The ESV Study Bible website has now launched.
We've been deeply humbled by the endorsements we've received from people we deeply respect. Here are a few:
Jerry Bridges: “The ESV Study Bible is the finest study tool I have seen in fifty years of Bible teaching."
Joshua Harris: "As a pastor it’s my goal to get one into the hands of every member of my church.”
C.J. Mahaney: "“I can’t imagine a greater gift to the body of Christ than the ESV Study Bible. . . . A Christian could make no wiser investment for himself, a pastor could recommend no better resource for his congregation.”
Mark Driscoll: “The ESV Study Bible is the most important resource that has been given to the emerging generation of Bible students and teachers. The ESV Study Bible is the best. Period.”
On the website you can see a list of the eight editions it will come in for the first printing (and the ability to pre-order them for 35% off), a list of all the contributors (and what they worked on), and an overview of the contents and features (including news about the entire things being online and interactive for free for those who purchase a print-edition).
On the features page, you can also see a couple of sample pages to see the single-column Bible Bible and double-column notes, along with a couple of charts and diagrams and one of the 200+ full-color maps (utilizing the latest archaeological research and the elevation data from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission).
You can also see the spread for the cutaway and floor plan of Solomon's Temple. Each of the 40+ full-color paintings went through a painstaking process of research and refinement, using the best scholarship (biblical, historical, archaeological) available. Leen Ritmeyer (widely considered the world's leading authority on Jerusalem's Temple Mount) guided the reconstructions, and they were drawn by Maltings Partnership (a leading illustration firm in the UK--the folks behind the drawings in the DK Travel Guides).
Lord willing, the ESV Study Bible will be published October 2008. We hope the Lord will use it to instruct and edify his Church.