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2013 ESV Bible Preview

We have lots of exciting projects in store for the ESV Bible in 2013. We’ll be posting more information on the editions in the coming months, and as they are published, but here they are, in the order of their release:

ESV Gift Bible January

Conveniently sized and affordable, the ESV Gift Bible makes a great gift for birthdays, graduations, and confirmations, as well as outreach efforts.

  • Size: 5.375″ x 8.375″
  • 7.5-point type
  • 896 pages
  • Words of Christ in red
  • Concordance
  • Lifetime guarantee


The Story ESV Bible – February

The Story ESV Bible is the first Bible edition to use the popular evangelism content published in The Story by Spread Truth Ministries. This new outreach Bible features a 12-page, beautifully designed and full-color presentation of the storyline of the Bible. The material covers creation, the fall, the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the hope of the second coming. It also provides a clear invitation to readers to receive Christ as their Savior. Specially prepared, full-page introductions by the creators of The Story show how each Bible book contributes to the Bible’s storyline.

  • Size: 5.375” x 8.375”
  • 8-point type
  • 896 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Full-color gospel presentation from The Story
  • Full-page book introductions


ESV Single Column Heritage Bible – April

The ESV Single Column Heritage Bible is an elegant and practical edition for frequent readers of God’s Word. The Bible text is presented in a highly readable single-column setting.

  • Size: 5.0” x 7.375”
  • 9-point type
  • 1,824 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Single-column, paragraph format
  • Maps
  • Lifetime Guarantee


ESV UltraThin Bible – April

At just over ½ inch thin, the ESV UltraThin Bible is highly portable and great for on-the-go reading. The Bible text is printed on high-quality, extra-thin Bible paper in an improved typesetting.

  • Size: 5.375” x 8.375”
  • 7.5-point type
  • 896 pages
  • Double-column format
  • Words of Christ in red
  • Gilded edges
  • Concordance
  • Maps


ESV Spanish/English Parallel Bible  – May

The ESV Spanish/English Parallel Bible features two columns of Scripture positioned on each page: the Reina-Valera 1960 Spanish text on the left, and the ESV English language text on the right.

  • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • 8-point type
  • Double-column, verse-by-verse layout with Spanish and English side by side
  • 1,792 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Textual notes in both languages


ESV Personal Reference Bible – June

The ESV Personal Reference Bible is a compact reference Bible in a single-column setting. Building on the original Personal Size Reference Bible, this new edition has been completely redesigned. The layout now utilizes line-matching, a design method which significantly improves readability on Bible paper.

  • Size: 5.0” x 7.375”
  • 8-point type
  • 1,472 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Single-column format
  • Cross-references
  • Concordance
  • Lifetime guarantee


Omega Thinline Reference Bible – July

The Omega Thinline Reference Bible is a limited edition Bible made from the finest materials. It features a goatskin cover lined to the edge with generous overhang to protect page edges, high-quality Bible paper, art gilding, and four ribbons.

  • Size: 6.125″ x 9.125″
  • 10-point type
  • 1,248 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Goatskin cover
  • Art gilding
  • 4 ribbons
  • Concordance
  • More than 80,000 cross-references
  • Lifetime guarantee


MacArthur Drawing Near Devotional Bible – August

Many believers struggle with consistent Bible reading, or feel their time in God’s Word is not as effective as they would like it to be. The MacArthur Drawing Near Devotional Bible was created for such believers, combining a reading plan with reflections from an experienced Bible teacher. It features devotional material from Drawing Near, written by Dr. John MacArthur. For years, Drawing Near has helped readers grow in the discipline of effective Bible reading, and it is now available alongside the full ESV Bible text.

The MacArthur Drawing Near Devotional Bible is organized by the calendar year, with each day presenting an assigned passage accompanied by a brief devotional. Throughout the course of the year, readers will work their way through the entire Bible. Drawing from MacArthur’s forty-plus years of teaching and personal study, the Drawing Near material combines an expository approach to the Bible text with application to daily life. Each devotional also features suggestions for prayer and further study.

  • Size: 6.0” x 9.0”
  • 9.25-point type
  • 1,696 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • 366 devotionals


ESV MacArthur Study Bible, Personal Size – September

The celebrated MacArthur Study Bible is now available in a more compact size. The ESV MacArthur Study Bible, Personal Size retains all of the features of the original MacArthur Study Bible, packaged in a convenient and portable format.

For years, the spiritual lives of men and women all over the world have been strengthened with the help of The MacArthur Study Bible. Dr. MacArthur’s study notes are featured below the full-length Bible text, and are based on his verse-by-verse approach to the Bible and nearly forty years of careful study. His goal is to let the Bible speak for itself—nothing more, nothing less.

  • Size: 5.375” x 8”
  • 7.5-point type Bible text, 6.5-point study notes
  • 2,240 pages
  • Nearly 25,000 study notes
  • 140 maps, charts, timelines, and illustrations
  • Book introductions
  • 80,000 cross-references
  • Extensive concordance
  • Full-color maps
  • Bible reading plans


Gospel Application Bible – September

The apostle Paul summed up his whole ministry as existing “to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). That single-minded goal is the heartbeat of the Gospel Application Bible. Produced out of the conviction that the Bible is a unified message of God’s grace culminating in Jesus, it is a significant new tool to help readers see Christ in all the Bible, and the gospel in all of life.

The Gospel Application Bible features all-new book introductions and gospel application notes written by a team of over 50 outstanding pastors and scholars. This specially prepared material outlines passage-by-passage God’s redemptive purposes of grace that echo all through Scripture and culminate in Christ. And focusing on heart transformation rather than mere behavior modification, its points of application emphasize the Hows and Whys of practical application to daily living.

  • Size: 6.0” x 9.0”
  • Bible text (9-point type); notes (8-point type)
  • 1,984 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Book introductions
  • Gospel application study notes
  • Introductory essay
  • Concordance
  • 80,000 cross-references
  • Free access to the Online GAB


UPDATE: The ESV Gospel Application Bible has a new name: the ESV Gospel Transformation BibleLearn more about it on Crossway’s website.

Questions or comments? Feel free to post them below.

