It is big. And it is beautiful.
The English Standard Version (ESV) is a 2001 revision of the Revised Standard Version. Its goal is to be a highly accurate translation that is more easily read than the King James Version.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
The type is set in a very generous 9 point black text making readability easy for almost anyone. However, if you are not interested in reading the Bible study footnotes, the sheer volume of commentary will actually hurt the reading experience since it can at times take up to 75% of a page’s content.
The hand-fashioned premium calfskin leather cover is among the softest Bible covers I have ever touched. I almost feels like it melts into your fingertips. While its craftmanship is not quite as polished and impressive and an RL Allan or Cambridge Bible, it is incredibly close and may quite possibly be the finest study Bible available.
All materials and the Smyth-sewn binding come with a lifetime guarantee, so you do not need to be concerned about the massive weight of its pages falling out because of their heft. It is built to last but having the lifetime warranty is a nice peace of mind.
In its newness, Crossway’s premium ESV Study Bible opens a bit stiff as it lays flat. However, after breaking it in, I expect it to become as fluid yet durable as its cover.
These study Bible features are astounding. In addition to 200 full-color maps, 40 illustrations, 200+ charts, 80,000 cross-references, and a concordance, you receive 20,000 notes and 50 articles from 95 scholars and teachers from 9 countries, nearly 20 denominations, and 50 seminaries and universities.
In total, it is 1.1 million words of insight in addition to Scripture. Simply put, it is stunning.
While premium Bibles seem expensive, they are well worth the money and are often cheaper in the long run because of their durable longevity. If you like the convenience of a study Bible, this you may not find better quality content or craftmanship than Crossway’s premium ESV Study Bible.
Translation: English Standard Version
Publisher: Crossway Publishing (2008)
Cover: premium calfskin leather (black)
Binding: lifetime guarantee Smyth-sewn with 2 black ribbon markers
Pages: 2,752 pages of the finest quality European paper with gold gilded edges
Type: 9 point black text
Dimensions: 9.25? x 6.5? x 2.25?
Special Features: 1.1 million words of commentary by 95 scholars plus full-color maps, illustrations, charts, and timelines
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