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Study Bible-ESV

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The ESV Study Bible was created to help people understand the Bible in a deeper way. Combining the best and most recent evangelical Christian scholarship with the highly regarded ESV text, it is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published.

Created by an outstanding team of 95 evangelical Christian scholars and teachers, the ESV Study Bible presents completely new stud

Leather Bound, 2752 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Crossway (first published January 1st 2002)
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Sep 13, 2012 Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From time to time—usually when someone is thinking of buying a new Bible—people ask me to recommend a translation. So, here it is. The English Standard Version (ESV) has been my preferred Bible for preaching and personal Bible reading since its publication in 2001 because it is an “essentially literal” translation that seeks, as far as possible, to capture the precise wording of the original text while retaining the beauty and dignity of the Tyndale-King James legacy of English Bibles. Starting ...more
Peter Krol
Feb 10, 2010 Peter Krol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a big fan of study Bibles. In fact I'm not even a small fan.

However, this one has blown me out of the water. Full-color maps right alongside the text highlighting the specific places mentioned in that passage, introductions to books that are somewhat concise and yet actually contain useful information, study notes that focus primarily on observing the text - I could go on and on.

Last night I stayed up late reading my Bible. I haven't done that in ages, but it was totally worth it.

Jeff Holton
Oct 22, 2012 Jeff Holton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I prepare for this review I ask myself, “How in the world do you review a Bible?” I’m in a tough spot here because I can’t be neutral in my critique because I can’t criticize the author… That may not turn out well for me. So I have decided to touch on some of the highlights to the newest Study Bible from Crossway Books. The English Standard Study Bible is quite possibly one of the best study Bibles I own. Being a pastor myself, I have my fair share of study Bibles and this one wins hands down ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I finished my "through the Bible in a year" plan for 2015 about two weeks early. I really enjoyed the ESV Study Bible, and will be using it for years to come. The challenging part for me this year was that I not only read the complete Scriptural text, but also every article and footnote. There are a LOT of study helps in this Bible! As far as my "rating" of 5 stars...this is the Word of God, so how could I give it any less? Read it, learn it, live it!
Jan 11, 2014 Heidi'sbooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Positives of the ESV Study Bible

The Maps! If you like maps, this is your Bible. Most Study Bibles have maps, especially in the back of the Book. But, this study Bible is map-paradise. There are maps in the back, but also in the front of each book placing the book in location. Not only that but there are maps in the study notes at the bottom of the page, and they are in color. So, if you are talking about a battle, in the notes there will be a map of the area and arrows showing the movement o
New Testament:

1) Gospel of John - I always new that the Gospel of John was by far the most mystical of all the Gospel writings and thus something that I always feel the most inclined towards. In the Gospel of John, the idea of the trinity is broached in which three person in one God idea is unified. By extension, Jesus, in this Gospel shows his disciples unity toward God which in the end very mystical understanding of the Word of God. Also, something I find interesting in this Gospel and highly
Oct 20, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible
This Bible is the nicest Bible I have ever owned (yes, I have the calfskin). It is also loaded with scholarly notes and articles written by an all-star cast of theologians. I am very impressed with it. At 2,752 pages it is said to be equivalent to a 20-volume Bible resource library all in one volume. It is endorsed by men like: Randy Alcorn, Jerry Bridges, Mark Dever, Lig Duncan, Albert Mohler, J.I. Packer, and John Piper. But what's best about it can be found in all Bibles. The gospel is contai ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to think I'll read through it more quickly next time...
Nov 29, 2013 Caleb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I marked this "read" though I've not read the entire thing (tons of stuff here). I got the big brown floppy fake-leather version and love it. One could spend several years, and possibly a lifetime, in this thing and never fully get to it all. I'm enjoying the book intros, maps, timelines, and all the helpful stuff in between. I've never really been a study Bible kind of guy but I like this one. And the ESV is my favorite Bible translation. Take a look at this one if you're in the mood or market ...more
Angus Mcfarlane
Dec 31, 2015 Angus Mcfarlane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do I review a bible? I am not a translator or technically qualified in any meaningful sense, so I'll take the approach I usually do for most books and relate me experience of the book as I read it.

I picked a copy of my ESV many years ago, on sale in an Adelaide bookshop. I figured that I would more than likely give it away, but in the end it became my favourite version to read. To this day I'm not even sure how the approach to translation differs from, say, the NIV, but I did find it had dif
Tony Fiser
Jan 01, 2016 Tony Fiser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of all the study Bibles I own - Reformation Study Bible, KJV Study Bible, NKJV Word In Life Study Bible - this Bible by far is the best I've seen by a wide margin. All Study Bibles are limited in the amount of information they can provide based on the limited amount of space. This really precludes extensive discussion of any topic in the Bible, and sometimes even particular verses. That said, once that limitation is understood about notes in any Study Bible, the ESV SB is an incredible resource ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Maybe not quite as flowing & beautifully worded as the KJV, but I do really appreciate the editors' attempts to keep the language as close as possible to the original texts, & to not fill in uncertain or debated words & passages with assumed verbiage. I haven't really gone in depth into the study part of this Bible, but I feel very assured that the text of Scripture itself will be edifying to any who take the time to read & apply it.
Mar 21, 2013 Dkovlak is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book ever written. I have read it for many years and hope to continue reading it for many more years. It is history, poetry, and a life guide all in one. It is "inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, correction, reproof, and training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." 2 Tim 3:16-17. I highly recommend it!
4.5 stars~ I own this Bible in both the Kindle format and soft cover. This is by far the best study Bible I have ever used/read. It is easy to understand and the format is phenomenal. I truly enjoy the commentary for each verse and it is easy to go to on the Kindle version.I also like the maps that are included so you can see firsthand where Jesus and his disciples traveled etc. It is very interesting. I enjoyed the facts listed on the many articles, maps, charts, cross-references, notes and ill ...more
Aug 17, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading the Bible in 90 days was a challenge from my church. It's amazing to me that no matter how many times I've read it, God has revealed something new to me each time. I plan to read it again, but at a slower pace.
Bill Tillman
What a wonderful study Bible! It's amazing how much can be packed into a single volume. Colorful maps and images let you see what is being described. Enough commentary for the Bible nerd. Don't miss this one!
Dec 31, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this book my annual five-star rating, and I give Goodreads a hearty chuckle for listing the author as "anonymous."
Mar 20, 2012 Rod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible
This is the greatest book i've ever known. Endless resources.

