This review is for the Giant Print edition of the Expositor's Study Bible.
First, understand that this is a very conservative Study Bible that takes a literal view of scripture, and has doctrines that generally agree with a Pentecostal approach to scripture. If you take a more liberal, less literal, view of scripture--you probably will not like this Study Bible. But if you have an Evangelical, and especially a Pentecostal approach to scripture, you will find yourself in general agreement with the exposition notes. It is worth keeping in mind that you should not expect to agree 100% of the time with any Study Bible. Having said that, the Expositor's Study Bible is a powerful study tool that gives a huge amount of exposition throughout the text. Indeed, very often the exposition is two or three times longer than the verses being expounded upon. The exposition directly follows the verses, and I like that. It is nice to not have to squint down at tiny print on the bottom of the page to find the commentary. This is a Giant print Bible, but keep in mind that there is a huge amount of exposition added to the scriptures, so this Giant print is actually around 12 to 13 point font size. Not exactly "Giant", but about what I expected for such a great amount of text. The Giant Print Expositor's Bible is very big in size, not something you want to tote to Sunday School. There is a regular size print version with a leather cover if you do not need the larger print size.
Other features in the Expositor's Bible include a concordance, some very nice, large, color maps, and a few other study helps. But the important thing about this Bible is the great amount of exposition throughout the text.Read more ›
I recieved this Bible as a gift. The Expositor's Study Bible is like having a bible handbook, bible commentary, and bible dictionary right along with the text in one volume. The amount of research to produce this Bible must have been staggering. I never really thought of Jimmy Swaggart as the scholarly type, but he knows his stuff.
The Bible is made with geniune leather, a smythsewn binding, and very high quality paper. This Bible is pure quality, and with a normal amount of care it should outlive its owner.
The notes follow the text. The KJV words are in black text, Swaggart's notes are in red text. At first this threw me off, but after a few chapters I was used to it. And the Bible really came alive to me. This format really works. I was especially impressed with this Bibles treatment of Paul's letters. For the first time I read Paul and actually understood him. Kudos to the Expositor's Study Bible.
I have purchased numerous copies of The Expositor's Study Bible(ESB) regular print edition through Amazon. I also purchased 2 copies of the Giant Print edition in the recent past. All editions have the same interior when it comes to KJV text and commentary notes.
This is a Bible you don't want to put down! The text is a mildly updated KJV which is printed in Bold black and the commentary is printed in a Bold red. The commentary is integrated into the text and placed in brackets so searching for study notes is a thing of the past! The focus of these notes from Genesis to Revelation is "Jesus Christ and Him crucified" John 5:39 & 1 Corinthians 2:2. If you're looking for a purely academic Study Bible the ESB is not for you but if you're looking for a Study Bible that will point you to Jesus on every page and explain almost every text in a practical, life transforming way then hurry and get this Bible! This morning I was reading Ezekiel chapter twenty in a couple other study Bibles and then I read it in the Expositor's Study Bible (ESB). Wow, what a difference!! The ESB notes talk about how the Lord "will not hear the prayers" of idolaters/false professors and how "the Lord not only delivers the believing sinner from bondage, but also delivers them to Blessing, all through Christ, and by the means of the Cross" and how "the Sabbath is no longer in force because the One it typified, the Lord Jesus Christ, has come" etc. Helpful notes appear on page after page such as the one at Ezekiel 20:12 "Presently, all Believers are sanctified, and remain that way, simply by constantly looking to Christ and what He has done for us at the Cross. Then the Holy Spirit can effect Sanctification within our lives, and on a constant basis-see also Romans 8:1,2,11".Read more ›
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THE EXPOSITOR'S STUDY BIBLE (ESB)IS ONE OF A KIND!!
I've been wanting to write this review for some time now. I believe this Bible has been anointed and set apart from all others by the Holy Spirit! There are a number of good Study Bibles out there and I have copies of most of them but this one is different. The study notes are embedded in the Scriptural text in brackets with italic red print. No more searching all over the place trying to find the notes! The Scriptural text itself is printed in bold black print making it easy to read the Scriptures without the notes when desired. The notes are more interpretation/application oriented although they do offer some technical and cultural information. They focus on Jesus Christ and the Cross from Genesis to Revelation...as John 5:39 says they should. Although they come from a Pentecostal perspective, they are completely evangelical and suitable for all believers. The primary annotator is Jimmy Swaggart which may cause some people concern due to his publicly exposed sins of the 1980's which he has repented of. However, for those who find this a stumbling block, you might have trouble with the book of Psalms in any Bible due to David's sin with Bathsheba! I would rather judge the ESB on its own merit. The ESB uses a mildly updated King James Version which is a literal, powerful translation. It's notes are illuminating and frankly, it is hard to put this Bible down!
Regarding the physical features of the ESB, I have the Cromwell Bonded Leather edition and I have recently ordered the Genuine Leather edition through Amazon.com. These and other editions are also available at Jimmy Swaggart's website for very reasonable prices-[...]. I have ordered a number of these through [...] and given them away as gifts.Read more ›