurs Commentaries*
  • Matthew Henry Commentaries, New Ungers Bible Dictionary and Handbook
  • Nave's Topical Index
  • Strong's Concordance
  • Ryrie Study Notes; Scofield Study Notes
  • Basic Theology by Dr. Ryrie
  • Interactive Bible Study Planner
  • Greek and Hebrew Helps.
  • Works with Windows XP and Vista
About this Translation
The translation used in this edition is the Updated New American Standard Version
The New American Standard Bible (NASB) is a revision of the American Standard Version of 1901. The American Standard Version was a reversion of the King James Version. Many view the New American Standard Bible as one of the most literal translations of the 20th-century. Since its completion in 1971, the New American Standard Bible has been widely embraced by many as “the most literally accurate English translation” from the original languages. In 1995, the Lockman Foundation reissued the NASB text as the NASB Updated Edition (or more often known, the Updated NASB or NASB95). Since then, it has become known simply as the "NASB" and has supplanted the 1971 text in most current printings (although the Thompson Chain Reference Bibles, the Open Bibles, and the Key Word Study Bibles still use the 1977 text for their NASB editions).

Introduction to the New American Standard Bible

New American Standard Bible Translation Principles

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About the Author
Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie (born 1925) is a Christian writer and theologian. He graduated from Haverford College (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., Th.D.) and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Ph.D.). For many years he served as professor of systematic theology and dean of doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is premillennial and dispensational in his theology, though irenic in his approach. He is probably most noted as the author of the Ryrie Study Bible, available in the KJV, NASB, and NIV.

My Personal Opinion
The cover of this edition feels almost like genuine leather, which is very uncommon for bonded leather editions. I am impressed with the quality of this cover, its nice to see bonded leather of such quality. The study notes and other features of the Ryrie Study Bible are interesting, and useful. Its impressive the amount of information contained in this one volume. This is one of the most indepth study Bibles, I have had the opportunity to review.


  1. Dina, your reviews are so detailed and I always end up wanting to buy every Bible you review because you have a true knack for reviews. They feel so professional, but at the same time, honest. I liked the brief history of Smythe. I was unaware of that kind of binding. Thank you!

  2. Hi Dina,

    Thanks for the review. I just bought the Bible myself - black leather, indexed. Your review is good, strong emphasis on the exterior of the Bible. Do you have Asperger Syndrome? It is common for those with it to find a specific interest and break it down into details.

    Anyway, I enjoyed it. Take care and keep it up.


    1. Thank you Kurt,
      I'm glad that my review was helpful. When reviewing Bibles I always try to give as much information about the exterior as possible to help discover if the Bible will withstand daily usage.
      As for Asperger Syndrome - Not that I'm aware of. :)

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