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Crossway’s ESV Study Bible Review

The ESV Study Bible was created to help you encounter the truth of God’s Word as a powerful, life-changing reality.

ESV study Bible

ESV Study Bible

The ESV Study Bible was created to help you encounter the truth of God’s Word as a powerful, life-changing reality.

The Good

Do you know that feeling you get when you have to take on an extraordinary task, and you want to be sure not to do it an injustice? That feeling of being overwhelmed by the great responsibility of completing a very important and high priority task correctly and successfully? That is the burden I carry in this review. I have not seen many Bible’s that can even come close to all the information and content that the ESV study Bible provides. It’s not just the extras alone, but it is the accuracy of the information and the non-biased approach to the scriptures that the ESV study Bible presents.  Like most all study Bibles the ESV has extensive book introductions, charts, colored maps, and illustrations. The ESV study Bible also contains a very impressive amount of cross references. In fact, it is at the top of the list of bibles when it comes to the number of verse cross references. The study notes in this Bible are outstanding. They are very accurate and explained in a way that is easy to understand. These are some of my favorite study notes that I have found in a study Bible. There are also many many extras found in the ESV study Bible such as archaeological finds that prove the Bibles authenticity, doctrinal overviews, the history for salvation found in the OT, and the “Bible and other world religions” section found at the back of this study Bible. There are also several blank pages found at both the front and the back of the ESV study Bible for note taking. The ESV study Bible is presented in a single column format which leaves plenty of room on most pages to write in your thoughts and notes as you read. I have not even begun to brush the surface of all that the ESV study Bible has to offer but for the sake of time, I have added a quick glance features and product information list below for further reading. Also watch my video review for the ESV study Bible to get a more comprehensive look at this study Bible.

The Bad

There’s nothing bad I can say about this ESV study Bible outside of it’s less than attractive cover. Hopefully you don’t buy books based on the look of their covers because this is a book you would never want to buy. This hard cover edition looks like something I bought in a Halloween store with its unusual orange and black makeup. When I obtained this ESV study Bible, I had hoped that there would be a different design/color scheme underneath the dust jacket but that was not the case. If it were not for the ugly cover, this Bible would have gotten a 10/10 rating. I would not want to go mobile with this study Bible because of its larger size, but I also would not want to take it outside of my home just because of the strange looks I feel that I would get from people when they saw me carrying this gaudy book around.

Final Thoughts

The ESV study Bible is a must have for your library. When I use this study Bible I don’t find myself looking for outside sources to answer any of my questions like I do with many other study Bibles. This ESV (Hardcover) study Bible only lacks a better looking cover. To date, this is in my top five favorite study Bibles that I have ever utilized. I would highly recommend the ESV study Bible to anyone and everyone who enjoys reading the English Standard Version of the scriptures.


  • The ESV Bible text is set in highly readable 9-point type, in a single-column, book-text format
  • Section summaries are highlighted for easy location throughout the notes. Summaries provide an overview of each main section and correspond to the outline shown in the introduction for each book
  • Over 200 full-color maps printed throughout make events and places in the Bible come to life
  • Over 25,000 notes focus especially on understanding the Bible text and providing answers to frequently raised issues. Words from the Bible text are printed in bold for easy reference
  • Over 80,000 cross-references provide easy access to key words, passages, and themes throughout the Bible
  • Numerous diagrams bring fresh understanding to key places and events in the Bible, based on the best, most recent historical and archaeological research
  • Over 200 charts provide concise, “at a glance” summaries of important themes and teaching
  • Presentation page
  • Family Record pages
  • 9.75″ x 6.75″ x 2.50″


  • Number of Pages: 2752
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Vendor: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Dimensions: 9.50 X 6.75 X 2.25 (inches)
  • ISBN: 1433502410
  • ISBN-13: 9781433502415
  • References: Cross References|Side Column
  • Layout: Double Column|In-Text Maps/Charts
  • Text Color: Black
  • Text Size: 9 Point
  • Note Size: 7
  • Thumb Index: No
  • Ribbon Marker: No
  • Gilding: None
  • Spine: Sewn
  • Page Edges: White


A must have study Bible for the ESV enthusiast

0out of 10


  • Plethora of Verse Cross References
  • Outstanding Study Notes
  • Inexhaustible Helps and Extras
  • Lengthy and Detailed Book Introductions
  • Outstanding Charts, Diagrams, & Maps


  • Unattractive Cover

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