ESV Archaeology Study Bible Review



The ESV Archaeology Study Bible roots the biblical text in its historical and cultural context, offering readers a framework for better understanding the people, places, and events recorded in Scripture. With editorial oversight from Dr. John Currid (PhD, University of Chicago) and Dr. David Chapman (PhD, University of Cambridge), as well as contributions from a team of field-trained archaeologists, the Archaeology Study Bible assembles a range of modern scholarship—pairing the biblical text with over 2,000 study notes, 400 full-color photographs, 200 maps and diagrams, 200 sidebars, 15 articles, and 4 timelines. These features bring life to the ancient texts, helping readers situate them in their historical context while recognizing the truth that the eternal God became flesh entered human history at a specific time and in a specific place.

  • 6″ x 9″
  • 9-point type (Bible text)
  • 8-point type (Study notes)
  • 2,624 pages
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Cross references
  • Footnotes
  • 2,000+ study notes
  • 400+ full-color photographs
  • 200+ maps and diagrams
  • 200+ informational sidebars
  • 15 articles like “The Bible and History,” “Archaeology and Preaching,” “Major Biblical Finds,” and “Daily Life in the New Testament Era”
  • 4 timelines
  • Black-letter text
  • Presentation page
  • Book introductions
  • 4-color printing
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: L-Card

My Thoughts:

I own several study Bibles but nothing like this. The archaeology study Bible is an excellent resource…it allows the reader to understand and picture the culture and times of the Biblical text. This Bible is full of illustrations, photographs, maps, and diagrams that shed light on the stories in the Bible and really help the stories come to life. When I received this Bible, I sat for about 2 hours, flipping through all of the pages and looking at the goodies that are inside, it is packed with helpful information!

There are also 2000+ study notes that discuss things from an archaeological/ historical standpoint, which makes this Bible unique. I’ve found through my years of Bible studying that understanding context is extremely important to getting the most out of verses…this Bible really explains the context with the help of many visual aids (which is wonderful as I am a visual learner).

In addition to all of the great diagrams, photos, etc, there is also a glossary included and a large concordance as well as a timeline of Biblical history.

The ESV translation is one of my favorites as it is “an essentially literal translation”. It is also a very accessible translation that is easy to understand.

Visually, this Bible is gorgeous. The cover is very sturdy with cream and dark brown coloring that would be suitable for both men and women.  I love the spine of the book…it has a gold geometric design that would look gorgeous on a shelf. It feels like it is of very good quality and will last for many years to come.

I highly recommend this Bible for those who sometimes have difficulty picturing some of the scenes in the Bible. It’s a Bible that I will use for many years to come!

My Rating:

5 stars

I received this Bible from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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