Recently I received a copy of the ESV Study Bible from the publisher, Crossway Books and Bibles, for review. Hopefully I will be able to get to this in the next week or two.
Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to use the ESV Study Bible online free of charge until March 31, 2009. The Bible has been available online and in several computer Bible programs for some time. The Study Bible has many additional features such as explanatory notes, charts, maps, diagrams, etc. This will give you a few weeks to read some passages you may be studying and check the additional resources.
Check the ESV Bible Blog for complete information.
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Or, you may go to this link, create a login and password and begin using all features of the ESV Study Bible.
Quite a bit of attention is being given to the forthcoming (October 15) English Standard Version Study Bible. Dr. Leen Ritmeyer has served as archaeological and architectural editor for the new study Bible. On his blog he calls attention to two interviews with Justin Taylor, Project Director and Managing Editor of the ESV Study Bible.
The first interview is “What Did Calvary Look Like?” Evidence for the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb is summarized. Golgotha on this drawing is now the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Drawing showing Golgotha.
The second interview is “What Did Jesus’ Tomb Look Like?”
If you teach the Bible you will want to download the large drawings associated with these interviews. Some sample pages in PDF (Introductions to Luke, Revelation, and Psalms) are available for download here.
Taylor explains the high quality of these drawings (“paintings”):
Using Dr. Ritmeyer’s extensive research and new drawings, we then turned to the illustration firm Maltings Partnership (in Derby, England) to produce the final, full-color paintings. We knew of Maltings’ superb work from their reconstruction drawings in the DK Travel Guides and the National Geographic Traveler guides. We could not be happier with the final results.