he long-awaited MacArthur Study Bible ESV edition is at the bindery right now. The completed books will be available from retail outlets within a couple of weeks.
Our friends at Crossway were kind enough to send me an unbound preview copy, fresh off the press. It came as a block of bound signatures, printed, folded, stitched together—with the pages untrimmed (as you see in the picture to the right). We have an industrial-strength paper cutter at Grace to You, so I trimmed the pages myself in order to have a feel for what the finished Bible will be like.
It's beautiful. Crossway printed two-color pages—black text and blue highlights. The maps, the layout, the paper, and the Smyth-sewn binding are all first class, making this the most durable and best-looking MacArthur Study Bible yet. The typefaces are especially easy on the eyes. I'm very pleased with it. I've been using the ESV for a couple of years, and I'm thrilled finally to have a copy with the MSB notes built in.
If you are already on the Grace to You mailing list, you'll be getting a letter in the mail shortly offering a free copy of the MSB-ESV hardcover edition. (If you're not on the GTY mailing list, you should be. Grace to You offers free resources every month. It's too late to get in on the free Study-Bible offer; those letters have been printed and will be mailed this week. But you can still take advantage of future offers.)
Here's a short video about the MacArthur Study Bible and how it came to be. Enjoy:
09 August 2010
by Phil Johnson