ESV Archaeology Study Bible

ESV Archaeology Study Bible

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The ESV Archaeology Study Bible roots the biblical text in its historical and cultural context, giving Bible readers a framework for better understanding the people, places, and events recorded in Scripture.

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ISBN-13: 9781433550409
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 03/30/2018
Pages: 2624
Sales rank: 161,464
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

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“The ESV Archaeology Study Bible is a valuable combination of archaeology and text, sure to be a great help for understanding the archaeological, historical, and cultural background of the Bible. So much of this cultural background is lost to the modern reader, but the Archaeology Study Bible brings the text alive with its helpful articles, comments, and color photographs, all based on the most recent archaeological discoveries. I highly recommend this wonderfully illustrated Archaeology Study Bible that is paired with the ESV translation of the ancient texts of the Bible.”
David E. Graves, Assistant Professor, Rawling School of Divinity, Liberty University; author, Biblical Archaeology; The Location of Sodom; and Jesus Speaks to Seven of His Churches

“Crossway, together with the scholarly editorial team for the new and distinctive ESV Archaeology Study Bible, is to be commended and congratulated for producing this first-rate reference tool. The articles and notes, written by a skilled team of biblical interpreters and archaeologists, bring insightful illumination to the historical context and meaning of biblical passages, events, and themes. It is a privilege to recommend this important work, which will serve students, pastors, church leaders, and teachers well in the years to come.”
David S. Dockery,Chancellor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“The events and teachings of the Bible occurred in time and space, and a proper understanding of these helps give perspective to the text. Archaeology and cultural studies provide important controls to guide the reader to an appropriate contextual and exegetical study of Scripture. The ESV Archaeology Study Bible will help foster a deeper and richer appreciation of God’s revelation for humanity. The volume’s use of photographs in conjunction with Crossway’s outstanding collection of maps, which are supplemented with explanatory notes, helps facilitate one’s appreciation of the richness of God’s Word for antiquity as well as its implications for today.”
Dale W. Manor, Professor of Archaeology and Bible, Harding University; Field Director, Tel Beth-Shemesh Excavations; author, Digging Deeper into the Word and A Heart to Study and Teach

“The ESV Archaeology Study Bible is an excellent resource for archaeological and historical information on the biblical text. Basic data can be found in the margin of the particular passage itself, with nearby boxes containing additional material on the immediate or related subjects. The maps and graphics make the Bible attractive and user-friendly. The ESV Archaeology Study Bible will make an invaluable first stop for students of the Scriptures seeking information on biblical backgrounds.”
Paul Ray, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Old Testament Studies, Andrews University; author, Small Finds; coeditor, Critical Issues in Early Israelite History

“While the Bible is unchanging, our knowledge of the context of the Bible is ever-changing. The best new information that can be brought to the Bible is from archaeology, which, as a science of discovery, is constantly engaged in unearthing historical and cultural evidence from the world of the Bible. In the hands of skilled biblical interpreters, this knowledge can corroborate, clarify, and add local color to the biblical text. Crossway’s first-rate team of archaeologists and biblical scholars has produced a much-needed resource that will inform biblical students about the context of Scripture with a beautifully crafted format that is essential for communication in a visual age.”
Randall Price, Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty University; Codirector, Qumran Archaeological Project

“Everyone who wants to understand the Bible better will welcome the ESV Archaeology Study Bible. This marvelous resource will help readers visualize the people and places of the Bible and appreciate the importance of archaeology for a deeper and more accurate understanding of Scripture. All of us are indebted to editors John Currid and David Chapman.”
Craig A. Evans, John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins, Houston Baptist University

