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Holy Bible: Reformation Study Bible, ESV

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,484 ratings  ·  98 reviews
The English Standard Version (ESV) stands in the classic mainstream of English Bible translations over the past half-millennium. The fountainhead of that stream was William Tyndale's New Testament of 1526; marking its course King James Version of 1611 (KJV), the English Revised Version of 1885 (RV), the American Standard Version of 1901 (ASV), and the Revised Standard Vers ...more
Hardcover, 1948 pages
Published February 16th 2005 by P & R Publishing
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Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I just rated the Bible on Goodreads... I think I gave five stars to Harry Potter too. It's not like I can go higher though... Anyway I read my Bible through in a year so I had to add it to my list!
Amy Cummings
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in learning about Jesus.
Recommended to Amy by: My husband, who had the KJV Geneva Study Bible for years.
I got this study bible in 2006 after switching to the ESV translation a year or so prior. I have found the notes especially helpful, relevant to the text, and decidedly Reformed- without apology. I would recommend this study bible to any Christian whether they are new converts or have been walking with the Lord for many years. My only complaint is that the chapter and verse headings for each page (starting verses for each) are in the center of the top of the page and not on the edge, making thum ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eternal life giving!

I got the ESV a couple of years ago for Christmas and it has since become my favorite translation of the Scriptures. This particular edition is formatted nicely and has helpful theological notes.

Finished again in 2018 as part of a Bible reading challenge that started last September.
Amy M
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to mark this one "Currently Reading" because I don't see a day where I'll stop reading the Bible.

More than just a book, God's Word has transformed my life.
Shaina Herrmann
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, 2018
First time finishing the whole Bible! Read from Sept 2017 to May 2018.

Will be reading the New Testament again over the summer then will begin reading the whole Bible again in the fall.
Connor Longaphie
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
definitely not unbiased scholarship. However, the scholarship is for the most part sound and you cannot run into any severe doctrinal issues while reading the notes of these men
Jerry Levon
Sep 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
It is difficult to imagine how a Bible can be called a Reformation Bible when it departs from the textual and manuscript evidence of the Reformation. The changes in the underlying Greek of the New Testament, as well as deletions of entire verses of the ESV, ruin what could otherwise be an excellent tool for study. Political correctness is in force, and I believe R.C. Sproul knows better than to resort to this publisher's pressure in associating his name to the ESV, but perhaps the profit motive ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finished my read through from Revelation-Genesis!
This will remain on my currently-reading shelf as the foundation of Christianity and a complete and full accounting of the history of the world from creation through ~70 AD and beyond.

Now Reading: Micah - Chronological KJV using YouVersion Bible App.
If you have trouble sticking with something, I highly recommend the YouVersion Bible App for iPod/Phone or Android. Sign up for one of the reading plans and the app will even set a reminder alarm at the time you normally read which helped me to be co
John Jeffcoat iii
I deal in rare and ancient Bibles printed centuries ago, but for a "daily reader" or a personal study Bible... this is the one I recommend. Edited by Dr. R.C. Sproul (whose church I attended for about ten years), this study Bible is in the English Standard Version, which is widely considered by Christian scholars to be the most accurate of the modern English translations, while still retaining a readable flow to the language. The commentary notes in this Bible are in keeping with those of the fa ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I used this Bible for (almost) daily readings for a little over two years, and I love it. The ESV translation is a good one for study, as it is a bit less conversational than the NIV but still quite readable, and this study Bible has plenty of helpful information. There is a clear agenda on the part of the editors, as every verse that could possibly point to limited atonement and specific election is highlighted and explained, and baptism of infants as a sign of covenant is drawn from a variety ...more
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am humbled by the journey just completed, inasmuch as I appreciate how little of what I've read I truly comprehended. I will do well to be in continuous study of the Bible, prayerfully and practically. God bless.
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
Still used this my reading time in mornings .
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible
I love this Study Bible! It answers most of the difficult topics in the Bible concisely. My only criticism is I would like a few more notes!
Paul Bugriyev
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's good but not great.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

     We are blessed to live in an age and society where we are virtually swimming in a sea of Bible study resources.  The amount of quality commentaries, books, lectures, sermons, study guides, courses, journals, and magazines available is staggering.  Along with those resources, study Bibles abound.  There are plenty of good ones and a few that easily qualify as great.  Over the years, one of my favorite study Bibles has been the Reformation Study Bible from Ligonier Ministry’s publishing
Tod Hannigan
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most in-depth study Bible available. Well thought out overviews of each book, including history of translation, special issues, historical background, and superb commentary from trusted sources. Resources include creeds, catechisms, and confessions of the church from a reformed tradition. Very useful introduction to biblical interpretation using the grammatical-historical methodology. Good section on the history of O.T. and N.T. Textual criticism, development of the canon of scripture, as we ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Last year I set out to read through every verse in the Bible (some books twice) in a year using the M’Cheyne reading plan. 17 months later I finished! The plan included four chapters a day, each from a different book. There was a point when it became just a thing I did to check off my list each day, and when I realized that I took a break for a while and just focused on whatever I was studying in Bible study at the time. I had read most books of the Bible before this, but now I can confidently s ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We have many Bible translations in our home, but this ESV is my favorite. We are able to read aloud to our children without having to stop every verse to explain old English wording. I have really enjoyed the reader friendly foot notes and end text citations. This Bible also includes an awesome collection of extra resources at the end. The commentary has proven helpful time and time again to clarify context in relation to geographical importance and ecclesiastical significance. With all the cont ...more
Jacob London
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously I did not read every single note on every page, but what I read was solid, Reformed, and scholarly work with the intention of drawing the reader to the great doctrines of the Reformation. Sadly, this Study Bible suffers from what all Study Bible's do avoiding the problem texts in the study notes.

