So the high price tag is due to the amazing calfskin leather cover, which is just so soft and pliable, yet durable. The binding is smyth-sewn and also very durable. There's even dual ribbons for saving an extra place in Scripture for quick reference. I absolutely love the Bible, but it was very costly...definitely the most expensive Bible I have ever purchased.
At this cost, you'd think it'd be a bit more filled with features. But, given that it's focus is for ministers, the extra material is exactly that, nothing more and nothing less. There's no red-letter text for Jesus' words, no study notes, etc. But there are several cool resources for ministers, which is the whole point.
I rated the Bible excellent on quality, good on value (could've contained more features for the money), and excellent on meeting expectations (mostly because of the minister's resources and the amazing quality of the binding and leather cover).
I ordered this for the interesting-sounding features catering to pastoral ministry.
Upon receiving it I was blown away by its physical quality - it feels absolutely wonderful. Its layout and font selections are also excellent, and the writing of what articles I've read so far is beyond reproach.
Truly an unbelievable value at the price I paid, and in just the few days that I've had it its spiritual worth is beyond measuring. I didn't just select all "5"s for the ratings - it really earns them.
I've bought a lot of Bibles, and this is my favorite.
I have carried this Bible with me everywhere for several months. It is rugged and well-constructed, opens flat from front to back, and the leather cover--being on the stiffer end--allows for one-handed handling of the open book without drooping. The print is excellent, dark and black-letter throughout. Good concordance. The ministry resources guide is helpful. In November, I officiated a wedding using the wedding service (slightly amended) in this Bible at the bride's request. I highly recommend this Bible to all.
The ESV Minister's Bible, is a part of the 5 different Minister Versions I've purchased from Christian Book. Depending on the congregation I'm attending it's an invaluable aid for me to choose the Version I feel would be best understood by that particular congregation. The extra aids they include as part of the Ministers Bible, Wedding's, Hospital, Burial, and more are all invaluable when in the field.