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ESV Archaeology Study Bible 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Sarah Black More than 1 year ago
I was recently sent the ESV Archaeology Study Bible to review. I have never reviewed a Bible before, and it is different than any other review that I have ever done. It was fun being able to read this Bible “for work” (aka my blog) and grow familiar with what it has to offer. As a small disclaimer before we get started, I was sent this Bible through Crossway’s Blog Review Program. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The exterior of this study Bible is absolutel beautiful! The illustrations are great and useful in studying the Word of God. “Archaeology is a major component in the reconstruction of the environment in which the Bible was given.” An aspect of this study Bible that I really liked was the new glossary that define key words used throughout the ESV Archaeology Study Bible. To read the rest of this review, visit my blog at
Zach995 More than 1 year ago
The ESV Archaeology Study Bible is based on the latest archaeological research with contributions from leading biblical scholars and archaeologists. The bible has a sewn binding with the word archeology across the cover stamped in gold. The text of this bible is 9-point in a double column paragraph with translation footnotes and references. At the bottom of the page Archaeological notes are placed. Also, the bible includes many color photos, charts and diagrams. The bible also contains 15 full color maps – The Middle East Today, The World of the Patriarchs, The Exodus from Egypt, The Tribal Allotments of Israel, Israel under Saul, David, and Solomon, The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, The Assyrian and Babylonian Empires, The Persian and Greek Empires, Israel under the Maccabees, Jerusalem, Palestine under Roman Rule, The Apostles’ Early Ministry, Paul’s First and Second Missionary Journeys, Paul’s Third Missionary Journey and Voyage to Rome, The Spread of Christianity in the First Two Centuries The ESV Archaeology Study Bible is an excellent study resource for students and teachers. The many maps, color photos and diagrams are really helpful visual aids. I’d recommend this to anyone interested in biblical archeology. Archaeological study can help with understanding the meaning of many biblical passages. *I received a complimentary copy of this bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
ChristianCreative More than 1 year ago
The ESV Archaeology Study Bible includes several unique features: * Thousands of notes illuminated the biblical text by providing archaeological, historical, and geographical background on various events, places, people, and everyday items mentioned in Scripture. * Hundreds of sidebars provide more in-depth information on topics of interest from an archaeological perspective. * Hundreds of full-color photos, maps, and diagrams invited the reader into the visual world of the Bible. * Book introductions describe the way in which archaeological fieldwork has allowed us to understand each book of the Bible better. * Fifteen articles written specifically for this project explore key topics of interest in biblical archaeology. * Specially crafted charts provide an easy thumbnail guide to such matters as the Hebrew calendar and important test of the ancient world. * An all-new glossary defines key words used through the ESV Archaeology Study Bible. For those of us who always want to know more about the history when we read a story in the Bible, this Bible would be quiet beneficial.  As we all know the Bible does not tell us the complete story of everything going on all the time.  But with the research of the archaeologist this Bible can help us to see more of the complete story from the time period of the story.  The study notes help to paint a more detailed picture of the history in our minds as we spend time studying the Bible with this study Bible.  I see the ESV Archaeology Study Bible being a Bible I will go back to time and time again as I am studying my Bible. The ESV Archaeology Study Bible is a hard cover Bible which I absolutely love.  The only feature this Bible is missing, which I will add to it myself, is bookmarks.  With all the details in this Bible I am going to need multiple bookmarks to help me keep up with the pages I am on while using it. Disclosure: I received this Bible free of charge from Crossway in exchange for my honest opinion.
NicoleAB More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy from Crossway in exchange for a review. I have loved this Bible! It is super helpful if you’re wanting historical context, background information, or a full picture of practical things in the text (like who was this emperor? Or what did the temple look like? Or what was life like for this people group? Or what is an olive press? Or what was this city like?) There are also tons of maps in the back, timelines, and thorough introductions to each book of the Bible. There is some normal study Bible commentary but this Bible is jam packed with historical/archaeological information that you’d normally either always wonder about or really have to dig in other sources to find out. History and archaeology are not without error so obviously this historical commentary (and any commentary) should be weighed and considered and not given the same weight and authority as the Word of God (not even close) . . The last thing I’ll add is that while I recommend this as a study Bible, I’m not recommending it as an every day Bible for two reasons: 1. It is huge and heavy. 2. The historical information is FASCINATING and so helpful as I said, but that’s for study time. I found it distracting during daily reading, church, and Bible study. I love history and random information too much to carry this one around throughout the day.
SUPATRUPA More than 1 year ago
