1. ESV Reformation Study Bible, 2015 Edition. Hardcover, White
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    ESV Reformation Study Bible, 2015 Edition. Hardcover, White
    R.C. Sproul
    Reformation Trust Publishing / 2015 / Hardcover
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Wonderful Presentation of the Truth of God
    February 21, 2017
    The Geeky Calvinist
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Reformation Study Bible (ESV, 2015), is published by Reformation Trust Publishing, and has as its General Editor R.C. Sproul, with 75 Reformed theologians contributing to this wonderful translation of the Holy Scripture. This new edition of the Reformation Study Bible is packed full of helpful study notes and explanations. I own the 2001 version of the Reformation Study Bible and this new edition trumps it in almost every single aspect.

    Unlike many study Bibles which has a few notes about the passage of a text it is not uncommon for at least a third of a page to be filled up with these notes which may sound cumbersome but are unobtrusive and are exceptionally helpful. Furthermore this copy of scripture is in a typeset that I have scarcely seen before which aids greatly in the reading of Gods Word. This can be seen not only in the text of the Word but in all parts of this well-crafted edition.

    Another one of the extremely useful parts of this Study Bible is that of its appendixes. There are quite a few of them. There is an entire section devoted to topical theological articles which deal with all kinds of topics that a Christian might have questions about. Also it is one of the few Bibles that contain some of the most important creeds in Christendom, featuring the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, the Westminster Confession, the Westminster Larger Catechism, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and the 1689 London Baptist Confession. All of these creeds being explicitly reformed in nature and helpful in understanding what Gods Word is teaching us about Him and How to glorify His name.

    If one was looking for a weakness of this fantastic Bible it is in the size. If you are looking for a Bible to carry around all of the time, this may not be the one that you are looking for. As a pastor I own a lot of Bibles some which a use for my personal devotional reading, some for preparing to teach/preach, and some for preaching from, this fits the first two categories, and not the third only because of its weight, which is due to its richness which in the opinion of this Pastor the need for depth outweighs all else.

    With all of that said, I unreservedly recommend The Reformation Study Bible (ESV, 2015) to anyone who wants to read, study, memorize, teach or preach Gods Word.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from Reformation Trust Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 18, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Thank you! I love it!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Reformation Study Bible (2015 edition, ESV)
    May 14, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Let me begin with the written content in the Reformation Study Bible (2015 edition, ESV). The essence and flavor that arises out of this study bible are not only reflective of the Reformation era, but it is also clearly Reformed in theology and doctrine. The study notes (or apparatus on the bottom), the introductions for each of the biblical books, the theological notes weavedthroughout the study bible, and the topical articles placed at the end of the bible, are all beautifully set. From cover to cover, I can say that the RSB is an attractive bible. The symbolof the burning bush stands out and makes a statement.

    Some of the theological notes are from theGeneral Editor, Dr. R.C. Sproul, who is a passionate and effective teacher inthe Reformed tradition (and from whom I've learned much from via audio/video/books). The contributors to the RSB (2015) are respected theologians. The editors: Associate, Old Testament, and New Testament and contributors have made a great effort in making the Reformation Study Bible a success. I think it'll make a lasting impression and will be a go-to bible for this generation of Reformed-minded students of the Word.

    I hadn't used any previous editions of a Reformed study bible, but as I started reading more, I gradually became moreimpressed with the notes. As I perusedthrough some of the theological notes, I looked for a fewanchoring points of Reformed theology. One example: under Perseverance of the Saints states: The doctrine of perseverance does not rest on our ability to persevere, even if we are regenerate. Rather, it rests on the promise of God to preserve us, and is followed by quoting Philippians 1:6 (p.1994). This is clearly covenantal interpretation so if you love covenant theology, youll love this bible for its Reformed-minded commentary and notes

    Another example: under Effectual Calling (otherwise known as irresistible grace) states: Before the inward effectual call of God is received, no person is inclined to come to Him We see, then, that faith itself is a gift from God, having been given in the effectual call of the Holy Spirit. Effectual calling is irresistible in the sense that God sovereignly brings about its desired result(p.2146).

    Some of the topical articles in the back and apparatus are not necessarily relevant only to the Reformed-minded, but can also be accepted by traditional evangelicals. The insert of various creeds, confessions and catechisms are definitely Reformed (e.g., Heidelberg, Belgic, Dort, Westminster) with the exception of London Baptist Confession (which is Calvinist). Well, for those who want a quick-reference to the confessions and Westminster catechisms, it's conveniently placed nearthe back of the bible. In my opinion, I might ask if they're really necessary, or are they there just to make a statement: "that this is indeed a Reformed study bible!" You decide but I think it might be the latter reason. Most lay-people will rarely refer to them except for the odd times they want a quick reference (so it's great for pastors and theological hacks and nerds, like me)

    The study notes (or apparatus at the bottom of the pages) are plentiful. I like how the study notes are interlinked to the theological notes. For example, the note for Rom. 3:23 links to the theological note on Human Depravity; and the note for Rom. 3:29 links to the theological note on Predestination. This makes it useful for the reader to locate expanded thoughts for deeper theological reflection.

    Regarding the apparatus/study notes, much of it were from previous editions of the Reformation and Geneva study bibles. There are some updates and additions (however, I cannot compare because I dont have previous editions). This 2015 edition has over 1.1 million words in commentary, which has increased from the 760,000 words from the previous 2005 edition. In the book introductions, what I personally find interesting to read in particular are literary features, Christs salvation, and special issues. Book introductions in study bibles these days are a quicker-fix reference than the long-reads of biblical commentaries (It's good for lay-people, but for pastors, it's never a replacement for updated biblical commentaries). The color-filled maps are very good. It's printed on high-gloss paper and is very attractive.

