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ESV Study Bible

4.76 of 5 stars 4.76  ·  rating details  ·  7,697 ratings  ·  226 reviews
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 B ...more
Kindle Edition, 2752 pages
Published (first published September 26th 2007)
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Barry
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
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.

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Jeff Holton
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
Patrick
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
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Thomas B.
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
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Paul
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
Heidi'sbooks
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
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Caleb
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
Dkovlak
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!
Elizabeth
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
Donna
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.
Kent
Not as in-depth as I would like. It's interpretations are cursory at best. Of course, it isn't meant to be exhaustive--I get that--bit I would like more specific analysis or explanations.
Rod
This is the greatest book i've ever known. Endless resources.

Now i'm waiting to view the Reformation Study Bible.
Susan
The best study notes of any Bible I've ever had!
Pastoralmusings
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
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Jordan
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
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Scott
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
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James
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
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Ethan
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
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Peter Moore
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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John
I had high expectations for this Study Bible after seeing the list of contributors. I've been using it for a few years now, purchasing it shortly after it was first published. Unfortunately I was more disappointed than impressed. The ESV translation is what it is, like it or not. I like it and have been using it for many years now.

The book introductions are pretty solid, but the real let down are the notes throughout each book. They simply weren't as helpful as I was hoping in so many places. Th
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Delanie
I got this as a gift after my baptism. This is a really good Bible because it's simple words, and easy to read. If you have a child or you are a child and want to get them or yourself a Bible try this one for maybe 10+ and the Grow Bible for 10 and younger. My sister has the Grow Bible and really enjoys it.
Gavin Breeden
Not really a typical "study Bible" with footnotes, etc. This Bible primarily considers the literary genres and qualities of the books (and individual chapters!) of the Bible. Each book, major section, and most chapters have a brief intro paragraph which considers the literary devices and aspects of the particular text.

This Bible is probably my preference for reading big chunks privately, the editor's notes give helpful thoughts but don't get into the minutiae of the biblical text, for that I us
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Danielle S.
This book, the holy in-errant, ispired word of God, is and will always be the most important book anyone can read. It contains the gospel, by which men may be saved. It tells of man's sin, rebellion, and God's holy merciful plan to redeem man and restore him. It tells of Jesus,fully God and fully man; Jesus lived a perfect life, died, was buried and rose again from the dead! Those who repent of their sins and beleive in him will be saved. God will judge the world, but those whom he has saved wil ...more
Mark Cerasaro
Though not my "Favourite" translation, this particular study Bible helps one consider "Author's intent" and teachability through the lens of literature in a very effective way. Strengths include brief introductions to sections as literary devices change, and narrative shifts. One weakness is that it focuses on literary devices used only after translation to English. There is little or no discussion of how the original text might have read to a Biblical Hebrew speaker: eg. "these names rhymed in ...more
Nicole Rose
I purchased this Bible primarily for it's wide, open margins. As a note-taker (trained as an English major), space for my own thoughts and reflections has been an important element of study. The English Standard Version (ESV) is a great version for the natural scholar; it is a modern word-for-word translation from early manuscripts and tends to be favoured by academically inclined teachers and preachers. I have been told it's the "only version" to read, but that's just pomp. As long as you're re ...more
Taryn Cleaves
Awesome book! Inspiring! Adventerous, entertaining, comical, tragedy, romantic...it's got ALL the elements of every good book that exists. However, the author is not anonymous...I know Him personally.
John
In 2010, I read through the Bible in a year for the first time. My dad had a beautiful, leather edition of the ESV Study Bible. I didn't know anything about the ESV, or the study notes at the time. As I read through the Bible, there was a lot that went over my head. I found myself regularly grabbing this study Bible off my Dad's shelf and looking to the notes for guidance. It was hugely beneficial to my soul, and in instructing me in the way of sound doctrine. My dad saw me using his Bible so mu ...more
Troy
I love the Word of God. I read portions of it daily. I specifically like to read the ESV translation. I have found it to be very accurate as well as easy to read.
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