Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bible Review: ESV Systematic Theology

ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible. 2017. Crossway. 1904 pages. [Source: Gift]

First sentence: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

The text is the 2016 edition of the ESV. I noticed a few changes here and there, but mainly because I'd heard--or read as the case may be--criticisms of individual verses. Overall, I didn't see a huge, overwhelming difference.

The unique features include book introductions (66), sidebars (424), articles (28), and indexes (2). The introductions, of course, appear before each book of the Bible. Old Testament introductions are by Paul R. House. New Testament introductions are by Robert W. Yarbrough.  The sidebars appear near the verses to which they are connected doctrinally. The articles appear at the end of the Bible.

  • What is Doctrine and Why Is It Important? David F. Wells
  • How to Do Theology: Worldview and Process by Christopher W. Morgan
  • A Brief History of Doctrine by Gregg R. Allison
  • Theological Traditions within Christendom Gregg R. Allison
  • The Origin and Authority of the Biblical Canon by Michael J. Kruger
  • Doctrine in the Creeds and Catechisms of the Church by Gerald Bray
  • Apologetics by John M. Frame
  • Orthodoxy and Heresy by Robert Letham
  • Doctrine and Preaching by R. Kent Hughes
  • Reading the Bible Theologically by J.I. Packer
  • Revelation by Scott R. Swain
  • Scripture by Kelly M. Kapic
  • God by Fred Sanders
  • Creation by David S. Dockery
  • Providence by Michael S. Horton
  • Humanity by Stephen J. Nichols
  • Sin by Michael Reeves
  • The Christian Life by Michael Reeves
  • The Person of Christ by Robert Letham
  • The Work of Christ by Donald Macleod
  • The Holy Spirit by Graham A. Cole
  • Ordinances and Sacraments by Graham A. Cole
  • Grace by Bryan Chapell
  • Election by Stephen J. Wellum
  • The Gospel by Sam Storms
  • Salvation by Sam Storms
  • The Church by Bruce Riley Ashford and Christopher W. Morgan
  • Eschatology by David S. Dockery 

The font of the text is on the smaller side. It was a little too small for me personally. The longer I read, the more straining it was. The weight of the Bible wasn't light enough just to hold it closer to ease that strain. I had to choose between arm cramps and eye strain. Or, I suppose, I could have just read two to three chapters a day instead of twenty plus.

It is black letter and not red letter.

It is two columns not single column.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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