Review by Kevin Stern
The ESV Study Bible launches October 15, 2008. Edited by J. I. Packer and a team of 93 evangelical scholars, this study Bible has a number of clever features that got my attention.
Full color maps are embedded in the notes, so you don’t keep flipping to the back of your Bible. There are 50 articles written on topics such as: Reading the Bible Theologically (Packer), Reading the Bible with the Church (John Hannah), the New Testament and Critical Scholarship (Darrell Bock) and the Reliability of the New Testament Manuscripts (Dan Wallace).
The illustrations in the Bible are gorgeous–I’m just hoping they’ll be available on computer soon for presentations. You can check out sample chapters and features on www.esv.org.
One last note: the bindings are all sewn, which is a rarity these days, and will mean that they will be more durable. And for those bibliophiles among us, there is a beautiful calfskin that retails at $239.99 (but sells on our site at $143.99). We can all dream, can’t we?
Now with the whole Bible in hand, I’m impressed. It’s rare to have a product deliver more than its hype, but this delivers way more. The articles are better than I imagined–there is a mini systematic theology, apologetics, and ethics course that would be great for group study. Charts including Old and New Testament timelines, millennial views, key themes, etc. are clearly presented and fair. The notes are more thorough than I’ve seen in other study Bibles-Ezekiel 40 presents four views on the interpretation, a Temple plan, a Temple tour, and a diagram. Discussions of Biblical languages would be really helpful to lay leaders.
It would be tough to get much more Bible in one cover. Crossway has set a new standard in study Bibles.