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    Coming in October

    There are people I like and respect a great deal who seem to be getting VERY excited about the new ESV Study Bible that is due to come out in October (Dr. Wayne Grudem is the General Editor). They are saying some extra-ordinary things about it - and this from folk who are not generally known for "hype" or "exaggeration." The quotes below certainly have peaked my interest...

    "The ESV Study Bible is the finest study tool I have seen in fifty years of Bible teaching." Jerry Bridges

    "The ESV is a dream come true for me. The rightful heir to a great line of historic translations, it provides the continuity and modern accuracy I longed for. Now the scope and theological faithfulness of the ESV Study Bible study notes is breathtaking. Oh how precious is the written Word of God." - John Piper

    "Wow! Concise, lucid, enlightening—the ESV Study Bible is an amazing resource. With its textual fidelity, doctrinal substance, and artistic beauty, the ESV Study Bible will be an immense help to all who hunger for God-breathed Scripture. I wholeheartedly recommend this exceptional resource." - Randy Alcorn

    “Outstanding! The ESV Study Bible is a treasure—a beautiful volume, filled with a wealth of resources. It will be just as useful for the seminarian and long-time pastor as it will be accessible to the brand-new Christian.” - R. Albert Mohler Jr.

    "I can’t imagine a greater gift to the body of Christ than the ESV Study Bible. It is a potent combination indeed: the reliability and readability of the ESV translation, supplemented by the best of modern and faithful scholarship, packaged in an accessible and attractive format. A Christian could make no wiser investment for himself, a pastor could recommend no better resource for his congregation." - C. J. Mahaney

    “Like the ESV itself, this Study Bible sets a new standard in excellence. The craftsmanship invested in every page—from the insightful articles and informative notes to the crisp design and gorgeous illustrations—makes it an invaluable tool for students of God’s Word. As a pastor it’s my goal to get one into the hands of every member of my church.” - Joshua Harris

    You can find out more about the ESV Study Bible here.

    Posted by John Samson on April 17, 2008 10:58 AM


    I too am becoming excited about this study Bible.

    When I first started truly studying the Scripture for myself a few years ago, what I found was not what I had been taught growing up in church. I then discovered that I wasn't alone, this understanding of Scripture and salvation had a name, Reformed Theology. I quickly purchased a copy of the Reformation Study Bible edited by R.C. Sproul.

    I found that while I agreed with most of the perspectives taught in the study notes, I didn't agree with Sproul on a few issues.

    I was beginning to think that I must be missing something because I hadn't read anybody who held to the same soteriology, eschatology, and view of spiritual gifts that I was coming to.

    It was then that I discovered Dr. Grudem's excellent work on Systematic Theology. At last, I'm not crazy!

    So I'm very excited to see the publication of this study Bible.

    Everything I've read about the study Bible has me excited to see it. My only disappointment is that all the news is coming out now, but release isn't until October. Now I have to wait after learning how great it will be!

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