Since the English Standard Version translation of the bible was first published in the early 2000’s, it has quickly become a favorite for thousands of Christians. It’s one of the easiest to read translations and among the most precise available on the market today. There are now several high-quality, well-reviewed study bibles that use the ESV translation, giving readers even more theological, historical, and literary insights to help them understand Scripture and apply it to their lives.
The study bibles below are suggestions based on significant research written for other pages on Best Bible Commentaries, like this chart which compares 50 different study bibles and this article, How to Choose a Study Bible.
Best ESV Study Bibles
ESV Study Bible
The ESV Study Bible is published by the same company that produced the ESV translation; meaning, many scholars who worked on the ESV translation itself, contributed to this study bible. This is the best-selling study bible that uses the ESV translation. It contains over 20,000 notes, has over 80,000 cross references, includes over 200 charts, 240 maps, and 50 full-length articles. The ESV Study Bible won the ECPA Book of the Year Award when it was published in 2008.
ESV Archaeology Study Bible
The ESV Archaeology Study Bible won the ECPA Book of the Year Award for Bibles in 2018. What’s so unique about the study notes and illustrations in this bible is that they were written by a team of field-trained archaeologists. The illustrations include maps, charts, and photographs. This study bible includes over 2,000 notes, 400 photographs, 200 maps, 15 articles, and 4 timelines.
ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible
The ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible is the culmination of the work of 26 scholars who desired to make Christian doctrine understandable to the average reader. This study bible contains 25 full-length articles on Christian theology as well as over 400 succinct, in-text summaries, which provide theological insight to the reader. It also includes introductions to each book of the bible.
The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible: ESV Edition
The “Key Word Study Bible” is a popular selection for readers who want access to the precise definitions of Hebrew and Greek words, but can’t read the original languages for themselves. The publisher explains, “The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible identifies the key words of the original languages and presents clear, precise explanations of their meaning and usage.” The Key Word Study Bible is available in many English translations, including the ESV.
Women’s Devotional Bible
The ESV Women’s Devotional Bible is designed to help women pursue a deeper, transformational understanding of Scripture through book introductions, character sketches, all-new daily devotions, and all-new articles written by and for women.
The MacArthur Study Bible: English Standard Version
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He has written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master’s Seminary and Master’s University. The MacArthur study bible has been around for decades, but it was only recently made available with the ESV text.
More ESV Study Bibles
Gospel Transformation Study Bible
The ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible is designed to help readers see Christ in all of Scripture, and grace for all of life. It features book introductions, gospel-centered study notes, and a series of all-new articles–written by a team of over 50 pastors and scholars. This content explains passage-by-passage how God’s redemptive purposes culminate in the gospel and apply to the lives of believers today. Readers will be challenged to see how the message of the gospel transforms sinners from the inside out.
- Over 375,000 words of gospel-centered study notes
- Introduction that outlines specific uses for the Bible
- Updated design and typesetting based on the original ESV Gospel Transformation Bible released in 2013
- Includes 5 new articles on topics such as the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, the gospel in the Old Testament, the covenants, and more
- Book introductions
- 80,000 cross-references
Reader’s Bible: English Standard Version
Constructed with materials carefully selected to reflect the beauty of God’s Word, the ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set is designed for those desiring a cleaner, simpler Bible-reading experience. Printed on European book paper with a premium cloth-over-board cover and packaged in an elegant slipcase, this smyth-sewn edition features a single column of Bible 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.
- No verse numbers, chapter numbers, or footnotes
- Reduced section headings
- Divided into six volumes: Pentateuch, Historical Books, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels & Acts, and Epistles & Revelation
The New Inductive Study Bible
This edition of the Gold-Medallion-winning New Inductive Study Bible (over 700,000 sold) is now available in the trusted English Standard Version. This Bible is based entirely on the inductive study approach, leading readers directly back to the source and allowing God’s Word to become its own commentary. Its many exceptional features include…
- the 2011 ESV text, an essentially literal translation that seeks to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer
- a 32-page explanation of the inductive study method, teaching readers how to observe, interpret, and apply the text to their everyday lives
- four full-color pages with step-by-step instructions for studying and marking the text
- individualized instructions for every book of the Bible
- 24 pages of full-color charts and maps and dozens of unique study helps
ESV Men’s Devotional Bible
Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man’s heart and life. The goal of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.
With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders. Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man’s walk with God. Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.
The Men’s Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truth of God’s Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces.
About the ESV
The English Standard Version (ESV) is an essentially literal translation of the Bible in contemporary English. Created by a team of more than 100 leading evangelical scholars and pastors, the ESV Bible emphasizes word-for-word accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning. Suited for personal reading, public worship, in-depth study, and Scripture memorization, the ESV is available in more than 200 print editions on Crossway.org and free digitally via mobile apps or online through ESV.org. Since its publication in 2001, the ESV Bible has gained wide acceptance and is used by church leaders, numerous denominations and organizations, and millions of individuals around the world.