February 8, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 10:30 am | (171) Comments »


  1. Are there any plans to have a single column ESV with red letter text?

    Comment by Joe — February 10, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

  2. Joe, I’m afraid we don’t have any planned right now, but that could be something we consider in the future. Sorry to disappoint!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 11, 2013 @ 11:51 am

  3. The Omega Thinline Reference sounds like a deluxe edition of the Large Print Thinline Reference. Is that about right? Also, in addition to the upgrade cover and art gilt edges will the Omega have nicer paper for a thin line edition?

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — February 11, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  4. Steve, great questions. The Omega Thinline Reference Bible is basically the same as the Large Print Thinline Reference, although the text size is slightly smaller, and the margins are narrower (we were trying to create a Bible with less bulk). The Omega Bible will feature high quality European Bible paper, an top-of-the-line upgrade from the paper in many of our Bibles. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 11, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

  5. Thanks Andrew. So does that mean the page size will be slightly smaller than the Large Print Thinline with reduced text size and margins? Or will it just have increase white space between lines, etc?

    The paper sounds nice and should look good with the line matching then.

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — February 11, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

  6. Steve, reading back over my initial response I realize I wasn’t giving you accurate information. Both the Omega and the Large Print Thinline will have the same trim size: 6.125″ x 9.125″. The Omega will feature slightly smaller text (10-point), and will therefore have LARGER margins than the Large Print Thinline. Not dramatically so, but larger nonetheless. The page layout should be identical. I hope that helps, and once again I apologize for my first response.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 11, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

  7. Thanks Andrew. That sounds even better. Can’t wait to see it!

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — February 11, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

  8. Any plans to publish a TaNaK ordering of the ESV anytime in the near future?

    Comment by Chris — February 12, 2013 @ 10:13 am

  9. Chris, I know the idea has been floated in the past. We don’t have any plans of publishing such an edition, but I’ll bring it up again.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 12, 2013 @ 10:45 am

  10. Thanks Andrew! Would love to see a more canonically-sensitive ordering of the OT, though I realize it could take some years of teaching before the demand is there for it.

    Comment by Chris — February 12, 2013 @ 10:51 am

  11. Andrew – any idea of when the Omega will be up on Crossway’s site, hopefully with a pdf sample page? Would love to see that.

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — February 12, 2013 @ 11:05 am

  12. Steve, I’ll look into why the Omega Bible isn’t up on our website yet, but in the mean time here’s a pdf sample of the interior: http://static.crossway.org/excerpt/bibles/omega-thinline-reference-bible/omegathinlineref%282%29.pdf

    Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 12, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

  13. Looks like there’s something wrong with link.

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — February 12, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

  14. Steve, my apologies. Try this one: http://static.crossway.org/excerpt/bibles/omega-thinline-reference-bible/omegathinlineref.pdf

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 12, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

  15. How does the forthcoming Single Column Heritage compare with the Single Column Legacy (which is one of the best Bibles I’ve ever seen, in my opinion)?

    Comment by z — February 12, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

  16. Z, great question. The Single Column Heritage Bible is similar to the Single Column Legacy Bible in many respects: the Bible text is single column, and there are no cross-references. The text is laid out in a reader-friendly format, and the Bible features line-matching. The section headings are in line with the text, however, and the margins are considerably smaller. The trim size of the Single Column Heritage Bible is smaller, quite close to a book in size and bulk. It was created as a similar concept to the Single Column Legacy Bible, but as a more portable alternative. You can download a PDF of the interior here: http://static.crossway.org/excerpt/bibles/single-column-heritage/single.column.heritage.interior.pdf Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 12, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

  17. Thanks for the quick response Andrew!

    An unrelated design question: a lot of these Bibles have a very elegant look, but the business of the spine detracts (at least for me) from the overall attractiveness of them. ESV or English Standard Version is stamped three different times right next to each other. Wouldn’t just one be sufficient? Of course, you can’t please everyone, especially on the internet!

    Comment by z — February 13, 2013 @ 8:32 am

  18. Z, thanks for your comments. I’m not sure what the precedent is for stamping on spines, but we’ll take your comments under consideration.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 13, 2013 @ 8:57 am

  19. Are there any plans for a full pocket bible, OT & NT?

    Comment by John — February 15, 2013 @ 9:18 am

  20. John, thanks for your question. Right now we don’t have any plans for a full pocket Bible, although we do already publish a full Compact Bible, which is quite small.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 15, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

  21. I find pocket Bibles convenient for taking with anywhere without having to keep track of it. Have a few spare minute you weren’t expecting? There it is. I’ve been missing having one in ESV.

    Comment by John — February 15, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

  22. Any plans for an ESV/MSG parallel bible soon???

    Comment by Bear — February 15, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

  23. Bear, thanks for your question. We don’t have any plans for an ESV/MSG parallel Bible. Occasionally third parties license the ESV to produce their own editions, and I know you can see the two texts side-by-side on several places online, including Biblegateway.com. Sorry to disappoint!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 16, 2013 @ 10:38 am

  24. I’m very excited about the ‘Gospel Application Bible’ being released in September. I only wish it could be sooner. Keep up the great work. Be blessed!!!

    Comment by William Cook — February 16, 2013 @ 10:41 am

  25. William, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. We’re excited about the Gospel Application Bible project as well, and are looking forward to releasing more information, including interior samples, as soon as its ready!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 16, 2013 @ 11:03 am

  26. Okay thank you. Im assuming that would be the same for an ESV/NLT parallel as well?

    Comment by Bear — February 16, 2013 @ 11:29 am

  27. Bear, yes, I’m afraid so. The only parallel Bible editions we publish are diglots of the ESV and other languages (Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, German).

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 16, 2013 @ 11:32 am

  28. Okay great thank you so much for your replies! If you can, you should drop a line to update the ESV bible app for the IPhone5. Bless and be blessed!

    Comment by Bear — February 16, 2013 @ 11:40 am

  29. I have noticed that the only thing missing from your Bible selection is a double-column verse by verse setting.

    Are their any plans to release that type of setting… I am a pastor, so the verse setting helps with keeping track of the verse.

    It would also be helpful if it had a larger font for us preacher types. I know that you guys have already released the verse by verse single column Bible to replace the now Out Of Print Single Column Reference. I wish the new edition had the same larger font of the edition it replaced.

