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The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Classic Pew and Worship Edition, Black) Hardcover – December 17, 2003
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'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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Now made in the USA with a lighter weight paper! The durability of the Waterproof Bible gives you the freedom to take God's Word with you anywhere - fishing, backpacking, hunting... with worry free confidence that your Bible will withstand the test of time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are several things I like about this edition. The first is the size and binding. The Bible is about an inch thick at the spine, making it easy to carry to church and use for Bible study, general reading and devotions. The font size seems to be a nice 9 point size. I also like the fact there are no cross-references. Personally I find them to be distracting and they clutter up the page. The binding has been improved compared to the hardcover text edition I brought in 2002. That binding was a glued mess. In comparison the binding for this Bible is sewn with premium bonded leather. There is a bookmark ribbon that helps to your place in scripture. The cover is plain black; the back contains the name of the material with the ISBN number.
With I like these things, there are a few nitpicks. Let's start with the spine and gilding. The spine contains three references to the ESV. There is an acronym, logo and the name spelled out. This is overkill (see picture below). I have Bibles that have the name of the version listed only once. I don't see why Crossway is doing this. The gilding is pretty nice. However halfway from the bottom from the bottom there is a small spot about the size of a pencil eraser. It is a small blemish, but noticeable (see picture below). Another nitpick concerns the page layout. While I like the font size for the text, the font size for the notes is another matter. It is small to see and hard to read. I wish Crossway would make it a little bigger. The biggest nitpick I have is with the red lettering. In some spots in the gospels it is a nice firebrick red color. In other parts the color is more like pink salmon. This makes it hard to read in church. Crossway should ether switch to a constant color or drop them entirely (I opt for the latter). I was so concerned about this issue that I recently went to a brick and mortar store thinking that maybe Amazon got a bad batch of Bibles. It seems that it appears to be an issue with this Bible generally. (See the pictures below.)
Overall this is a nice Bible with a translation that is probably among the best we have. I recommend for personal use and gifting. I also recommend it for those who are interested in learning what this whole Bible thing is about. If Crossway would fix some of the issues outlined above, it would be better. However I tend not to focus on these things; instead I focus on the message it contains. In any case it has become a part of my life since I brought it two years ago. I'm confident this Bible will continue to serve me as I push on towards eternity.
The pictures attached to this review show the front and back of the box. The front and back are also shown. Since I got this Bible I have got my name engraved on it. This will not be on the copy you order. The spine and the gilding are also pictured. There are also two page samples that show the different red letter colors and the size of the notes. I hope they are helpful.
I wish the cover wasn't paperback. One would assume, after all, that this Bible is intended for wilderness activities. It's pretty much tailor-made for wilderness and camp ministry. But having spent some time doing that myself, I know that paperbacks become really bent-up in a backpack. Water won't destroy it, but other camping activities will. I do recommend this product for you wilderness theologians out there. But would make the following changes:
-Hard, Waterproof Cover
-Clasp to Hold the Bible Shut in a Backpack
-Slightly Smaller Size
Make these changes, and this thing is perfect!
And by the way, I just have to plug the ESV. It's a really great, balanced translation. It is as literal as possible while accounting for idiom when its really needed. You need to have a little training to use the ESV - a sense of context. If you're younger, not a leader, or not really theologically geared, the TNIV might be a better route. That's my plug!
Don't mistaken Thinline for Compact. This is not a compact Bible. The pages are thin, the Bible is obviously thinner than the usual thicker traditional Bible but about the same size in length.
RED LETTER when Jesus speaks, although not written in the description of the product. Nice golden finish on the edge of every page.
The text is super readable, who ever says the letters are too small has vision issues. If you are concerned they compromised readability rest assured they didn't. Keep in mind, this Bible is only thinner than traditional Bibles, but retained pretty much the size and text size of traditional, thicker Bibles. Very impressed.
I came to love ESV translation, hence I have nothing to complain about it concerning translation. Keep in mind, translation is translation, NOTHING will never be dead on as the original first Bible. Because of difference in cultures, you have their own cultural puns on there and words that are only used in that language. So when it comes to translation what we are all trying to keep intact in not the word for word ( although most Bibles strive on this withing their limitations ) but keeping the message as raw as possible. ESV does just that, as well as other translations.
Overall, wonderful! Very happy with binding and all. Very high quality Bible for the price and I am eager to cherish it years to come.