All in all its a great work and you will not run into doctrinal issues while reading the study notes.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good version with lots of good notes.
Damon Cinaglia
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Currently reading" perpetually.
Carlyn Cole
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Through the Bible again this year.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This Bible is just okay for me. The annotations are a little too brief compared to those in the ESV Study Bible, which I consider a better investment.
Mandy J. Hoffman

One of the endorsements I read for this Bible said that this is the "Gold standard" in Bibles. I agree.

This Bible is the best study Bible I have yet to use. It is the flowing and easy-reading ESV version which is accurate and eloquent. On top of being a superb version, it contains wonderful study notes, articles, and commentary that make it not only a Bible, but a study tool. My favorite part is that this study Bible highlights the Word of God rather than any man's opinion as the contr
Steven Crain
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone - if they can't read, read it to them.
Recommended to Steven by: World Magazine Advertisment
Shelves: non-fiction
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Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Bible is not really a book one can review; when you read and study the Word of God, it reviews you. I have read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation many times, in numerous translations, and find that it continues to have transformative power.

I have been using the English Standard Version now consistently for about three years, and overall find it to be readable and clear. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a reliable modern English translation.

I found the study notes to be
Judson Noel
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: christian, protestant
Shelves: devotional
I don't think that any christian should be without a study bible. The notes on this one are clear and comprehensive, and I have been getting so much more out of my devotions with the insights that they provide for each passage. I have owned both an NIV and ESV bible, and though both are excellent translations, I have to say that I prefer the NIV's style of translating. The ESV is a word-for-word translation (compared to the NIV, which translates by the idea of the passage), and because of that, ...more
Jan 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible
Very fine study Bible with notes and articles from the Reformed tradition. The ESV version is also an excellent version - with many Reformed theologians making up the ESV staff. The notes, and articles, are constructed from more than just a "Reformed" take on various topics, there is also much good insight to be had on many other issues calling for the fruit of solid exegetical study that all kinds of Christians can agree with, viz., Arminian and reformed, for example. The notes come from a thor ...more
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“COVENANT The basic structure of the relationship God has established with His people is the covenant. A covenant is usually thought of as a contract. While there surely are some similarities between covenants and contracts, there are also important differences. Both are binding agreements. Contracts are made from somewhat equal bargaining positions, and both parties are free not to sign the contract. A covenant is likewise an agreement. However, covenants in the Bible are not usually between equals. Rather, they follow a pattern common to the ancient Near East suzerain-vassal treaties. Suzerain-vassal treaties (as seen among the Hittite kings) were made between a conquering king and the conquered. There was no negotiation between the parties. The first element of these covenants is the preamble, which lists the respective parties. Exodus 20:2 begins with “I am the LORD your God.” God is the suzerain; the people of Israel are the vassals. The second element is the historical prologue. This section lists what the suzerain (or Lord) has done to deserve loyalty, such as bringing the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt. In theological terms, this is the section of grace. In the next section, the Lord lists what He will require of those He rules. In Exodus 20, these are the Ten Commandments. Each of the commandments were considered morally binding on the entire covenant community. The final part of this type of covenant lists blessings and cursings. The Lord lists the benefits that He will bestow upon His vasssals if they follow the stipulations of the covenant. An example of this is found in the fifth commandment. God promises the Israelites that their days will be long in the Promised Land if they honor their parents. The covenant also presents curses should the people fail in their responsibilities. God warns Israel that He will not hold them guiltless if they fail to honor His name. This basic pattern is evident in God’s covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and the covenant between Jesus and His church. In biblical times, covenants were ratified in blood. It was customary for both parties to the covenant to pass between dismembered animals, signifying their agreement to the terms of the covenant (see Jeremiah 34:18). We have an example of this kind of covenant in Genesis 15:7-21. Here, God made certain promises to Abraham, which were ratified by the sacrificing of animals. However in this case, God alone passes through the animals, indicating that He is binding Himself by a solemn oath to fulfill the covenant. The new covenant, the covenant of grace, was ratified by the shed blood of Christ upon the cross. At the heart of this covenant is God’s promise of redemption. God has not only promised to redeem all who put their trust in Christ, but has sealed and confirmed that promise with a most holy vow. We serve and worship a God who has pledged Himself to our full redemption.” 0 likes
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