Sunday, April 19, 2020

Bible Review - ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions


Creeds and confessions have been used throughout Christian history to summarize the Bible's teaching, distilling the key truths of Scripture into concise and succinct propositions. The ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions contains 13 important creeds and confessions from church history placed after the complete ESV text, including the Apostles' Creed, the Belgic Confession, and the Heidelberg Catechism. Introductions written by theologian Chad Van Dixhoorn explain the history and original purpose of each—helping modern Christians see how these historic documents were designed to faithfully teach the truths of Scripture—truths aimed at shaping and motivating the lives of all who follow Christ.


  • 13 historic creeds and confessions placed in the back, including the Apostles Creed (ca. 200–400), the Nicene Creed (325), the Athanasian Creed (381), the Chalcedonian Definition (451), the Augsburg Confession (1530), the Belgic Confession (1561), the Articles of Religion (1563), the Canons of Dort (1618–19), the Westminster Confession (1646), the London Baptist Confession (1689), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), the Westminster Larger Catechism (1647), and the Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647)
  • Introductions to each of the 13 creeds and confessions written by historian Chad Van Dixhoorn
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Ribbon marker
  • Double-column format
  • Lifetime guarantee (TruTone and leather editions)

This Bible is so beautiful and one thing I really appreciate about it is that it's not a heavy Bible. It's very easy to hold and Crossway did not make the text so small that you couldn't read it. I am able to comfortably read it, even with my poor eyesight.  It has a beautiful cover with the added details on the spine, which makes it just gorgeous. The fact that it has a box for storage also rates it quite high with me.

It has an extensive Concordance which is really important to me. I like being able to look up a subject and have a huge variety of Scriptures that I can read. There is also a weights and measures page. This is especially nice when you're not sure how much a talent would weigh in today's measurements. 

The really different thing about this Bible are the Creeds and Confessions that are in the back. I have never had a Bible that included these and I found them quite educational and interesting. There are thirteen in all and, while I knew some of them, I didn't know them all. 

Again, these were easy to read because the text was not too small.  They kept everything uniform throughout.  I really enjoyed reading all the different Creeds and Confessions and it gave me a new insight. 

I really enjoy this Bible and all the extras that are included. There are color maps, as well.  This is a thin Bible but there is so much packed inside! I really like this Bible and give it 5 stars.

*This Bible was provided to me for my honest review by Crossway.  I received a copy of this Bible to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this Bible.

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Blessings - Julie

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