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Crossway Books & Bibles ESV Gospel Transformation Bible (Black)

The apostle Paul summed up his whole ministry as existing "to testify to the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24). That single-minded goal is the heartbeat of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible. Produced out of the conviction that the Bible is a unified message of God’s grace culminating in Jesus, it is a significant new tool to help readers see Christ in all the Bible, and grace for all of life.

The Gospel Transformation Bible features all-new book introductions and gospel-illuminating notes written by a team of over 50 outstanding pastors and scholars. This specially prepared material outlines passage-by-passage God’s redemptive purposes of grace that echo all through Scripture and culminate in Christ. The notes not only explain but also apply the text in a grace-centered way. Focusing on heart transformation rather than mere behavior modification, their points of application emphasize the Hows and Whys of practical application to daily living—in short, how the gospel transforms us from the inside out.

The Gospel Transformation Bible is available in a wide variety of print and digital formats. Every print edition comes with free access to the Online Gospel Transformation Bible.

The Gospel Transformation Bible equips both new and seasoned believers with a gospel-centered reading of Scripture, enabling God’s people to see that the message of the Bible is a unified one—"to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."

Features
  • Book introductions
  • Gospel transformation study notes
  • Introductory essay
  • Concordance
  • 80,000 cross-references
  • 9-point Bible text; 8-point notes text
  • Readable black letter text for Jesus' words
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Approximate size 9.00" x 6.00
  • Free access to the Online Gospel Transformation Bible
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WOW! What a great Bible!!!

Date:November 6, 2013
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While I may get a leather-bound, ESV Gospel Transformation Bible, the hardback is just as good. Great notes, the print and readability is wonderful. I will say though, if you take off the paper cover, be aware that the cover will scratch very easy. Overall, I am highly satisfied!!!
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Review 2 for ESV Gospel Transformation Bible (Black)
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A Study Bible that helps you to...study the Bible