    Be Encouraged:-)

    Comment by Rev. Isaac C. Johnson — February 16, 2013 @ 11:50 am

  30. Bear, yes, updates to our iOS apps for the iPhone 5 are a common request. Our digital team is working on it, and we hope to have something ready soon.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 16, 2013 @ 11:54 am

  31. Rev. Johnson, thank you for the suggestion! I’ve heard something similar suggested before. We’re always open to new ideas, particularly to ideas for new text settings, although at times we can’t deliver on them (the fabled Giant Print UltraThin Wide Margin Compact Reference Bible). I will pass on your idea to our Bible production department, and hopefully it’s something we can consider in the future!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 16, 2013 @ 11:59 am

  32. I just clicked on an ad that popped up on a newspaper website for a “Single Column Reference Bible-ESV” which took me to lifeway.com. The page was for a Single Column Reference Bible-ESV selling for $195.00 and then had “not yet published” and a button to “Pre-Buy.” Is Crossway planning a comeback for this particular Bible? I have read many good reviews of it, and it has always sounded to me like a format, font, and everything I was interested in.

    Comment by Luanne — February 18, 2013 @ 11:52 am

  33. Is the ESV Single Column Heritage like the Cambridge Clarion but cheaper? How does the thickness compare?

    Comment by Adam — February 18, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

  34. Luanne, thanks for your question. To my knowledge we are not planning a comeback for the Single Column Reference Bible, and I’m guessing this is an outdated ad with an old link. We are relaunching our Personal Reference Bible (single column format, references) in the coming months, although I realize it’s a smaller format. I’ll pass on the idea of a larger-format single column reference edition to our Bible production manager. Thanks!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 23, 2013 @ 10:36 am

  35. Adam, great question. The main difference between the Heritage Bible and the Clarion is the Clarion features cross-references while the Heritage Bible will not. The Clarion has 2080 pages while the Heritage Bible will have 1824 pages, so the Heritage will be a slimmer edition. The trim size for both will be comparable. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 23, 2013 @ 10:55 am

  36. Andrew, the Heritage Bible should be nice and I’m looking forward to it. Do you know if they paper will be the same as used with the Legacy?

    Comment by Steve — February 23, 2013 @ 11:11 am

  37. I love the ESV translation. I just wished the Large Print came with red letter. Are there any plans for this in the future? Also with indexes.

    Comment by Sheila — February 23, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

  38. Steve, the paper will not be the same used with the Legacy, but will come from the same European mill. Should be high quality.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 26, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  39. Sheila, we don’t have plans for an indexed Large Print edition. We do offer a Large Print Thinline Reference Bible that features Words of Christ in red. Perhaps that might serve your needs?

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 26, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

  40. Andrew, I see the Heritage specifically says line matching, but the Omega does not. Will the Omega also have line matching?

    Comment by cydoiron — February 27, 2013 @ 3:36 am

  41. Cydoiron, the Omega will also have line matching. It’s adapted from the setting of the Large Print Thinline Reference Bible, which features line matching. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 27, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

  42. Thanks, Andrew. That’s what I was hoping for.

    Comment by cydoiron — February 27, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

  43. Hi,
    I’m wondering if there is any information available about an issue I am having with the Classic ESV Reference Bible I am using on my iPad. Unlike any of the regular books I have in my Library downloaded from the Apple iBooks store, my Esv has gotten sort of slower and slower. I like to highlight phrases and verses. Other downloads are remaining fast and responsive, but my ESV takes ten seconds or more just to turn the page nowadays.
    Any suggestions?

    Comment by Scott — March 2, 2013 @ 9:37 am

  44. Hi, is there any chance of an ESV version of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)? I know the catholic three year lectionary for England, Ireland and Australia will feature an adapted ESV but there are plenty of other denominations who follow the RCL and would appreciate an ESV edition.

    Comment by Fr Edward — March 3, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

  45. Can we get a preview of the scholars and pastors that worked on the commentary for the Gospel App bible? Thanks!

    Comment by Jarrod Connolly — March 4, 2013 @ 10:30 am

  46. Yes, please update the app for the iPhone 5! I love the app, but want to see it updated.

    Comment by Matt — March 4, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

  47. Scott, our digital licensing manager suggests you try downloading the latest version of the file. We’ve made improvements over time, and the new file should have better performance. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 5, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  48. Jarrod, great request! You can download a list of the Gospel Application Bible contributors here: http://static.crossway.org/excerpt/bibles/gospel-application-bible/gab.contributors.list.pdf

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 5, 2013 @ 11:19 am

  49. Andrew, The Omega thinline is advertised as limited edition. Has Crossway determined what that quantity will be? Also, have you set a list price yet?

    Comment by Cd — March 6, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

  50. Also, where will the prining on the Omega be done? Italy, like the Legacy?

    Comment by Cd — March 6, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

  51. Cd, I can’t comment on the quantity, but the retail price will be $249.99. It will be printed in Italy at the same printer as the Legacy.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 7, 2013 @ 8:20 am

  52. Is the Heritage still on schedule for an April 30th release? Also, do you know what the thickness of this Bible will be? Trim size says 5″ x 7-3/8″, but there is no thicknss listed.
    Thanks, cd

    Comment by cd — March 9, 2013 @ 7:51 am

  53. Will the paper in the new personal size reference bibles be similar to the current?

    Comment by Julie — March 9, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

  54. Julie, the paper for the Personal Reference Bible (updated design) should be the same as what we’ve used in the past for our Personal Size Reference Bible.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 11, 2013 @ 8:51 am

  55. Cd, the Heritage Bible is still on schedule for an April 30th release, although the calfskin edition will be delayed by a few weeks. The thickness with the cover will be about 1.5 inches, the page block measuring 1.25 inches thick.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 11, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

  56. Hi Andrew, I was wondering if you guys were going to make the large print thinline refrence bible (red letter)* in a brown or darker brown.? Instead of just black and charcoal. I love the large print refrence thinline but am holding off to buy one until I find out if you guys are releasing a brown.(red letter) thanks for your response :)

    Comment by Daniel Daffron — March 11, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

  57. Hi Andrew, I was wondering if you guys were going to make the large print thinline refrence bible (red letter)* in a brown or darker brown.? Instead of just black and charcoal. I love the large print refrence thinline but am holding off to buy one until I find out if you guys are releasing a brown.(red letter) thanks for your response

    Comment by Daniel Daffron — March 11, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

  58. Daniel, we have two brownish editions of the Large Print Thinline Reference Bible coming out this July: http://www.crossway.org/bibles/esv-large-print-thinline-reference-bible-3258-tru/ and http://www.crossway.org/bibles/esv-large-print-thinline-reference-bible-3259-tru/ . Neither are true brown, but hopefully one of the editions starts to get at what you’re looking for?

