The Reformation Study Bible (ESV, 2015)

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The Reformation Study Bible (ESV, 2015),  is published by Reformation Trust Publishing, and has as its General Editor R.C. Sproul, with 75 Reformed theologians contributing to this wonderful translation of the Holy Scripture.  This new edition of the Reformation Study Bible is packed full of helpful study notes and explanations.  I own the 2001 version of the Reformation Study Bible and this new edition trumps it in almost every single aspect.

Unlike many study Bibles which has a few notes about the passage of a text it is not uncommon for at least a third of a page to be filled up with these notes which may sound cumbersome but are unobtrusive and are exceptionally helpful.  Furthermore this copy of scripture is in a typeset that I have scarcely seen before which aids greatly in the reading of God’s Word.  This can be seen not only in the text of the Word but in all parts of this well-crafted edition.

Another one of the extremely useful parts of this Study Bible is that of its appendixes.  There are quite a few of them.  There is an entire section devoted to topical theological articles which deal with all kinds of topics that a Christian might have questions about.  Also it is one of the few Bibles that contain some of the most important creeds in Christendom, featuring the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, the Westminster Confession, the Westminster Larger Catechism, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and the 1689 London Baptist Confession.  All of these creeds being explicably reformed in nature and helpful in understanding what God’s Word is teaching us about Him and How to glorify His name.

If one was looking for a weakness of this fantastic Bible it is in the size.  If you are looking for a Bible to carry around all of the time, this may not be the one that you are looking for.  As a pastor I own a lot of Bibles some which a use for my personal devotional reading, some for preparing to teach/preach, and some for preaching from, this fits the first two categories, and not the third only because of its weight, which is due to its richness which in the opinion of this Pastor the need for depth outweighs all else.

With all of that said, I unreservedly recommend The Reformation Study Bible (ESV, 2015) to anyone who wants to read, study, memorize, teach or preach God’s Word.

This book was provided to me free of charge from Reformation Trust Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

 

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