"The Andrews Study Bible meets the highest standards of scriptural investigation; it is carefully researched, clearly written and abundantly illustrated. I am placing it at the top of my list of similar volumes offered the modern day reader." This was by Calvin B. Rock, Ph.D., D.Min, Retired Vice President, General Conference and Past President, Oakwood University.
"An all-star cast of Adventist scholars has written a superbly useful tool for students of the Bible in the present time." This was by Raoul Dederen, Ph.D., Dr.es Sc.Mor., Former Dean, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. I tried to Google the meaning of Dr.es Sc.Mor and couldn't find it but I'm sure it's good. That's not all, Dr. Dederen was the honored theologian chosen by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to sign the Baptism Eucharist Ministry (BEM) document of the World Council of Churches (a.k.a., the Lima Text) in 1982.
"I am pleased that the Andrews Study Bible aligns the best of scholarship with a fierce devotion to the sacredness of the text. I believe that the Andrews Study Bible will bless both scholar and lay reader with a wealth of doctrinal, theological, and homiletical insights." This was by Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D, D.Min, MBA, Vice-President, Loma Linda University. This testimonial was my favorite; I really liked the part about "fierce devotion to the sacredness of the text."I also looked at the list of contributors to the Andrews Study Bible. I'm not going to list each by name but it should be enough to know the degrees these various scholars had as I wanted a Bible that I could understand and that was full of light, depth and truth since I'm a serious Bible student. Thirteen had the degree of PhD, one was listed as DPhil which is essentially the same thing, one had a DLitt, one a ThD and one had an EdD.
"You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, And I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you."I was shocked! I never knew that Satan was dead. Hallelujah, Satan has been turned to ashes and is dead. But then I thought, I might be reading this wrong so I decided to check it with other versions since I'm a serious Bible student. The church I mostly attended has as its pew Bible the New International Version (NIV) as does the Pacific Union College church and the BIG Seventh-day Adventist church in Loma Linda, so I thought that would be a good place to start. It says in part:
"So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching."So, the NIV said essentially the same thing! I knew that two Bibles probably weren't wrong but since I had always thought Satan was still alive I decided to check out another reliable translation since I am a serious Bible student. The Seventh-day Adventist Sabbath School Bible Study Guide frequently refers to the New American Standard Bible (NASB) so I knew it would be a good one to look at. Fortunately I had one on my iPhone. It said in part:
"Therefore I have brought a fire from the midst of you; It has consumed you, And I have turned you to ashes on the earth In the eyes of all who see you."That is GOOD NEWS FOR MODERN MAN! SATAN IS DEAD! He has been TURNED TO ASHES!