ESV Reader's Bible, Six-Volume Set (Cloth Over Board)
“This is the first new Bible I've bought for myself in years. From incredible paper quality to beautiful typography, anuncluttered layout and premium binding, Crossway has done everything within their power to help me do what I need most, to actually READ God's word. Now if they could only come up with a simple way to kill my sinful nature I would be all set...”See All
Director, Westminster Bookstore
“Reading the ESV Readers Bible is a joy. Yes, there is joy to be had in reading Gods Word at any time and in any variationit is, after all, Gods word. But there is added joy in reading it in so beautiful a form. But theres more to this set than beauty. There is also simplicity. Reading the Bible in so simple a form reminds us that it is first a book, first literature, first words from God to humanity. When left with only the text we are encouraged, maybe even forced, to read it as a text, as a book...The ESV Readers Bible is an outstanding product, one to treasure, perhaps even for a lifetime. In its text it is the words of God. In its form it is very nearly a work of art. It is beautiful. It is simple. It is beautifully simple and simply beautiful.”See All
“The 6-Volume Readers Bible isnt going to replace your fine print all-in-one edition. Thats not the point. Rather, it fill a niche that has gone unaddressed for a Bible designed for a lifetime of readinglike the kind of book you actually read, instead of the sort you only use for looking things up...You wont think about the paper at all. Youll think about the words on the page. The 6-Volume Readers Bible doesnt want to sit on the shelf. It wants a special nook next to a comfy chair and a lamp.”See All
J. Mark Bertrand
Bible Design Blog
“Not cheap, but thats not the goal. This is a simple, yet stunning edition of Gods holy Word. The look, the feel, the touch, the font, the paper, the white spaceit has all been thought through carefully with the goal of making the Bible an uncluttered delight to read. I love sitting down in my comfy chair in the morning, grabbing one of these volumes off the shelf, and reading the Bible in a new and simpler way. A great gift idea. You wont be disappointed.”See All
“For all the bells and whistles that come with Bibles todayand I am grateful for the fountain of resources, maps, articles, charts, graphics and so on that are availablethe main reason to buy a Bible is so that you spend a lot of time reading it, which means that the greatest compliment you can pay a Bible is that it makes you enjoy reading it. I have probably owned two dozen Bibles in my lifetime, but none of them has helped me stop, read, think, pray and meditate on Scripture like this one. Removing chapter and verse divisions, and giving more space on the page, sound like trivial adjustments, but its amazing how much more of Scripture you are inclined to read as a result. So although this isnt a new book (!), it helped me read an old book in a new way, and for that I am thankful.”See All
Exclusive Interview with Dane Ortlund, VP of Bible Publishing at Crossway
What was Crossway's goal in publishing this edition?
Ortlund: Our purpose was to create a Bible whose production exemplified the dignity and value of the actual contents. If the Bible is our greatest earthly treasure, how can we produce it accordingly? We also wanted to give readers an uncluttered reading experience, so we stripped out the non-inspired bits and left the text itself, in a beautiful font, on elegant book paper, so that the Bible can be read in a distraction-free way.
Where did the idea for this Bible originate?
Ortlund: In truth this edition was many years in the making, because the six-volume set was the culmination of much of the design, typesetting, and production work we have been doing for the past several years. For a long time we have been pursuing improved readability, simplicity, and beauty in the Bibles that we produce. This pursuit is reflected in the publication two years ago of the original Reader's Bible (which removed verse numbers, cross-reference, etc.) as well as The Psalms (which was produced in a beautiful novel-like format). The Six-Volume Set combines the simplicity of the Reader's Bible with the book-like production quality of The Psalms, and in many ways is the culmination of a trajectory we have been on for several years.
What are some common obstacles to reading God's Word? How do you see this Set helping?
Ortlund: The first thing to say is that if your heart is cold or you are living in flagrant sin, no presentation of the Bible is going to help you more than another. The six-volume set is not a “magic bullet” of sorts. The power of the Word lies with God, not with Bible publishers. At the same time (to answer your question!) we Christians tend to read the Bible in small sound-byte nuggets. There is a place for this. Indeed, it is essential. But such micro-reading needs to be complemented by macro-reading if we are truly to be people of the Book—if the Bible is really going to be so “inside us” that it shapes how we look at the world. We need to know the broad terrain, the big picture, the overarching storyline, of the Bible. We hope this Bible will encourage such reading. It should not replace standard editions of the Bible; we should always have a Bible that tells us what verse we are reading. There’s nothing wrong with that. But we hope the six-volume set will supplement more standard editions and even, for many believers, revolutionize their experience with the Bible.
Crossway publishes a wide variety of Bibles, each thoughtfully created with specific reader in mind. What is the vision behind the variety, and why is it important to continue producing new editions of the Bible?
Ortlund: Many different editions of the Bible are useful because there are many different kinds of Christians. We do not want to proliferate niche editions in a way that undermines the inherent value of the Word of God to all people of any background. But we do want to create a variety of editions so that readers can enjoy communion with God through his Word in a way that fits their own background, reading level, aesthetic taste, and budget.
The ESV Reader's Bible, Six-Volume Set stems from the conviction that the Bible is of immeasurable value and should therefore be treasured--and read in the most seamless way possible. Constructed with materials carefully selected to reflect the beauty of God's Word, the ESV Reader's Bible, Six-Volume Set is a unique collection designed for those desiring a cleaner, simpler Bible-reading experience. Printed on European book paper with smyth-sewn binding and packaged in an elegant slipcase, this edition features single column text that is free of all verse numbers, chapter numbers, and footnotes, as well as most section headings--resulting in a unique Bible-reading experience that helps readers encounter and delight in the beauty of God's Word.
- Black letter text
- Single-column, paragraph format
- No verse numbers, chapter numbers, or footnotes
- Reduced section headings
- Printed on high-quality European book paper
- Divided into six volumes: Pentateuch, Historical Books, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels & Acts, and Epistles & Revelation
- Ribbon markers
- Smyth-sewn binding
- Packaging: Heavy slipcase