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The best student study Bible available
on December 30, 2011
I have been using the ESV Study Bible as a main resource for my own studies and preaching for some time now. Recognizing that the ESV Study Bible is a very academic work, and massive to carry around, I was very pleased when this came out because it strikes a much better balance for the average Christian. The team has taken the incredibly comprehensive notes in the full-size Study Bible and condensed them for average readers, then added some neat features like character profiles and answers to quick, common questions. I would recommend the ESV Study Bible for anyone studying theology or involved in a pastoral ministry, and I would recommend the Study Study Bible for almost anyone else!
It is worth noting that I believe the ESV to be the best translation available today. There isn't time for a full review of the translation, but the most important thing to me is clarity and accuracy. The ESV does a good job of capturing the Greek, and I have heard more sermons where preachers have to correct other translations, where the ESV has the word that they correct it to. At the same time, the ESV, though a little beyond the Grade 4 reading level, is still very readable, and as you spend more time in it you come to appreciate how the word-for-word approach allows it to capture some of the different genres more effectively than thought-for-thought translations. Along with the extensive study notes in this Bible, I think that the ESV is able to be a good Bible for almost any Christian, as long as they have a basic grasp of the English language.