Several independent discussions of the ESV Journaling Bible have appeared online over the few days. We’re not sure about why there’s a sudden confluence. Here are excerpts:
The space provided for personal notes is wonderful. The outer third of each page is narrowly lined for the reader’s exegetical insights and devotional reflections. Consequently, it is much roomier than either the Deluxe Reference Bible (1″ margins) or the Single Column Reference Bible (1 1/8″ margins).
My overall impression is quite positive. Notwithstanding a few suggestions for future editions (e.g., single columns in paragraph form), I look forward to using this edition for some time to come.
So this morning, I went to the ESV web site and checked it out. You can take it for a test drive and read it online. I liked what I read and so I browsed a bit and when I saw the Journaling Bible (sample page is pictured above) at a reasonable price, I was sold. It gives me an opportunity to make notes and do my own cross-referencing and so forth. It’s something I’ve been looking for for quite a while.
I haven’t used the English Standard Version (ESV) until now. After doing some research it appears to be one of the most readable and accurate translations using the oldest manuscripts. Details here.
Overall, I am very pleased with it so far. It is very well constructed and useful. I think it will encourage me in my study and taking notes, which is a good thing.
Here’s an older review (March 2007) from Chris at the preface:
As for what has changed my mindset towards the Journaling Bible, I was talking to a pastor who was going to use this Bible to read through in the next year and give to his daughter on her 16th birthday. As a soon-to-be father, I loved this idea. We are expecting in July & I look forward to not only reading through the Scriptures, but also offering thoughts of God’s faithfulness & prayers for my child as I hear from Jesus. I found this to be a great idea & am in no way ashamed to have stolen it!