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New Release: The Story ESV Bible

This week we’re excited to announce the release of The Story ESV Bible. Published in partnership with Spread Truth Ministries, The Story ESV Bible presents an outline of the meta-narrative of the Bible alongside the full Bible text. It was created to help new believers and non-believers quickly grasp the overarching, unified message of the  Bible.

About The Story

The Story is a presentation of the Bible’s storyline published and distributed by Spread Truth Ministries (note this is not the same material as Zondervan’s The Story). 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.

About The Story ESV Bible

The Story ESV Bible is the first Bible edition to incorporate The Story content and is published by Crossway in partnership with Spread Truth Ministries. This new Bible features The Story in a 12-page insert. Specially prepared, full-page book introductions by the creators of The Story show how each Bible book fits into the Bible’s storyline.

Video: Why The Story?

Thanks to our friends at Spread Truth Ministries for this video.

February 22, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Lindsay Tully @ 2:14 pm | 0 Comments »

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 »

3 People Who Will Use The Paperback ESV Study Bible

The ESV Study Bible, Personal Size paperback edition is now available on Crossway.org for $29.99 ($22.50 for Impact members), as well as Amazon, WTS Books, CBD, and others. This edition contains all the content of the original ESV Study Bible, with the exception of some of the articles going online to save space. And while it’s a paperback, it still has a sewn binding, which means the pages won’t fall out after extended use.

We think this will be a useful format in general, but especially for the following:

1. The Student – If you’re taking a course on the Bible, this could be a great companion resource. The book introductions and study notes are helpful for quickly getting the gist of a Bible book or passage.  Some professors are even starting to assign the ESV Study Bible as a required text for their classes, and those students can save some money with the paperback edition.

2. The Traveler – Have you ever tried to take your Bible somewhere and opened up your bag only to discover your Bible’s pages smashed, or the cover bent at an awkward angle? Sometimes it’s nice to have a Bible dedicated for “wear and tear.” This is an inexpensive but resource-packed edition for anyone wanting to travel with a study Bible.

3. The Church Leader – An ESV Study Bible with a lower price makes it easier to buy Study Bibles in bulk. Pastors and church leaders can consider giving paperback ESV Study Bibles to new Christians, small groups, or those involved in discipleship programs. This is an affordable training resource that can help churches equip their congregation for spiritual growth.

Learn more about the ESV Study Bible, Personal Size.

February 6, 2012 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 9:50 am | 0 Comments »

Single Column Legacy Bible Interview with Bible Design Blog

Bible Design Blog recently posted an interview with Crossway’s Bible production department on the Single Column Legacy Bible. This is an informative post for those interested in how the Single Column Legacy Bible was produced. Here’s an excerpt:

Q. What is the story behind the Single Column Legacy ESV? How did the idea originate?

The original project was conceived under the working title of “Reader’s Thinline Bible.” The goal was to create a single-column, text-only, reader’s edition that focused on an inviting readable page and beautiful design.

Our Bible typesetter relied heavily on Canadian typesetter Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style as he developed the page design. Essentially, we tried to follow the “Renaissance Ideal” or “perfect page” layout. This layout refers to a set of principles called the “canons of page construction” that all focus around a 2:3 ration of page geometry. Jan Tschichold reintroduced this typographic ideal in the twentieth century, calling it a method “upon which it is impossible to improve” and which produces “the perfect book.” We stuck closely to this design philosophy, although we did have to make a few adjustments for the sake of overall page count.

Read the whole post here.

Mark Bertrand runs Bible Design Blog, a site “dedicated to the physical form of the Good Book.” In his blog Bertrand reviews high-end, quality Bible editions and processes and has much to say about how Bible design and production impact a reader’s experience. If in the past you’ve wondered about the differences in Bible materials (i.e. bonded leather versus genuine leather), check out his guide for beginners. If you’re a skeptic of high-end Bibles, his FAQ page will probably address many of your questions and objections.

January 27, 2012 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 8:00 am | (3) Comments »

4 Reasons We’re Excited About the Single Column Legacy Bible

The Single Column Legacy Bible has just arrived in the Crossway warehouse and is starting to ship. We’re excited about this new edition for at least four reasons.

1. It features a fresh, new design. Every once in a while it’s fun to try new things, and with the Single Column Legacy Bible we started from scratch. It’s based off the Renaissance ideal for a perfect page (HT Robert Bringhurst), which means there’s a precise layout of the text and the margins – what Renaissance thinkers considered perfect proportions. Below is an example of the interior. You can also download a pdf sample.

2. We aimed for a high standard of excellence in production. This is one of the finest-quality Bibles we publish. Because of the nature of this project, we wanted to use select production materials and processes. The paper, binding, and printer were all carefully selected to ensure the quality of this edition.

3. It’s our first Bible that uses line-matching. Line-matching is a process that aligns the text on both sides of a page, minimizing the see-through of text. If you look at your current Bible, chances are you’ll notice slight deviations in how the text was placed on each page. This is because Bible printing presses run the paper at incredibly fast speeds, and it’s very difficult to get the text printed exactly the same on each page. Line-matching is a process that solves the problem and leads to a more visually appealing, readable edition.

4. It’s designed specifically for undistracted reading. Because we wanted this to be an ideal “reader’s Bible,” we chose a single-column format and opted to not include cross-references, introductions, or other special features (although there are maps and a concordance in the back). We also placed the section titles in the margin instead of in-line with the text. The result is an edition where the reader can move smoothly from passage to passage without jumping around or being distracted by added textual divisions.

You can read more about the Single Column Legacy Bible on its product page. It’s available in four covers: two TruTones, a genuine leather, and a top grain leather. We hope you check it out and are pleased with the results!

January 5, 2012 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 1:00 pm | (101) Comments »