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 12, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

  59. I saw today that the Single Column Heritage Bible (and many other forthcoming bibles) has been pushed back to May 31, 2013, when it was originally scheduled for April 30, 2013. Why? That is really disappointing. I was really looking forward to the Heritage Bible. Not to mention, most college and seminary graduations happen before May 31st. I (and I’m sure many other people) am planning on buying one of these new Bibles as a gift for a graduating student. But now I (and others) can’t. We will have to buy an alternative gift. You are missing out on a huge opportunity. I know you might have some good reasons—production, marketing, etc. But PLEASE RECONSIDER. Please release the Heritage Bible (and other new bibles) on April 30th.

    Comment by Calvin Gau — April 6, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

  60. I love the ESV and recently purchased the study bible. However, there is something that has always perplexed me. That is, shouldn’t a “study” Bible have self-pronouncing text? After all, shouldn’t learning how to pronounce all those biblical names be a logical part of “studying” the Bible? It’s been my experience that even seasoned Bible scholars will mess up a lot of the pronunciations without it. Indeed, it is sad that we have to purchase a separate volume for this.

    Comment by Michael — April 9, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

  61. Michael, thanks for your comments. That’s an interesting idea I’ll need to think a bit about.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — April 9, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

  62. What is the thickness of the Personal Reference bible? Will this be offered in calfskin? Thanks!!

    Comment by Manny — April 12, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  63. Calvin, this edition saw some unforeseen production challenges and, as you’ve noted, will be delayed a couple weeks. We do the best we can but can’t always control all the factors that go into the very complicated printing process. Very sorry this has thrown a wrench in your plans!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — April 15, 2013 @ 10:18 am

  64. Manny, we don’t have mocked up copies of the Personal Reference Bible yet bt it will be close to our old Personal Size Reference Bible, around 1500 pages (roughly 1.5 inches thick). We will not initially launch the line with a calfskin edition, but that is possibly something we would consider in the future.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — April 15, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  65. Is it just me or are the red letters of Christ not as bright as other bibles? Why is that?

    Comment by Tim — April 23, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

  66. Tim, our Bible production team makes decisions about inks that work well with our particular paper suppliers, and that will be optimally readable in our larger-format red letter editions.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — April 23, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  67. I’ve been looking everywhere and can’t find any info regarding the thickness of the upcoming Omega thinline reference. Can anyone tell me? Thanks!

    Comment by Bryan — April 24, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

  68. Bryan – I think I saw somewhere that it would be similar to the Large Print Thinline which is about an inch or just under.

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — April 24, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

  69. Bryan, Steve is right. It features the Large Print Thinline Reference page block, which is right around 1 inch thick.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — April 24, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

  70. When is the single column heritage calfskin bible due to come out? Unless I am just confused, Amazon reports the end of April while the Crossway website reports the end of May? Can someone add some light to this? Thanks!

    Comment by Matthew — April 27, 2013 @ 12:04 am

  71. Matthew, the Single Column Heritage Bible was originally scheduled to be published in April. Due to production delays, however, it’s now scheduled for May. That change apparently was not updated on Amazon. Sorry to disappoint!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — April 29, 2013 @ 8:11 am

  72. I am looking forward to the launch of the new Personal Reference ESV. Will it have Bible maps, sadly lacking in the original Personal Size Reference ESV? Thank you.

    Comment by David Dewey (UK) — May 1, 2013 @ 8:51 am

  73. David, unfortunately the upcoming Personal Reference Bible will not feature maps.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — May 1, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

  74. Thanks Andrew… still on track for a late June release date?

    Comment by Bryan Bailey — May 4, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

  75. Bryan, yes, it is to my knowledge!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — May 6, 2013 @ 10:42 am

  76. When will the ESV Keyword come out? Will it be full of maps/charts. Concordance in the back or bottom of the page? Lots of notes?

    Comment by scott — May 9, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

  77. The ESV,is my regular Bible, especially for study and sermon preparation. The cross-references are excellent, but the built-in concordance is not so great. At most there are 14,000 entries, and far fewer in the compact and personal editions. My NIV has 35,000 entries and my old RSV about 22,000. I notice the Kindle ESV has a far more substantial concordance. Are we likely to see any ESVs with a better concordance? Around 25,000 to 30,000 careful chosen entries would be a good balance.

    Comment by David Dewey — May 10, 2013 @ 2:57 am

  78. Scott, I’m not sure what Bible you’re referring to…. We don’t have an ESV Keyword Bible in the pipeline. Can you tell me more about where you’re seeing such an edition?

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — May 10, 2013 @ 8:08 am

  79. Several people have asked about the production delays with our Single Column Heritage Bible. I’ve just learned there was a production problem with the Bibles and we’re being forced to reprint them. This is an unusual situation, but unfortunately these things happen from time to time in the printing industry. We’re expecting our calfskin editions in-house in June. Our new projected publication date for the three other editions will not be until August. If anyone has questions, please let me know.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — May 13, 2013 @ 11:09 am

  80. Is the ESV Omega Thinline planning on meeting it’s release date? Thanks!

    Comment by Jason Jordan — May 13, 2013 @ 11:40 am

  81. Jason, yes the Omega Thinline is on track for its scheduled release.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — May 13, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

  82. Andrew,

    Is the Omega Bible leather lined? Thanks!

    Comment by chris — May 16, 2013 @ 8:16 am

  83. Chris, yes, the Omega Thinline Bible will be available in calfskin and goatskin.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — May 16, 2013 @ 9:03 am

  84. Andrew,

    Thanks! My question is regarding the inner lining. Some of your nicer Bibles have a leather lining (calfskin ESV Study Bible) while some have a paper lining (Top Grain Leather Legacy). Do you know if the Omega will have a leather inner lining on the goat and calfskin editions? Thanks for such a quick response by the way!

