Well, my first “FIRST LOOK” post of the ESV-CE mahogany bonded leather mysteriously disappeared so I am going to re-post the photos I took with a few comments. In sum, I think this is a great bible. I love the size, feel, and look of it. It meets a need that I have always had for a thinline bible, even though it isn’t labeled as a “thinline” edition. It is pretty darn close to what I have wanted in my “ideal bible.” This bible opens up flat, has a sewn binding, and contains all the same text, references, and maps as found in last year’s first offerings from the Augustine Institute. The dimensions are 9.25 X 6, with a thickness of a little over 1 inch. While the cover is clearly bonded leather, I will say that it has a very nice feel and texture to it. The paper is not thick, but the printing is bold. Over the past couple days I have had no issue reading from it in various settings and lighting.
It seems to me that the Augustine Institute is fully committed to producing well-made, beautiful, yet useful editions of their bible. With hopes of reference, premium, and even study bibles coming soon in the ESV-CE, now is the time to consider showing your support for the work the Augustine Institute is doing. I am saying this as one who has not always been a fan of the ESV translation. I also did not receive this edition for free from the Augustine Institute in order that I create a positive review for it. This ESV-CE mahogany bonded leather bible is just a really great bible. I will be using it daily for study and teaching. It will be sitting next to my favorite reading bible (MSGCE) for the foreseeable future.
Enjoy the photos, I am happy to answer any questions: