Top positive review
ESV Study Bible - Personal Size TruTone, brown/cordovanle
on 7 December 2013
This bible is very well produced. The paper is thin, but that is unavoidable with so many pages. The printing quality is excellent and there are many coloured maps. The notes are numerous and extensive, the numbers of words in the notes often exceeding those in the bible text. The notes are written from a conservative perspective, though mainstream views, where different are often mentioned, There are cross references and a number of articles on topics likely to interest readers. The ESV is based on the RSV, which was a well regarded version. It has been updated to excellent modern English which seems to be generally regarded as accurate and clear, though as a literal translation it is inevitably harder to read than the NIV. Being a product of conservative thinking it has altered some translations in the RSV, which conservatives found offensive. There is an issue regarding the NIV, which goes beyond simple translation in places to change the meaning of the text, so that different passages in the bible do not conflict with each other. Fundamentalists perhaps regard this as "correcting" the text, but I think this goes beyond the job of a translator. I have no reason to suspect ESV does not translated the text accurately. The notes are written from a conservative point of view; if one wanted a mainstream scholarly study bible, the Oxford Annotated Bible or the Harper Collins Study Bible would be good choises. These both contain the NRSV which is well respected by scholars. Recommended.