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I bought this for the Apocrypha and haven't used that part yet. I have read from it and like the quality of the paper and the type size. The subheadings and the chapter numbers are in bold. This version has only scripture text and the Apocrypha, it has no chapter introductions or foot note text about given verses. It does have foot notes with brief explanations, like a church pew Bible would have.
The ESV is probably one of the better modern translations (very similar to the NRSV) but most editions do not include the Apocrypha, and the Christian public in general is not aware that this edition exists. This edition should be more widely known and available. I hope that the ESV with Apocrypha would be made available in Kindle and cell-phone format.
I love the text of the ESV, and I'm glad they have the Apocrypha, but I wish they'd follow English Tradition and place it between the Testaments, not at the end. Also, the pages are very thin and seem to fold on their own. I'd love to see a higher-quality edition with the Apocrypha.
This text is superbly translated; of all Protestant translations (Conservative and Liberal alike) it's arguably the finest, while the book itself is remarkably light and portable for a nearly 1500 page work. In short, a lovely and beautiful Bible whose only weakness is the flimsiness and thinness of the pages. This can easily be overlooked provided the positives that come out of it- the lightness and the portability. This is the only ESV edition that contains the apocrypha. Any Christian, no matter what denomination, ought to read the apocrypha at least to ground him/herself in the traditional framework of Christianity. Quoted by Augustine, Jerome, Dante and many others, the deuterocanonical texts are an integral part of the Biblical heritage. I recommend this translation and this individual edition as an intelligent and well-calculated choice to delve into the Catholic/Orthodox Biblical canon.
I am glad to see that the English Standard Version includes the apocrypha. The choice of the apocryphal books includes books like Psalm 151 and III and IV Maccabees, that are commonly finding their way into modern English Bible expanded apocryphas. The English Revised Version is a Bible is the great English King James stream of Bible revisions (the King James itself being a revision of earlier English translation. The translators take the Revised Standard Version as their base, and then revise from there. In my personal study, I will on occasion use this translation in comparison with the New Revised Standard Version. As always, Oxford press is to be commended for a handsome binding.