At the back of the ESVSB you will also find page after page after page of theological essentials concerning the Christian faith. Though not a fan of study Bibles in general - this one is a must buy. One thing that I really appreciated by the framers of the ESVSB was that it is not driven by a single personality as many study Bibles are. It is a body of work from several very well respected doctrinal, biblical, and theological minds.
My favorite feature of this Bible is the online edition that you are given access to by code when purchasing the ESVSB. To have the ability to access all of this tremendous information electronically is a feature unique to the ESVSB. It is a real plus if you are a pastor, Bible teacher, evangelist, apologist, Sunday School teacher or missionary in preparing your time for teaching. Even with a home Bible study or fellowship group, it will prove to be an invaluable source to understand more fully God's Word. Any lay person will also find the easy use of this feature in their own devotional time and daily walk with the Lord. So think of the ESVSB not as a "normal average" study Bible. But rather as a one volume theological tome on the Christian faith. IOW, no excuses for anyone not knowing what the Word teaches on virtually any subject.
The only negative? It weighs a lot! I would be surprised if anyone takes this to church every Sunday and uses it as their primary "sword" day in and day out. It simply is big and will be cumbersome for most to carry with them. However, in saying that, it is still a must buy to have at your home and enjoy with your family and friends. Congratulations to all at Crossway for the labor they have given to this excellent work.
Soli Deo Gloria,
2 Tim. 3:16-17
PS - someone emailed this question: what is your favorite study Bible that you use frequently? Answer: the study Bible that I daily use is The MacArthur Study Bible. It has been called "the magnum opus" of study Bibles available and well worth that praise and your investment of time and treasure. Though it solely bears John's name, it is the byproduct of many faithful exegetes, teachers, theologians and pastors who serve at Grace Community Church and The Master's Seminary.