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ESV Large Print Bible Hardcover – April 28, 2009
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After awhile I decided that I needed a second translation that included the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. I chose the English Standard Version (ESV) over the NASB because, like the HCSB, the ESV has descriptive headings above sections of scripture to denote the subject/content of the following text. I have found this extremely useful especially when wanting to go back and find a particular section of the bible that was read previously. That feature is not necessary when simply comparing passages with the HCSB that I'm reading. But I wanted another "different" version that I could read if I chose to.
As I said, I am a huge fan of the Holman Christian Standard Bible because of the easy-to-read, yet accurate, flow of the translation. It is very, very similar to the New International Version (NIV) but without the gender neutral stuff. (Re-translations of the bible are in order if older original manuscripts are found or if the English language changes sufficiently (e.g. KJV); but never out of political correctness or changes in social morality, ethics or conscience. God doesn't change, so his Word shouldn't.) But I digress.
This English Standard Version (ESV) is a very nice, well-made book. I like hard-cover Bibles for some reason. I've used it for a couple of weeks or so for the purpose stated above. It is very similar to the NASB (except the NASB does not have the descriptive headings) in they are both literal translations. I am quite pleased with it.
The only complaints (very minor) are: The paper is extremely thin, which makes it more difficult to turn the pages and they'll crease if not handled carefully. Also, the thin paper allows the ink on the reverse side of the page to be seen slightly. The large print allows one to get used to it and I find that it isn't as bothersome as I thought it would be.
In general, a very nice hard-cover Bible in one of the better translations.
First, the main reason I bought this Bible was occasional blurry eyesight. The font is large enough. The problem I'm encountering is that the text is not dark enough when my vision gets blurry. I can read books with smaller print and darker lettering with no problem, but I can't read this. It's frustrating, and I'd bought this Bible to avoid frustration. So this is not a purchase I'd recommend or make again.
Another negative is the binding. It appears to be stitched, and it has large spaces between the stitches. I worry the binding will easily come apart at some point in the near future. If you're hard on a Bible from daily reading, this will probably come apart before you read through the entire Bible. I'm expecting mine to, and I'm being very gentle with it. I won't even open it fully for fear of destroying the fragile binding.
It is imitation leather, of course, and it looks it. My last Bible purchases were a leather and imitation leather NKJV. I really couldn't tell the two apart unless I looked hard enough. But I can tell the ESV is imitation leather from across the room. Despite that, this ESV is a pretty Bible. It's just not proving to be a practical one.