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The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References) by [Crossway Bibles]
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'This is a fine, fresh and faithful translation, combining both elegance and accuracy to bring us a version of the bible that is anything but standard. The ESV brings us a text that is both readable yet scholarly. It is quite simply the best version we have today - clear, simple and illuminating' MARTYN PERCY, Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon At last a translation that majors on accuracy, combined with a modern, fluent style. I am confident that in time the ESV will become the standard translation for the English-speaking world.' THE RT. REV. WALLACE BENN, Bishop of Lewes, England 'Meticulous care and passionate research make the ESV a crisp, accurate, and valuable translation.' MAX LUCADO, Minister, Oak Hills Church of Christ 'The ESV satisfies the preaching memorizing, studying and reading needs of our church, from children to adults.' JOHN PIPER, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

About the Author

First published in 2001, The ESV Bible carries forward the trusted legacy of the Bible in English - the legacy established first in the Tyndale New Testament (1526) and the KJV Bible (1611). With this legacy as the foundation, the ESV reflects the beauty and majesty of the original languages, first captured centuries ago by these early Bible translations. But the ESV also provides the most recent evangelical Christian Bible scholarship and enduring readability for today. The ESV translation process itself was based on the trusted principles of essentially literal translation - combining word-for-word accuracy with readability and literary excellence.

Product Details

  • File Size: 22420 KB
  • Print Length: 1328 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (February 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001EOCFU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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Format: Imitation Leather Verified Purchase
While it's not perfect, it may be the most readable Bible Crossway has produced.

The vast majority of single column Bibles use a very small font which makes the lines too long, and the leading (space between lines of text) is not adjusted to make it readable. You end up with long lines of tiny text and virtually no space between lines. That's anti-readability.

Crossway did not make those mistakes.

They use a 9 pt font. I wouldn't mind seeing it a point size bigger, but 9 pt isn't so small that it's uncomfortable.

They got the line length right using ~13 words per line. And there is enough leading to properly track the text from the end of one line to the beginning of another.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is virtually no bleed-through of text from pages beneath the one you are reading. It's one of the best non-bleed-through texts I've seen.

They use black text throughout (no words of Christ in red). That enhances readability tremendously. Red text on white paper is not ideal and can strain your eyes when read for long periods. For those who have a theological problem with not using red text, please remember that it is a very modern invention. Red text wasn't used in Bibles until the late 1800s. No Bible before that time had red text and that includes the original King James.

The TrueTone cover is very flexible and can be folded back easily.

The pages have wide outside margins where they put the section headings. The margins are wide enough to make them ideal for notes.

That brings me to a minor complaint. The inside margins are a little too narrow. The text runs slightly into the curved area of the page where it inserts into the spine. It's not bad--I've seen much worse.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I have a classical studies degree and I must say one of my favorite translations of the bible is the ESV. Not only is it a tight translation, but it also keeps much of the unique sentence structure and flow I so relish in the classical languages.

I must admit that I was very very surprised with this book.
First off it was free so I expected nothing more than a bible that I would have to infinitely scroll through or search to find what I wanted. (However this in not the case) The book and chapter selection is nice and with a couple of clicks on the next page button you can easily get to where you want)

I was also surprised that the book includes footnote links to the measurements and other footnotes. What a great feature. (So if you are wondering how many feet in those cubits simply select the link and find out!)

All in all WAY more than I ever expected in a free book. I definitely did not expect to find such a wonderful version for free.
I would recommend it for anyone.
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Format: Leather Bound
I'm so pleased that Crossway released this Bible. The font is 10.5, which fills the previous gap left with super tiny 8 font "regular" ESV Bibles and huge honkin' 12.75 for "large" print. This is right in the middle, and is perfect - easy to see, not tiny, yet not enormous.

The Bible itself is good quality black leather, and mine lays flat right out of the box (with the exception of the very front and end of the Bible, which will likely loosen up further with time). The layout of the text is neat as well; it sports two columns but without the normal cross references smashed in between, so you have a nice readable area. This version has the references tucked very discreetly at the bottom of each page. Another plus is that the translation notes are separated from the cross references, making it easier to distinguish. There is very mild bleed-through on some of the pages, but despite being fairly picky about such things it's not very bad at all and is not a huge distraction for me (many of my other Bibles are far worse than this one, unless you want to pay for calfskin).

This version has the words of the Lord in red, which is either a pro or a con depending upon preference. It is perhaps a little over an inch thick, and it is lightweight and portable while still being easy to read. It seems equally suitable to haul to Church, or curl up on a couch with. The binding is strong, and appears to be smyth-sewn. I've detected no faults so far in the binding, pages, or gilding. Even the ribbon marker is generously cut, rather than the short ones that barely reach the bottom of the page.

I've been waiting around six months for this edition to come out, and it's been well worth the wait!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have no complaints whatever regarding the translation of this Bible. It's eminently readable, retaining the dignity of the language even while seeking greater clarity.
Regarding the Kindle version, the navigation is easy and straightforward, though not as sophisticated as the TNIV, which has navigation straight to each book, chapter, and verse.
The only complaint I have for both versions is that you can't tell what book you're in. I like to read the Bible from the beginning of the old and the beginning of the new testaments simultaneously. It's very easy to forget what book you're currently in, and there's no way to tell which one it is unless you page back to the beginning of the book and check. If you select "Go to beginning" on the menu, it takes you to the Table of Contents, not to the beginning of, say, Luke.
Since I wrote this review originally, though, I have found an excellent workaround for the above problem. I simply put a bookmark at the beginning of the book I'm reading, and then another one as I work my way through that book. Then, when I come back to say, a bookmark at chapter 10 of I Samuel and have no idea what I'm reading, just check the bookmarks page for a quick reminder.
That removes my last objection, and I up my review to 5 stars.
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