The Collins Study Bible, also known as the HarperCollins Study Bible or HCSB contains maps, study notes, and introductions to each book of the Bible. In the new, revised version of the Collins Study Bible there are informative essays on the archaeology of ancient Israel and the New Testament world, the religion of ancient Israel, and the social and historical context of each biblical book.
Some may consider the study notes in this Bible to be more liberal than other study Bibles while others may consider it to be fair and balanced. Some of the biblical stories are not interpreted as literal in the notes (Jonah, parts of Daniel, Esther, and certain miracles.) This should be considered when considering a purchase of the Collins study Bible.