The ESV Study Bible is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published—with completely new notes, maps, illustrations, charts, timelines, articles, and other features. Created by a skilled team of 95 evangelical Christian scholars and teachers, the ESV Study Bible contains 2 million words of Bible text and insightful explanation and teaching. The ESV Study Bible is also available with the ESV Online, with all its resources freely accessible online with the purchase of a print edition.

Sample Pages from The Gospel of John

Below are two sample pages of ESV Study Bible features from the Gospel of John.

  • The ESV Bible text is set in highly readable 9-point type, in a single-column, book-text format.
  • Section summaries are highlighted for easy location throughout the notes. Summaries provide an overview of each main section and correspond to the outline shown in the introduction for each book.
  • Over 200 full-color maps printed throughout make events and places in the Bible come to life.
  • 20,000 notes focus especially on understanding the Bible text and providing answers to frequently raised issues. Words from the Bible text are printed in bold for easy reference.
  • Over 80,000 cross-references provide easy access to key words, passages, and themes throughout the Bible.
  • Numerous diagrams bring fresh understanding to key places and events in the Bible, based on the best, most recent historical and archaeological research.
  • Over 200 charts provide concise, “at a glance” summaries of important themes and teaching.

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Illustration of Solomon’s Temple

  • Over 40 all-new illustrations were developed exclusively for the ESV Study Bible. Created by the world’s leading biblical archaeologists in partnership with a renowned architectural illustration firm, these drawings set a new standard for accuracy and beauty.
  • Concise captions describe each aspect of the illustration, including biblical references, measurements, and function.
  • A precisely rendered top-down view is included for most illustrations, showing exact measurements and the direction that the structure faced.
  • A summary caption provides an overview of the illustration, along with a concise description of where the places and events shown in the illustration are located in the Bible.

Illustration of Solomon's TempleIllustration of Solomon’s Temple

Additional Sample Content

Full-Color Illustrations and Maps

Forty all-new illustrations were created specifically for the ESV Study Bible and are printed at key locations throughout the Bible. These include full-color renderings and architectural diagrams of important biblical structures, cities, and objects, shown in precise, accurate detail. The unique dimensional drawings were researched by leading archaeologists and have been beautifully rendered by architectural illustrators. The result is a series of exceptional illustrations—including the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, Solomon’s temple and Herod’s temple, and the city of Jerusalem throughout the history of Israel and during the time of Jesus—illustrations that bring fresh insight and in-depth understanding regarding the significance of these biblical sites and structures for ancient Israel, first-century Christians, and for believers today.

Likewise, more than 200 all new full-color maps were created specifically for the ESV Study Bible. Using the latest satellite imagery, digital technology, and cartography techniques, the maps are based on extensive research and the most recent biblical archaeology scholarship. With the ESV Study Bible maps printed in full color and placed throughout the Bible, the events, people, and places of the Bible come to life in a fresh and compelling way.

Free ESV Online Study Bible

The ESV Study Bible is available in print form and online—and the online edition is available free to all who purchase a copy of the print edition. The ESV Online Study Bible provides additional unique features, including the ability to create personal online notes; to search and follow interactive links between notes, maps, articles, charts, timelines, illustrations, and cross-references; to listen to audio recordings of the ESV; and to access additional resources not available in the print edition—all available for free with purchase of the print edition.

Access to the ESV Study BIble content within the ESV Online may also be purchased separately from the print edition.

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