- Imitation Leather: 768 pages
- Publisher: Crossway; First edition (31 Jan. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581343760
- ISBN-13: 978-1581343762
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.5 x 22.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
ESV Gift and Award Bible (Burgundy) Imitation Leather – 31 Jan 2008
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However, as an informed reader my first impression is that it is actually very similar in style and 'feel' to the NIV. The only real difference I noticed was that occasionally this version used slightly less elegant English, saying things in a more round-about way which I presume reflected a wish to stay true to the original text. On the plus side, there seemed to be a few more useful footnotes than in a standard NIV. These helped to clarify Greek/Hebrew meanings, explained terms of weight and measurement etc, or gave alternate readings where the translation was ambiguous. Overall, though, it didn't seem better or worse than the NIV, just slightly different. Given the current popularity of the NIV, I would imagine this new version will find it hard to make its mark.
This edition does have a few nice added features; there is a friendly "What the Bible is all about" page at the beginning, a paragraph of introduction at the start of each of the books and a couple of maps at the end. There is a short article outlining the background to the ESV translation, and some Bible reading notes, which you may or may not appreciate.
As regards quality, you know you're not getting the top-of-the-range product if you choose an 'imitation leather' cover. Indeed the text is a bit cramped, and there is a slightly 'cheap' look to the paper but it seems sturdy enough - I've had this one a few weeks now, and it's showing no signs of falling apart. Not a bad buy if you want to check out the ESV version.
If you are going to purchase this, I would suggest having a read, seeing what you think of the translation (for less than the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes), then look at purchasing the ESV study bible.
You should get alot of translations, work for whats best for you. These new translations are there to make the Bible understandable for our generation. Always cross reference between various versions, We are in fantastic times where all can be true scholars of the bible, understand it and learn from it like never before!
And a couple of nice maps at the back! Ooo.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awful quality, the cover is ridiculously bad, no leather look at all, just like a thin cardboard, and the pages inside are thin and has a yellowy tone of just poor quality.Published 16 days ago by Peridot
print was smaller than I wanted. Absolutely my fault....just be careful when ordering.Published 17 days ago by Mrs B
Ordered on behalf of someone else they are happy with this bookPublished 1 month ago by Mrs E Douglas
Given as a gift, this beautiful bible was exactly as described and much better than I had imagined. So much so that I considered ordering another for myself.Published 13 months ago by Peter Ferrier
Fantastic! Nice size. Arrived before the expectancy date witch is great! And I nice feel perfect!Published 13 months ago by leon