Off the Shelf: New Classic Reference Bible

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New Classic Reference Bible


The ESV New Classic Reference Bible is a new edition of the first ESV Bible edition ever published in 2001—the ESV Classic Reference Bible. This practical and popular format combines the ESV text with a robust concordance and one of the most comprehensive and useful cross-reference systems available today—more than 80,000 references conveniently located in the center column on each page. This new edition adds 32 pages of full-color maps of Bible lands and illustrations of historic biblical sites, structures, and objects for ready reference and insight. The ESV New Classic Reference Bible’s balance of helpful reference features and convenient size make it an ideal Bible for everyday use—at home, at church, at school, and on the road.

What were you doing 10 years ago? I was helping Christine with a new baby and getting settled into our new (and current) home. Crossway was releasing its fine ESV Classic Reference Bible, which was a big seller (I have two or three copies myself!). Now, a decade after its introduction, Crossway has updated this Bible, calling it the New Classic Reference Bible. The most significant difference (besides the updated text) is the 32-page section of maps and other helps, drawn from Crossway’s hugely popular ESV Study Bible.

Pictured is the Makoto Fujimura edition of the New Classic Reference Bible. The cloth cover and first several pages feature the beautiful work of the New York artist. Fujimura’s work is also available with Crossway’s amazing (and much more expensive) project, The Four Holy Gospels. This New Classic Reference Bible also has a red ribbon marker, gilded pages, and creamy paper, and it looks and feels terrific. It has an official retail price of $70, though right now I think you have to know someone to snag a copy. If it is offered to the public, I’ll let you know.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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