ESV Story of Redemption Bible. Crossway. 2018. 1920 pages. [Source: Gift]
I received the ESV Story of Redemption Bible as a Christmas present in 2018. I wasn't planning on giving into temptation and buying a new Bible--at least not this Bible/this translation. A few things persuaded me that this one was "necessary."
I love the cream-colored paper. It was easy on the eyes. The color of the paper and perhaps the layout of the text made for less bleed-through. It would be an exaggeration to say that it eliminated it completely. But it was so much better than the average Bible that has been sold in the past ten to twelve years.
I love the fact that it is single column. Some people love, love, love double columns. I don't dislike double columns. But if given a choice, I lean towards single column text.
It is black letter and not red letter. Of course, most ESV Bibles are black letter. (That's one reason I have so very many ESV Bibles about.)
This Bible features light commentary. This commentary is distinct from the text of the Bible itself. It is inserted into the single column of the Bible text. (As opposed to notes or commentary being found at the bottom of the page or at the side of the page in boxes.)
It also features a chronological overview of the Bible. This is found as a table in the front of the Bible but also within the commentary.
1 Kings 1-4:34
Song of Solomon
1 Kings 5:1-end
2 Kings 1-17:13
2 Kings 17:14-33
2 Kings 17:34-19:37
2 Kings 20:1-22:2
2 Kings 22:3-24:20
2 Kings 25:1-end
There are a handful of maps and illustrations. (But I don't pay any attention to this type of bonus material.)
If this particular Bible has weaknesses...
It would be the fact that the text is on the smaller side. The cream-colored paper helped my eye strain some. But I still would have preferred a larger font. Perhaps not huge, but at least slightly larger.
It would be the fact that this Bible is HEAVY. This is a weighty Bible to carry around. And its weight makes it harder to hold up. A larger font would have made it even longer and therefore heavier.
I used this one for the Bible in 90 Days project that I started on December 26, 2018.
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible