The ESV Minister’s Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

Kent Shaffer —  November 13, 2012

Hendrickson Publishers designed a Deluxe Edition ESV Minister’s Bible with built-in ministry resources. Its craftsmanship from premium materials adds an extra dose of enjoyment as well as guarantees durability through years of heavy reading.

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.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

James 1:27
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.

Hendrickson’s Deluxe Minister’s Bible features all black text at a regular type size. And while the type is not too small, the justified paragraphs do hug the inside margins a bit too much for my taste. At the same time, this extra squeezing in of content allows for the Bible to actually be thinner than its counterparts even with an added “Ministry Resources Guide” in the back. That’s the right mix of pros and cons in my opinion.

The black calfskin leather is soft and buttery smooth and rolls like fabric. The binding is Smyth-sewn by hand, so I know it is sturdy even though it is fluid and conforms to your hands straight out of the box. It is a great example of why Hendrickson Publishers makes some of my favorite Bibles.

The pages are gold gilded and come with two ribbon markers to aid in your study.

The Deluxe ESV Minister’s Bible comes with the usual concordance and full color maps as well as a key Bible promise section. But what makes this Bible special is its collection of ministry resources including including a practical guide to visitation, sample services for weddings, baptisms, and funerals, a step-by-step plan of salvation, easily-accessed scripture references to answer tough questions, and much more.

It is a beautiful premium Bible that’s well worth considering if you love the ESV and like the thought of easily accessible ministry tips and guides.

Translation: English Standard Version (ESV)
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers (2009)
ISBN: 159856398X
Language: English
Cost: $199

Cover: calfskin leather (black)
Binding: Smyth-sewn with two ribbon markers
Pages: 1,152 pages with gold gilded edges
Type: double columns with black letters for Jesus’ words and cross references in a center column
Dimensions: 9.75″ x 6.75″ x 1.50″
Special Features: cross references, concordance, 8 pages of full-color maps, key Bible promises section, Ministry Resources Guide featuring guidance on visitation, weddings, funerals, etc. and encouragement for managing the challenges of pastoral ministry

Kent Shaffer

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I live in an RV with my wife and 2 kids and work with OpenChurch.com to help Christians collaborate and build a global Church library of free, open content.

2 responses to The ESV Minister’s Bible by Hendrickson Publishers

  1. This is really a beautiful Bible…thank you for posting all the pictures. It looks like it’s about $40 off at Amazon, though it’s currently listed as out of stock.