    The cross-references in the margins are located a little too close to the inner margins in-between the pages. Youll need a magnifying glass if you want to read it. The narrower cross-reference margins leaves more room for the biblical text though so it might have been a give-and-take decision. It's a minor issue for me though. Personally, I don't use the cross-references much anyway.

    First on the ESV translation. The ESV has become a very popular translation in the last ten years, and will rival the NIV. Reformed and Calvinist evangelicals tend to flock to the ESV, and I think it'll be here to stay for at least the next generation of bible readers. It will also come out in the NKJV later in the fall of 2015. If I may put this idea out there... just a thought: if Reformation Trust and Ligonier should desiresto expand its influence, then why not also include the NIV, NLT and NASB translations? Including readers of other translations will also expand the readership of the RSB. I believe Christians need more access to solid, historic, Evangelical theology. Much of today's evangelicals have access to fluff, and not enough substance. Good commentary can strengthen traditional Evangelical theology in the minds and hearts of its readers.

    Now onto some of the physical aspects. When I took the Reformation Study Bible out of the box, I flipped through many of its pages just to take in the all-around aesthetics of it. I like how the layout appears on the page. I examined the binding and it is definitely Smyth-sewn becauseit allows you to lay it down flat on the table (unlike cheap glued bindings which don't allow for this). Also, when you look down the top or bottom of the binding, you can notice the separation of sections of paper. If the pages were only held together by glue, you would not notice any separation of sections. So this Smyth-sewn pages is a good thing because itll be more durable. Moreover, it is also glued for extra strength. I have hardcover so I cannot comment on how the leather is, but it does feel like a sturdy bible that will last. Most bibles produced today only use cheap glued-binding but this one will be much longer-lasting. I have to say that this was a good job on this one. I wouldn't buy a study bible without Smyth-binding, especially with it being over 2,560 pages thick (which is now expanded from the previous edition of 1,968 pages).

    The font size good for me. It might even be a little bigger than some other study bibles, it doesn't seem as readable. Perhaps this is due to the contrast of ink-on-the-page. However,I do see a few places that could be improved. From a contrast level of ink on the page, the inking level could be kicked-up a notch or two. I pulled out six other study bibles just to compare the ink contrast-on-page, and this one had the least contrast. What is most legible are the chapter numbers. The bible paper itself feels thinner than other study bibles. It has about 2550 pages. The paper is not as crisp as the ESV Study Bibles so it took me more time and care to turn each of the pages. If the ink was any darker, it might bleed through to the other side of the pages. The print itself is definitely on the lighter side, but for my eyes its sufficient. Having a desk lamp near to it will definitely help.

    This is a study bible that would appeal to many Calvinist-minded and covenant-minded readers and those who desire the traditional evangelical perspective. It will be loved by Reformed-minded and evangelical Presbyterians. I really like this edition. The caliber of this study bible is very good. I would say the Reformation Study Bible (2015, ESV) is up there along with the ESV Study Bible and Concordias Lutheran Study Bible (ESV) as my top-three personalchoice. Good job on the Reformation Study Bible.
  4. IL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Better than All the Rest - John Calvin and William Tyndale Would be Proud
    April 2, 2015
    Pray for Reformation
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There are a lot of study Bibles on the market, and it can be challenging to know which one to choose. The strengths of this study Bible are it's scholarship and doctrinal fidelity. Dr. Sproul and the editors overseeing the commentary are the best I've seen in a single study Bible. I have been so pleased to comb through the pages of this study Bible and see the commentary grow in its clarity and scope. As a diehard 5-pointer, there's always a little concern when a new edition is released and "improved" that something will be sacrificed. R.C. Sproul clearly didn't allow that to happen, because the notes are faithfully committed to the creeds and confessions rooted in the theology of the Reformation. The layout and design are impeccable. I trust the people who have endorsed this study Bible. I trust the people who have contributed to this study Bible. I trust the people who produced this study Bible. This is a study Bible for Christians.

    I will also say my original copy had a few pages that seemed to have very light ink, so I sheepishly asked if it could be replaced. To my surprise, CBD says it happens all the time during the manufacturing process, and replaced it with no questions asked. The replacement looks amazing.

  5. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    2015 Reformation Study Bible: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    March 31, 2015
    Quality: 2
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    1. The Good: The newest edition of the Reformation Study Bible has a lot to be thankful for: R.C. Sproul et al. have added topical articles, historic creeds and confessions, enhanced study notes, and have made many additional helps and products available online. The format has changed from double-column text with center-column references on each page, to single-column text with the cross-references moved to the inside edge of each page. The Bible comes with a 32-page Welcome Booklet with your special online access code, all well-packaged in a sturdy slipcase.

    2. The Bad: The historic creeds and confessions lack any proof texts or linkages with the Biblical text, a very helpful tool that was provided in the NIV Spirit of the Reformation Bible. The text font has been reduced from that beautiful text of the previous edition, but is still more readable than the NKJV RSB was.

    Very concerning is the overall uneven quality of printing. Some pages are so faint they are barely readable.

    3. The UGLY: The Cross References are so small they almost require a magnifying glass, and are rendered essentially useless. And what the heck happened to the Concordance: only 32 or so pages? Even the Welcome Booklet hs that many pages! In any Study Bible, the basic, key study tools are : cross references and a Concordance. The editors may advertise that the new edition has these features, but they are pitifully inadequate. For content and features listed above in "The Good," I would recommend this Bible, but beware its flaws.
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