Ok, so do any of us really need ANOTHER Bible? Really?
Earlier this year I caught wind about the ESV Study Bible… for the record, I recently converted to using the ESV… it’s Park’s version of choice.
Anyway, the ESV Study Bible seemed pretty sweet and after checking out some of the demo chapters they had online I was sold.
It arrived yesterday.
Here’s the quick sales pitch:
The ESV Study Bible was created to help people understand the Bible
in a deeper way—to understand the timeless truth of God’s Word as a
powerful, compelling, life-changing reality. To accomplish this, the
ESV Study Bible combines the best and most recent evangelical Christian
scholarship with the highly regarded ESV Bible text. The result is the
most comprehensive study Bible ever published—with 2,752 pages of
extensive, accessible Bible resources.
Created by an outstanding team of 95 evangelical Christian scholars and teachers, the ESV Study Bible presents completely new study notes, maps, illustrations, charts, timelines, articles, and introductions. Altogether the ESV Study Bible comprises 2 million words of Bible text, insightful explanation, teaching, and reference material—equivalent to a 20-volume Bible resource library all contained in one volume.
- 2 million words of Bible text and insightful teaching in 2,752 pages.
- 20,000 notes—focusing especially on understanding the Bible text and providing answers to frequently raised issues.
- Over 50 articles—including articles on the Bible’s authority and reliability; on biblical archaeology, theology, ethics, and personal application.
- 200-plus charts—offering key insights and in-depth analysis in clear, concise outline form; located throughout the Bible.
- Over 200 full-color maps—created with the latest digital technology, satellite images, and archaeological research; printed in full color throughout the Bible.
- 80,000 cross-references—to encourage easy location of important words, passages, and biblical themes.
- 40 all-new illustrations—including full-color renderings and architectural diagrams of the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, Solomon’s temple, Herod’s temple, the city of Jerusalem in Jesus’ time and throughout the history of Israel, and many more.
In addition to the Bible, you also get access to the online version of the ESV Study Bible… so when you don’t feel like carrying a 20 pound Bible around (not really, but it’s HUGE) you can access the same information and resources online. And you can keep notes online!
I used it for the first time last night to start reading through 1 Corinthians and it’s incredible. I’m a little worried I might get to ADD with it… there’s SO MUCH to read, but I LOVE IT!
But don’t take my word for it… check out what these guys are saying about it.