ESV Study Bible

When Jerry Bridges says, “The ESV Study Bible is the finest study tool I have seen in fifty years of Bible teaching,” you know it’s got to be good.  Mark Driscoll says it’s the best, “Period.”  Ah, Driscoll, he’s so refreshing.  Read his full review (where he’ll give us insight that it has nearly 1.1 million words of resources in addition to the 757,000 words in the Bible text itself–the equivalent to a 20 volume work!). 

If you pre-order it (it comes out October 15, 2008), then you’ll get 35% off.  As for me, I’m pumped about this.  I bought a Reformation Study Bible from R.C. and the guys at Ligonier last October, and I’m told that is the Lexus of study Bibles.  The ESV Study Bible, I guess, would be considered the Ferrari.  A little sleeker, a bit sexier, and much more fun to work with.


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This Bible does look good.

I would also include The MacArthur Study Bible as the current magnum opus of study bibles on the market today. And The Reformation Study Bible is exceptional as well.

IMHO, I would absolutely trust what Jerry Bridges would say. He is a seasoned Bible teacher and exegete of Scripture. But Driscoll is too young and reckless to trust his word on anything theological just yet. Let’s see where he is ten years from now and maybe he will have a bit more doctrinal hair on that barren postmodern chest of his.



Robert, thanks for the comment, but I disagree with what you said about Driscoll. Guys like Packer, Piper, and Carson have been investing in Driscoll and as far as I can tell, Driscoll’s theology is down pat. Maybe you don’t like his methodology, but don’t knock his theology.

If I can ask, what is “young and reckless” about his theology. Plus, he’s not “postmodern”…he’s simply postmodern sensible. He relates to that group because he was born and raised in Seattle.


I am very much looking forward to the ESV Study Bible. The ESV first came out when I just started seminary. What excites me about the ESVSB is that the General Ed. is Wayne Grudem, whose book Systematic Theology I turn to whenever I need such a resource when prepping Bible Study Lessons/Sermons.

My question, before purchasing the ESVSB (I already have the Zondervan NASB Study Bible and the MacArthur Study Bible) is this: will a “reformed pentecostal” (for lack of a better term) like myself be able to fully embrace it when it comes to discussions of the Holy Spirit’s kingdom power at work in the earth today in “signs and wonders”? What of the “attitude” of the study notes? Will it be “holier-than-thou” at all? Hope not. What I like about Grudem’s Systematic Theology is that there is no such attitude. The voice of the book is a loving, humble presentation of truth that calls for greater unity among the body of Christ, namely between “conservative” and “charismatic” believers.

I guess I need to await your review of the ESVSB once you have it in your hands.

Thanks so much.


Reformed Pentecostal,

Those are great questions.

Though I am by no means a Pentecostal–and I think there are some serious errors in Pentecostal theology–I think the editors of the ESV Study Bible are more on a journey for truth and to equip believers than to prove some Reformed “agenda.”

Many of the editors come from the “charismatic” camp, but certainly not from the “Pentecostal Charismatic” camp. When I say charismatic, I mean that they simple believe that the sign gifts are still active today. (I would identify with this, but hesitate to call myself “charismatic” because of the connotation it has with it today.)

As far as signs and wonders: I think if you are concerned about that one issue for a study Bible, then you might be focusing too much on the Pentecostal viewpoint and should probably examine why you believe your particular theology. The main theme of the Bible is God’s sovereign redemption–not signs and wonders. So, I would challenge you to read that Bible through that lens, and not the lens of signs and wonders.




My name is “Reformed + Charismatic” (formerly known as, “Reformed Pentecostal”).

Thanks for your reply. Your final words of challenging me to “read the Bible through that lens” hit me with a flash of “wow that woke me up!”

Thank you for that!

You’re right I was being too hung up on that one point of “signs & wonders” when in fact, that’s not the point of it. The point of it is God Himself. For He gave us Himself when He redeemed us.

Again, thank you! You’ve made me see that recently I have been becoming reactionary to my experience at a church (I’m no longer there) that would say one thing (yes, the gifts are for today. it says so in the Bible) and does another (hey, you shouldn’t do that at our church).

“As iron sharpens iron…” Thank you!

And I realize now that “Reformed Pentecostal” is a misnomer. I should more accurately call myself a Reformed Charismatic or Charismatic Calvinist. (This conclusion I’ve drawn while discussing the ESV Study Bible and hence, theology with my friend who’s a student at DTS.)

Praise God!

I will be looking forward to your review of the ESVSB when it comes out. =)


I should also mention that there are some serious errors in Reformed theology too. Although they would rarely admit it.

God Bless


Thank you for this very considered thread. It has helped me lean closer to buying the ESV, and has raised some interesting questions for me. I am interested in how the participants distinguish pentecostal, charismatic, and reformed. I look forward to following.


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