It seems the release of new study Bibles is all the rage these days. For those of you who follow this blog, my last post was on the release of the NLT Study Bible, and now the ESV is preparing to release an ESV Study Bible October 15, 2008.
The ESV Study Bible will feature over 20,000 notes, 80,000 cross references, 200 color maps and over 200 charts. The ESV Study Bible will also be available in eight editions, including hardcover, TruTone, bonded leather, genuine leather and calfskin.
If you are interested, check out the sample pages and illustrations here, and the list of endorsements here. Also, take a look at this excerpt from the introduction to the Book of Luke which includes a timeline, a map, an outline and much more. It is quite impressive. The ESV Study Bible will also be published simultaneously in print and online which will be available free to everyone who purchases a print edition.
Although I have a soft spot in my heart for the ESV, I think I can fairly say that this will be an outstanding study Bible, truly second to none. I cannot wait to get my hands on one. I know I have encouraged my readers to support the ESV, but I now encourage you to wait. If you don't have an ESV or a study Bible (in any translation), wait until October 15, 2008 and get an ESV Study Bible. Better yet, order now and get a 20% discount through September 15, just go to the ESV Study Bible website and click Formats.
If you want to learn more, here are a few ESV Study Bible links: