Item description for ESV Compact Bible-Chestnut/Crown Design TruTone by Crossway Bibles...
Overview TruTone imitation leather cover in chestnut with crown design
The ESV Compact Bible combines classic portability and improved readability. This Bible will be a favorite of anyone who likes to take God's Word wherever they go: from daily commuters to faithful students, world travelers to busy moms. 3.875" x 6" 6.5-point type 1,184 pages Black letter text Sewn binding Concordance Introductions to each book Double-column, paragraph format Ribbon marker Presentation page
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Bible Binding: TruTone Color: Brown Point/Type Size: 6.50 Version: ESV Boxed Presentation: Yes - Comes Boxed! Introduction: Yes - Features Introduction! Concordance: Yes - Built In Concordance Gilded: Yes - Pages are gilded! Ribbon Marker: Yes - Keep's your place! Presentation Bible: Yes
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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 Compact Bible-Chestnut/Crown Design TruTone?
Smaller than I thought May 12, 2010
I love it! It was smaller that I thought, but that was completely my error. I didn't catch the "compact" in the description ; )
Fantastic Translation in a Compact Package! Apr 26, 2010
I was at first skeptical of the ESV version, thinking it had more of a liberal vibe to it. Quite the contrary! Instead, it's one of the most literal and understandable translations to date. I love reading it and it's the perfect size for traveling, Bible study, and hanging out on my desk at work. Great version and also great compact Bible with a sturdy binding and excellent material.
Great Bible Nov 5, 2009
I really love this Bible. It's the first time I've read the ESV version but it's good. I can understand it. It's in plain English but it still feels like I'm reading the Holy Word of God. The size is great. I can put it in my purse and carry it everywhere. It has the Old and New Testaments in it. The cover is beautiful. I would recommend this little Bible to anyone.
ESV Bible Aug 1, 2009
I'm a long-time King James (KJV) user that heard, by word of mouth, that the ESV was a good modernized translation based off the KJV. Deciding to investigate these claims, which have been made by quite a few other translations, such as the NKJV, I picked up this relatively cheap edition of the ESV. I believe quite a few others might be as myself, looking to evaluate this very new translation (released in 2001) to see whether it's any better. If so, this review is especially for you; if not, skip down to the bottom where I discuss this edition in particular.
On the translation side, there are some positives and negatives. It's definitely more readable than the KJV (which, contrary to popular belief, is NOT 'Old English') in that it uses fewer archaic terms and phrases. Many folks, myself included when I was younger, were a bit turned off by the thee's and thou's in the KJV; thus from a readability perspective this might not be bad for younger believers. The NIV is very well known for having removed a lot of scriptures that are present in the King James, and having changed some to a dangerous degree. Witness probably the most well-known verse in the Bible, John 3:16:
KJV: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
NIV: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Notice 'one and only Son' instead of 'only begotten Son' and 'shall not perish' instead of 'should not perish.' Those are HUGE differences! If you can't agree with this, you either lack a basic understanding of the English language (all too common these days, unfortunately) or lack Spiritual insight (also all too common). Now let's see how the ESV stacks up:
ESV: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
All right, so it's about halfway there. I should also note that most NIV translations have a footnote that mentions 'or, His only begotten Son.' All in all I'd say the ESV is better than the NIV here, but the KJV is still the best of the three. There's a few other places where the ESV is obviously more in line with the NIV than KJV, such as Phil 2:6. Generally speaking, I'd say that despite its somewhat KJV-ish word choice, the ESV is actually closer to modern translations such as the RSV and NIV than it is to traditional ones, such as the KJV and Tyndale translations, which it (quite loudly) proclaims to be a direct descendant of.
Let's move on to the ESV layout. It's dramatically different from a standard KJV text as well, having verses laid out in paragraph form. That is to say, those used to a KJV will always look to the left of each column to find a verse number. In this ESV edition (and from what I've seen, others as well) it isn't laid on on a verse-by-verse basis. Thus you'll often find verses starting in the middle of the column, which makes it a lot harder to locate specific ones. I believe this was done to save space, as many verses have been reduced in length due to the new translation. The exception is in quotations, speech, or songs (e.g. pretty much all of Psalms and Proverbs) where the verses are also center-justified.
And now for this particular ESV edition itself. This is a compact Bible, and as such can't be judged on the same standards as most full-size study Bibles. It has a black Tru-Tone cover (essentially, a synthetic rubberized plastic) and glued binding. The pages are pretty standard Bible paper, with silver gilt edges. It's quite compact: narrow and thin, if a bit on the tall side, and has a ribbon marker. There are no center-column references or maps, though there is a brief concordance and some footnotes. The cover is about as good as any imitation leather cover gets, and can shrug off moisture or any reasonable abuse while also looking pretty decent. Glued binding, however, is not known for surviving a great deal of punishment- so this is definitely not a 'ruggedized' Bible. I wouldn't expect these pages to withstand much abuse either, and they're both too transparent and cluttered for effective note-taking. This is more or less to be expected, considering the price and the fact it's a compact Bible.
The lack of references and the size of the print, however, are pretty serious deficiencies. The print is small and the lettering VERY thin- they picked a font that is definitely not easy on the eyes, even if your vision is pretty good. Verse numbers, despite being bold, are quite hard to see, and footnotes are so tiny you'll often read right over one without even seeing it's there. I've compared this Bible to my old, battered Cambridge Pocket Concord (which, by the way, has center-column references) and find that it's significantly harder to read or find verses despite actually being slightly larger in page-size and thickness. It also doesn't compare well with older Nelson pocket Bibles, which have been in print for decades. I guess Crossway just isn't that experienced at publishing small Bibles yet.
On a final note, the ESV is indeed copyrighted. Thus, unlike the KJV which is public domain, there's limits to how much you can duplicate. Crossway clearly holds a very tight leash on this version as of now, so if you don't like how they format the ESV you're pretty much out of luck. This might of course change as it gets older, such as the NIV did.
In summary, the ESV is one of the better modern translations I've seen, and may be good for younger believers. However, I still recommend that you grow into the KJV or keep it as your primary translation- it's still a lot more thorough and proven in comparison. This particular Bible is decent for its cost, but it's definitely a budget/travel edition. If you're just looking to check out the translation or want to read on the go, it's a decent and economical way to do it, but I wouldn't recommend it as your primary copy.
Great Bible for Teens!! Jun 5, 2009
My husband and I purchased this Bible for a high school graduate in our church. She's very "fashionable," always wearing the latest styles, carrying expensive handbags, etc (you get the picture). When she opened up this Bible, she was so excited. She absolutely loved the reddish pink design. Its small enough to be easy to grab and go but not too small where someone with young eyes can read it. She really enjoys the translation also. My husband and I have recently begun using this translation and it has the feel of more traditional translations (like KJV) while reading like a modern translation (like NIV, HCSB, etc.).