The ESV Study Bible was created to help you encounter the truth of God's Word as a powerful, life-changing reality. To accomplish this, it combines the best evangelical scholarship with the text, which, as an "essentially literal" translation, is especiallysuited for Bible study. The ESV Study Bible contains two kinds of words. The first is the actual words of the Bible-the very Words of God to us. The second is the study notes, which are human words. The result is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published-with new notes, maps, illustrations, charts, timelines and articles-the equivalent of a 20-volume Bible study library.The purpose of the ESV Study Bible is to honor the Lord in terms of excellence, beauty, accuracy of content and design and to help you come to a deeper understanding of the Bible, the gospel and Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. To accomplish this goal, an extraordinary team was created, composed of 95 scholars and teachers from 9 countries and nearly 20 denominations-including 50 seminaries,colleges and universities. With pages for you to record marriages, births and deaths, the ESV Study Bible will be treasured for generations to come.