7 Reasons I Love the ESV Study Bible



So this week the ESV Study Bible is turning one. In honor of my favorite Study Bible, I wanted to provide you with seven reasons I love the ESV Study Bible.

  • It can be used for self-defense if I get trapped in a dark alley by a communist mob boss. The smart folks at Crossway realized that there will be times when a Bible needs to double as a weapon, and so they created a Study Bible that has some serious weight. Don’t come too close bad guys or, “WHAM” – Bible to the kidney.
  • It’s packed with helpful articles. Before each book of the Bible is a helpful section explaining the purpose of the book, outline of the book, recipients of the book, etc. There’s an article on the history of salvation in the OT, the Bible and world religions, the Septuagint, and loads of other clarifying articles.
  • It’s too large to fit into Bible cases. No praying hands, bald eagles, or pictures of Dale Jarret on this Bible. It just won’t fit. And I like it that way.
  • Smart guys at my disposal. The study notes were not written by folks of average intelligence like myself. If I had written the study notes most of them would have said, “I’m not exactly sure what this means but I think it has something to do with prayer.” Fortunately, the notes were written by world class biblical scholars Thomas Shreiner, Wayne Grudem, and Iain Duguid. It’s like I have them with me each morning as I read my Bible.
  • It comes in leather. I have the calfskin version of the Study Bible, and I’m pretty sure that’s the version that John Wayne, Chuck Norris, and Macho Man Randy Savage would use. And maybe King James.
  • Diagrams galore. There’s a well known saying: “A diagram is worth approximately 400 words”, which is another reason to love the Study Bible. It’s packed with diagrams. The book of John alone has diagrams for: Specific References to Jesus as God, Seven Signs Pointing to Jesus as the Messiah, Tangible Images of Belief in Christ, Physical Items Used By Jesus to Describe Spiritual Truths, and six others.
  • It promotes physical health. Carry this baby around for a week and see if you don’t notice a change in your biceps. How do you think I got to be so strong?

I absolutely love the Study Bible and am so grateful to the folks at Crossway for making it accessible. Go out and get one. I mean right now.


  • Mike Parker says:

    I particularly like the fact you get access to the online ESV study bible, using a scratch off code that comes with it. So, I have my leather bible sat at home on the shelf and I can access all the same stuff online from my iphone / computer!

    also, using the online version, you can add notes, highlight stuff etc.

    an outstanding resource – I love it!

  • It helps me study! It’s a resource I know is theologically correct and I can rely upon when I have questions or when I am studying a passage of Scripture. It’s my favorite book!!!

  • Chris Land says:

    My top 10 reasons are:
    1. The study notes are the best
    2. The articles are excellent
    3. The ability to go online in case you do not yours at your computer.
    4. The Introductions are thorough
    5. Great Bible reading plan in the back
    6. My leather one the triangle almost looks like the Adidas logo according to a teenager at church.
    7. It is highly recommended by really cool dudes such as John Piper, Mark Driscoll, J.I. Packer, and Jerry Bridges.
    8. It is worth writing about on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.
    9. It is also worth recommending to fellow pastors and church members unlike some other study Bibles.
    10. It is 100 times better than the NIV Study Bible and NASB Life Application Study Bible combined.

  • Erin says:

    I like this bible too!!! I love your reasons, LOL.

    Another reason: It’s also very easy to read.

  • Nathan Smith says:

    I like the English Standard Version because the English set the standard again!

  • Okay Nathan, let’s not take things too far! We all know you guys are still bitter about 1776, but I think it’s time to get over it.

  • I’d love for someone to do a comparison between the ESV Study Bible and the Reformation Study Bible. I grabbed the latter up as soon as it was available (I *think* it was the first study bible available in ESV), and I really need compelling reasons to switch to the ESVSB.

  • Victoria says:

    I’m with Rick…The same thing happened to me!

  • Erik says:


    I concur that with your assumption that John Wayne, Chuck Norris, and Macho Man Randy Savage would use also use the calfskin edition, if available to them. ;)

    For those who are contemplating taking the ‘calfskin plunge’ and are not quite sure you want to throw down the $$$, take a peek at my 100 Pictures of my ESV Study Bible in Calfskin.

    Trust me, after owning a calfskin Bible, you’ll never go back to bonded, genuine leather or tru-tone again.

  • emily says:

    i like the “yoga bend”. my hard back 72 lb version does not do that. :)

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