It was no secret to those close to me that I was eagerly awaiting the new ESV Study Bible. Some rolled their eyes, others cordially listened, still others shared my enthusiasm. Having been excited about such items beforehand, especially with all the hype that has surrounded this work, I still felt a catch in my spirit which said, “Don’t get your hopes up too high–not everything lives up to the hype.”
So on October 18, it arrived.
Snazzy design on the box. I open it up, and am thankful I obtained a Black Classic TruTone rather than the genuine leather which tends to bend and keep the creases the first time you open it up. The TruTone has a nice feel that has proven to maintain even if it gets caught in weather. (Yes, I have a compact TruTone Bible that I took to Trinidad in 2004. And, yes, I foolishly left it out in the rain. And yes, it held together great.)
And my first impression was, “Wow …
And big it was. 2700+ pages. For some perspective, here’s it up against my Coke Zero and my coffee pot (which I never use, thanks to the Coke Zero!).
While the look on my face may convey distress and surprise, this does not mean I was unhappy. You see, when I opened it up and began to see the great resources in it in regards to maps, tables, charts, book introductions, notes that do not get in the way–I realized I had a very special resources in my hands.
Here’s the five-minute video.
I heartily recommend this majestic work.