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ESV Study Bible

4.76  ·  Rating Details ·  10,536 Ratings  ·  255 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 January 1st 2002)
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Sep 10, 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
Nov 10, 2008 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.

Jan 02, 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!
Jeff Holton
Nov 01, 2008 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 31, 2013 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
Jan 07, 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."
Josh Dockter
Feb 13, 2016 Josh Dockter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly inspired.
Tim Stewart
Jun 16, 2016 Tim Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book ever
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
May 25, 2013 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.
Jun 29, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly I've still not read all of this Bible's copious notes and articles and I plan to spend many years doing just that. Which is why I love this bible. Full color maps, thoughtful articles and footnotes plus a well translated text make this particular Bible the one I am likely to use as my primary bible for study and devotional for years to come.
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!
Ryan Wirsing
Feb 25, 2015 Ryan Wirsing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I work at a Christian bookstore and whenever someone asks for a Bible this is usually he first one I recommend. Great notes and articles with solid theology that actually lines up with Scripture. I use it for my Bible classes at my college. One of my main study Bibles.
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!
Nov 07, 2012 Gabby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bible is AMAZING !!! it changed my life and filled an empty place in my heart, in other words, I feel like a new person! read this, and you will find yourself changing from the inside out, In a very good way! May God bless your day :)
Jun 24, 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.
Oct 09, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best study bible out there. Read it!
Wanda Fuentes
Apr 28, 2015 Wanda Fuentes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will always prefer the new international version. But this is the version I actually read from cover to cover... from Genesis straight through to Revelation.
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 02, 2009 Rod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible, favorite-books
This is the greatest book i've ever known. Endless resources.

Now i'm waiting to view the Reformation Study Bible.
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!
Caroline Kraft
I'm always reading this. :)
Jan 10, 2013 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone !!!
Recommended to Dale by: Pastor Scott
Shelves: miscellaneous
Still the best book - God's love letter written to us, full of wisdom and truth.
Feb 20, 2017 Jolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to study God's Word more indepth
I have not read the entire ESV Global Study Bible (will probably take my life-time to do!) but I have started using it and read a variety of the articles/notes. I really, really like what I have read and expect that I will continue to find additional reading to be very informative. I am looking forward to continuing to use this study bible as I read/study God's Word. I have told a lot of friends about this free digital study Bible and many of them have also downloaded it.
Ashley Brown
Feb 23, 2017 Ashley Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this version of the Bible! I've read it four times and am reading it a fifth. I really like the app version of it because when you are reading a passage or verse, you can tap the number next to it (if there is one) and it will show you all of the cross references related to that passage or verse. And there is also a setting on it that allows you to listen to it. I recommend it to everyone.
Dec 30, 2016 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished a reading plan that takes you through the entire bible in one year. My husband and I do this together every year -- it's how we begin each day. We're looking forward to starting again on January 1, 2017! An amazing, enriching experience, especially when shared.
JoSh Yi
Jan 24, 2017 JoSh Yi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy reading the bible over. i recommend the esv with strong's concordance or nasb with strong's concordance as it opens up the original language and gives incite to what is actually written rather than thoughts or weak sauce attempts through the English language.
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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