Crossway ESV Reader’s Bible (Cloth Bound Hardcover)

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OVERVIEW

The ESV Reader’s Bible almost got me killed. Due to a shipping snafu, I had to pick up the package across town — and naturally I couldn’t wait before ripping it open for a look. If texting and driving is a bad idea, skimming the Bible behind the wheel is even worse. After looking up from the book of Ephesians to find myself veering into the opposite lane, I decided to put the Reader’s Bible back in its slipcase.

Until I reached the next red light, that is.

DESIGN NOTES & PAPER

Even though I knew pretty much what to expect, the Reader’s Bible still surprised me. It’s a 5.5″ x 8″ clothbound hardcover that comes in a heavy duty slipcase, opens flat, and features a single column text setting in 9 pt. type with elegant accents in red — chapter numbers, headers, and page numbers. The big news, I suppose, is that there are no verse numbers in the Reader’s Bible. The page headers give a verse range, so finding specific passages isn’t all that hard. But this edition is meant for reading, not looking stuff up.

This isn’t the first Bible to be labeled a Reader’s Bible, but it is the first to reflect my idea of what a Bible designed for readers should look like. Let’s say there are two philosophies. One goes like this: most people who complain about not being able to read the Bible easily focus on the difficulty of deciphering small type, therefore a Bible for readers should have large type. The Allan Reader’s Editions have taken this tack, and they are basically large print reference Bibles. The design hasn’t changed; it’s simply been enlarged. The critical apparatus, the textual notes and cross-references, have been retained.

Take a look at the last prose book you read and see if it was a large print, multi-column reference work. Probably not. Most of the books we sit and read are formatted in a time-tested, reader-friendly layout designed to call as little attention to itself as possible in order to let the text itself shine. They are single column, paragraphed books with a minimum of distraction. The second approach to a reader’s edition involves designing the Bible to look like the kind of books we typically read for pleasure. That’s exactly what you find when you open the ESV Reader’s Bible. A book that sends no mixed signals, clearly intended to be read.

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The header and footer are centered on each page and printed in red. The text column is 3.75″ wide, allowing more than half an inch margin on either side. Because the book opens flat, there is plenty of room in the gutter without losing any of the text. Chapters are designated with a small red numeral in the margin and begin with capitalized words. The first chapter of each book is indicated not with a number but with a red drop cap. The overall effect is restrained and classy.

The Reader’s Bible layout uniformly shines, but I have a soft spot for the poetry. Verse always looks better in single column settings. The addition of the red accents elevates the look even more, particularly in the psalms.

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If the Crossway Legacy’s 36 gsm ThinCoat Plus paper represents a beau ideal, as some of us think, a good balance between opacity and thickness, the question is how close to that mark the Reader’s Bible comes. I knew in advance it would not use the same paper as the Legacy, and since paper quality can make or break a new edition, I worried that the Reader’s Bible would let itself down in this category. The paper is not as opaque as the ThinCoat Plus, or its close-enough competitor Apple Thin Opaque 36 gsm, used in the new ESV Pocket New Testament.

Instead, the Reader’s Bible uses Apple Thin Opaque 30 gsm, which has an 84% opacity rating. In fact, it’s the same rating as the 45 gsm paper used in the Schuyler Quentel NASB (we’ll see in a moment how the two compare, though). As you can see in the photos, the Reader’s Bible manifests some show-through or ghosting, that five o’clock shadow that results from printing on the reverse of the page showing through to the front. The differences in opacity between Bibles from 27 gsm to 45 gsm are measured in single digits, so I find it hard sometimes to say how much better one paper is from another. But to my eye, the Reader’s Bible has a bit more show-through than the Schuyler and the Legacy, and perhaps a bit less than the Clarion. We’ll examine the matter more closely below.

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BINDING

Is it silly to get excited about a slipcover? Then call me silly. One of the questions I’m often asked is how to store and transport Bibles. While I don’t believe in babying them, I do find myself missing the old Cambridge slipcases of yore, which let me tuck a volume into my briefcase and never worry about bent pages or scuffed covers. Not to mention, a slipcased book looks so nice on the shelf. The Reader’s Bible comes in a sturdy branded slipcase that will really come in handy.

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The Reader’s Bible also opens perfectly flat, as a good book should. This makes reading a pleasure, since you can set the book on the table before you and flip pages as you go. It’s a handy volume, too, about an inch and a quarter thick, easy to hold while reading (and quite nice for reading in bed). There are two ribbons to mark your spot.

