I am a seminary student and have come to appreciate academic level resources. When I came to school, I purchased another study bible and am not happy. After a time in school, have come to recognize good accessible go-to resources and this bible is an excellent one looking at scripture from a systematic level drawing on multiple viewpoints for the readers to understand and lean on for perspective. My wife had another study bible that was general and not helpful for gaining deeper understanding. This bible adds depth to her level of understanding in text, history, interpretation and visually with maps and timelines. I'm envious, but should not be as I have access to many commentaries in my current profession as a student. It is a tremendous resource and am happy I purchased for my wife. Oh, and the purple iris design will ensure that I don't "borrow" her bible for my own use. "Honey, I bought you this .357 magnum because I thought you'd like it..."
I needed a new study bible and my favorite color is purple, but it was hard for me to find a purple study bible. There were plenty of purple pocket bibles or new testaments but I was SO excited when I found the ESV study bible. Thank you! I am more than thrilled with doing business with Christianbook.com. You are the best! Merry Christmas!
Purchased this as a gift for my wife. She loves the appearance and the great study material. She especially likes this because it's lighter and easier to carry than the basic hardcover edition. I highly recommend this bible.