    Comment by chris — May 16, 2013 @ 10:55 am

  85. Chris, I’m sorry I initially misunderstood. The lining will be natural leather.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — May 16, 2013 @ 11:08 am

  86. Andrew,
    I am excited to see all of the single-column Bibles that Crossway is producing! I am especially interested in the Heritage and the Personal Reference Bibles. Can you tell me if they are both printed in Italy by L.E.G.O., or somewhere else (China? USA?)? Thanks!
    One last question…How is the recovery from the flood going? Is that perhaps one reason for the delays in some of the new Bibles?

    Comment by Michael Lim — May 23, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

  87. Andrew,
    One more question…The Heritage Bible page does not mention anything about a concordance. Will the Heritage NOT have a concordance?

    Comment by Michael — May 23, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

  88. Michael, neither the Single Column Heritage Bible nor the Personal Reference Bible were printed in Italy. A lot of factors go into which Bible printer we use, including paper type and specs, timeframe, special processes, etc.

    We do spend quite a bit of time and energy on ensuring we are producing quality Bibles, and ended up having to reject the shipments of Single Column Heritage Bibles and UltraThin Bibles due to a defect. We expect both later this summer.

    The Single Column Heritage will not have a concordance.

    Flood recovery is moving along. We’ve been tremendously blessed by the Lord’s provision, and trust he’ll lead us through the coming months. Thanks for asking!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — May 23, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

  89. Hi Andrew,
    If the Single Column Heritage Bible is not being printed in Italy, where is it being printed? and by which company? Thanks.

    Comment by Calvin Gau — May 24, 2013 @ 11:38 am

  90. I’m excited to see Crossway is doing the Heirloom Thinline!

    In the pics of the forthcoming Heirloom Thinlines, it looks like the ribs on the spine are not raised. Is that indeed the plan? I think raised ribs with the goatskin/calfskin and art gilt would really set these apart as the best. I’ve read several comments over the last couple of years over at the BDB page on Facebook wondering why Cambridge and Allan don’t do raised ribs.

    Anyhoo, just an idea.

    Comment by -keith — May 30, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

  91. Calvin, we tend not to give specifics on the companies that print our Bibles, but the SCH Bible is going to be printed in China by a reputable, multi-national printer. We’ve been very pleased with their results in the past. You can read a bit more about printing in China at the bottom of this review: http://www.bibledesignblog.com/2013/05/crossways-esv-single-column-journaling-bible.html

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — June 3, 2013 @ 11:34 am

  92. Keith, I’m afraid the Heirloom Thinline is going to be printed without raised ribs on the spine. The company we’re using is not able to replicate the necessary process we have with some of our other Bibles. There are tradeoffs with every printer, and while we’ll be getting excellent production quality overall on the Heirloom Thinline it won’t feature raised ribs. Sorry to disappoint!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — June 3, 2013 @ 11:51 am

  93. I read somewhere that an ESV Personal Size Study Bible with larger fonts is going to be released sometime in June? Is that correct?

    Comment by Michael — June 5, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

  94. Michael, you might be thinking about our Personal Size Reference Bible (not a study edition), which will indeed be released later this month. We don’t have plans for a personal size study Bible with a larger font size.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — June 5, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

  95. I would really like a signal column reference Bible with red lettering, I want to purchase an ESV but I have held off because they don’t have what I want.

    Comment by Mike — June 24, 2013 @ 10:38 am

  96. Mike, I’m afraid we don’t currently offer any single-column reference editions with red letter. Sorry to disappoint!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — June 27, 2013 @ 9:39 am

  97. I just received my personal reference edition of the ESV. This is an excellent edition. Crossway is not making a calfskin edition of this bible and I can’t figure out why. A few days ago I received my ESV Single Column Heritage Bible calfskin edition. As I compare the two I prefer the personal reference edition and here is why.
    This bible is thinner then the heritage. This may not seem to be a big deal but 1/4 inch makes for a much more portable edition.
    The bible is also lighter. This is a given since it is smaller but one thing really surprised my about the Heritage. It’s a heavy bible relatively speaking. My arm literally got tired of holding it while I had ready a few chapters in Genesis while standing in my kitchen.
    The bible is also highly readable. The line matching is perfect, making it a joy for my aging eyes. The heritage is also very readable, even more so but the paper is kinda think which contributes to the weight of the bible. The heritage also has a larger font.
    I can’t say enough about how much I like this bible and wish that it came in a calfskin edition. It still carries with it a lifetime warranty but this is one edition that I will use for years to come.

    Comment by manny — July 2, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

  98. I really like the large print thinline, especially the Omega in goatskin. I was wondering if it will be released in any other colors besides black?

    Also, I read above that it will also be released in calfskin–when will that be and will it be in black only or also the cordovan?

    Comment by Tranwei — July 3, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

  99. Tranwei, the Omega will only be released in black goatskin. I’m afraid it will not be available in calfskin or cordovan.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — July 8, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

  100. Since were about two weeks away from release, was wondering if there’s a place with pics of the omega thinline?

    Comment by Bryan Bailey — July 8, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

  101. Hi Byan, we were actually organizing pictures for the Omega this morning. We should have something on our blog within the next couple weeks.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — July 9, 2013 @ 10:42 am

  102. Hi Andrew,

    I received evbible’s newsletter this morning which talked about their impression of the Heritage Bible (calfskin version). Here is what they say:

    “Heritage – Single Column Text Bible. We really like the typesetting. For those who want a compact, but readable, single column – paragraph format Bible – this is a good idea. The downside of this Bible….the binding is below average. The result of sub par binding is a tendency for the Bible to not lie flat. One has the sense, that the Bible is always trying to close.”

    I’m guessing the Heritage doesn’t lay flat because the sewing is too tight. Or maybe because it’s a sewn/glued hybrid? I’m really excited about this Bible, and I preordered the Trutone (Brown/Burgundy, Band Design). But now evbible’s short review has cooled my anticipation. Here’s my main question: Will the Trutone (which is releasing later than the calfskin) have better binding? Lay-flatness is a pretty vital function to have, don’t you think?

    Comment by Calvin Gau — July 10, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  103. I received my heritage bible and had it laying flat in the early chapters of Genesis after about a day. I don’t see what they are talking about. Sewn binding can loosen up over a bit of time and use.

