The new English Standard Version translation is founded on the belief that the words of the Bible are the very words of God. Setting itself apart from other translations by sacrificing neither accuracy nor readability, the ESV is an "essentially literal" translation that seeks to duplicate the original texts while taking into account the differences between modern English and the original languages. Relying on the work of more than 50 Bible scholars, as well as the input of a 60-member, multi-denominational Advisory Council, the translations comittee chaired by J.I. Packard realized its goals of word-for-word precision and accuracy, literary excellence and readability, and depth of meaning. Written in language beautiful enough to be used for public reading, clear enough for preaching and devotions, and trustworthy enough for academic study, the ESV sets a new standard--and is truly a Bible for all people. Red Letter Edition. This Classic Reference Bible Features: Center Column Cross Reference System with more than 76,000 entries ESV Concordance with more than 14,500 references Book Introudctions including the central theme and message of each book Red Letter Text - the words of Christ are in red letter Full Color Maps - including Jesus' Life and Ministry. PRODUCT SPECIALIST NOTE: Free CD-ROM Enclosed with these resources include: ESV Bible KJV Bible Strong's Concordance The Crossway Classic Bible COmmentary Nave's Topical BIble Exploring the OT Exploring the NT COmmentary on Romans (Preaching the Word Series).