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Crossway’s Heirloom Line of Bibles


“Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.”
Psalm 119:129–131

“The uniqueness of Scripture is found not just in its wisdom or even its divine origin. What makes the Bible utterly unlike any other book–religious or otherwise–is the unsurpassed grace we encounter on its pages. We need Scripture because without it we cannot know the love of God. God’s gracious self-disclosure comes to us through the Word made flesh and by the inscripturated word of God.”
Kevin DeYoung, Taking God At His Word

The Word of God is the primary means by which we can know our Creator. One aspect of Crossway’s ministry is to provide quality Bibles produced to the highest standard of excellence and design to reflect the priceless nature of Scripture.

In this post, Don Jones (Executive Director for Bible Production) and Brian Martin (Bible Production Manager) explain the vision behind Crossway’s expanding Heirloom Line of Bibles.

What was the vision behind the Heirloom line?

As Christians, we cherish the Bible more than any other book, so it is appropriate to produce it with the utmost integrity, with the highest quality materials, and in a format that will last for a lifetime.
In the past when we were designing a high-end Bible, we simply rebound an existing text block with a premium cover. The ESV Omega Thinline Reference Bible, a limited edition produced in 2013 to commemorate Crossway’s 75th anniversary, caused us to rethink this process. We saw what was possible when we set aside concerns regarding production costs, and focused primarily on reflecting the elegance and integrity of the edition in every production decision (paper quality, cover, bindery, etc.).

The result is Crossway’s Heirloom Line of Bibles, which are editions that combine an elegant text layout with the highest quality production materials available.


What are the unique distinctives of an Heirloom Bible?

  • Produced, from start to finish, by Jongbloed, a Dutch bindery widely regarded as the producers of the finest Bibles in the world
  • Highest quality European Bible paper (28 GSM)
  • Hand-crafted, edge-lined binding: in order to achieve the maximum cover flexibility, no board or liner is used in the binding process
  • Goatskin leather cover: vegetable tanned goat skins originate in India, are re-tanned, dyed, and hand finished in the UK
  • Red over gold art gilding: a red dye is added on top of the gilded edges for an added richness to the edition
  • Four ribbon markers: the color of each ribbon is determined by what will accentuate the elegance of the cover material (the ESV Heirloom Thinline Bible currently has two ribbons, but all future Heirloom editions will have four ribbons)
  • Spine hubs – genuine hubs (the ESV Heirloom Thinline Bible currently has imitation stamped hubs, but all future editions will be produced with genuine hubs)
  • Packaged in a black, two-piece box

How many Heirloom editions are available now, and how many are forthcoming?

The ESV Heirloom Thinline Bible, released in January 2014, was the first official Heirloom edition. The ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible (pictured above) will release on September 30, 2014, and the ESV Heirloom Wide Margin Reference Bible will be available in January 2015. We are currently exploring the possibility of an Heirloom Large Print Thinline (similar to the ESV Omega Thinline Reference), an Heirloom Reader’s Bible, and an Heirloom Psalter.

It is a privilege to be entrusted with the publication of God’s Word, and we pray that Crossway’s Heirloom Line of Bibles brings glory to his name.

September 18, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:32 am | (12) Comments »

Amazon’s Recent Kindle Paperwhite 2 Update

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In August, Amazon released a software update for the Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Generation. The update automatically downloads and installs when the device is connected to the internet via WiFi. The update includes new features such as automatic sync to the furthest read page, PDF preview, and easy access to e-book samples for any physical book you’ve ordered.

However, the update also caused certain links within some e-books to break, including within Crossway’s ESV Reference Bible and ESV Study Bible e-books.

Please Note: Updates to correct the broken links caused by the software update are now available. Customers who purchased the ESV Study Bible directly from Amazon should have received an email with instructions for downloading the updated file.  Although the email referenced “editorial changes,” the changes were exclusively technical in nature (i.e. addressing the broken links).

Updating Your ESV E-Books

To download the update for the ESV Study Bible visit amazon.com/myk to sign into your Kindle account and access your bookshelf. There you should find an option to download the update to your Paperwhite 2.

To download the update for the ESV Reference Bible you’ll need to delete the file from your device and download it again from the cloud. This should bring the newest update to your device.

Important Note About Notes and Highlights: Before updating your ESV e-books, please note that your notes and highlights will not appear in the updated e-book file on your Kindle device. Crossway does not have access to any of your notes or highlights, as this feature is managed exclusively by Amazon.

However, your notes and highlights will remain accessible through your online account at kindle.amazon.com under “My Highlights.” Make sure the Annotation Back-Up setting is turned on before you download the update so all your notes and highlights are saved to your account.

To ensure you have received the updated file, navigate to the Copyright page. Under the Text Edition information the new version number should be listed: 2014.08.b.mobi.

If you’re unable to download the updated files after following these steps, or if you have other issues regarding notes and highlights, please contact Amazon’s Kindle Support. You can also read more information about the Kindle software update here.