    Comment by Manny — July 10, 2013 @ 11:46 am

  104. Calvin, I have had a similar experience to Manny. Firstly, the size of the Bible is fairly portable. Any legible, portable single-column setting won’t be as limp as, say, a goatskin thinline out of the box. That said, by lightly “breaking the Bible in” and with a day or two of normal use I’ve found it lies flat just fine. The Bible features a sewn binding so no need to worry about it falling apart because of cheap materials.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — July 10, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

  105. Andrew, I am a pastor and I love the wide margins in the “Wide Margin Reference Bible” but the font is to small for my aging eyes. Is there a plan to print this with a font of 10.5 or larger?
    thank you

    Comment by David Gilmore — July 11, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

  106. David, we’re exploring the possibility of a Wide Margin Reference Bible reboot. While I can’t speak to what the type size would be, I would imagine the end result will prove more “readable”, through better fonts, page layout, etc. I’ll pass on more information as I have it!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — July 12, 2013 @ 9:03 am

  107. Hello, I have been researching the 2013 ESV Personal Reference Bible and am wondering if it will lay flat?

    Comment by Daniel — July 17, 2013 @ 10:42 am

  108. Hi Daniel I have been using it as my primary bible since it was released. I love it. It is a great size and highly readable. Will it lay flat? It’s only available in trutone at the moment and that isn’t a great cover for letting the bible lay flat. So in a word, no. I would love Crossway to make a calfskin version but no word about that just yet.

    Comment by manny — July 17, 2013 @ 10:51 am

  109. Andrew thanks for your work on this blog. Always with the helpful answers. I have a question for you. One think that I would love to see would be a personal or portable size of you Greek New Testament. I like the readers version you guys released a while back but it’s just so big. Any plans to do anything in the future with the Greek New Testament?

    Comment by manny — July 17, 2013 @ 10:54 am

  110. I understand the special Omega Thinline is being released this Friday. I have looked all over the web but have not been able to find measurements for the margins. What are the dimensions of the margin?
    Thank you

    Comment by David Gilmore — July 17, 2013 @ 10:54 am

  111. Manny and Daniel, we’re not releasing the Personal Reference Bible line with a calfskin offering but I would imagine that will be a cover option we’ll consider in the future.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — July 17, 2013 @ 11:12 am

  112. Manny, as far as I know we don’t have anything in the pipeline for a personal size Greek reader’s NT. I’ll pass the feedback on to our Bible production team. I know scholarship on the Greek text continues and at some point we may update our existing offering.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — July 17, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  113. David, the outer margin for the Omega Thinline is 0.54 inches. The gutter margin is technically 0.6 inches, but some of that will be taken up in the binding.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — July 17, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  114. Hi Andrew, does Crossway have plans to phase the Literary Study Bible out of print in the near future? I suspect that it might since it still hasn’t been updated to the 2011 text. Also, it’s webpage says “Limited Quantities Available.” If it is going to go out of print, can you tell me when? This is my daily reading Bible, so I’d like to know if i should stock up before they become unavailable. Thanks.

    Comment by Calvin Gau — August 1, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

  115. Calvin, I don’t believe we have immediate plans to reprint the Literary Study Bible when it goes out of print. It’s hard to estimate when quantities will run out, but it might not be a bad idea to stock up.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — August 5, 2013 @ 9:26 am

  116. Hi Andrew,
    Are there any plans for a Thinline (without references) with a font of about 10 or 11?
    The 8pt Thinline is now too small for my eyes, and the LP Thinline with 12.75 pt is just too big. Something in the middle would be perfect.

    Comment by Grant — August 7, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

  117. Grant, we don’t currently have any plans for a large print Thinline without references. We are producing a personal size large print edition, however, which will release in February 2014.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — August 12, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

  118. Grant – it sounds like the Large Print Thinline Reference or the Omega would be a great fit. Both have references place on bottom corner of page and basically look the same as the 8pt Thinline but with the larger 10.5 type.

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — August 12, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

  119. Andrew – Just wondering if any of the trutone covers for the new Personal Reference Bible are more flexible than others? I’ve notice that with some of the trutone Thinlines in the past.

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — August 12, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

  120. Steve, it partially depends on the TruTone design itself (i.e. thickness of TruTone material, layers, etc.) but generally it should be about the same.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — August 12, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

  121. Steve, it is the references inline to the text that I am trying to avoid, not the actual references at the bottom or middle of page. For periods when I am just reading and not studying, I find the references in the text distracting.

    Comment by Grant — August 12, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

  122. Grant – I’ve been using the Heritage lately which has a bigger font at 9 which is noticeable difference, but it’s not a thinline.

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — August 12, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

  123. Steve, the Heritage does look like a great option. I will probably get one this week…may even get it rebound.

    Comment by Grant — August 12, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

  124. Hi Andrew, I’m looking at the ESV Reader’s Bible, and it looks like a great concept. Can’t wait until it is released! I see that it has no verse or chapter numbers, no section headings, and no footnotes. I also see that the range of verses on each page will be printed at the top of page. But can you tell me, will the title of each book of the Bible be printed in large font at the beginning of each book? Or will each book seamlessly flow into the next one? (e.g. Matthew flows right into Mark without “Mark” being printed in big font at the beginning of Mark.) I don’t really care either way, I just want to know which format it will be in. Better yet, do you have a sample preview of the interior?

    Comment by Calvin Gau — September 20, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  125. Calvin, thanks for your question. We’re excited about the Reader’s Bible too! The name of each Bible book will be printed at the beginning of the book. I’m afraid we don’t have a finalized interior sample yet. As soon as our typesetters start working on it I’ll get a pdf loaded onto the product page.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — September 20, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

  126. I bought a Large print bible
    trutone, forest/tan trail design ESV
    and I’d like to print out a copy of the contents page. Any place I can print that out?

    Also when I signed in to the website it asked for a code which I didn’t have one. Do I get the app if i BOUGHT THE BIBLE?

    Comment by Scott — September 30, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

  127. Hi Scott, sorry for my delayed response. Can you be a little more specific about what you mean by “contents” page? I can see if I can find a pdf and send it to you.

    I’m afraid the online ESV Study Bible is only available (for free) for those who buy the print edition of the ESV Study Bible. You can purchase any study modules within your ESVBible.org account.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — October 3, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

  128. Hi Andrew, for the ESV Reader’s Bible, the Trutone ones have gilded edges in the description, but the Hardcover one (cloth over board) does not. Is this intentional? Does the Hardcover one have gilded edges or plain white edges? Thanks.

