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ESV Minister’s Bible

I was looking over the CBD website (www.christianbook.com) because they have a free shipping offer and I came across a new offering: the ESV Minister’s Bible. It is scheduled for release on 9/15/2009, according to their website. This information is not on the ESV site nor WTS books site. So this is likely the first leak of the information. Here is the product information from CBD:

Product Information

Format: Genuine Leather
Number of Pages: 1152
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.5 X 6.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1598563807
ISBN-13: 9781598563801
Availability: This product will be released on 09/15/09
References: Center Column|Cross References
Text Layout: Double Column
Text Color: Black Letter

I have “minister” Bibles of the HCSB and NIV. I will be very interested to see if this edition is simply the classic reference edition with minister helps. From the first “look inside” shots available on CBD it appears that this is the case. I was hoping for one like the HCSB Minister’s Bible, which is in single column paragraph form. Basically Crossway needs to produce a larger scale version of their personal size reference Bible. But this is not it. But I look forward to its release because I love new Bibles. Anyway, this may be what some people are looking for in an ESV Bible. I will keep wearing out my ESV single column reference Bible. I will take a TNIV Minister’s Bible in single column format and NLT Minister’s Bible in single column format while I am asking and wishing!