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The printed endpapers (above) are attractive, and there are maps in back (below). I think I would have chosen a different color palette for the hardcover — the earth tones don’t do much for me — but it’s a nicely produced volume with good attention to detail.

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COMPARISONS

I want to compare the Reader’s Bible to several popular alternatives. But first the comparison that’s really begging to be made is this: the Reader’s Bible reminds me a lot of a Library of America edition. If you’re not familiar with Library of America, it’s a noble publishing venture intent on introducing authoritative reader-friendly editions of great American literature — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalism, historical writing, you name it. They publish clothbound hardcovers, either slipcased or with black dust jackets, printed on thin paper to keep the volumes relatively trim. I made a hole on my shelf and slipped the Reader’s Bible among some Library of America books. It looked right at home.

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The Reader’s Edition is roughly the same size as Edgar Allan Poe’s Poetry and Tales, so I snapped a couple of comparison shots, first of the two volumes together, and second a comparison of layout and paper.

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This resemblance, to me, is a fine thing. But you’re probably wondering how the Reader’s Edition stacks up against other Bibles. I put together a short list of competitors, each with an affinity of some sort to the Reader’s Bible. I chose the Cambridge Clarion ESV because the two Bibles are both single column settings of roughly the same size. I added the Schuyler Quentel NASB, a very different sort of edition, because it also uses red accents in printing and I was curious whether two papers with such a range of thickness — 32 gsm vs 45 gsm — could really be comparable in terms of opacity. Finally, the Crossway Legacy was an obvious choice because it’s also a single column setting without references.

The contenders (below): Cambridge Clarion, ESV Reader’s Bible, Schuyler Quentel NASB, Crossway Legacy (rebound by Leonard’s).

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Below, the Legacy (left) compared to the Reader’s Bible (right). While the Legacy shows less ghosting, the Reader’s Bible is quite a bit handier, and the red accents look nicer. Note how the de-emphasized chapter number and absence of verse numbers in the Reader’s Bible are evident, even compared to a minimalist layout like the Legacy, which keeps them subtle. Unlike the Legacy’s section headings in the margin, the Reader’s Bible does away with the headings entirely.

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Now let’s see how the Reader’s Bible looks compared to the Schuyler Quentel. Despite the Quentel’s larger type, I think the single column verses are easier to scan. The Quentel’s paper feels nicer, and the printing might possess the edge — but all things considered, the Reader’s Bible comes off looking quite good, don’t you think? And it’s considerably smaller.

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The closest apples-to-apples comparison is probably between the Cambridge Clarion and the Reader’s Bible. The Clarion is slightly narrower, though comparable in width. The 27 gsm paper suffers in comparison where show-through is concerned. All three of the comparison Bibles locate the page header on the upper corner of the page, while the Reader’s Bible centers them. If you’re a “sword drill” aficionado you’ll know that the centered header makes flipping through the pages at speed to find your place a bit more difficult.

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CONCLUSIONS

Crossway is offering the Reader’s Bible in two editions, the hardcover seen here and a TruTone binding, with street prices running from $22-$30. That’s not a high price to pay for the uncluttered “pure” reading experience this unique Bible offers. In many ways, the Reader’s Bible takes the dream expressed in something like The Books of the Bible and — by paying attention to the design and binding — delivers on the unfulfilled promise. A Bible without all the clutter, intended to be read. I’d love to see one of these on everyone’s shelf, regardless of your preferred translation. This is a format to spend some time with in the hope of recapturing a less mediated experience of reading the Bible.

 


UPDATED JUNE 26, 2014

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62 Comments on “Crossway ESV Reader’s Bible (Cloth Bound Hardcover)

  1. That is a beautiful Bible, it looks even nicer than I thought it would.

  2. Thanks for the nice review Mark. I’m wondering how the line spacing is compared to the Legacy or Clarion? Also, did Crossway reduce the characters per line from the Heritage or is it still the same do you know?

    I really like the idea of the hard cover with a nice binding. My normal reader now is the Single Column Journaling Bible. This should make a great morning reader. Can’t wait 🙂

  3. Thanks for the review! I pre-ordered it the day it was available and this makes me even more excited. I may have to get a few more to give out. Great pricing on these.