    Congrats, by the way, on JMB’s largely positive review of the Single-Column Heritage.

    Comment by Calvin Gau — October 24, 2013 @ 11:21 am

  129. Hi Calvin. I just checked with our Bible Production Manager, and we are not planning on gilding the edges of the hardcover edition (but we are for the two TruTones). The edges of the hardcover will be plain white and will not feature rounded corners. I just saw a mockup and think you will be pleased with the overall presentation – it really does look and feel like a book.

    I did see JMB’s review of the Single Column Heritage. He was gracious and thoughtful, as always!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — October 24, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

  130. Could you please tell me what the thickness of the paper on the MacArthur ESV Study Bible is? Model #44ESVUBK.
    It appears to be around 20 lb paper, but it’s hard to tell.
    Thank you in advance.

    Comment by Paul — October 30, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

  131. Paul, it should be 19.5 lb. paper.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — October 31, 2013 @ 9:30 am

  132. Andrew, thanks for you work in keeping us all informed!

    Can you tell us about the paper on the Verse-by-Verse Reference Bible? I understand that it does not feature line-matching, but I’ve heard that it is high quality paper. Can you tell us what the thickness is compared to the Legacy or the Omega? I’ve read that the Legacy is 27lb, and I’m not sure about the Omega precisely, or where the Verse-by-Verse falls in relation to those two. Thanks!

    Comment by Aaron — November 16, 2013 @ 12:13 am

  133. Aaron, the Verse-by-Verse Reference Bible has the same paper as the Single Column Legacy Bible. Both are 36 gsm (24#), printed at the same printer in Italy.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — November 18, 2013 @ 8:21 am

  134. Andrew,
    Can I add another vote for the 10.5 font, thinline, line matched, non-reference format for aging preachers? I’d be willing to pay big dollars for such a treasure.

    Comment by Michael Daily — November 18, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

  135. Thank you – that is very helpful information about the Verse-by-Verse’s paper.
    If you have oodles of extra time on your hands to answer one related question, do you happen to know how the Omega’s paper stacks up against the Legacy/Verse-by-Verse’s 24lb paper?
    Thank you Andrew!

    Comment by Aaron — November 18, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

  136. Aaron, the Omega’s paper is 28gsm, which comes to roughly 19lb paper. The paper is extremely high quality, however, and has nice opacity and a beautiful finish.

    A sneak peek at next Fall: we have a “Heritage” version of the Single Column Legacy coming out, which will have the same production quality as the Omega Thinline Reference (which is essentially a premium version of the ESV Large Print Thinline Reference Bible). I plan to make that edition my personal Bible for as many years as possible.

    We’ll give you more details in our 2014 Bible Preview, which we’ll have ready in a couple months.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — November 18, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

  137. Michael, we’ll certainly keep that in mind moving forward. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — November 18, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

  138. Michael that sounds like the Large Print Thinline Ref you are describing. Or do you have something else in mind. It’s a very nice teaching bible

    Comment by Steve — November 18, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

  139. Great, thank you again Andrew. Those are great details to keep in mind about the Omega and paper in general. It sounds like paper thickness is not the only determinant of opacity.

    In addition to the “see through” issue, I have problems/annoyances with page curl on my standard “New Classic Reference Bible.” I was hoping that thicker paper would alleviate that, but maybe the overall higher quality paper, even at just 19lbs on the Omega, would help.

    And thanks for the head’s up on the “heritage” (or heirloom?) version of the Legacy! I was wondering why the best current binding was regular leather. An upgrade there would be a perfect fit! If I decide on the Legacy I’ll hold off until the premium version is ready next Fall. Thanks again.

    Comment by Aaron — November 18, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

  140. Aaron, you are indeed correct! I meant to say “Heirloom.” My mistake! I live in Chicago and have not noticed curling problems in either the Omega or the Single Column Legacy, but it’s possible a very humid climate would cause some curling.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — November 18, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

  141. P.S. My mistake – I realized after my last comment that there is indeed a “Top Grain Leather” version of the Legacy Bible. I was thinking of the Verse-by-Verse Reference Bible that has only a regular leather binding.

    The Verse-by-Verse Bible is a very nice bible that could use some special treatment also for it’s binding (at least “Top Grain Leather,” even if it doesn’t get the art gilding, etc.). Thank you.

    Comment by Aaron — November 18, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

  142. Thanks Andrew! What happened to the Omega on the Crossway website? I can only find them for sale on Amazon. Thanks!

    Comment by Bentley — November 23, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

  143. Bentley, I’m afraid we sold out! This was a limited edition – if you’re thinking about getting one I would suggest looking elsewhere soon!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — November 25, 2013 @ 10:05 am

  144. Thanks Andrew! Another question, in the description above it says there are 4 ribbons. In other descriptions on other websites I have seen they say there are 2 ribbons. Can you tell me which one is true? And are there any other Bibles currently for sale with 4 ribbons? Thanks!

    Comment by Bentley — November 25, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  145. Hi Bentley, I’m afraid the description above was generated at a fairly early stage. It only features 2 ribbons. Sorry for the confusion!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — November 25, 2013 @ 11:32 am

  146. Andrew,
    I have a question about line matching. Is Crossway now using line matching in all of its bibles? Or is it only to be found in their higher end bibles, like the ones printed by LEGO in Italy or by Jongbloed in the Netherlands? I am specifically wondering if the ESV Giant Print Bible has line matching. Thank you!

    Comment by Michael — December 8, 2013 @ 1:13 am

  147. Michael, great question. We’re trying to use line matching whenever possible moving forward. The Single Column Legacy edition of 2011 was the first. As we redesign the interiors of already established lines, we consider line matching. I’m afraid the ESV Giant Print Bible does not feature line matching, but if/when we redesign the interior down the road we’ll try to implement it. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — December 9, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  148. Any plans for a Personal Size Gospel Transformation Bible? Like the Study Bible.

    Comment by Cole — December 23, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

  149. Hi Andrew. Will the forthcoming Reader’s Bible have line matching? It’s not in the website descriptions.

    Comment by Calvin Gau — December 31, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

  150. Another question! =) I’m excited about the Heirloom Single Column Legacy. It’s description says that it’ll be “printed in the Netherlands on high-quality European Bible paper.” Sounds like it won’t be printed by LEGO in Italy anymore. So here’s my question: With the change of printing companies, will the new Heirloom Legacy be printed on the same paper? (I hope so, because one of the things that makes the Legacy so great is the nice, opaque paper.)

