The pictures look beautiful. Did you see the interviews with the architect who worked on the drawings – here and here.
I’m not generally a big fan of study bibles, but I may give this one a go. The only thing that makes me nervous is that the ESV seems to often be promoted by 5-pointers and uber-conservatives (eg Al Mohler), and I wonder if the commentary will be somewhat narrow?
I look fwd to it but am interested to know how the Pauline section is interpreted. Will a new perspective reading be ruled out? or will the no doubt mainline interpretation show signs of having be influenced by NPP, a more nuanced Lutheran reading. I hope so.
It is is being promoted by 5 pointers although looking around the blogs I see that some 5 pointers are unhappy with it and prefer the Reformation Study Bible, or New Geneva Study Bible. I used to have the one of those but sold it, about the same time I jettisoned some of my banner of truth stuff…. I might have been a little over zealous in my younger days. But now I am an old man I am far more balanced…..
I deliberately wrote it so it wouldn’t be clear. I guess I mean both. For a while, not long actually, I thought the whole of theology was summed up by TULIP. I now see the strengths of TULIP stuff but realise that reformed theolgoy is broader than this and that scholastic calvinism leaned to heavily on rationalalism. In rejecting this narrow approach to Calvinism I got rid of alot of books. ie. Banner of Truth, P&R, Evangelical Press. I actually wish I hadn’t. ie. Once I now realise that the puritans lived in a particular historical context I can actually appreciate them. Their theology is often warm and pastoral.
Having said that you can get most of it online now anyway.
By the time I get ordained I will be an old man.