  4. Boy, I’ve done the “skimming the Bible behind the wheel” thing…I thought I was weird!

    Overall, this looks like a great Bible. Thanks for the review. I’ll definitely be putting this on my wish list.

  5. I love your blog, and as I am in England (where the rain always falls) I have easy access to R.L.Allan Bible – but one question are the “Crossway’s” available for English UK readers?
    Mind how you go on the roads out there. Take care.

  6. Looks great, I can’t wait to get my copy! The only major improvement would be if they removed the extra space that leads off each chapter. The chapter divisions don’t always occur at the most logical places, so by drawing attention to them they’re artificially chopping up the flow of the text (and I suspect there are other places where a break would be just a relevant, but it isn’t there because it’s not a new chapter). Perhaps the next offering will do away with the chapters. It’s probably a savvy business plan on their part, since some of us have been accumulating quite a stack of new Bibles during this evolution toward a true reader’s edition….

  7. So, while I understand why so many people are railing against the privileging of chapter breaks in this edition, I’m not sure it’s as bad as many make it out to be. Sure, the chapter breaks are often interpretative (the break between Ephesians 5 and 6, and the way it leads us to see Paul’s instructions to wives/husbands as non-analagous to masters/slaves is my favourite example), and always artificial. However, the sorts of books that people read have chapter breaks. Have you ever tried to read a multi-page document without section headings or chapter breaks? It’s actually pretty obnoxious. Especially if it’s dense material that you want to be thinking about—chapter breaks provide resign points which may not be necessary in short documents. But in, for example, Isaiah, you just need those sorts of breaks built in to the text. I actually think it was the right call (again, even though I that chapter breaks are interpretive in a way I often dislike).

    • I definitely agree that having some kinds of breaks in longer texts is important, but the chapter breaks as we now have them don’t always make a lot of sense in the context of the ideas the writer is trying to convey. They sometimes break things in weird ways in the middle of thoughts. They’re just clunky and inconsistent.

      And new chapters happen way too frequently. We’ve been conditioned to treat a chapter break as a fairly major conceptual break that marks everything in that chapter as a discreet unit. Because that’s how they work in every other book we read, except the Bible. The chapter breaks in the Bible don’t work like that, and yet we set them apart as though they did. The sermon on the mount shouldn’t be three chapters long. Most of the letters shouldn’t have any chapters (I knew someone who said that whenever he started a sermon series on one of the epistles, he would read the entire epistle out loud first because we should understand them as letters, experienced as one discreet unit in one sitting as the original recipients would have). Many of us read and study the Bible in chapter-sized chunks, so by the time we get to the end of, say, Galatians, we’ve forgotten how it began.

      There are other ways of marking off units of thought that are conventional in most other literature, such as adding blank lines. This is how Biblica’s Books of the Bible handles these kinds of breaks, and I found it totally refreshing to read the Bible that way. So I think the chapters should be treated the same way as the verses, relegated discretely to a header or footer because they are a historical convention that we can’t shake, but they shouldn’t dictate how someone approaches the text in a reader’s Bible.

      • So, I largely agree. Except, if there need to be some sort of breaks, and those breaks are necessarily interpretive, I’m not sure I trust a random person at Crossway (no offence!) to do a better job of it than the cardinal who did it 800 years ago. *shrug*

        • When the book is gripping, chapter breaks make little difference. It can be one in the morning and I’ll need to read the beginning of the next chapter to make sure all the characters are ok 🙂 In no way do I think we should treat the bible like fiction, but I know it’ll be a great deal easier (for me at least) to read it in that layout.

          Removing chapter break points would have some benefits for a single reader, but I think it could get extremely confusing if we made up NEW break points. What would we call them? Chapters? Points? Sections? Parts? It would be virtually unusable in discipleship, group studies, church services and anywhere else you tried to read with one or more persons who had a different bible. “Turn to Ephesians, Part B, about halfway into the first section… What’s that in the other bible? Ephesians 2:5?”
          Or would churches switch to from Chaptered to Part-sectioned bibles like they switch from NIVs to ESVs?
          I think it opens a HUGE can of worms to replace break points, even if they were more logical/biblically friendly – and as wonderful an idea as it is. At least this Reader’s edition has some familiar reference points and continuity with other editions (and even translations), which still makes joint bible reading possible, albeit trickier than bibles with verse markers.