    Comment by Calvin Gau — December 31, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

  151. Calvin, yes, the Reader’s Bible will have line matching. I’ll make sure we get it included in the description. The Heirloom Single Column Legacy edition will not feature the same paper as the original Single Column Legacy – it will be better. I’ve been assured the opacity will be at least as good as the original edition. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — January 2, 2014 @ 11:03 am

  152. Andrew, I see your comment on the Heirloom Legacy’s paper. Can you also confirm it will contain line matching like the current version? Also, will the binding mimic the Omega (leather-lined, stitched perimeter, etc.)?

    Comment by CDoiron — January 2, 2014 @ 11:59 am

  153. Chris,

    The Heirloom Legacy will feature line-matching like the current version. The binding process and materials will be identical to that of the Omega. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — January 3, 2014 @ 9:08 am

  154. Great suggestion, Cole. We definitely will consider this!

    Comment by Lizzy Jeffers — January 3, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

  155. Hi Andrew.
    I was wondering if Crossway bibles are bound at the same place where they are printed. For example, I see that the ESV Large Print Thinline Top Grain Leather (Brown) Bible is printed in China. Is it also bound in China? Also, for the top grain large print thinline bible, what is the material that lines the inside of the top grain leather cover? Thanks!

    Comment by Michael — January 3, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

  156. Hi Michael, Crossway Bibles are usually bound at the same place they are printed. It depends on the project, however. In the case of the Large Print Thinline Reference Top Grain Leather, it was printed and bound in China. The material that lines the inside of the cover is a synthetic material. I’m afraid I can’t be more specific beyond that. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — January 7, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

  157. 1.) Any thoughts of putting in the contested verses with just brackets like the HCSB and NASB?

    2.) Any thoughts of making your own crossway version of the Key Word Study Bible? It would being the seminary bible of choice! LOL! Think of it, as large as the MacArthur study bible but its 9pt font (ZERO NOTES – just cross references and translation notes), smythe sewn, Genuine leather or Imitation leather cover, strongs key numbers, full maps, and a concise strongs concordance within the entire book as well. In the back a topical concordance. Also all 80k cross references inside center column and 16 pages of color maps and 16 pages of 4 color illustrations! Man! I’d buy it and then have our church buy one for our pastor! Call it the Crossway Seminary Edition ESV. $60.00

    Comment by david griffin — February 19, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

  158. David –

    1.) The ESV text does in fact include these bracketed portions portions of Scripture (i.e. John 7:53-8:11, Mark 16:9-20)
    2.) This is a great suggestion and one that I will be glad to pass on to our production department.

    Thanks for your questions!

    Comment by Lizzy Jeffers — February 20, 2014 @ 11:19 am

  159. come on… lol… now you know what I mean… I mean things like acts 8:37. :-) I know its footnoted but my older congregation doesn’t know how to follow along in footnotes for a complete bible study or sermon.

    Comment by david griffin — February 20, 2014 @ 11:22 am

  160. Andrew,

    Any idea if the Heirloom Legacy will have the same stiffer hinge on the inside front cover as with the Omega?

    Also, wondering if the leather on the upcoming Personal Reference Bible will be the same as that of the Large Print Thinline Ref which was top grain leather brown? And will it be out in May or June?


    Comment by Steve Robenalt — February 20, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

  161. Hi Steve,

    The Heirloom Legacy will feature the same (stiff) hinge as the Omega. It will be printed at the same facility and my understanding is they have a standard hinge.

    The Personal Reference Bible will use the same leather as the Large Print Thinline Reference, but it will be edge-lined and not a paste-off, as the current LPTR top grain leather currently is. We’re expecting it in May.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 21, 2014 @ 11:33 am

  162. Thanks Andrew.

    I’m assuming the Legacy will have a thicker paper than Omega? Something like previous Legacy?

    What is edge lined rather than paste-off?

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — February 21, 2014 @ 11:38 am

  163. Steve, we haven’t decided on the paper for the Heirloom Legacy just yet, but I do think the idea is for a higher degree of opacity than the Omega (no promises there).

    Edge-lined is when the cover is sewn to the end sheet on the inside edge. A paste-off is when the end sheet is glued onto the cover, but the edges of the end sheet aren’t directly stitched to the cover. Both processes lead to quality Bibles, but edge-lining leads to a more durable product.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — February 21, 2014 @ 11:48 am

  164. Thanks again Andrew. That sounds great for the PRB. Should make a great portable edition.

    Higher opacity would be great as the Legacy also makes a great bible for notes with all the margin space.

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — February 21, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

  165. Andrew

    Did I read somewhere awhile back that the Heritage would be released sometime with a similar edition from Jongbloed like the Omega and Legacy?

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — March 6, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

  166. Steve,

    It’s our intention to eventually publish a Heirloom edition of the Single Column Heritage Bible, that would be done by Jongbloed (no promises though!). Nothing’s been scheduled, however.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 7, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

  167. Is there any possibility of the ESV Single-Column Journaling Bible to come out with a bigger font–(perhaps 9 pt)? I would love to use that Bible, but the font is too small. I wouldn’t mind trading a little more thickness for a larger font. On the other hand, the Heritage Bible’s size and font are great, but I’d like just a little more margin. So, I’m looking for a best of both worlds between those two Bibles. (Don’t care to be so picky, your Bibles are great overall. But if you had such a Bible that I’m looking for …..)

    Comment by Kevin — April 5, 2014 @ 1:34 am

  168. Kevin, our Single Column Legacy Bible features the same type size and font as the Heritage Bible, with wider margins. Hopefully that’s closer to what you’re looking for?

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — April 8, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

  169. What is the thickness of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible (Genuine Leather)?

    Comment by Blake — May 16, 2014 @ 9:44 am

  170. Blake–The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible, Genuine Leather is 1.5 inches thick.

    Comment by Lizzy Jeffers — June 20, 2014 @ 9:03 am

  171. Would it be possible to do a red-letter version of the ESV Spanish/English Parallel Bible? Basically a Reina Valera 1960 paired with the ESV with red-letter text.

    Comment by Abe Martinez — August 5, 2014 @ 11:34 am

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