ESV Study Bible Book reviews


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The ESV Study Bible was designed to help you understand the Bible in a deeper way. Created by a diverse team of 95 leading Bible scholars and teachers–from 9 countries, nearly 20 denominations, and 50 seminaries, colleges, and universities–the ESV Study Bible features a wide array of study tools, making it a valuable resource for serious readers, students, and teachers of God’s Word.Features:Size: 6.5- x 9.25- 9-point Lexicon type (single-column Bible text); 7-point Frutiger type (double-column study notes) 2,752 pages Black letter text Concordance Extensive articles 240 full-color maps and illustrations Smyth-sewn binding Lifetime guarantee Packaging: J-card (HC), clamshell box (TruTone and leather), permanent slipcase (cloth over board)

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Jonathan rated it      


Alright I get it, how am I going to review the Bible?
In lieu of a semi formal critique then, I’ll just talk about how my perspective has changed about, and because of this book.

The specific Bible I was reading this year is one I’ve had for just over half my life, it’s become fairly familiar in that time. I started off the year with a much larger, more dignified looking, leather one, but came back to this one a few months ago. It just seems easier to read it, less foreign, and more familiar perhaps. Throughout my time with it, mainly in high school and freshman year of college, I began to add little notes too, generally of things I didn’t like, or didn’t understand; essentially just things I wouldn’t have put in it if I were writing it. Much of the book now has these little red tabs in it, noting honestly where my beliefs and understandigs diverged from those within the pages of the book. In the last few years however, I’ve begun to have a perspective shift that has applied to what I find in these pages, and that boils down to one thought generally: if I believe this book is written by God, then I should allow it to be a filter to view my life, rather then viewing it through the filter of my experience. So these tabs then reveal not places where the Bible must conform to my will and ideas, but areas that I must conform to it.

I haven’t resolved all of those little red tabs, but I’m well on my way, and have the perspective necessary to atlwast continue the journey, though I’m beginning to expect it to take a little while.


William rated it      

The ESV reads as easily as does the RSV (which was the first translation I ever read completely), upon which this version is based. It is a product of the post modern era with tone and words familiar to those speaking or studying English today. I have now read six different translations (RSV, NASB, NIV, NKJV, 1599 Geneva, and ESV) completely. I remain steadfast in my preference for the NASB (most accurate literal translation from original sources into modern English), NIV (most accurate translation of the meaning of the passages into English) [Note: the NASB/ NIV parallel Bible is what I use the most for the aforementioned reasons], and the 1599 Geneva (first Bible translated directly from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek {which are the inspired Word} into Shakespearean English by the Reformers {with their notes}).

Jennifer Mcilwain

Jennifer Mcilwain rated it      

The ESV Study Bible published by Crossway is an exceptional resource for a student of the Scriptures at any level. The trusted ESV translation coupled with theologically sound study notes that include historical background and Hebrew/Greek word studies as well as articles from a wide variety of biblical scholars provide a great resource for an in-depth study of God’s Word. While the Kindle version is a little clunky to navigate, the content is trustworthy and honors the Scriptural narrative.
*I was given a complimentary digital copy of the ESV Study Bible by Crossway. All opinions are my own.


Leah rated it      

Excellent notes. This is my first real Study Bible, and I love it!
Reading through the Bible straight through gives a good picture of everything God has done since the beginning. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Heb. 13:8). He will be with us always through every circumstance. The fallen nature of our world means we will encounter hardship (sometimes as a direct consequence of our own sin and sometimes as a result of others or just circumstances) that He will choose to allow us to face, but He is faithful to His promise to never leave us even in the midst of our trials.


Elaine rated it      

I read a different translation of the bible every year in a 1 year study. This translation has very comprehensive study notes, loads of maps, weights & measures, doctrine overview, canon of the scripture, history of salvation, etc. It’s the best study Bible I’ve read so far. It digs in deep without being opinionated & follows each passage.


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