          • RB, you don’t need to call the new break points anything. They can just be breaks. Check out how things are done in Biblica’s The Books of the Bible. While one may quibble over the details (just as in anything), I think this is the best setting of the Bible for actually reading (it’s a shame there are no “luxury” versions of it available). They thought about the structure of each of the books and inserted blank lines where a break seems to be indicated by either the language or the flow of the argument/story. One blank line indicates fairly standard breaks and multiple blank lines indicate major sections. The breaks don’t call attention to themselves but they help break up the text block, just like they would in a normal book. The Bible was not written as a series of reference books consisting of strings of verses collected in relatively small chunks called chapters that are strung together to form books. By stripping that artificial structure out you have to actually engage with the Bible, pay attention, follow the fairly complex extended rhetorical or logical arguments that are being presented by many of the Biblical authors.

            And now getting to the point you were actually raising, I think such books would actually improve group study. Instead of just saying turn to verse so-and-so, you’d have to say something like, turn to the part of Romans where Paul is talking about so-and-so. In other words, everyone one need to be familiar with the overall content and structure of the book before studying parts of it in great detail. Which is exactly how it should be! You should always understand the greater context, and the flow and structure of a text, before focusing in on little pieces of it. This kind of setting discourages the mining of the Bible for proof texts to support ulterior positions and for otherwise ignoring the context of the books under discussion.

            I’d recommend a book called After Chapters & Verses, by Christopher R. Smith, that be of interest to some of the people here (I forget whether I was initially directed to it from a commenter here or on another site). He is one of the people involved with the production of The Books of the Bible, and he goes through some of the rationale and philosophy behind that book, as well as some insight into their working process. He then goes on to address this exact concern. How do you use a Bible like this, in personal reading/study, group contexts, preaching contexts, with his thoughts as well as concrete examples he received from people who were using this Bible in these activities. I found his book quite inspiring, as it makes a very strong case for how the way the text is present influences how we use it.

  8. ESV isn’t my preferred reading bible, but that format is very tempting. Like you I love collecting bibles as well, so this is one edition I can’t wait to buy. I might get the Psalms edition as well.

    Thanks so much for the 3 reviews you did, throughly enjoyed them.

  9. Thanks for a great review! This will definitely become my everyday carry bible, especially suited for reading and memorization.

    I understand that chapter and verse markings are recent, often interpretive additions, but what about verse line breaks? Are they original to the Hebrew?

      • Absolutely text setting can affect memorization, according to my friend who has committed many books of the Bible to memory. The mind sees the page in the imagination, with signposts such as chapter numbers, line breaks, and paragraph shape included in the overall memory.

    • I personally prefer chapter and verse markings for memorization for 2 practical reasons:
      1) someone says “let’s look up Romans 8:31” … you’ve memorized the entire book – but you have no idea what verse that is!

      2) the brain wants to condense and shorten when recalling. my mind will tend to skip phrases or sentences as I’m trying to commit them to memory – but then i realize i’ve skipped them b/c i go to the next verse number and think “wait – that’s the wrong one”

  10. The Readers Bible is both simple and elegant, combining affordability with tasteful durability. A Bible that crosses translation preferred lines; the Readers edition is a must.

  11. I love single purpose objects. I have a desk just for writing. I have a notebook just for journaling. I have a seat in my living room just for reading. When I engage those things it feels like my mental “muscle” memory kicks in and my whole conscious focuses on the one and only task possible.

    I’d love to have a Bible for study (multiple column, references, footnotes, intros),
    and one for reading (just the text, beautifully clear).

    Then when I approach the scriptures, the Bible itself will inform my mind how I’m about to interact with the Word.

    • I got this today from Amazon:

      We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on March 06, 2014:

      ESV Bibles by Crossway “ESV Reader’s Bible (Cloth over Board)”
      Estimated arrival date: June 20, 2014

      I ordered the Psalms from Crossway directly, It was my Father’s Day gift, and it has shipped.

      Looking forward to them both.

  12. Received mine yesterday from Crossway. I have been using the Clarion and the Heritage predominantly but I think my preference is going to be the Reader’s. I got the hardback version for $22 and it is more than worth the price. The page opaqueness is more than acceptable for me. And I personally love the color scheme. I would like to see Leonard’s recover one of them is a nice leather but also keep the hardback. Great Bible! Thanks again, Mark. Lots of progress has been made and exciting things have happened over the last 7 years.

