Bible Review: ESV Creeds and Confessions

Anthony W. Brooks

I am not paid to do this, I do it for fun. I love nice Bibles and I love giving them away. In my current library I have over 45 Bibles that I only use on certain assigned days of the Jewish calendar. I have also bought and given away more Bibles than I currently own and a lot of times I do this from my own library.

That being said I have a confession to make. My favorite Bible only costs $50… and that’s hard for me to say because some of the Bibles I have cost $200+. But I’ve been using this new Bible for a week or so and I have to tell you that if this is the new standard for non-premium Bibles then Nelson, Zondervan, and Holman are in trouble.

Cover

I have the TruTone edition of this Bible. But if I were to hand it to you and say it is leather, you would believe me. The artificial grain on this Bible is astounding.

You will also note in one of the photos above that the hubs on the spine are raised hubs. These are extremely attractive and are usually only found one higher end Bibles. The spine has nice stamping in gold lettering with no stamping on the cover. The binding is sewn so it lays flat very easily.

Liner on the inside cover is just paper and the Bible is not edge lined, but I wouldn’t expect that to be the case on a Bible less than $100.

Text Block and Paper

The text block is the same as the Large Print Reference by Crossway and the Omega Thinline. It is a 10 pt Lexicon Font with the reference portion in the bottom righthand corner and the footnotes in the bottom margin. I love this layout because it takes all the extra distractions out of my viewpoint and allows me to access them only when I want to. The only downside to the layout is the tiny margins (No writing space).

The paper is amazing. It is thicker than the Omega’s 28 gsm paper. I feel like it is at least a 32-36 gsm paper, which would be good for writing if I had the space.

Creeds and Confessions

This Bible’s purpose for being printed is the several selections of historic creeds and confessions of faith in the final section of the Bible. There are several options to choose from (13 in fact).

  • Apostle’s Creed
  • Nicene Creed
  • Athanasian Creed
  • Chalcedonian Definition
  • Augsburg Confession (Lutheran)
  • Belgic Confession (Dutch Reformed)
  • 39 Articles of Religion (Church of England)
  • Canons of Dordt (Dutch Reformed)
  • Westminster Confession (Presbyterian)
  • London Baptist Confession 1689 (Reformed Baptist)
  • Heidelberg Catechism (Dutch Reformed)
  • Westminster Larger Catechism (Presbyterian)
  • Westminster Shorter Catechism (Presbyterian)

The awkward thing to keep in mind here is the order that they appear. And it is an awkward order to put them in. The Three Forms of Unity are in disunity. The Westminster Standards are not in their standard rank and file. And the Baptist, Anglican, and Lutheran confessions are just thrown in for the grace of it to make it relevant. But it is a good resource to reference during a Bible study.

The nice thing is the introductions to the Creeds and Confessions by Chad Van Dixhoorn. They are informative and insightful, and provide a good introductory look into the historic context behind each document.

Final Thoughts

This is a very good Bible and it is worth more than $50 in my honest opinion. It has a great layout and it is nice to have the Creeds and Confessions in a Bible that has no study notes. Overall I give this Bible 5 stars.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Published by A.W. Brooks

I am a husband, father, student, and classical Protestant Christian. My thoughts hold no authority, but they might help you shape the way you see the world. Who knows?

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