All I want for Christmas is… the ESV Study Bible? Pt 2

… Continued from Part 1.

Well, here it is. And I must say that my overwhelming opinion is… impressed.

Ok, so I’ve already engaged a bit with the online material but after a day of exploring the Study Bible in print I can only say that the breadth and depth of this volume is a real accomplishment and a feast for my eyes. I have no doubt that I shall find it an invaluable resource in preaching preparation.

If I were to add a fifth point to my previous post it would be:

5. The ethics section.

Balanced? Not really. Does it annoy me? Yes. Does it detract from the excellent (albeit Reformed) scholarship elsewhere? No.

Don’t hear what I’m not saying: I don’t have a problem with an opinion strongly expressed – even one I disagree with. These are articles that are presented as an attempt to express several sides of the story, and then to come to a considered conclusion. Yet many of the sections present the opposing views rather (take the section on war for example) inadequately.

Overall? Well done Crossway and Wayne Grudem for an excellent resource.

(and in case you were wondering, the above picture did contain my pillows 🙂

Isaac with his waterproof radio controlled monster truck!

Isaac with his waterproof radio controlled monster truck!

Toby in his starring role as Thomas the Tank Engine

Toby in his starring role as Thomas the Tank Engine