First, its the Word! The esv is a great translation of the original Hebrew and Greek into modern English. It also has the lexicons in the back for the heb. grk. word with studies on many words which comes in handy when i'm busy parsing some greek. If your wanting to look up the original words this is the best tool i have found!
As someone who loves to do word studies, this Bible has already proved to be a valuable resource. I bought on here a slightly imperfect edition, saving a fair bit but it is almost flawless and the imperfection is now not visible. I love both the ESV and the NASB95 so was delighted to get this Bible in the ESV. The binding is soft and durable, for now.until I wear the Bible out! The font size is perfect for me and I just love the wide margins - what I needed for my many notations that will be inside it.
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I have long had the ESV translation among my Bibles, but what surprised me--no shocked me--is that the ESV version-- when comparing various important quotations-- in the Bible had the most meaningful and clear translation--in that I best understood the meaning of the verse. I always thought the ESV was a great Bible translation, but I thought, or assumed, that the ESV translation was so careful in translating the meaning that it would be one of the most difficult to read but as I went through the many translations in that book of Bible verses, I found that
that the ESV had the most meaningful translations for me. This happened again and again as I looked through the various translations of the same Bible quotes. I was stunned that in the ESV the meaning of the verse was most clear to me. I am still in a state of wonder. Some other Bible translations are supposed to be easy to understand.Before reading this book that had the various translations, I really did think the ESV would be one of the most difficult to understand because it is not a kid's version, so, of course, I must add that I am an adult, a college graduate, so for kids, I think the ESV adult version might not be the best choice.
The Keyword Study bible is made to sit down and tear into the small nuances of the Word of God... bringing serious understanding to the bible! This bible is an excellent tool that will become an invaluable study weapon!
Here's what sets this book apart (its selling point). Instead of carrying around a large Strongs Concordance and a bible, a concise strongs concordance is built right into the back of the book and nearly every word in the biblical text is keyed with its Strongs number for easy referencing! What, dont think thats a great feature? Look up Matthew 3:2 and Matthew 27:3 and you'll find the word Repent. However there are two different versions/meanings of the word Repent but how would you know that! Under careful observation you'd know this if you had a Strongs Concordance to show you the different numbers which indicate the different meaning! This tool is built into this bible! This is a must buy! This book has everything one needs for real bible study, cross references, concise study notes and a concordance (a rather weak one... but theres something there).
Now, lets talk the presentation:
Genuine Leather - the only edition I would suggest you buy. The hardback might be a glued spine and is sure to fall apart within a years worth of heavy use. Gold gilded edges look beautiful. Leather grain is outstanding not too hard but not too soft.
Font is a 9pt - standard among study bibles.
Red Lettering for the words of Christ - good deep red.
One Black ribbon - for this student oriented study bible their should be 3 ribbons at least but you do have one.
Paper - thin. Not so thin that I can see the text through the page like my beloved Macarthur Study Bible ( which is shambley thin) but to thin to be a study tool where I'd write notes in it. If I write notes into this bible I'd keep a piece of plastic between the pages so the impression wont dig several pages deep (disrespectful for something called a study bible but hey they probably used paper this thin to keep cost down).
Overall: Every pastor should have one! Everyone that does not have an Exhaustive Strong's Concordance should have this. The quality is rock solid! Definitely a good buy for anyone who honestly wants to know what the bible says. The low amount of study notes are also an excellent feature (yes it defeats the premise of the study bible - but it causes one to study the bible for themselves!). The price is excellent I caught mines for $39.95 and the following week after I bought it I went to get another for my wife and the price had risen to $45.95. I'd say with that in mind... get one while you can now - before everyone else catches on to a good bible!
p.s. The ESV translation is stellar! For example it used the definition of the word repent instead of "Repent" as the venerable KJV did! What does this do? It defines it into the context of the scripture. Then the whole phrase would be underlined and actually keyed to the word Repent as this is the word used! Excellent! BUY IT NOW!