ESV Global Study Bible
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I have been a big fan of the ESV when it originally came out. This new ESV Global Study Bible is a great addition to the study Bibles put out by Crossway. For what reasons you might ask why this study bible is worth your money?
1. Each book of the Bible is introduced by a Global Message section in which one of the editors draws us into the storyline of the particular book but also to the global message. We get a sense here of larger themes that Christians from every continent can hold onto, understand, and think through. Secondly, this section helps us focus in on the main themes of the book with a witness to God's overarching purposes in the story of redemption.2. Throughout the study notes, there is small boxes that indicate FACT points that the editor is trying to make that enhance our understanding. Often, these are plot details, cultural customs or key historical events. These fact boxes help the reader narrow in on some important features that we might otherwise miss in the text.
3. There is a whole host of articles in the back of the Bible written by international evangelical scholars such as Ajith Fernando and Harold Netland. These articles range from Biblical Ethics, World Religions, Government, Human Life, Mission and Evangelism and others. The articles are excellent, bringing together keen insights into the global landscape of Christianity with an eye towards God's unfolding story. Of particular note is Fernando's article on Mission and Evangelism in which he a very strong view of evangelism that is tied to the church and its role in proclaiming the gospel.
4. The geographical features incorporated into the biblical books help the read understand a bit of history and culture that was taking place in the centuries that the Bible was written.
5. This sounds like a cosmetic thing but I really liked the compact size of the Bible, the easy reading font and layout of the text and presentation of the writing.
I hope you enjoy the ESV Global Study Bible as much as I have.