- Leather Bound: 384 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books; Lea edition (30 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433544229
- ISBN-13: 978-1433544224
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,890,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Psalms-ESV Leather Bound – 30 Jun 2014
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The Psalms is a beautiful presentation of this beloved section of Scripture. Featuring the ESV text, each psalm is presented in large, readable type on high quality paper.
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It has red ink for the titles and verse numbers, a large and clear black for the Psalms, and lots of white space allowing each psalm room to 'breath' on the page, and greatly aiding the readability.
I also love it that each psalm starts on a new page.
As a book, it's neither too rigid nor too 'floppy' It will lie flat (enough) on a desk or lectern. The leather is appealing both to the touch, the sight, and the smell! Mine now lives beside my bed so I can start and end the day with a Psalm or two.
I honestly can't imagine anyone buying this and being disappointed. It's lovely. Highly recommended.
I have to say I think the ESV have done an amazing job with this publication of the Psalms.
The Tru Tone binding is very well made and looks great. Also comes in a smart looking presentation box.
They have used quite thick high quality paper so you don't get excessive bleed through.
The type face is very clear and easy to read and is also laid out in a single column format.
This edition of the Psalms would be great for devotional use and also for use in public Worship.
I am sure this publication of the Psalms will be used by many as the read and explore this wonderful portion of God's word.
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Well done Crossway. I am impressed!
the Psalms as a sustained Lectio Divina. THIS
volume with its single column format, generous
type-face with lots of white space and a soft
binding that lets the volume lay flat... is free of the
distractions that too often lead to fatigue of aging
eyes and clumsy hands.
Easy to turn pages, makes it a wonderful companion
for reading that has frequent reference to Psalms.
It is also life size... that is comfortable to move around
with in hand, hoodie pouch, purse or pocket.
As for the translation... ahhh, again having many
translations of the Psalms for the the nuances of God's Word
that each one reveals... this one is companionable.
That means The Psalms echo in the living experience of
God's presence with us among the poor, the not wanted,
the marginalized...those who show us the Face of Christ
among the poor in spirit... The Anawim... and my own brokenness.
If you find yourself waiting in a Veterans Hospital, or
an emergency room, or perhaps a bus stop on the
sad side of town... you will understand "companionable".
Overall it is great. The binding is sewn, the cover (mine is trutone) is supple and very leatherlike, without the smell of some faux leather covers. The pages are regular paper so the book is a bit thicker than it could be, but there is no annoying bleed through like most Bibles, which I love. It is a great size, and weight for holding comfortably. And the type size is large enough for older eyes.
Now the only negative, but it is an annoying one. The typesetting. It took me awhile to figure out why some of the verses were indented so weirdly, but I finally got it. The first line of each phrase is justified to the left, the next phrase is indented in one tab. This is fine, since it helps to differentiate phrases. But there are also words that are indented in even further. I finally figured out that they indented twice for any partial phrase that didn't fit on a single line. Although I can see their logic, it does make for a lot of visual bouncing back and forth that I find a bit annoying (and tiring). Especially since the partial phrases are often only one or two words. It is hard for me to keep my place when I have to bounce to the middle of the text to read a single word, then bounce all the way to the left for the next line. You can see examples of this in the preview (Psalm 8:3-4 and Psalm 5:10-11 are a couple, there are many more). Perhaps this won't bother you, but it does me.
The aesthetic presentation comes across well, and facilitates devotional use. If one likes to chant the Psalter, the arrangement is set-up in such a way as to make it possible. Though it’s not “pointed”, nevertheless the mildly experienced to expert user will find the punctuation and organization quickly lends to intoning any given Psalm. And the size and weight is easy to hold in a single hand.
“The Psalms, ESV” is a beautiful work. With a little thought, it would be ideal for congregational use, and it will be beneficial for individual devotional practice. I enthusiastically recommend this book and commend Crossway for its work.