While large Bibles can pack in some incredible resources and study aids, they aren’t always practical for taking with you on the go. For mobility, I love thinline Bibles, and Crossway Publishing offers an incredibly affordable yet well-built TruTone thinline ESV Bible that is less than 1 inch thick.
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 words are set in 8.2-point black type with the words of Christ in red and a double column layout. As with most compact Bibles, the text does crowd the margins, which when combined with the type size can make reading more challenging for older eyes.
The cover is TruTone, a polyurethane-based imitation leather. While TruTone is a disappointing contrast compared to the genuine goatskin leather of premium Bibles, keep in mind this is a $30 Bible not a $150 one. It looks beautiful but is rather stiff and feels like a soapy film when touched.
The pages have gold-gilded edges and a brown ribbon marker. But the real craftmanship value in this Bible is its durable Smyth-sewn binding and lifetime guarantee.
Special features include a 12,000 reference concordance and full-color maps. If your looking for a low-cost, agile Bible that adds quality where it counts, this ESV thinline is a good option to consider.
Translation: English Standard Version
Publisher: Crossway Publishing (2005)
Cover: TruTone (brown/cordovan)
Binding: lifetime guarantee Smyth-sewn with 1 brown ribbon marker
Pages: 1,120 pages with gold-gilded edges
Type: 8.2-point black text with words of Christ in red
Dimensions: 9.1″ x 6″ x 1.4″
Special Features: 12,000 reference concordance, full-color maps
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