Purchased this for my husband's birthday. Everyone that sees it wants one just like it. The thumbed index is better than some of the others. I love it so much that I could go on, and on, and on, but I will stop by saying I'm putting one, for myself, on my Christmas list! God Bless!
The bible is similar in quality as other bibles in this price range. There were pages stuck together throughout the bible, but they did not tear when separated. The problem I had was with the recommended cover. All the recommended covers are "large" size, and I figured that someone must have tried different sizes for this bible since they are supposedly "hand-fitted". But the bible almost falls out of a large cover, so I took what appears to be a medium size cover from another bible I have, and it fit it perfectly. I will return the large one back, and find another at a local store where I live.
The text is not significantly different than the NKJV, which I use along with the KJV as my main study bibles. The ESV is very conservative and a word for word translation. I insist on this for properly deciphering the text. The footnotes are good, I like Dr. Ryrie's commentary, but I haven't found anything in the notes that has really expanded much on what I have garnered from reading the bible over the last twenty years.
The leather cover and binding are fine, but the print is very small. At sixty years of age, the superscript letters and numbers are nearly impossible to read. Even for the size print of the text, the fonts look extra small as the are not dark enough. This bible would be nice in a larger print or even a bolder type, but I would definitely not recommend this for anyone over thirty as it causes me eye strain.
This is a beautiful Bible. I had such a difficult time finding an ESV study Bible in genuine leather with Christ's words in red...CBD came through! The print is a good size and very easy to read. I really appreciate that the study notes do not overwhelm the page. Some of my favorite features include:
A nice introduction at the beginning of each book and a detailed outline.
The various time lines, maps and comparison tables that Ryrie includes. This is especially helpful when comparing the gospels.
I really like my ESV Ryrie Study Bible in genuine leather burgundy. The ESV is very readable and excellent for study as it closely follows the original languages. The study notes aren't overbearing and don't overtake the text like some study bibles, where there are more notes on a page than text. The book introductions are good and to the point, and the outline of the book contained there flows over to the text. I find this helpful for study. If you're not familiar with the teaching at Moody or Dallas Theological Seminary, you may not be pleased with the notes on prophecy. However I'm a huge fan of both those fine institutions. The Bible only lacks two things as far as I'm concerned: It needs two bible ribbons, one for my old testament reading schedule and one for my new testament reading schedule; and the quality of the genuine leather is very stiff, but I kind of expected this since there was no premium leather option for this bible.