ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions--soft leather-look over board, brownCrossway / 2020 / Imitation Leather$29.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Amy5 Stars Out Of 5Great Resource!March 28, 2020AmyThe ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions is a nice looking Bible that would make a great addition to your shelf.
It is a two column Bible. The type is large enough and readable. There are footnotes at the bottom which include cross references. Cross references are so important for study. I miss having them when they are not included, so I was pleased to see them as a feature. It also includes two ribbon bookmarks which is a small feature of Bibles I have come to really love. I am often reading multiple passages and I love being able to keep my place. The second ribbon would also be nice when you are reading through the Creeds and Confessions along with your Scripture reading.
I went with TruTone over board brown for color choice and it is nice looking. I however wish that I would have selected black to match the box it came in for storage. A very minor thing but just in case anyone is debating between the two. They also offer Goatskin and leather editions.
The unique feature of this Bible is the inclusion of Creeds and Confessions. Each includes an introduction. As it says, these do not replace scripture but are important for church history and doctrine. They can aid your study. I have enjoyed reading through them and want to continue to slowly make my way through them all. I love that I now have them all in one place. This makes it an easy reference.
If you are looking for a new Bible and have a desire to study and learn the creeds and confessions, this would be a great resource for you.
I was provided a copy via the publisher. All opinions are my own
BethanyAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Unique BibleFebruary 22, 2020BethanyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleThe ESV Bible is Creeds and Confessions is a Bible that I will be able to carry with me to church, Bible study, or to enjoy during my lunch break. It is not a compact Bible, but could still be easily carried in my bag. I chose the brown trutone over board, and I am very happy with my decision. The cover feels smooth yet sturdy. The front cover of the Bible is plain, but the spine has "Holy Bible", "with Creeds and Confessions", "ESV," "English Standard Version", and "Crossway" in gold lettering. I personally love that the spine has five raised hubs, even as a hardcover Bible.
The Bible has a pasted down liner, which I expected in a hardcover Bible. There is a presentation page, and pages for family records. It has a two column text, in a very readable 10 point font. It is very similar to the set-up in Crossway's Omega Bible. References and notes are in a very small font at the bottom of each page. It is line matched, with no ghosting. It has a smyth sewn binding, and I always appreciate that because then it not only lays flat, but also will last longer than a glued binding. It is a black letter text, which is another feature that I prefer. The pages have beautiful shiny gold gilding.
After the text of the Bible, there is a table of weights and measures, and a concordance. Then, the part that makes this Bible unique, is the section with the creeds and confessions. There is a two page introduction to the creeds, and then each creed/confession has an explanation before it is listed. The creeds that are included are:
Apostle's Creed (ca. 200 - 400)
Nicene Creed (325)
Athanasian Creed (381)
Chalcedonian Definition (451)
Augsburg Confession (1530)
Belgic Confession (1561)
Articles of Religion (1563)
Canons of Dort (1618 - 19)
Westminster Confession (1646)
London Baptist Confession (1689)
Heidelberg Catechism (1563)
Westminster Larger Catechism (1647)
Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647)
The Bible ends with 8 colorful maps printed on glossy paper. This unique Bible is one that I plan to read and enjoy for years to come. It is a quality Bible that is still sturdy enough for me to carry in my bag. The creeds and confessions are an important part of the church's history, and I appreciate being able to have them in my Bible to study and read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Crossway, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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