I’ve spent a considerable amount of time rifling through and perusing the various options of this Archeology Study Bible. So, now it’s time to provide information to you regarding what it contains. First: The version I am reviewing was the English Standard Version (ESV). The purpose of this review is not to detail the reliability or pro’s and con’s of the ESV, but to detail some of the features the editors have included in it to make it an Archeology Study Bible. Second: While most study bibles contain interpretive assistance based on a particular approach to theology, this study bible takes its approach from – obviously – an archeological standpoint. The editors provide several insights pertaining to the originations and even some similarities of other ancient, non-biblical writings. These commentaries aren’t intended, I don’t believe, to give “authority” to those writings, but to show some similarities among the world’s religions. For example, found in Proverbs 22:17-24:22 is a comment titled, “the words of the wise.” This commentary references the “thirty sayings” of Solomon. The commentary provides a reference to the Egyptian Instruction of Amenemope, which appears very similar. But the cross reference doesn’t stop there, but I also found it over in Psalm 1:3 “He is like a tree.” Once again, a reference to Amenemope appears. Obviously, this piqued my interest, as I’m certain it will others. Examples like these two may inspire others with a history-buff kind of mind to dig deeper into ancient writings. Third: Color pictures abound! Often short articles pertaining to a particular archeological find appears, and near it are pictures to assist your mind’s eye. Fourth: Intertestamental Events Timeline. Tucked nicely between the Old and New Testaments, the editors have provided a brief, yet helpful, timeline of events that occurred during the intertestamental period of time. Names like “Alexander the Great” and “Epicurious” will likely ring a bell with most readers. This timeline helps readers place the biblical timeline in context with world history. Fifth: Cultural points to ponder. Randomly throughout this study bible are brief histories of cultural norms, such as what divorce and the temple tax looked like in the 1st Century. These are helpful, in that they provide background from the original authors’ and readers’ points of view, rather than from the 21st Century. RATING: Overall, I like the A.S.B., and I give it 4 stars. It will not be my primary bible for regular use, but it will certainly supplement my studies. DISCLAIMER: I received this bible from Crossway free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review of it. All opinions are mine, and I was not required to provide a positive review of it.
Emily Cardel More than 1 year ago
The ESV Archaeological Study Bible is a great Bible for anyone who is wanting to take a look at the historical background of Scripture. The contributors to this Bible are field-trained Biblical archaeologists, but the vocabulary is not geared toward archaeological buffs by any means. This book truly is for anyone. The fact that it’s easy to read combined with the fact that an understanding of the historical context behind Scripture is vital to obtaining a proper understanding and application of the Word makes this a no brainer. The ESV Archaeological Study Bible absolutely deserves a spot on your bookshelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of the ESV Archaeology Study Bible from Crossway in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own. I got this Bible a few weeks ago and have taken my time going through it. I love archaeology, so this is such a great and unique addition to add to my collection! Thank you, Crossway! The paper is strangely soft, and it’s easy to turn the page without sticking. The font is dark and crisp, so there is some ghosting. If you have vision issues and need high contrast, some of the text on the opposite side of dark pictures might be a little difficult to make out. From what I’ve seen, the study notes don’t have anything on doctrine (ie: RCC vs Protestant, or Calvinist vs Armenian). The notes are written by actual archaeologists and cover archeology, geography, and history. I would have liked to see more on manuscripts. I’m so glad Crossway came out with a Bible like this. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in archeology and apologetics!
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
This ESV Archaeology Study Bible is filled with great study tools, such as notes of cultural context, color maps, clarifying text, and editorial insights. I love the Biblical history it provides. It holds a wealth of historical information. E.g. Psalm 52:8 “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God…” Though the tree is only mentioned briefly in this verse, the provided notes showcase its symbolism and deep significance of that time. E.g. In 1 Samuel, the notes explain how and why David fled from Saul, clarifying the size of his army, and a map of the area at that time. E.g. Psalms and Proverbs probably have the most significant and interesting notes (in my opinion.) The study sections provide interesting material concerning musical instruments, reconstruction photos of ancient scales, photos of a traditional wineskin, and surviving examples of wisdom literature from Egypt. Even after reading only a small portion of this Hardback Bible, I’ve learned so much. It doesn’t feel like studying—more like soaking in God’s Word in a way that is clear and enlightening. It’s a wonderful resource for gaining a better understanding of the cultural and historical context of Bible times—A wonderful bonus to study time. It gives me a better understanding of how people lived. Cons: Some of the text is small for older eyes (probably due to space limitations) and the book is large and heavy (so not particularly portable) but the benefits far outweigh the slight disadvantages. Crossway provided a complimentary copy of this book through the Blog Review Program.
amandainpa More than 1 year ago
I own several study Bibles but nothing like this. The archaeology study Bible is an excellent resource…it allows the reader to understand and picture the culture and times of the Biblical text. This Bible is full of illustrations, photographs, maps, and diagrams that shed light on the stories in the Bible and really help the stories come to life. When I received this Bible, I sat for about 2 hours, flipping through all of the pages and looking at the goodies that are inside, it is packed with helpful information! There are also 2000+ study notes that discuss things from an archaeological/ historical standpoint, which makes this Bible unique. I’ve found through my years of Bible studying that understanding context is extremely important to getting the most out of verses…this Bible really explains the context with the help of many visual aids (which is wonderful as I am a visual learner). In addition to all of the great diagrams, photos, etc, there is also a glossary included and a large concordance as well as a timeline of Biblical history. The ESV translation is one of my favorites as it is “an essentially literal translation”. It is also a very accessible translation that is easy to understand. Visually, this Bible is gorgeous. The cover is very sturdy with cream and dark brown coloring that would be suitable for both men and women. I love the spine of the book…it has a gold geometric design that would look gorgeous on a shelf. It feels like it is of very good quality and will last for many years to come. I highly recommend this Bible for those who sometimes have difficulty picturing some of the scenes in the Bible. It’s a Bible that I will use for many years to come! My Rating: 5 stars I received this Bible from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
