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ESV Study Bible (Burgundy) Leather Bound – October 15, 2008

4.7 out of 5 stars 1,286 ratings

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  • Publisher : Crossway; Lea edition (October 15, 2008)
  • Language : English
  • Leather Bound : 2752 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1433502399
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1433502392
  • Item Weight : 4.28 pounds
  • Dimensions : 7 x 2.5 x 10 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
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Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Study Bible, Do the Research
By JoelW on September 11, 2019
I'll start by saying this is one of top study bibles available in the market today, if not the best. It is beautiful in both it's content and quality.

As other reviewers have pointed out, the reviews you see under this item cover a wide variety of ESV Study Bibles by Crossway so it is important to note which bible they are reviewing, or take this into consideration when reading reviews by those who do not mention the specific product they are reviewing. I understand these are all the same "ESV Study Bible", but it could be any number of cover styles, sizes, or even vintages (year published).

I purchased two of these ESV Study Bibles because I, like many of you, had no idea whether to get the personal size or the regular size bible (not talking about the large print version). I love them both, but as you'll see in a bit, I do favor one.
- ESV Study Bible (TruTone, Olive, Celtic Cross Design) March 30, 2018
- ESV Study Bible, Personal Size (TruTone, Brown, Mosaic Cross Design) April 30, 2018

There are a significant number of online reviews regarding the content, translation, and pretty much everything else about the bible - just do a Google search and you'll find them. However, I want to focus on the size diffs.

I felt like the personal size was a perfect fit to carry around. Yes, it is thick, but not too heavy and not too tall to be that noticeable while walking around. The regular size, however, does feel substantially larger in both thickness and height, making it a bit more awkward to lug around. For this reason, if you plan to take the bible with you wherever you go, a point goes to the personal size bible.

The paper in the regular size bible is ever so slightly thicker. This is one of the reasons the regular size bible ends up being noticeably thicker. It makes any bleed-thru almost unnoticeable. In the personal size bible you do see a little of the print from the opposite side of the page, but it's really not that bad, including the beautiful color images throughout.

But now to the big point (pun kind of intended) -- I have good vision, and while I could read the font in the personal size bible, I needed good lighting, the bible needed to be relatively close, and I had to work a bit. It wasn't relaxing. You can do the research to get the actual font sizes, but since this is the regular version simply 'shrunk to fit' the smaller size, it is very small. If you want to simulate the text size, zoom your browser down to about 70% of normal and that's about right (depending on your screen resolution of course).

It's funny because now when I look at the regular size version, the scripture text (the bible itself) actually seems large. But for me, a study bible is very much about the study notes, and in the regular size bible these are a perfect size. As the publishers of this bible say in the intro, the words of God are the most important, so the study text should be smaller. I agree, but in the personal size version of this bible it took some 'work' to read these study notes. The regular sized version is very comfortable and relaxing to read, I can read in lower light with no problem, and I feel like I can hold or set the bible at farther distances away and still very comfortably read the text. Same is true for the references and foot notes, which are so super-small in the personal size that I am less likely to use them than in the regular size version.

Both bibles feel great as you work with them, and also because they are the TruTone covers, they lay flat on the table or in your lap perfectly. The content is similar, but there are a few things omitted from the Personal Size bible. Nothing you can't find on the Crossway online presence (, and it really doesn't take away from the overall bible. For example, there is a reading plan in the regular size but not in the personal size, the concordance is slightly smaller in the personal size, and a few articles are not included in the personal size. I hesitate a bit because I understand this varies depending on the year the bible was produced. a 2011 bible will be slightly different than the 2019 vintage. Part of this is due to the nature of the ESV (there are very minimal updates they do every so often to the translation).

Anyway... You really can't go wrong with either size. If you want more portable and you are comfortable with smaller text then go for the personal size. If you don't mind a larger bible and want a super-comfortable read, then get the regular size. I will note that I do not have the large print version so I cannot speak to how that compares.

In summary, my end goal is to keep the regular sized ESV Study Bible for research and study at home, then get an RL Allan leather-bound 'regular'/non-study bible to carry around with me. If anyone from RL Allan reads this, absolutely, thank you for asking, I would love to review or try one of your bound bibles! Hehe...

Yes we are spoiled in today's world to even have these choices, but I am ok with that, especially if it helps even in the smallest way to share in biblical (or in this case actual bible) - related conversations.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT purchase the newer, indexed version - index tabs are way off
By JoyF on May 29, 2015
I just received the indexed study bible, and the indexed pages are completely off except for Genesis and the Concordance. It is missing the tab for Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua. So when you go to Numbers where you should see this tab, you see the tab for Judges, Ruth, and Samuel instead. I've attached a photo showing this. That means all subsequent tabs are incorrect until you get to the Concordance. I am shocked by the lack of QC and am returning this right away.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2017
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Andrei Steclaru
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