ESV Journaling New Testament, Inductive Edition

ESV Journaling New Testament, Inductive Edition


Half of my ideal Bible exists and I tip my hat to Crossway for bringing this to market. I took longer to write this review because I have diligently been waiting for the other half, the Old Testament, to come to market but alas, I have not seen it.


My first thought when I saw this New Testament was “Wow, someone finally listened to me.” I will explain my enthusiasm in a moment. First the usual disclosure: Crossway provided this Bible in exchange for an honest review. My Opinions are my own and no positive feedback was solicited.


ESV Journaling New Testament, Inductive Edition

TruTone®, Brown/Cordovan, Portfolio Design

A new addition to the family of ESV Journaling Bibles, the ESV Journaling New Testament, Inductive Edition features extra space for notes in between each line of Bible text, offering a fresh and distinctive way to engage with God’s Word. This single-column Bible is designed to make it easy to interact with every individual verse, making it a great option for pastors, students, and anyone who loves going in-depth with Scripture.

  • 3/8-inch space in between each line of Bible text
  • Cream-colored paper
  • Ribbon marker
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: Slipcase




Format: TruTone
Page Count: 800
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6364-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6364-5
Trim Size: 6.5 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 34.29 ounces
Published: August 31, 2018
Type Size: 9.5
Page Layout: Single Column
Additional Features: Sewn Binding
Words of Christ Black

This Bible is a pastor’s dream come true:


Margins and Spacing

My readers know I love a wide margin and this one tops the charts at 1.25 to 1.5” in the margins, perfect for the notes that make this Bible uniquely yours. That was not enough for Crossway, though, as they have added 3/8” line space between each verse of Scripture. Why, you may ask, is this important? Inductive Study does not just encompass marginal notes and word studies, there are frequently symbols used in the use of inductive study and this spacing leaves plenty of room for those symbols.


A number of my colleagues like to cram as many thoughts onto a page as possible where, again, a 3/8” spacing will prove most useful.


An interesting thought: if you were so inclined, you could probably make your own interlinear with this NT.


Font Color and Suggestions for Note Making

Crossway always offers a deep, rich ebony in the black inks that they offer and this Bible is no exception. Any good journaling Bible will only be a black letter edition; this choice is made so that you can notate with different colored inks or pencils. I am fond of Prang colored pencils for underlining, circling, or other symbol marking. For marginal notes, I like a Pilot brand retractable ball point pen.


Personally, I make my notes in red ink as I think that it offers a solid contrast to the black ink.


Paper and Paper Color

The paper is cream colored and thick, probably about 30gsm. It is heavy for a New Testament and it needs to be. The most popular archival pens, Pigma Micron, should not bleed here but the would almost certainly bleed through if the paper were any thinner or lighter.


The color of the paper did not pose any real issues in white light (Incandescent or LED) but it was challenging in the slightly yellow light that we have in the teaching area. Outdoors in the bright Arizona sun, the paper performed really well.  There is almost no show through and what little of it exists will be entirely dependent upon your lighting.


Cover and Binding

Crossway’s TrueTone is the most convincing imitation leather I have ever seen, it should easily last 20 years or more before re-covering is needed. Naturally, Crossway uses a sewn biding to hold up to the demands of today’s pastor.


Actual Use and a Hypothetical

This Bible has been on my desk every day since its arrival. It is an ideal choice for personal study and I recommend it for every pastor. I have been tinkering with the idea of making an interleaved study bible that is either ring bound or spiral bound but I have not yet been able to decide on which Bible I would do that with. This NT would most certainly be a prime candidate for such a project.


Final Thoughts

Nothing is more personal for a Christian than the Bible that carries the record of our walk with God and there is no better choice for Inductive Study than this Bible.

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