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.
The ESV Ryrie study Bible is an overall good product. It was discouraging to find such a limited number of study ESV Bibles available as well as those which were offered with thumb-indexing. The color selection was also a bit limited. The Bible text is nicely spaced and easy to read with plenty of room to write notes in the margins if desired. The cover is nice and flexible. The monogramming would be nicer if it had been embossed rather than printed. Also, I would have preferred for the name to be on the lower right corner of the Bible. As far as indexing, it took a moment to get used to "JHO" as an abbreviation for John as I've never seen it used that way before.
Overall we are happy with the Bible, but there are a few things which could be improved in regards to selection and personalization.