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English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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The Table of Contents Lists the Following:
Alphabetic Listing of Books of the Bible
Alphabetic Listing of Books of the Apocrypha
Preface to the ESV
Explanation of Features
Apocrypha Table of Contents
Preface to Apocrypha
Tables of Weights and Measures
Oxford Maps (9)
1) I really like the size of this Bible. I was worried at first that it might be too big and heavy, but it really isn't. In fact, if I were to compare it to one of my other Bibles, it is almost identical in size with the Ignatius RSV-2CE. As a matter of fact, it may be a touch smaller, but not by much.
2) The page layout is pretty good. I think it is similar to many of the Crossway ESV editions that I have looked at in the past, although I could be wrong on that. Each page contains paragraph headings, textual notes, alternative renderings, and cross-references (primarily in NT).
3) It seems to have a solid binding. (I am no expert on this however!) It also lays open nice and rests well in the hand.Read more ›
The binding is very nice--as one would expect from OUP. The pages (nice, thin, opaque paper) are sewn in small signatures and well bound together. On the other hand, the cover is very, VERY bright red--much brighter than the pictures seem to be.
Nevertheless, a good value and translation.
1. The cover is a very glossy bright red.
2. The Apocryphal books are at the very end of the volume, not in the Catholic order or even between the testaments as is customary these days.
3. There are no cross-references.
4. The pages are so ultra-thin you can literally read through to the reverse side, let alone even trying to highlight or mark the text in any way.
Perhaps we can hope for a more well-constructed book in the future, and greater accuracy in item descriptions.
As a Greek Orthodox Christian I look for bibles that contain our complete canon of the Old Testament (since it comes from the pre-Christian era Septuagint translation which was most heavily used by the NT authors), which includes what Protestants refer to as the Apocrypha and Roman Catholics as Deutero-canonical/Apocryphal books. Thankfully, this version has all the books used by the Greek and Slavonic Churches, the Roman Catholic Church, and by the Anglican Communion:
- It has all of the OT books used by Roman Catholics, Orthodox, and Anglicans: i.e., Tobit thru 2nd Maccabees.
- It has all those in Anglican and Orthodox bibles but not in RC bibles: i.e., all those above plus 1st & 2nd Esdras and the Prayer of Manasseh (that RCs now consider "apocrypha" but not deutero-canoncial).
- It has all those in Orthodox bibles but in neither RC (that RCs consider apocryphal) or Anglican ones: i.e., Psalm 151, and 3rd & 4th Maccabees
This is a truly ecumenical bible that can be used by all Christians.
When analyzing this specific edition of the ESV, "with Apocryhpa", I'm looking mainly at things not directly tied to the translation itself. The translation is what it is and anyone buying a bible should spend some time reading portions to see if they like what they are reading.Read more ›
Although the entire Authorised "King James" Version (A.V.), with its own "Apocrypha" (deutero-canonical writings) included, was always primary in this reviewer's life, the R.S.V. (alike in Protestant, ecumumenical, and Catholic editions) also figured rather a lot over the years in Bible reading and study. The main problems with the R.S.V. have been, and still are, its liberal bias in translation, especially in rendering scriptural passages touching on Christology and the Holy Trinity (as well, occasionally, as some readings affecting other doctrines), in addition to the R.S.V.'s resort to the so-called "Critical Text" of the Greek N.T. (mostly according to the various Nestle-Aland and U.B.S.Read more ›
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I like this version of the bible. It seems to be understandable and seems to give a good interpretation of the text.Published 4 months ago by Paul Doughten
Although I did not make this purchase on Amazon, I am truly pleased with "The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sheryl
This is the only (new) ESV which includes the Apocrypha. It has 17 apocryphal works instead of the usual 14 that the KJV and all English bibles used to have until around 1885. Read morePublished 4 months ago by nictoanamide
I love this translation but needed the Apocrypha for a class given at church. I like the size of the font and the page size making for a book that is easy to handle. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lynda Henley
The ESV has mistranslated passages. In Romans 16:7 the Apostle Paul specifically names a woman, Junia, as an "apostle" when he sends his greetings to Andronicus and Junia... Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Lawler