ESV Reformation Study Bible (2nd. Edition) Genuine Leather Burgundy
October 22, 2015
I am very pleased with this Bible. The leather is very nice and the binding is well made. The print is large, dark and easy to read. The pages are easy to turn and there is little ghosting. The study notes are good and the size is great. Its small enough to comfortably carry to church. My other study Bibles are too large for carrying to church and only good for home study. I highly recommend this Bible.
I've only read the first few books of this edition of the Bible, but I'm very pleased with what I've read so far. The commentary seems consistently helpful. The layout is nice. Extra features are appreciated as well. In terms of content (in addition to the ESV), I appreciate the consistency with which the commentary relates what is happening in the Old Testament to Christ and his work recorded in the New Testament.
As a lifelong Baptist, I'll have to agree to disagree on the explanation of infant baptism, but even that discussion was fair in presenting both sides of the subject. The reformed theology sets well with me, and I pleasantly smile at the frequency of the references to "the elect" in the notes.
I usually read a new translation or study edition every 1-2 years, but so far this has the feel of earning a longer-term place in my usage. I recommend it highly.
The footnotes and the essays are very informative. I still use "The Spirit of the Reformation" study Bible in NIV alongside this Bible because that has footnotes to the reformed confessions which are in the back. But I prefer the ESV translation and the general footnoting in this Bible.