ESV Study Bible Review

ESV Study Bible
I've waited a long time now for the ESV Study Bible to come out. I finally have a copy and have toyed with it enough to say that it has lived up to the hype.

The best things about it are:

  • This study bible sets a new standard for maps and diagrams…especially in-text maps. They are often 3-D, color, and placed in the text in such a way that they are extremely helpful.
  • The articles on various aspects of theology, ethics, attributes of God, etc., are outstanding…on target and accessible to the average churchgoer.
  • Each book introduction contains a section outlining how the book fits into the history of Salvation…and Scripture as a whole. I love this. I will help readers get the gist of the book, but also keep them from reading it in isolation.


There are many more things to commend the ESV Study Bible. If I could add some constructive feedback, it might be:
  • The ESV Study Bible is fat. Not P. H. phat. FAT. This is a serious bible that will not fit easily into the ole' laptop case. While I understand that it is a STUDY bible that has lots of help, this one almost too big. I have the hardback now, and I anticipate leather will be thinner.
  • I wish it had a bit more space in the margins for note-taking.  

  On the whole, it's a welcome contribution to the world of Study Bibles.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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