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  1. Snyder's Soapbox
    Fruitland, Idaho
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Systematic Theology Study Bible from Crossway, in E.S.V. Black Genuine Leather, and the Hardcover Edition.
    January 18, 2018
    Snyder's Soapbox
    Fruitland, Idaho
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Systematic Theology Study Bible from Crossway, is a different kind of Study Bible. It isnt really accurate to call it a reference Bible, or a Study Bible. It is technically a study Bible in the sense that it has study aids in it, but it looks more like a reference Bible with a systematic theology book blended in with it.

    For my conservative paedobaptist friends, youll notice the notes seem to be in favor of credobaptism. For my friends who dont believe in Gods sovereign election, youll notice the notes dont agree with you.

    Some people would like it if a broad range of theologians worked on this Bible, but they didnt It was mostly Reformed Baptists, and conservative Presbyterians, from what I gathered reading the list of men involved with writing the theology articles.

    The systematic theology seems to lean towards a general Reformed position, which is good, because well, I think it is the right position lol. I think any person who affirms the reformed position on soteriology will be appreciative of this Bible and the articles in it. It is broad in appeal to people who are reformed. It might not get all of your more nuanced secondary, or tertiary doctrines just the way you want them, but we will all be in accord over the treatment of the primary ones. I can definitely see the Reformed Baptist position reflected in the work.

    There is basically a mini systematic theology book in the back of the Bible along with some other very useful features.

    When we look at most study Bibles they either are one mans theology, like the Ryrie, Scofield, and MacArthur, or they are a compilation of a wide range of theologies like the massive ESV, NIV, Thomas Nelson NKJV study Bibles. The last three are humongous study Bibles with a little bit of everything. The Systematic Theology Study Bible is a neat hybrid. It isnt one mans theology, or a broad, neither here nor there conglomeration of positions. (Excluding the ESV which does a great job.) It is from the reformed position. The theology is systematic, which means that it is harmonized. Verses are not put against verses. They are all contextually harmonious.

    Youll find book introductions and outlines before each book. Youll also notice that the Bible looks a lot like a Cross Reference Bible. It seems to me that Crossway integrated their systematic theology features into the Bible very well. The articles are relevant to the scriptures they appear with, and are indexed in the back along with several theological articles.

    This Crossway Bible was packaged well and delivered in a cardboard box. The Bible was in a two piece retail box. You should always keep the retail boxes for storing your Bibles in if you are swapping it out with another one to read for a while. The cover is black genuine leather with a perimeter groove. The spine is decorated with the ESV logo at the top, then, Systematic Theology Study Bible. English Standard Version at the bottom, with Crossways logo hot stamped in gold colored foil. The page edges are also gold gilt. There are yellow and black, head and tail bands, and one black ribbon marker. The cover is joined to the text block via case binding. The spine is sewn for superior flexibility, and durability. In the front of the Bible there is a presentation page, and some family records pages. If you look at the copyright page, youll be pleased to see this edition was printed and bound in the United States. The book introductions are well done. I found them to be informative, and concise, but not to a fault. Cross references and footnotes, along with the systematic theology articles are found at the bottom of the page to save space. The text is laid out in a double column, paragraph format. The main font is an easy to read 9 pt. Lexicon, and the features are an 8 pt. Gotham, printed crisply on 30 g.s.m. Apple Thin Opaque paper. The paper is smooth, and offers a decent contrast, and due to its color reduces eyestrain. If you dont already own one of these, you should get one. It is a times saver if you are intending to read a systematic theology book. You can kill two birds with one stone.
  2. David L. Grogan
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exceptional
    November 20, 2018
    David L. Grogan
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible is remarkable and exceptional for both depth and scope in understanding the essential doctrines of the Bible. Yes, it is different from every other study Bible -- it presents the foundational truths of Scripture in a comprehensive and coherent manner. From book "Introductions" to "sidebars" to "Indexes" to practical application and to "Articles" this Bible organizes the themes that are found through Old and New Testaments in a way that effectively expresses the underlying unity of all of God's Word. Editors and contributors are outstanding. It is wonderful to see how they present the overall "theology" of the Bible in ways that can reach the average layman, teacher, and scholar on their different levels of understanding. The closing words of 2 Peter 3 (verses 14-18) offer to every believer a tremendous challenge. Personally, I am finding that the ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible is up-to-the-challenge in every aspect: (1) it aids one in being diligent in his/her relationship with God in Christ, (2) it presents the wisdom of divine revelation for life transformation, (3) it contributes to a depth understanding that is aimed at rightly discerning the core of Biblical theology, (4) it provides an assurance with inner stability through which one is enabled to acknowledge truth from error, and (5) it brings "growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ". The ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible brings glory to the triune God "both now and to the day of eternity. Amen!" I am deeply thankful to the Editors, Contributors, and Publisher for giving us such an amazing tool! They have excelled in every way through the quality of work that is evident on every page of this Bible.

  3. Mike
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent
    September 22, 2018
    Mike
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I LOVE THIS BIBLE. I have been in church most of my life and never have I had a bible like this. This Systematic Theology makes it easier to study Gods word and understand his teachings. Theology is the study of Gods word and a way to dig deep into the meat of the meaning. I wish I had this bible 30 years ago. At first I thought it was a little pricey, but now after having it, its worth every penny.
  4. Erasmus
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Bible Worthy of Its Subject
    April 6, 2019
    Erasmus
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I bought the ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible TruTone, Brown/Cordovan, Portfolio Design a few months back. I am in love with it, and I agree with Mr. Grogans positive review. To add just a few personal comments, I enjoy its focus on systematic theology rather than trying to cover everything. I own a number of study Bibles, and although they are very useful, I often find the number of graphs, color pictures, diagrams, etc. overwhelming to my senses and distracting. The ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible has one focus: systematic theology from a biblical perspective. In the back of the Bible there are various essays regarding systematic theology and other resources to help one to fully utilize the Bible. The short topical essays with cross references scattered throughout the pages allow me to see where the various doctrines common to all Christians are located and developed through progressive revelation. This is a wonderful, enlightening Bible. It pairs nicely with the ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible.
  5. DeeDee
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Clear and Concise
    December 19, 2017
    DeeDee
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Helpful commentaries, easy to read, insightful chapter introductions. Exceeded my expectations! Beautiful cover that makes it a high quality Bible. I love it!
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