Brief Description: This study Bible is the work of Greek scholar Spiros Zhodiates. It contains many study helps that are not readily available elsewhere. A handy bookmark that contains the codes to the grammatical notations is included. It has a Lexical Aids section that highlights certain more important Greek and Hebrew words. Everything is numbered according to the Strong’s numbering system. There are book introductions and some footnotes. The individual NT and OT volumes, known as the Complete Word Study New Testament and the Complete Word Study Old Testament do not have the center column references found in the Bible. There is also a Complete Word Study New Testament with a parallel Greek Testament. There are subject headings over the various pericopes in the text, but no real outlines.
Advantages: There is a wealth of information in the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, much of it not found together any where else. The grammatical notations are particularly helpful for those who have no knowledge of the original languages. The concordances and dictionaries provide a one book library and study aid. The doctrine behind this study Bible is strong, also, as it is premillennial and pretribulational.
Disadvantages: I have tremendous respect for Dr. Zhodiates and the work he has done over the years, so I am hesitant to disparage anything he does. Further, I hate to diminish any interest Christians have in the study of the original languages. However, I believe there are some holes in the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible. It seems to me that it is stuck in area where it is technically too difficult for someone without a least a working knowledge of the original languages, but really not deep enough for those who have the working knowledge (or better). The lexicon in the back is far too limited. In my use, it seems like many times I go to research a word there, it is not listed. I realize that is would be difficult to carry a Bible with everything in it, but I question the value of one with half the words in it. The book introductions are skimpy, outlines nonexistent, footnotes are of good quality, but few in number. The cross-referencing could be better, though the reader can go to the concordance in the back of the Bible. Even there the different nuances and uses are not clear, so it really hasn’t been that helpful. Along with this, the case structure for nouns is ignored in the grammatical notations. Seems somewhat strange to me to go into such detail with the verbs, and ignore the nouns. It really should have been more extensively footnoted, maybe reducing some of the helps in the back of the Bible, and moving them to the text pages.
Recommendation: With all that being said, I have to offer a non sequitur concerning this study Bible. Based on the doctrinal soundness, amount of information contained in it, and what can be learned from it, there are people with a basic working knowledge of the original languages, or at least a very strong desire to find out, who will find the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible quite useful. With that being said, I think that much of what is in this study Bible can probably detract and confuse those who have no real knowledge of the original languages. As the old credo goes, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Most Christians would probably get more out of one of the other top-notch study Bibles, such as the Ryrie, KJV Study Bible or New Open Bible. So, the bottom line is a mixed recommendation. A decent tool in many ways, but not for everybody.