For more digital and tech updates, follow us on Twitter (@CrosswayDigital).

September 10, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Digital News,E-Books,ESV,ESV Study Bible,News | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

What Do I Use to Write in My Bible?

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When it comes to underlining and writing in the margins of our Bibles, the choice of writing utensil can make all the difference in preserving the appearance and longevity of the thin Bible paper. Here’s a comparison of four commonly used writing utensils.

  • Basic BIC Pen, M (black and blue ink)
  • Pilot G2, .07mm  (black and blue ink)
  • BIC Velocity Pencil #2, .5mm
  • Sakura Pigma Micron Pen, .01mm

Each pen/pencil was used to highlight the same passage of Scripture (Matthew 6:31–34) in four copies of the ESV Single Column Heritage Bible.



1. Basic BIC Pen, M

Bic Pen Blue

Matthew 6:31–34 underlined in blue and black ink:

BICFront copy

The reverse side of the page:



  • Price: a package of 36 is around $3.00
  • Availability: found at a local store
  • Ghosting: moderate
  • Other Observations:
    • Need to bear down, and sometimes, retrace to produce consistent lines, but bearing down too hard can stretch the paper.
    • Ink typically does not bleed or smear


2. Pilot G2, .07mm


Matthew 6:31–34 underlined in blue and black ink:


The reverse side of the page:



  • Price: a package of 2 is around $3.00
  • Availability: found at a local store
  • Ghosting: significant
  • Other observations:
    • No need to bear down for consistent lines
    • Ink takes some time to dry and therefore smears very easily, especially if you’re left-handed
    • Unexpected clogging/ink blots
    • Ink can be too think for smaller writing


3. BIC Velocity Pencil #2, 0.5mm


Matthew 6:31–34 underlined in pencil:


The reverse side of the page:



  • Price: a package of 2 is around $3.00
  • Availability: found at a local store
  • Ghosting: minimal
  • Other observations:
    • Can easily produce consistent lines
    • The pencil removes the permanent nature of a highlighter or dark pen
    • The subtle grey gives underlining a more dignified look than a big, bright stroke that bleeds through to the other side


4. Sakura Pigma Micron Pen, .01mm


Matthew 6:31–34 underlined in black ink:


The reverse side of the page:



  • Price: $2.50–$3.00 each
  • Availability: found at an art or office supply store
  • Ghosting: minimal
  • Other observations:
    • Easily produces consistent lines without needing to bear down
    • Uses archival ink, as opposed to a dye-based ink found in most pens and markers. The benefit is it won’t fade or bleed through the paper.
    • Six different point sized are available
    • Assorted color options are available


Additional Resources

This is not an exhaustive comparison of writing utensils, so if you would like more information on this topic here are a few bloggers who have shared their experience and expertise:


What do you think?

What do you use to write in your Bible? Do you have any recommendations or advice to share?

August 14, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:44 am | (13) Comments »

Christ in All of Scripture – Esther 6:1–4


Esther 6:1-4

“On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. And the king said, ‘What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?’ The king’s young men who attended him said, ‘Nothing has been done for him.’ And the king said, ‘Who is in the court?’ Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him.”

A seemingly inconsequential night of restlessness results in deliverance for God’s people as Ahasuerus is reminded of Mordecai’s faithfulness and Haman, who has just constructed gallows on which to hang Mordecai, is forced to exalt him instead.

Two gospel reminders are embedded in this event. First, we see once more that God is working behind the scenes for the good of his people. The king just “happened” to have a sleepless night, and just “happened” to hear of Mordecai’s saving of the king! Second, we remember that God humbles those who exalt themselves, yet he delights to exalt those who humble themselves (Luke 18:14James 4:10). The supreme example of this upside-down principle is Christ himself (Phil. 2:6–11).

This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.


July 14, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,ESV,Gospel Transformation Bible | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:32 am | 0 Comments »

The Reader’s Bible Experience Using ESVBible.org

With the release of the ESV Reader’s Bible, some have asked whether or not it will be available for e-readers (Kindle, iBooks, Nook, etc.). An e-reader version of the Reader’s Bible is in the works, but in the meantime we suggest utilizing the settings within ESVBible.org on your web browser for a similar reading experience. Here is a brief tutorial:

1. Go to ESVBible.org.

2. Navigate to the passage you want to read by typing in a specific reference or book of the Bible in the top right corner of the page.

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3. To enter “Reader Mode”, click on the X-shaped arrows in the right corner of the Bible text box.

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In the resulting Bible display you can turn off headings, chapter numbers, verse numbers, and cross references:

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4. Hover your mouse over the left side of the screen and the following options will appear:

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Reader Mode on ESVBible.org is available to all users, whether or not they are signed in. By creating a free account, users can record their own notes, highlight and share verses, and unlock additional study resources like the ESV Study Bible Online or ESV GreekTools.

July 10, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:51 am | 1 Comment »