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I’m looking forward to the release of the new ESV Study Bible.  I’ve already pre-ordered mine.  The folks at Crossway have made several lengthy samples available, enough to give you a good idea what the final product will be like.

I’ve copied a portion of an email from Crossway containing links to most of those samples, and pasted it below.  I highly recommend the articles on “Reading the Bible.”

One other feature I’m excited about is the free online edition available to everyone who purchases a print edition:

The ESV Online Study Bible will provide additional unique features, including the ability to create personal online notes; to search and follow interactive links between notes, maps, articles, charts, timelines, illustrations, and cross-references; to listen to audio recordings of the ESV; and to access additional resources not available in the print edition—all available for free.

From the Crossway email:

Free Book Introductions and Sample Chapters Online

In addition to the previous posts from Jonah, the Psalms, and Revelation, we have now uploaded the introductions, including sample chapters, for the following books:

Free Articles Online

We have also uploaded a number of the 50 articles that will be in the ESVSB:

City Plan of Rome

The Introduction to the Book of Romans contains a city plan of ancient Rome, which we have posted online, along with an excerpt of some of the information on Rome found in that introduction. Other city plans that you’ll find in the ESVSB include the cities of Ur, Nineveh (see p. 9 of the Jonah PDF), Babylon, Jericho, Corinth, Ephesus, and Philippi.

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