Now i'm waiting to view the Reformation Study Bible.
Nov 04, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've looked through many study Bibles, and I think the ESV Study Bible is simply the best. I think it gives good enough depth that it can help one understand the texts in a richer way. I think it's good for the lay person and a good reference for the person with more formalized Christian education. Some study Bibles are thin in their commentary, but I think the ESV has something for everyone. It's put together by some of the best Biblical scholars in the world. If I'm looking through a Biblical ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best study notes of any Bible I've ever had!
Chad Jowers
Sep 08, 2013 Chad Jowers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jesus pooped too!
David Goetz
Dec 10, 2015 David Goetz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-studies
I haven't read every word, but definitely the vast majority. The ESV is a top-notch translation that can hold its own with any of the other major English-language translations. Maps are excellent and located within the text; they're like footnotes in a sense. The textual commentary is deep without being too detailed for the proverbial average reader. Additionally, I was pleasantly surprised by the fairness with which the commentators treated non-Reformed positions. Genre and book introductions w ...more
Crossway’s ESV Study Bible is the subject of our review this week.

For the next three days we shall look at the ESV Study Bible and consider both the Bible text and some of its features.

Today we shall briefly look at the translation.

The ESV is an essentially literal (el) translation. This means that it seeks to translate the Bible text from the original languages word for word. The English translation seeks to accurately translate each word so as to be faithful to the writings of the original pen
Apr 28, 2012 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest collection of books in this world. A very difficult time is expected as one journeys through the Old Testament and key sections in the New. Very clear understanding of the words written in their original language and the meaning(s) which surround the word, along with historical and cultural context, (in that time & for those people) must be taken into account.
This is a library of poems, history, prophecy, and parables heralded by its followers as the ultimate source for
Sep 12, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I collect Bibles and this one is my favorite. The ESV Study Bible is by far the most complete Study Bible I have encountered and I believe it to be the most complete on the market. This is a wonderful tool for studying God's word.

12 Jan 2012 - At approximately 60% through the ESV Bible, reading according to a Chronological study plan. There is so much great material in the Old Testament. Historical accounts of God's people, inspirational accounts of Job, amazingly timeless and practical advice o
Thomas B.
Mar 16, 2012 Thomas B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For years, I used the NIV Study Bible and had marked up nearly every single page with comments of one sort or another. I bought the ESV Study Bible in September 2010 and it has quickly replaced my NIV Study Bible for my daily reading. I use many different translations as I research the Bible with computer based tools such as eSword, PC Study Bible and Biblios. But I have come to respect the value of a more literal translation of the original text, and that is great.

I find the footnotes to be go
Mar 12, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a big fan of study Bibles, but this one was irresistable. Sure the hundreds of artistic illustrations and dozens of articles by renowned scholars are "neat" but this is a study Bible that is much more than the sum of its parts. The ESV STudy Bible stands head and shoulder above nearly all other study Bibles I have ever used.

Despite having used the ESV daily for about 3 years it is still not my favorite translation (too many verses to re-memorize ;) but it is a very good balance. I canno
Feb 14, 2013 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibles
The English Standard Version with helpful articles and running commentary on the text.

The ESV is an excellent formal equivalence English translation of the Bible. It faithfully renders the words and concepts of the original texts but does so in clear and easily understood English. As such, the ESV is an excellent primary Bible for reading and preaching, and well-suited for everyday use.

The study Bible has many additional resources. The quality of the maps and diagrams are superb: if you really w
Peter Moore
Aug 24, 2013 Peter Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Bible is a great study tool of any Christian who wants to grow in their faith. The translation itself is not extremely difficult to read yet still delivers a message as close to the original scripts as possible. The notes are fantastic; they provide in depth analysis of nearly every verse explaining the significance of the passage in the 21st century as well as suggesting different interpretations of the verse. Detailed maps and tables also help to explain challenging concepts presented as ...more
Jake Eames
The author of Romans is the Apostle Paul. Romans was written to the Roman church, and is actually a letter turned into a book. Paul's purpose is to reveal the truths about sin and Jesus to the Roman church. THe Roman church had many misunderstandings about how the new Christian faith worked, explained by Jesus the Messiah.
The theme of this book is repentance and redemption. Many people in Romans thought that their sin wasn't a problem, and that since God forgives sin, they figured that the mor
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