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  15. WOW!!! I could say that a half dozen times. I read your review last night and called my local Lifeway store this morning and they had one coy each. They held the hard back for me and it took not even a split second. I know I was going to buy it before I even pulled it from the slip cover. the heft in such a small package is awesome and it was built to be opened as in its very limp. I looked at the TruTone and the hard back blows them away. I personally thing they should have forgone the TruTones and made color options and a leather bound hardback. I will seriously consider getting another one and send it off to Leonard”s for leather binding.

    Oh, 9pt font is very readable but for this bible I’d love to have a 11pt font version.

    Mike

  16. I received my hardback today (along with my copy of The Psalms), and immediately sat down for a long read. Very nice in the hands, great font, and a joy to read from.

    Mark, since you have Crossway’s ear, see if they can come out with a New Testament only version in the same bindings. I recently asked them if they were contemplating producing an ESV NT along the lines of the old “coat pocket” sized testaments, and they told me that there were no plans. However, if they were to make a Reader’s New Testament in this same form factor it would be close enough, no, it would probably be better. Think how nice that would be to take to the hospital or home visits. Most of my visits have me reading entire chapters of Scripture, so verse numbers aren’t needed.

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  18. Great! Ordered. Now, if they would just come out with a multi-volume boxed set version (say, Pentateuch, History, Wisdom, Prophets, NT, individually bound) with 100% opacity paper, and logical (as opposed to purely chapter-based) visual breaks, I’d have my ideal reading/devotional bible format. Great step forward.

  19. Mark,

    Just a thought: I might choose a different word than “snafu” on a site dedicated to the Bible. Most people don’t really know where that word came from.

    Love your site, bro.

    John

  20. Finally. Thanks, as always, for the review…mine is on its way to me now!

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  22. Got the hard cover in the mail yesterday. It’s really well done and put togther. Bible publishers need to start providing more of these types of options. I would love to see HCSB, and NIV do the same. The Message bible has been printing without chapters and verses similar to the ESV Readers bible. I just heard Eugene Peterson talking about this and he mentioned that publishers fought him on this. He says in the end they won.

    I have a love for printed bibles and have been following this blog for many years, if you do too, then you have to get this printed edition even if it’s not your primary version. It’s everything they said, even the font is a perfect size.

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  25. I received my ESV Reader’s Bible yesterday. I like the concept of this Bible, and I agree with what Mark says here and in other posts about the benefits of this format.

    However, the paper is too thin. I like the current trend calling for Bibles that look and feel like regular books, and the format of the Reader’s Bible is a big step in that right direction. But I am convinced that we’ll never get it right if we continue to print on thin paper. A Bible with poor paper opacity will never read like a regular book because regular books have good paper opacity.

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  28. Believe it or not, I sold my Black Goatskin Cambridge Clarion ESV, and I picked this up instead. It is a much easier read, and I love the format of this Bible. I only paid $14.98 shipped with a coupon at wtsbooks. What an amazing deal, and what a beautiful Bible. The word of God flows beautifully in this Bible and I highly recommend it!

    • I got mine at a local used book store for $9.99. It was regularly 19.99 and they were having a 50% off sale. It was the tru tone version, they Also had a leather one for $5 more. All the ones they carried were brand new too, not used….I’m assuming they received them wholesale, which they also have many other brand new books for used book prices.

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  35. My thoughts are that readers’ bibles are not new – its just that tradition has dictated how the Bible has been set for centuries and its always been printed that way since the printing press arose in the late Middle Ages. Chapters are of medieval Christian origin and sometimes join the wrong parts of verses.

    In a Jewish Chumash, the natural division is called a parsha – which is a group block of several chapters and the breaks are natural. It takes us back to the original composition of the ordered books rather than the straitjacket through which they have been forced.

    Its possible to divide the entire Bible into thematic blocks that follow the flow of the text with the natural breaks included. That might be worth looking at in setting up natural bookmarks for ease in reading and in picking up whether left off during an interruption.

    NIV has taken the reader bible concept further in the Books Of The Bible by discarding the conventional order of the books and arranging them in a manner that makes literary – even thematic sense.

    I expect a lot of reader bibles in the future to try to recreate the experience of reading the Bible as literature.

    Sutherland Bates and Readers’ Digest did it by abridging and condensing the text but the problem is the Bible as presented to us isn’t really designed with reading in mind.

    The new approaches seek to change that with the complete text and return the reading experience to the world of the Bible.

