Item description for ESV Classic Reference Bible-RL-Chestnut/Eternity by Crossway Bibles...
Overview The ESV Classic Reference Bible is the first choice for personal Bible reading and in-depth study.
The ESV Classic Reference Bible combines the ESV Bible text with an extensive system of more than 80,000 cross-references in the center column on each page.
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Studio: Crossway Bibles
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.52" Width: 6.64" Height: 1.63" Weight: 2.08 lbs.
Binding Leather, Imitation
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 143350233X ISBN13 9781433502330
Bible Binding: TruTone Color: Chestnut/Eternity Design Point/Type Size: 9.50 Version: ESV Redlettering: Yes - Words of Jesus in Red! Boxed Presentation: Yes - Comes Boxed! Introduction: Yes - Features Introduction! Concordance: Yes - Built In Concordance Maps: Yes - Contains Maps Gilded: Yes - Pages are gilded! Ribbon Marker: Yes - Keep's your place!
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More About Crossway Bibles
Good News Publishers is the parent company of Crossway Books, a publisher of evangelical Christian books and Bibles. Good News Publishers is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that publishes and distributes gospel tracts. Good News/Crossway is headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois. Currently, Good News mainly publishes tracts and small booklets for use in evangelistic work while Crossway concentrates on producing Bibles and books by well-known authors.
Good News/Crossway's best known publication is the English Standard Version of the Bible, originally issued in 2001. As of June 2011 the ESV ranked as the fifth best-selling Bible translation by the Christian Booksellers Association.
Crossway also publishes books by such Christian writers as John MacArthur, John Piper, Kevin DeYoung, William Lane Craig, and D.A. Carson, and is issuing a major commentary series edited by R.C. Sproul titled the St. Andrews Expositional Commentary.
Popular tracts distributed by Good News Publishers include "Steps to Peace With God" by Billy Graham and "3:16" by Max Lucado.
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Reviews - What do customers think about ESV Classic Reference Bible-RL-Chestnut/Eternity?
VERY MISLEADING LOOK INSIDE May 12, 2010
The LOOK INSIDE option, creates a VERY MISLEADING PERCEPTION of what you are getting. The LOOK INSIDE pictures a Center Column Referance Format; THIS IS NOT A CENTER COLUMN REFERENCE BIBLE. There are JUST A FEW REFERENCES at the bottom of a page, SOME PAGES NOT AT ALL, such as what you may find at the bottom of a paperback. EVEN the Product Description is for a TOTALLY different Bible than the one that arrived. YES THE Bible BOX TITLE FOR THIS BIBLE is what I ordered, and it matches the Title the top of the this site Page, HOWEVER the rest of the PAGE was VERY POORLY and ERRONEOUSLY PUT TOGETHER, apparently by some someone who new little or nothing about the product they were trying to describe. It was described as having a 9.5 pt. type, in reality it only has an 8.2 pt. type. It was described as having over 80,000 cross references, in reality it only has a few at the bottom of a page and a lot of pages have none at all. It was described as having a Concordance with over 14,500 references, when in reality there are over 12,00 references in the Concordance. The this site Product Description said it had 1,328 pages, when in reality it has 1,114 pages counting the maps. The this site Product Description said the Bible's Size is 5.5" x 8.5" in one place and below that under Product Detail, this site said the Size was 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches which is TOTALLY WRONG. In reality the Size is the 5.5" x 8.5" and it is less than 1" thick. This is the most MESSED UP Product Description I have ever seen on this site. In Fact I give this site an "F" on their quality of posting this Product's Description. All that negative Review info IS NOT the rating I would give the Product, just the Rating for the POOR job of this site's posting of it.
NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS, the Bible is of Remarkable Quality, for the Price of $19.79. Had it been posted CORRECTLY as a ESV Thinline Bible, TruTone, Charcoal, Celtic Cross Design, Red Letter Text, Non-Reference Bible, [Leather Bound]; I would have given this Bible a 4.0 star rating. Sorry CROSSWAY, you lost a full star for the misinformation on this site's Page. Also I would have given it 5 stars, but I have to deduct at full star off the Bible Rating for the lack of Center Column or Side Column Cross-References. It just seems extremely cheap of the Publisher to leave them out. However, if you are looking for a gift award Bible, with relatively few bottom of the page References, under $20, this one will be NEARLY impossible to beat. Like I said, considering what it is, I am highly impressed, and will give the Publisher an "A" for the quality they put into an inexpensive Bible. I really appreciate that they used a little darker Red ink for the Words of Christ than a lot of Bibles do. It is much easier on the eyes than a bright Red print. The only negative I could mention is the noticable blead through of the print from the opposite side of each thin page, but that is typical of any Thinline Bible. The bottom line is, I would buy this again as a gift award Bible, but if it was for something really important, (a grandaughter's graduation, etc.), I would spend the extra bucks for one that had a real Reference Column. Here is my corrected Product Description:
ESV Thinline Bible, TruTone, Charcoal, Celtic Cross Design, Red Letter Text, Non-Reference Bible, [Leather Bound] Features:
Size: 5.5" x 8.5" less than 1" thick Silver Gilded page edges Extra strong Smyth-sewn binding Appears to be a bonded leather flexible cover (neither the Bible nor box are labeled) Beautiful Celtic Cross imprinted in the front cover Highly Readable 8.2-point type 1,106 pages PLUS 8 pages of colored maps Words of Christ in a little darker red than most Double-Column paragraph formt Ribbon marker Presentation pages Concordance with over 12,000 references No Center Column Cross-References Lifetime guantee (whatever that includes, but it is written on the box) Free ESV Bible Resources software offer included
I will take several photos of the one I have and post them so other's can see exactly what they are getting.
Practical Bible May 10, 2010
This is an excellent Bible! It uses the ESV translation, which is my personal favorite, and is printed with a clear type that allows for easy reading. The cover is a beautiful sapphire-blue imprinted with a very nice celtic cross and the trutone material feels nice in the hands. The pages are gilt with a platinum/silver that goes will with the blue. This is a great Bible to use for devotionals.
Pages lie flat when on flat surface, supple leather but no center reference column Apr 16, 2010
The other reviews here have discussed the ESV translation and the quality of the construction of the Bible so I will try not to duplicate much of what has already been said.
The calfskin leather is wonderful to hold in hand. I also like that the pages lie flat when the Bible is placed on a desk. Although the inside cover is also leather, it is glued, not sewn.
The "problem" is that this site has an incorrect product description for this Thinline edition. They have the description for the "ESV Classic Reference Bible." ESV Classic Reference Bible, Premium Calfskin Leather, Black, Black Letter Text Also incorrect is the "Look Inside" depiction of the content pages. Contrary to what the "Look Inside" shows you, there is no center reference column in this Bible. Nor are there any Introductions to the Books of the Bible I was strongly desiring the reference column and seeing it in the Look Inside clinched the deal for me so naturally I was disappointed when I got the Bible and discovered there is no center reference column. A quick call to Crossway confirmed that this edition has no reference column and that the Classic edition does ESV Classic Reference Bible, Premium Calfskin Leather, Black, Black Letter Text, which is the same size height and width, but thicker.
Just be aware that this Bible does not have a center reference column. Otherwise this is a beautiful Bible although there is some type bleedthrough on the pages. Only you can decide if that is objectionable or not. I can deal with it but would prefer if it were not present.
Awesome Bible! Mar 18, 2010
This is an awesome Bible! Slender design makes it very "packable" and the ESV is the way to go!
Great Version & Bible Dec 28, 2009
I received this Bible for Christmas from my wife. I have read and studied from different versions of the Bible over the last 10 years including NIV, NLT, Message, and NASB. I used to always use the NIV for it is easy to read and is the most popular. The NLT I used for awhile, but it is not as accurate, but is very easy to read. The Message is just a paraphrase, not a translation of the Bible. This has been good at times for teaching kids, but not for studying. I then went to NASB for I like how it is a literal translation of the Bible and very accurate. I love this version and have used it mainly for the last 4 years, but our pastor recommended the ESV version. After looking at it and reading some from it, I love this version for it is accurate and literal like the NASB, but uses language that is easier to read than the NASB which is on the 11th grade reading level. I would recommend this for everyone: Non-Christians, new believers, or deep studiers of the Bible.
In summary, I highly recommend the ESV version of the Bible and this Bible is good size to take with you or study from and looks great.
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(Sidenote: If you get a NASB Bible make sure to get one by Zondervon because of higher quality than other publishers of the NASB)