When I first laid eyes on the ESV Study Bible, I knew I was going to like it. It was thick, which meant it held a wealth of resources. I also fell in love with its very colorful maps, charts, and images. I had never seen a Study Bible more beautiful or excellently produced than this one.
As I labored on “The Epic of God” and “The Derision of Heaven,” I consulted resources considerably more in-depth than your typical Study Bible. But I still find myself using the ESV Study Bible as a source in my writing. It helps me get a feel for what might be confusing or misunderstood in a particular passage. Its comments help me figure out how to simplify things for the reader—which is exactly what you would want in a good Study Bible.
Since I purchased my first copy, I’ve been a huge fan of the ESV translation. I use it almost exclusively in my preaching. It reads well but is also very faithful to the original text. I have also used this translation as the basis for all my guides to the Bible published by Start2Finish Books. I also like how Crossaway, publishers of the ESV and the ESV Study Bible, conduct themselves as a business. I think it’s really cool that they made their translation FREE as an app for smartphones and tablets. When preaching, I actually use the free ESV app on my iPad Mini and it works marvelously when I read God’s Word with the congregation.
Here are some of the highlights of the ESV Study Bible from Crossway’s website:
- 2 million words of Bible text and insightful teaching in 2,752 pages.
- 20,000 notes—focus especially on understanding the meaning of the text, giving answers to frequently raised questions, and providing theological, historical, and archaeological background
- Book Introductions—include essential information about the author, date, and place of writing; an extensive chart of key themes; a summary of how the book fits in with the rest of the biblical storyline; a description of literary features; an outline of the book; and a large full-color map showing the setting of the book.
- Over 50 articles—on topics such as the authority and truthfulness of the Bible, reading the Bible for application, the Bible in worship and prayer, the reliability of the biblical manuscripts, the relationship between archaeology and the Bible, an overview of biblical theology, and many more.
- 200-plus charts—offering key insights and in-depth analysis in clear, concise outline form; located throughout the Bible.
- Over 200 full-color maps—use the latest satellite imagery, digital technology, and cartography techniques. The maps are based on extensive research and the most recent biblical archaeology scholarship.
- 80,000 cross-references—to encourage easy location of important words, passages, and biblical themes.
- 40 all-new illustrations—created specifically for the ESV Study Bible and printed at key locations throughout the Bible. These include full-color renderings and architectural diagrams of important biblical structures, cities, and objects, shown in precise, accurate detail. The unique dimensional drawings were researched by leading archaeologists and have been beautifully rendered by architectural illustrators. The result is a series of exceptional illustrations—including the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, Solomon’s temple and Herod’s temple, and the city of Jerusalem throughout the history of Israel and during the time of Jesus.
If you have been searching for a new Study Bible, you shouldn’t look any further. If you are a fan of Start2Finish Books, this Study Bible is the perfect reading companion. I’m very happy to commend to you this Bible study resource. Because of Crossway’s generosity, I’m excited to announce that I’m giving away a copy of the ESV Study Bible next week, along with 10 signed copies of my next book. Starting today, you can enter the drawing in multiple ways. The more you share this drawing with your friends, the more chances YOU have to win.
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