Out of all the Bibles reviewed on Church Relevance, RL Allan’s ESV Classic Reference Edition is my favorite. Allan Bibles produces some of the finest Bibles ever published. And it is this reputation going all the way back to 1863 that has earned them the exclusive privilege of being the Queen’s Bible Publisher for Scotland.
The Classic Reference Edition is just right. Not too big. Not too small. And its premium details make Bible reading all the more enjoyable. It is practicality mixed with aesthetics to please your sight, touch, and smell.
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.
A 9 point typeface and just enough margin space makes the Classic Reference Bible easy to read yet still compact. They even manage to squeeze in cross-references and footnotes without compromising the reading experience and aesthetic.
The goatskin leather is soft yet thick enough to still grip your finger tips. And the aroma is wonderful (if you’re a fan of leather and old libraries). The binding is Smyth-sewn and built to last as a family heirloom.
The pages are 36gsm Bible paper and beautifully stained red-under-gold-gilded on the edges. And to meet the demands of the most prolific of Bible readers, this Bible comes with a 3 ribbon markers.
In addition to the short concordance, the Allan’s Classic Reference Bible also comes with full color maps and 32 pages of Allan’s feint ruled writing paper for your own notes.
As with Cambridge Bibles or any other premium Bible, an RL Allan Bible comes at a premium price. But they last. They’re beautiful. And they are well worth the consideration. For the United States, online orders may be placed at evangelicalbible.com.
Translation: English Standard Version (ESV)
Publisher: RL Allan Bibles