dacotahsgirl More than 1 year ago
I was so excited for the opportunity to review this Bible. I knew the moment that I saw it, that I just had to have it. I love to collect and review different Bibles of all kinds. Different translations, study Bibles, kids Bibles and more. This Bible to me, is so unique in the fact that you get so many photos of different artifacts that really bring the word to life. I really like the different touches added to this Bible along with the color photos and maps. Lots of footnotes, a timeline of Biblical history…and much more. In the very beginning of the Bible there is a section, “What is Archaeology”, and it also lists the 10 most significant discoveries in the field of Archaeology. I really love this! So much information! Also at the beginning of each book of the Bible, it gives you theme and authorship, contributions from Archaeology, an outline of the book and a map of that particular area as well. This Bible has it all to really help you learn about Biblical times in a very informative and visual way. I really love to see the color photos of the artifacts while reading…it really pulls it all together. The Archaeology Bible has a nice sturdy hard cover, and comes in the double column paragraph format, {as seen in the info above.} It does not come with a ribbon bookmark. That is not a dealbreaker for me as I am sure it isn’t for a lot of others, but I do know that most Bibles do come with at least one. This one does not. I will say that I am very impressed with this Bible! It is different than any other Bible that I have and I am really enjoying it.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
The Archeology Study Bible, featuring the English Standard Version, is a beautiful compendium of archeological information side by side with the bible text. The bible features a large number of full color photographs, graphs ,in-depth articles as well as study notes at the bottom of the page. The larger sized font, makes this bible perfect for daily reading and study as well. The presentation of this bible is as beautiful as well as useful. The hardcover, with its golden embossed letters and decorated spine presents a dignified presentation to make this bible suitable for gift giving as well as having it on display as part of a treasured library. Of all the archeological themed bibles on the market, this bible has the most useful as well as the most practical features making it the best choice for personal study. Although this bible is most likely to appeal to those bible readers who want to dig deeper into the historical and archeological foundations of their faith, I believe that historians, students as well as history teachers will also appreciate this bible as well. The in-depth full length articles will give the reader a thorough foundation into archeology and how it correlates to the bible. This bible will expand the foundation of one's faith through seeing the historical roots in context of the bible text. This bible brings the world of the old and new testaments to life, giving the reader a taste of the ancient cultures, societies, politics and daily life of the ancient times. In sum, to what makes this bible stand apart from other bibles in the archeological- historical genre are the following: Beautiful graphical presentation with color photographs, graphs and illustration, Easy to read font, full length articles featuring topics such as geography, coinage, history and dating methods, the accurate, yet modern English Standard Version. This hardcover volume is made with quality durable materials- giving the bible the dignity it deserves. The binding will last though years of use. In contrast, I've seen other study bibles with covers and binding that don't even last a single year of daily use. This bible also includes traditional features such as an in-depth concordance, maps, and presentation page on thick card stock paper. Many modern readers of this new generation may be more familiar with the NIV or the New Living bible translations. The English Standard Version is not difficult to read, yet it is very accurate. I believe that readers who enjoy the NIV, should give the ESV a try. I'd recommend this bible for long standing bible readers as well as for those who are new to the bible. As a blogger I received a copy of this bible published by Crossway for the purpose of writing this review.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic Bible, especially if you want to understand the times that you are reading about. I love how it puts things into context for me by educating me about the people and their culture. It gave me a deeper understanding of why certain things were done or said in the Bible. There is so much information packed into this beautiful Bible. Photographs, maps and more! I love that you have so many visual aides inside to help you truly see how the people lived. Plus, having the color maps is really nice so you know exactly where you're reading about. There are over 2000 study notes, plus diagrams, articles (like the one you see above) and more! It truly does take you into the lives of the people! I also liked that there are book introductions before each book of the Bible. I find this very helpful before actually digging into the book. You have an idea of what you're going to be reading and how you can apply it to your own life. I have never had a timeline inside my Bible before and I love this! You can look at a glance to see when important events took place and exactly where they are in the Bible. There are actually 4 timelines in this Bible and I found them to be so helpful! There is so much to read, to look at, and to ponder over as you read. This Bible would be great for anyone but it would really be great for Pastors, teachers or students. For my own women Bible studies, this is going to be invaluable for gaining more out of my studies. Everything is easy to read and understand, which is also a plus. You come away feeling like you truly understand things so much clearer because of how it's written. I really love this Bible and highly recommend it! It's become my favorite and I'm using it as I do my studies as well as my daily Bible reading. It's made it all come more alive for me. I give this Bible 5 out of 5 stars. *This Bible was provided to me for my honest review by Crossway