ESV Bibles

Those who've had the pleasure of perusing our in-store selection will undoubtedly have noticed the preponderance of English Standard Version Bibles and the minimal number of other translations. While we don't have a problem with most translations (heretical texts and paraphrases would be marked exceptions), we've chosen the ESV as simply our favorite among many excellent choices.

Combining the word-for-word interpretive approach of the NASB (maintaining the original sentence structure and most literal word meaning possible) with the readability of more poetic versions like the NIV and KJV, the ESV lends itself to both study and daily reading. The King James Version was the standard English translation for about 400 years; the ESV upholds the KJV's strong, beautiful language while taking into account the changes English has undergone since the 17th century.

While the Word of God never needs "updating," sometimes languages change so significantly that older texts are no longer readily comprehensible to a contemporary audience. The ESV doesn't modernize the older language of the KJV or change the meaning of the verses, but it does "decode" it for those more familiar with John Steinbeck than John Donne.

A number of incarnations of the ESV are available, including study Bibles, reference Bibles, thinlines, etc. Again, our promotion of the English Standard Version can largely be reduced to personal preference. Its combination of aesthetic sensibility and scholarly rigor are appealing to both laypeople and ministers, and we anticipate it becoming a standard translation for generations to come.

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ESV Children's Bible (Pink)
from Crossway Books
for Preschool-4th grade
$21.00
ESV Compact Bible
from Crossway Books
for 5th-Adult
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$11.90
ESV Complete Bible - MP3 CDs
by Narrated by Stephen Johnston
MP3 from AMG Publishers
for 3rd-Adult
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
ESV Gospel Transformation Bible
from Crossway Books
for 7th-Adult
$42.00
ESV Illuminated Bible eggplant
from Crossway Books
$42.00
ESV Journaling Bible - Antique Floral Design
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$42.00
ESV Journaling Bible - Chestnut Leaves Design
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
ESV Journaling Bible - Teal, Resplendent Cross Design
Jou Slp from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
$31.50
ESV Large Print Value Thinline Bible
Lea Lrg from Crossway Books
for 5th-Adult
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible
from Crossway Books
for 5th-Adult
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$28.00
ESV Student Study Bible (Trutone, Lavender, Emblem Design
Box Lea PC from Crossway Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$28.00
ESV Student Study Bible (Trutone, Navy/Slate, Timeless Design)
Box Lea PC from Crossway Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$28.00
ESV Study Bible - Black Genuine Leather
from Crossway Books
for 7th-Adult
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$77.00
ESV Study Bible - Black Leather
from Crossway Books
for Adult
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$83.99
ESV Study Bible - Burgundy/Red Genuine Leather
from Crossway Books
for Adult
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$63.00
ESV Study Bible - Hardcover Edition
by Crossway Bibles
from Crossway Books
for All Ages
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$35.00
ESV Study Bible - Two-toned Leather
from Crossway Books
for All Ages
in Bibles (Location: BIBLES)
$55.99