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  37. Mark, I’d love to see a comparison of the ESV Reader’s and the Heritage, which seems a closer competitor than some of the others (same footprint, single column paragraph, 9 pt. type, no cross references or concordance). I just received my calfskin Heritage and I really like it! But for only $18 on CBD, I may have to also have a hardback copy of the Reader’s Edition. I love those dark red accents.

    Although the ESV isn’t even my primary translation, I’m becoming a good customer of Crossway’s products. (I blame you for much of this.) I’ve bought multiple copies of The Psalms in both the Trutone over Board and the top grain leather, for myself and for gifts, and also the leather pocket New Testament. I also have the little thin NT’s and a cordovan calfskin ESV Study Bible. Crossway does aim to please, it seems, with a very wide selection of Bibles. As always, thanks for your very helpful reviews.

  38. Looking at the Quentel when compared to the crossway they are open to Jeremiah CH 12 I don’t know if it is the version of ESV in the Quentel but the God Answers header should be above verse five not seven. Is this a mistake in the version of ESV or just the Quentel?

  39. Mr. Bob, what eagle eyes you have! You get an A+ from this retired teacher for your proofreading skills.

    You are correct about the different “God’s Answer” section header shown in Mark’s picture of the Quentel. I checked all the translations and various editions I own (ESV Study Bible and ESV Heritage, NKJV (Holman/Allen and Nelson), NIV84, and HCSB) and in every one of them, its equivalent is between verses 4 and 5, not 6 and 7 as shown in Mark’s Quentel. My KJV and NASB editions don’t have the header, nor does my Schuyler single column edition of the NKJV.

    However, and I don’t know whether this is significant, my Schuyler single column edition NKJV has no blank line between verses 4 and 5, but has one blank line between verses 6 and 7 (no header in this editiion).

    I’m going to try to email EB about this. If Schuyler has a mistake, I’m sure they’d like to know, if it has not since been corrected. As stated, my other ESV editions have “The Lord Answers Jeremiah” between verses 4 and 5, so it’s not an ESV error.

    Has anyone checked their Quentel edition for this? I don’t own a Quentel.

  40. I did email EB, and Beth replied today:

    “Thank you for your concern, but the photo in Mark’s review is of the Quentel NASB. That chapter heading is where it should be. You can verify this at Biblia.com.”

    I did verify it on biblia and biblegateway, but how interesting this is! Apparently even the experts don’t agree on who is speaking in verses 5 and 6. The NKJV, ESV, NIV, and HCSB all have the heading or its equivalent between verses 4 and 5. The NASB has it between verses 6 and 7.

    Mr. Bob still gets A+ for his eagle eyes, but I guess we stand corrected re the NASB.

    Re the ESV Readers Edition, I see that Crossway is coming out with a similar Readers Edition of the four Gospels in September. I think I’m going to preorder a copy. It looks beautiful with its red accents and 12 pt. type.

  41. I had never heard of the readers edition until I came across this blog. I love the ESV, but also many other great translations. But I have longed for a no notes, no section header, and no verse edition. I’m so disappointed to be in the Bible section with hundreds of different study editions, but no editions that showcase the text. I just got my ESV Readers Edition today from wtsbooks.com, they had the best price and they packaged it with care. It is really nice to hold this bible, it is a joy to read, the craftsmanship is outstanding especially for the price. I plan to gift a copy of this to everyone I know.

  42. I did order the Readers edition of the four Gospels, and this is an amazing book! Even those who seldom read the Bible would probably find this edition non-intimidating and very welcoming.

    The Crossway ESV Psalms had become my standard go-to small gift for all occasions, but the Readers edition of the Gospels may replace it for most recipients. If you’ve not tried either the Readers Bible or the Gospels, I’d encourage you to do so if the format interests you at all.

    Crossway’s great product selection has contributed to my becoming a fan of the ESV translation, although the NKJV is still my personal favorite. Crossway just shines with their marketing of the ESV.

  43. Thank you for your help, Mr. Bertrand! I’m on a limited budget and was having a hard time choosing between the Legacy and the Reader’s — really appreciate your side-by-side comparisons. God bless you!

    Best,
    Sarah

  44. Good evening. I am disabled and unemployed, so, I have no money to send you. I am in need of a Large Print Study Bible. Please send me one and let me thank you, so much, in advance. Here’s my mailing address: Mr. Jamie K. McCracken, 1595 Waverly Dr., SE, #104, Albany, OR 97322-8129.

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