ESV Reader's Gospels--top grain leather, black over boardCrossway / 2015 / Other$29.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
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Erasmus5 Stars Out Of 5A Fun PurchaseApril 23, 2019ErasmusQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The "ESV Reader's Gospels, Boxed Set of 4 Volumes, Cloth Over Board" was a fun purchase. Each compact volume is about the same size as the "Oxford World Classic's" edition, or the "Maynard's English Classic Series." It takes me back to my youth as a young reader. In fact, this set would make a good gift for a graduate, or whatever the occasion.
The set comes in an attractive box decorated with biblical symbols. The volumes themselves are bound in what my poor sense of color would call a light, olive-green cloth. The quality of the paper is decent. The size of the print is comfortable for my presbyopia. However, there are no ribbon markers, much less the two mentioned in the online description. Naturally, being a reader's gospels there is no verse numbering, just single-column text arranged in paragraphs, but there are titles given to the major divisions within each gospel. Buy these volumes and have an enjoyable and transformative reading experience (actually, four enjoyable reads).
Anthony5 Stars Out Of 5Distraction-free experienceMarch 18, 2019AnthonyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Looking to dig into the Gospel with less destractions? The whole 'readers edition' approach of eliminating chapter and verse numbering in a single column experience has been all the rage as of late. Taking a look at any early illuminated minuscule Gospel manuscripts would show the same time-tested approach. This inexpensive offering from Crossway (ESV translation) is no different, and offers an easy to read 4 volume set of the Gospel according to the four Evangelists. We have been reading sections from each volume, and our girls are gaining a better understanding of the particular focus and voice of each account. The small form factor is attractive for child and adult reader alike. This set gets our recommendation.
Carolyn5 Stars Out Of 5ESV Reader's GospelsJanuary 5, 2018CarolynQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very well made. makes it easy to read like a novel, you be able to concentrate more upon what you're reading.
Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Review of the ESV Reader's Gospels in black top grain leather over board.February 14, 2017Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Alright folks, with the recent release of the ESV 6 volume Readers set, I thought you might like to read a review about this Readers edition of the Gospels. It would be a less expensive way for you to see if you want to shell out the bucks for the entire 6 volume set. Maybe you dont want the entire set, just the gospels? Whatever the case may be, I offer this review up for your information and pleasure.
The Readers edition is an interesting concept. There are no chapter or verse numbers. There are no cross references or footnotes. The paragraph format is done according to where new paragraphs would start in English. The books are typically arranged other than that. The only way to tell where you are in a book, is by using the index in the back in conjunction with the page numbers. All of this is to accomplish the mission of a readers edition, to remove obstacles or impediments for the reader.
I find that as I read, I lose track of my progress. I tend to read more in this volume. Some of it is due to the lack of chapter and verse numbers, as well as the lack of cross references and footnotes. While some of the other design and layout features contribute to it as well. For instance, Crossway utilized a high quality, cream colored, uncoated, heavyweight paper more commonly seen in hardback novels. It is 80 g.s.m. and you can hardly see through it at all. The font is 12 pt. in size. It is sharp and clear. It is laid out in a single column. This edition is truly meant to be read through like a book. There is nothing in between you and the text. I could go on and list all of the cool features of this edition, and I will, but I want to make sure you understand what the point is. Reading and experiencing the gospels in a more fluid and retainable way was the goal, and Crossway achieved it. Bonus is that there is no eyestrain, or headache after a long reading session.
This volume comes in a nice heavy slipcase. It is intended to be kept, and used for storing this volume in when not being used.
Once it is out of the box, the first thing youll notice is how soft the topgrain leather is. If you dont like leather over board, or if you want a Readers edition with a smaller price tag while retaining the same text block, you could get it with cloth over board.
Legatoria Editoriale Giovanni Olivotto or L.E.G.O. for short did a wonderful job printing and binding this book. They are gaining some serious notoriety amongst quality book and Bible collectors here in the states. Jongbloed in the Netherlands might have some competition in text block production if they dont watch out ??
Youll notice the page edges are not gilt. There are decorative head and tail bands in gold and black. The spine has, The Gospels at the head, the ESV logo below that, English Standard Version after that, and the Crossway logo at the foot in gold. There are also four ornamental spine hubs. The book names, headings, and drop caps are printed in an appealing red text. Id never heard of Munken Premium Cream woodfree paper before, but after seeing it Im sold. There is a crimson ribbon marker. Of course, like youd expect on a high quality book, the spine is sewn. This ensures a durable, and useable binding.
After reading from this edition, I am eager to purchase the 6 volume set. I will probably get the cloth over board due to the price. I am looking at getting the new Schuyler Personal NASB Quentel when it comes out this year, so I have to save my money ?? That way I can get both. I would highly recommend getting this for anyone wanting to try a readers edition out. It is one thing to know the concept, but another to live with it for a while.
Jail Chaplain, M.Div.5 Stars Out Of 5take up and readOctober 17, 2016Jail Chaplain, M.Div.Quality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5I'm giving the Reader's Gospels as a gift to all the members of my colleague group.
Yes yes yes, I know, we all have got the four Gospels already, within our bibles, but . . . because this book is set up like an ordinary hardbacked book, no verse numbers, no teesy cross references, no notes, even-- unlike our usual bibles that are set up almost like reference books--you will find yourself:
1. reading on and on and on,
2. picking up smoother connections you hadn't noticed before,
3. getting more deeply immersed in the story,
without every paragraph having its own superscripted announcement of WHAT you will find in the chapter. (But if you find you miss the chapter headings, they run more discreetly across the top of the pages.)
I would not mind having the purely translation notes at the page bottom, but of course that would upend the whole idea, and we have those in other bibles.
It comes in a great sturdy slipcase, very handsome, and it allows you to stand the book easily alone on your table or on a shelf. The volume is in quite a plain cover. The pages are not only page-matched but on thicker paper, again it makes it easier to turn pages--and carefree; no careful separating of pages as with onion skin and gilding and the usual Bible paper.
Crossways with the English Standard Version has been hitting the mark in recent years with by far the most thoughtful (and really, least expensive) new designs, and new takes on traditional ones. Single-paragraph versions, reader's versions, journaling versions, from paperback through tru-tone and on into goatskin bound. Remember to thank our generous God that we in this country are blessed to see so many beautifully produced, carefully translated bibles, and remember those in places that have yet to see even their first.