The ESV Study Bible hit the shelves nearly 8 years ago and it remains one of the best tools out there. A good study Bible contains a reliable translation of the Scriptures joined with articles, notes, and other resources to help you understand what you’re reading.
Here’s what we love about the ESV Study Bible:
A Reliable Translation – The goal of the ESV translation is provide a modern English translation that follows a “word for word” translation philosophy. The result is a text that’s easier to understand than older translations while retaining Biblical accuracy. No translation is perfect, but the ESV is a solid choice, and it’s the one that we use at Trinity.
Book Introductions – Prior to each book of the Bible you’ll find 3-5 pages of introductory material. You can quickly find information to help you answer some of these important questions. Who wrote this book? When was it written and what was going on at that time? What’s the purpose and theme of this particular book? What should I be looking for as I read this book? In just a few pages you can easily find this valuable information to help you better understand what you’re about to read.
Text Notes – As you’re reading the Scriptures you often come across details or terms that you might not be familiar with. Underneath the text you’ll see notes on some of these issues. The notes include definitions and brief commentary statements. There are also many cross-references included to help you compare Scripture with Scripture.
Visuals – The ESV Study Bible is loaded with maps, charts, drawing, and other visuals to give you a broad view of things.
Articles – Most editions include a series of theological articles that serve as an introduction to different areas of theology. Having all these articles in one spot provides you with a valuable reference resource.
The ESV Study Bible is certainly not the only study Bible out there, but it’s theologically sound and loaded with resources. If you’re looking to grow in your understanding of the Scriptures, you’ll definitely want to check it out. There are many different styles and editions, everything from ebook to hardcover to leather, personal size to giant print. You can find them on Amazon or at the WTS Bookstore.