ESV Reformation Study Bible 2015 Premium Leather BrownR.C. SproulLigonier Ministries / 2015 / Genuine Leather$133.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 37 Reviews
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A Divine Purpose5 Stars Out Of 5One of the Best!!!March 29, 2019A Divine PurposeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love the Reformation Bible. I have the condensed version as well. This one has alot more notes and soooo many other aminities! It is beyond my expectations!
reece4 Stars Out Of 5Great Bible. Could use some imrpovementsAugust 4, 2018reeceQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This bible is wonderful, as far as contents. things to know- it is HUGE. absolutely huge! the paper is not the worst, but I have other bible with nicer paper. Wish this one had nice paper.. The print and font are nice and easy to read, borderline large print, which is good because I have trouble seeing smaller font. There is no problem with ghosting from the reverse side. The imitation leather has a weird soft, rubberized feel to it, not a glossier feel. i do not hate it or love it. I would buy the real leather now if I had the choice. Biggest problem is the size. It is just so big. It needs wheels!! There is no way you would find a cover for it. All of the physical aspects aside, I can not recommend this Bible more! It has so much excellent material included. Plus, you cannot beat all the things you get when you register it with ligonier. There is free access to a library of books and videos by RC Sproul and more! Wonderful!!
Andrew4 Stars Out Of 5Excellent resource for Reformed ChristiansMay 16, 2018AndrewQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I have now used this edition for 4 months and am very pleased with it.
SIZE: First off, this Bible is HUGE, easily on par with the ESV Study Bible (ESVSB). My impression is that older printings of the 2015 revision were a little thinner, but reviews from that era often said the paper was thin. The added heft is welcome precisely because the paper on this Bible is THICK and opaque. I routinely thought I was turning 2-3 pages when it was only one. This will be super durable for writing, reading, and daily use. The size and weight would make it cumbersome to transport to Bible studies, church, etc. However, it feels good sitting open on my lap, unlike lightweight thinline Bibles.
TEXT: The Proforma 9.5-point main type is very easy to read. It's not as bold or crisp as the 9-point Lexicon used in the ESVSB, but with the thick paper to inhibit show-through from the other side ("ghosting"), it's easy to read. The single-column layout makes it easy to read large portions of text quickly because your eyes aren't jumping from line to line. A single-column layout also aids reading of poetry, since the lines aren't chopped up. The lines of text are quite long, but I don't think it hinders reading. The font size and layout make this a Bible you can read for extended periods, not just look stuff up in. The study notes are in a light, narrow typeface that I find a little difficult to read. The ESVSB's notes are somewhat darker and easier to read. The superscripts for the cross-reference system are extremely small and do not clutter up the main Bible text, but they are so small that I really have a hard time seeing them. The ESVSB superscripts and cross references are easier to read. There is little margin space for writing. This is a bummer, given that this thick paper screams to have notes written on it.
COVER. The genuine leather cover (likely pigskin) is stiff and not very flexible. It has a nice grain to it, but the burgundy color is rather dull, almost a brown. The three (yay!) booksmarks are thick, long, and usable, also burgundy. This has polyurethane liner/end pages. I suspect this cover ought to become more supple with use. But I like how it has enough support for the heavy text block.
BOOK INTRODUCTIONS. These are phenomenal, and I find them very helpful. I find that good introductions help point me into the text and figure out where I'm going and what I am to be looking for--which is often more helpful than verse-by-verse notes. Each book has date and author, genre, literary features, characteristics and themes, theology of the book, how the book fits with the larger story of the Bible, Christ in this book, and history of interpretation or special interpretive issues. These intros are very helpful and point out how each book makes us "wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15), leading us to worship and a transformed life. Whereas the ESVSB contains maps, charts, and timelines that are more visually pleasing, the RSB opts to put these things in written, text format. Overall I find these intros a little more in depth than the ESVSB, and far more so than the NIV Study Bible (I have a Lutheranized edition from the 1990s published by Concordia).
STUDY NOTES. The notes vary in depth, but they are almost always helpful (the Psalms and Ecclesiastes notwithstanding; these are pretty light). They tend to be thorough and heavy when topics are difficult and need explanation, or when they explain key tenets of Reformed theology. It appears to me that they favor explaining tricky passages in depth rather than having a note for every verse or phrase. Unlike the ESVSB, which is Reformed-leaning but will appeal to a broader evangelical audience, the RSB adopts classical Reformed positions such as predestination/election unto faith and not because of it, infant baptism, amillenialism, and cessation of gifts such as prophecy and tongues. However, it fairly lays out arguments for and against positions while explaining why it supports various positions. I find many of the notes to be aimed at how the sovereign grace of God is on display, leading us to worship and live holy lives. Compared to my 1990s NIV Study Bible, the RSB notes are more consistently theological, doctrinal, and Christ-centered, showing how key doctrines are developed in passages or how Christ is the message of the OT. The notes on 1-2 Thessalonians and Revelation were written by G.K. Beale, whose commentaries on those books are considered definitive across many evangelical scholars.
SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS. There are numerous "theological notes" interspersed among relevant sections of the text that give brief summaries of Reformed doctrines, such as the Trinity or the Image of God or Definite Atonement or Covenant--a sort of "systematic theology light." (In older editions I believe these were taken from J. I. Packer's book Concise Theology, but I don't know if these are the same.) There are several in-text maps that are black-and-white, tiny, and hard to read. The ESVSB totally outshines the RSB here with its color maps. Maps in the back are colorful and glossy. The concordance is very small, but the reference system could help you out. I would really like to have seen a larger concordance and also an index to the study notes (which the NIV Study Bible has, and is really helpful). The topical articles seem a little odd in their choice, but they are helpful--though I was hoping for more depth, especially in the articles on apologetics, interpretation, and covenant theology. The inclusion of historic Reformed confessions and catechisms is a bonus. The ESVSB has new write-ups about theology and ethics, but this Bible opts for Reformed distinctives that have built up the saints for hundreds of years. The Heidelberg Catechism and Belgic Confession remain, in my opinion, the best devotional material that can be read. Owners of the RSB also get free online access to many Ligonier materials, the entire Dust to Glory series about human history, and a 6-month subscription to Table Talk magazine, which I love.
Overall, I think this is a very classy Bible and one that will greatly enrich Christians seeking to understand the Bible and worship the Holy One. The more I read this, the more I love it. However, if I had to choose, I'd might opt for the ESVSB for a few reasons: (1) The notes, superscripts, and cross-references are somewhat easier to read; (2) there's slightly more margin space, and the paper feels better; (3) the myriad charts and maps are good for organization and use color, which is easy to read; (4) the topical articles are more thorough in number and scope. But if you belong to a Reformed, Presbyterian, or Congregationalist church, you really would be well served by this. Just start lifting weights to carry it. Soli Deo gloria!
Eugene5 Stars Out Of 5Great study bibleJanuary 26, 2018EugeneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This a great study bible! The study notes are thorough, and the notes from RC Sproul are great! Overall a great study bible!
RebaP5 Stars Out Of 5Heirloom QualityDecember 16, 2017RebaPQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have never had a really nice Bible until now. I've had many Bibles, some I liked better than others, but this trumps them all. The amount of study material is vast, the theology is sound, the layout is easy to follow, presentation is gorgeous, and there are additional online and print resources included with the purchase that are actually quite lovely. I bought this Bible because I wanted something that I could love well and pass down to my kids when I'm gone. This is definitely the one. I paid more for the genuine leather cover, because I expect that this will be the last Bible I ever buy.