Date:October 28, 2013
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“Another Study Bible? Do we really need this?”
I have to admit that those were the thoughts that went through my head when I saw that Crossway was publishing a new Study Bible entitled “The Gospel Transformation Bible.”
See, I’m one of those who is skeptical about a lot of Christian industry. I’ve seen how very helpful tools – like the general study Bibles of years gone by – have turned into profit making ventures based upon market segmentation. Who hasn’t seen the “Busy Mom’s Study Bible?” or perhaps the “Teens With Acne Study Bible?” or maybe even the “Dad’s Working on Their Golf Game Study Bible?” Ok, so maybe those are a bit of a stretch, but nevertheless it seems as if Bible publishing itself has – in the eyes of many companies – moved from a ministry to a profit center. And so when I saw this latest release from Crossway, I was concerned. After all, they have a number of excellent Bibles already in print, why introduce yet another?
And you know what? I also have to (joyfully) admit that my skepticism was unfounded. Once I got my hands on a copy, I began to read the notes alongside my daily devotional readings (currently 1 Samuel) and my skepticism turned to joy. “This is amazing!” I muttered to myself more than once. Here’s why:
1) One of my biggest goals as a pastor is that those who are under my care would begin to see the Bible not just as a collection of stories from different eras, but rather as one big story of who God is and what He has done, is doing, and will bring to completion. Biblical theology is the tool that enables us to trace these themes all throughout the Scriptures; and yet I’ve struggled for years to find a good resource that shows these themes and connections which isn’t extremely academic in nature. This Study Bible gets very close – its theme is the Gospel and tracing out the contours of that Good News all throughout the Scriptures. To use Crossway’s language, this Bible intents to “identify how God’s Word predicts, prepares for, reflects, or results from the person and/or work of Christ” (p. ix).
2) The notes here are actually helpful. Don’t get me wrong, I love Study Bibles that have tons of notes about every little random detail, but if I’m honest with myself, I get too easily distracted by the various explanations and become sidetracked from what the actual message of the author is. Said another way, I think that the notes in many Study Bibles are more akin to filler and local color than they are to something that actually helps us to comprehend what is being said. Not so here. These notes are given not usually on specific verses, but rather on a “thought by thought” basis that varies from addressing a few paragraphs of the Scriptures to an entire chapter. Thus the notes serve to help you understand an entire segment of Scripture and how that chunk of the text relates to the entire message of the Gospel rather than just showing one tiny facet of truth disconnected from the wider picture.
3) While not a Biblical theology per se, a number of the notes are thematic and communicate in a way that covers a lot of ground in just a paragraph or two. For example, regarding 1 Samuel 4:1-11:
“In the aftermath of Israel’s first defeat by the Philistines, the elders ask the right question, recognizing that the outcome of the battle is in the Lord’s hands. But they don’t wait for an answer. Instead, they try to force the Lord’s hand by bringing ‘the ark of the covenant’ into battle with them (v. 3). How easy it is to know that our security is in God’s hands and yet to try to secure our own safety by taking matters into our own hands. Israel’s manipulative efforts are entirely unsuccessful (v. 10), and the ark of the covenant falls into Philistine hands (v. 11). Soon enough, the Philistines themselves will feel the ‘weight’ of the Lord’s hand (5:6, 11)” [p. 347].
In that simple note we find some of the best of what I think this Bible has to offer. First, the immediate issue: the Israelites are trying to force God to do their bidding. Then, the issue for all time (which we still struggle with today): just as the Israelites continue to sinfully take matters into their own hands, so do we (which is the opposite of the Gospel). And third, a note connecting what we are reading now with what will come: the link to God’s “hands” which becomes a major plot point in chapter 5 as well as the continuing play off the Hebrew word for “weight” all throughout the book.
All in all, this is a very helpful Study Bible and one that I would recommend not because it will help you understand every cultural nuance or practice (there are plenty of other Study Bibles, commentaries, or Bible handbooks for that), but rather because these notes serve to help us better understand the Bible as one continuous story of who God is, who we are, and how we are to respond to what the Lord has done and is doing. As a pastor, I have become more and more convinced that these sorts of big picture questions and answers are lacking in our churches and we are all the poorer spiritually because of it. The Gospel Transformation Study Bible is a very helpful step in the right direction.
(I wish to note that the publisher of this book, Crossway, provided it to me at no cost as a review sample. My review is in no way influenced or controlled by them, nor was it required to be positive, thus I write my review of this book with honesty and integrity.)
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Jesus in all 66 books

Date:October 5, 2013
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The irony is we call the first four books of the New Testament "gospel" wherein fact all the word "gospel" means is "good news." If one were to look at the entire bible as not necessarily history, but the "complete" story of the life of Jesus - then it becomes very easy to see the entire bible as gospel - and that's exactly what this bible sets out do.
This is not a typical study Bible, rather it's a study Bible with only one objective. To show you the line and story of the life of Jesus through the entire Bible. Could you use this Bible as your standard reading Bible? Absolutely! This Bible still has maps, a concordance, weights and measures and everything you'd expect from a standard Bible.
But in addition, each book of the Bible has an author/contributor who gives the introduction to the book as well as substantial notes throughout. This Bible has the perfect amount of notes, not too much so that they add 100 extra pages, but not too little so that you get the "meat" of what this section of scripture is about.
The contributors are authors, writers, seminary professors, pastors and Bible teachers.
This is a wonderful Bible from Crossway - highly recommended.
Plus, I love the ESV translation. The Bible is an "essentially literal" text that seeks to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Biblical writer.
That means each word and phrase in the ESV Bible has been carefully vetted against the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages. This attention to detail ensures the fullest accuracy and clarity and it avoids under-translating or overlooking any nuance of the original text. The history o the ESV Bible come out of the Tyndale-King James legacy, and most recently out of the Revised Standard Version.
Thank you to Crossway for a free copy of this text for a fair and honest review
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