ESV Study Bible

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  1. following-Him

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    Do you have a copy?

    What do you think about it?

    Would you recommend it?

    Would you recommend a differnt study Bible?
     
  2. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    I have the Kindle (electronic) version on my iPhone and find it very helpful so far
     
  3. preachinjesus

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    Yes

    I really enjoy it.

    Yes, and I have.

    If you supplement it with the NET Study Bible (a free download is available at bible.org) and you've got 2 powerful tools. :)
     
  4. TomVols

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    I own and love the ESV study Bible. I have the hardback version (I don't have a wheelbarrell to carry it to church/pulpit). The notes are good, but like all study bibles, they have their limits. This study Bible is as good as any. The NIV study Bible (also available in KJV and NASB) is very good. The NIV Disciple's Study Bible is very good from Broadman/Holman (I was given one at my ordination). And I like the Reformation Study Bible. I consult the Disciple's, ESV SB, and the NIV SB almost always in study after I've done my own spade work.

    Neat thing about the ESV SB is that you get online access to it, too. It's accessible via a website. Nice feature.
     
  5. Peggy

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    I didn't like the ESV Study Bible simply because the font was too small for me to read and the paper was too thin. I know that is picky, and not about content, but if you can't read it, what use is it?
     
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    I for one do not think wanting a Bible to be readable is being "picky." I think publishers should devote more time and thought to form (typesetting, paper and binding materials).
     
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    I agree.

    I use a large print bible most of the time. My KJV study bible has a very readable size font though. I am disappointed in many of the bibles on the market now because they are so cheaply done. The bibles that the Trinitarian Bible Society sells are proof that a bible can be good quality at a reasonable price. I also have a plain text, large print bible by Cornerstone Bible Publishers that is excellent quality and genuine leather that I paid 29.99 for at CBD.
     
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    Amy,

    I believe you said the KJV Study Bible (the one produced by Libery U, right?) had the archaic words defined. In your opinion, does it do a good job at covering the archaic words?

    In Christ,
    Robb

    P.S. I used the ESV Study Bible in Bible Explorer. Very helpful tool--so is the NLTse Study Bible, though.
     
  9. Amy.G

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    Yes, it is the Liberty U. bible. They did a great job of defining archaic words. Not only individual words, but archaic phrases as well. It is an excellent study bible, the best that I have used. It is also very reasonably priced. :thumbsup:
     
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    I have got to get one of those!
     
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    Along with R. L. Allan and Sons, Trinitarian Bible Society is one of my favorite Bible publishers. In addition to their quality, I like knowing that any profit they make is going to be used to give away free Bibles to those who need them.
     
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    Thank you for all your replies, which are most useful and informative :)

    I saw the ESV Study Bible in a Christian Book Store recently but all the copies were cellophane wrapped so I was unable to get a good look at a copy and wondered just what the general opinion was here at BB. It is quite expensive and I did note the comment on the small print so I might hold on a while to see if a large print version might be available.

    Again, many thanks for all your input.

    Blessings

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    How are the notes on Genesis 1-11? Does it support a world-wide flood, six-day creation, all languages tracing back to Babel, etc.?
     
  14. Peggy

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    After reading them, I would say that the notes do not support a literal six day creation. I have not looked at the notes for the flood or the Tower of Babel.
     
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    You can always ask a store employee if the cellophane can be removed so you can look at the Bible inside. I've done this many times and I've never been told "no." This is especially true if they have several copies.
     
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    Esv

    I have the Reformation Study Bible in ESV .And a leather ESV bound one from Crossways .

    My son has the ESV Study Bible and he likes it very much .
    I seem to read my HCSB more then any other in the last 3 years .
     
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    I use the ESV a lot, but I have yet to find a English translation that is consistent with the Greek. Why I do not know. Different translators vary in objectives etc I guess.
     
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    In 2 weeks I will have finished the ESV Study Bible. Not bad...not great. The reformed bend is very obvious in places, particularly when I feel they use theology to interpret Scripture.
    Some of the OT study notes are quite wordy and tedious, as if they write just to fill up space.

    On a scale of 1 - 10 I'd give it a 6
     
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    I agree! :thumbsup:

    Has a lot to do with the difficulty of translating an inflected language into a non-inflected language.

    Most translations hit difficult participles and word order and end up punting rather than resolving a difficult translation/doctrinal question. :)
     
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    I was curious so I pulled down my copy and paged through it. Honestly it does give validation to the six day creation and a world wide flood. The commentators who developed the notes do pull their punches a couple of times and mention competing theories. For instance in the flood epic they specifically point out how the writers could have been limited in their knowledge of geography and thus it might have been a regional flood. I don't buy that theory and am a bit disappointed they didn't come out with a stronger view on the world wide flood.

    Also on Babel they present other views than it being worldwide, but seem to come down on the side of all languages tracing to Babel and it being a world encompassing event.

    I have read through the creation notes a bit more quickly and don't see them advocating anything other than a six day creation.

    Maybe the point is that they are being intellectually honest with the realization that the first 11 chapters of Genesis are incredibly difficult to place and classify in literary genre. To a fault (imho) they don't line up strongly enough with the more traditional interpretation which seems to define the rest of their approach in translation. Strange.

    I'm glad you asked because it gave me a chance to look and study up. That s helpful! :D
     

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