ESV Genuine Leather Large Print Study Bible Review


The ESV translation is published by Crossway Bible Publishers and is based on the 1971 version of the Revised Standard Bible. The RSV was translated from the “Older” Hebrew manuscripts and in some Christian circles is considered less accurate because of that. It is also considered a Word for Word or formal equivalence translation.

From a readability standpoint, I find it very readable but prefer the New King James Version which along with the King James Version was translated from later manuscripts. Not being a Bible manuscript scholar myself I cannot offer an educated opinion on which manuscripts are more accurate but have researched the subject quite a bit and lean towards the “newer” manuscripts the NKJV and KJV are translated from as being more accurate. I am not a KJV only person as I believe there are some poorly translated verses in the KJV as there are in other translations. An example of this in the KJV is Titus 2:13.

ESV Study Bible Large Print
ESV Study Bible Large Print

The scripture references in the standard size print ESV Study Bible are in the “gutter” alongside the scripture. The scripture text is single column. Maps within the scripture text are full color as they are in the maps at the rear of the Bible. The differences in the large print version are the scripture is in double column, more readable 11pt type, the scripture references are at the bottom of the scripture and the maps are two color, shades of tan and green. Both have extensive, almost verse by verse scripture commentary below the scripture references. I much prefer the double column with the references below, especially considering the space saving nature of that format and the fact that this is already a very large bible, large print version being about ¼ inch thicker than the standard print version.

I chose the genuine leather black version as a cowhide or goatskin was not available at the time of my purchase in the large print. I suggested to Crossway that they publish a large print in cowhide, with the double column format and full color maps but that format is not available at this time. The genuine leather is a con of this particular format as the leather is very thin and not high quality. I also should mention that I am very particular about purchasing new high end bibles. I had issues with 3 of this format from Christian Book before getting an acceptable one. The first a cover issue, second a gilding bleeding onto pages issue and the third an issue with a few pages not being cut properly and extending beyond the other pages.

ESV Study Bible Trutone Brown
ESV Study Bible Trutone Brown

Inspite of those issues I experienced with the ESV Study Bible, let me say in summary, I have seen and used many study bibles in my years of reading and studying the bible and in my experience, the ESV Study Bible has the finest, most extensive commentary notes I have used. Couple that with the double column scripture layout and large print, it is very enjoyable to read. I don’t often carry it to church because of it’s size but it is my go to home study bible. This is fine bible and though I have a standard print in hardback and the large print in leather, I prefer the large print version. I feel very confident recommending this bible but you may want to steer away from the genuine leather and opt for the hardcover or Trutone /  synthetic leather in large print.


  • Concordance
  • 50 educational articles
  • 200 two-color maps
  • 25,000 study notes
  • Extensive book introductions
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Double Column
  • Words of Christ in black
  • Timelines
  • 80,000 cross references
  • 40 all-new illustrations including two-color diagrams and architectural renderings
  • Over 200 charts providing concise summaries and key insights
  • Lifetime guarantee

Product Information:

Title: ESV Study Bible, Large Print, Genuine Leather, Black
Format: Genuine Leather
Number of Pages: 3136
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.75 X 7.00 X 2.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1433544318
ISBN-13: 9781433544316
Text Color: Black Letter
Text Size: 11 Point
Note Size: 9 Point
Thumb Index: No
Ribbon Marker: Yes
Spine: Sewn
Page Gilding: Gold
Stock No: WW544316

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