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ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set Cowhide over board

4.69 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews)

$499.99 $329.00

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Two Excellent Reviews:  First: Tim Challies Second: Mark Bertrand.  Video of the making of this unique Bible Set.

This walnut boxed – cowhide over board is an exclusive.
About the ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set – published in Vicenza Italy by the famous European Publishers: LEGO.

CLICK HERE for PHOTOS.  For More information: Check out our ESV Reader’s Page.

A boxed set of 6 books ($50.00 per book) – this is a good deal – not to mention the hand made solid walnut case with dovetail joints!

The ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set stems from the conviction that the Bible is of immeasurable value and should therefore be treasured and read in the most seamless way possible. Constructed with materials carefully selected to reflect the beauty of God’s Word, the ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set is designed for those desiring a cleaner, simpler Bible-reading experience. Printed on European book paper with a premium cowhide leather cover and packaged in a handcrafted walnut slipcase, this smyth-sewn edition features a single column of Bible text that is free of all verse numbers, chapter numbers, and footnotes, as well as most section headings—resulting in a unique Bible-reading experience that helps readers encounter and delight in the beauty of God’s Word.

Black letter text
Single-column, paragraph format
No verse numbers, chapter numbers, or footnotes
Reduced section headings
Printed on high-quality European book paper (milled in Sweden)
Divided into six volumes: Pentateuch, Historical Books, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels & Acts, and Epistles & Revelation
Ribbon markers
Smyth-sewn binding
Packaging: Walnut Slipcase (Handmade by Amish Craftsmen)

Format: Cowhide
Page Count: 3,364
Trim Size: 5.25 in x 7.75 in
Weight: 7.25 lbs
Published: October 31, 2016
Type Size: 11.75
Page Layout: Single Column
Additional Features: Sewn Binding
Words of Christ Black

Additional Information

Weight 18 lbs

16 reviews for ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set Cowhide over board

  1. 3 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Poorly designed slipcase on the expensive leather edition. There is about 1/2″ – 3/4″ of excess space, i.e., the case is too wide by that amount. Also, the case is too deep, as there is very little book sticking out of the case to grab onto when you want to remove a book from the case. The books themselves are beautiful, but I expect more at this price point. It seems like the cases were not well thought out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I really love this set. It’s just as beautiful as the photos portray. The lack of chapters, verses, etc. are really a whole new experience. The first time I opened it, I noticed something in Matthew I’d never noticed before because of the chapter breaks. Looking forward to reading it with the family. As Dan (other reviewer) mentioned, there is some extra space inside the wood slip case. I actually like it. It gives me some finger room when grabbing a book. Buy it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I do not usually review products, especially when there is a Mark Bertrand review available. However, I just received my shipment today so I ran home at lunchtime to bring it in the house and and I was stunned at what I received. Yes the Bible and wood case are as promised but what set this shipment apart from every other book shipment I have ever received was the quality of the packaging and the care with which it was packed. The books were in the beautiful wood case, which was packed in a very high quality product box which was packed in a high quality shipping box with custom a custom fitted styrofoam packing. This packing was almost as impressive as the books it delivered to my front step. Well done!

    Jim from Nevada

  4. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I pre-ordered and received immediately once they hit Crossways. I have NEVER spent anything close to $300 for a Bible before, so I was reluctant. I will admit, it’s beautiful, with a flaw. For $300, I expect zero flaws. The flaw is each ribbon, in each volume, was tucked back in to Bible volume, and created permanent creases in each volume. I have discussed with Evangelical Bible, and they say it’s not a defect, but shows that while God’s word is perfect, man is not. Nice try, but not good enough for $300.

    It is beautifully done, but I don’t know… $300?

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Flawless presentation, design, and old world elegance. Even the high quality gift box with beautiful embossing for storing the Bible volumes in wood slipcase, and quality pamphlet/booklet describing this presentation (a wonderful collector’s provenance document) takes it over the top in expectations. I was uneasy about ordering this Bible in volumes, thinking it was too good to be true, but it’s too good and it’s true. The collector’s value is great in all respects. The volumes fit so smoothly in the quality wood slipcase (and there was no expense spared on the quality of wood and workmanship), that to get a volume out, you can just (a) tilt the case forward slightly, or (b) keep one or more volumes farther out than the others, which gives access to all volumes. I expected a solid five star, and was surprised at less than five stars for everyone, considering the quality for the pricing is superb. The typeface is crisp and easy to read on bright white, excellent quality archival paper. The binding and every detail of the presentation of each volume is gorgeous. The quality of the leather and the luscious brown dye is impeccable. If you love books, this is a must for your home library or home office. It’s also a Bible that belongs in a prominent spot at the Library of Congress. You can’t go wrong with this investment that will please true bibliophiles, and torment those who don’t take the plunge. For the investment this is not a lot of money, and I will never regret this purchase. Kudos to and Crossway: Thank you for shipping in a slightly bigger box, to protect the beautiful collector’s box housing the wood slipcase and leather bound Bible volumes. There was about an inch on all sides, and the collector’s box was seated in a custom foam mold to protect from dings in shipping, which I can reuse for other archival storage needs. This prevented dings on the beautiful embossed box. I get very cross when a book or its slipcase is dinged, and this box is essentially like a slipcase when storing the Bible, or can be used for storing other collectibles. Everything arrived in perfect condition. That added touch means a lot!

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Exceeded expectations in every way. Absolutely thrilled by this bible, which I had delivered to Friends in the USA and then collected and carried to the UK in my hand luggage.
    Superb protected delivery ensured perfect condition on arrival. Superb binding lies flat from first use. Highly tactile feel, beautiful typeface and superb thick paper entirely changes the experience of bible reading to anything you have known before. I cannot recommend this enough. If you appreciate beautiful objects for themselves, this is a must buy just for this reason. If you appreciate the Word of God, this will help you to read and love it more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    These leather books are absolutely gorgeous. As someone said above, the cases are not a perfect fit, but I can live with that. My biggest problem is that the “poetry” book is printed upside down. I’ve sent Evangelical Bible an email, and I’m sure I will receive a replacement book soon. I wonder if this is one of those deals where my incorrectly printed book will be worth millions. 🙂

    Does anyone else have a book printed upside down?

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Outstanding! This multi-volume set of the Bible is an excellent presentation of God’s word that is a joy to read. The increased ease of reading is simply amazing; it’s hard to believe what a difference this formatting makes. The paper and print are superb, and the extra space between each line of printing (leading) makes a huge difference. I find myself reading much farther at a sitting without even realizing how much I’ve read, due to the lack of chapter and verse divisions of the text. (Chapter and verse numbers were not added to the Scriptures until around the 1200’s, so their omission is not “changing” the Bible as it was originally written.) Each volume is a work of art, and the walnut slipcase is the perfect finishing touch. I like the tiny bit of extra space in the case, as it makes removing a volume very easy. For detailed info and more beautiful photos go to Mark Bertrand’s six-part reviews of these sets.

    My set has a tiny flaw; two of the front covers have slightly detectable, at a certain angle of lighting, depressions which probably will not be noticed without a close inspection. It would be a shame to destroy a beautiful book, especially a Bible, over such a very minor imperfection, so I’m not going to request a replacement. The leather’s finish is not damaged, and they might even smooth out over time.

    This is a unique, wonderful edition of the Bible which begs for extending reading of God’s word. Grab a set while they are available, either in black cowhide or the less expensive neutral cloth over boards. These are heirloom quality and a delight to use. I would give this set six stars if I could.

    Btw, the publisher (Crossway) is a non-profit ministry, and evangelicalbible also supports the spreading of the Gospel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I forgot to say in my review: Those with less than perfect eyesight who struggle with the print in most Bibles will love these sets!

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I couldn’t be happier with this set. There are several detailed and thorough reviews of it on several sites, so I’m not going to go over all that. But I did want to mention several things:

    1. Crossway sends these sets out to Evangelical Bible in super-nice collectors-type boxes (the box that contains the wooden slip case with the volumes in it) that are suspended in the shipping box between thick foam cushions. And Evangelical Bible ships them to you the same way, so you know that your set will be well protected in transit from the typical abuses boxes may take.

    2. The “excess space” in the walnut case is not as bad as the reviewer “Dan” makes it sound. If you were to push all the books to one side of the case, there *may* be at most 1/2″ of space. It definitely doesn’t look like 3/4″. But even if it were 3/4″, that translates to an average of approx. 1/10th of an inch between each volume and between the end volumes and the sides of the case when all the volumes are placed in the case naturally and not pushed tight to one side. They definitely don’t lean at all and from even a short distance away, there are no noticeable gaps. Whatever the precise measurements are, I believe this extra room is intentional to make it easy to remove single volumes without them rubbing against each other.

    3. As to Dean’s review about the impressions the ribbons make in the books, I’m not sure if those creases are permanent, but I can verify they are there. I sure wish they had instead draped the ribbons down the top and front end of the book block when packaging instead of tucking them in. I’ve never liked Bible ribbons to begin with, but they’re apparently aren’t going away anytime soon, so it is what it is.

    4. To answer Skip’s question in his review, my Poetry volume is not printed upside down, but the front cover does have a couple tiny defects (or residue?) on the leather. I’m not sure what it is about that Poetry volume–there is a review on Amazon about the cloth over board set that says their Poetry volume has a noticeable crease in the front cover at the top third (causes it so bow up slightly at the top. I also bought the cloth over board set and my Poetry volume has the exact same crease in the cover. I’m curious as to how that damage (as well as the upside down printing on your cowhide Poetry volume) could have occurred.

    But overall, I am very pleased with both sets, especially the cowhide set which could not be more beautiful. It would have to take a lot more than the “issues” described above to make me send these back! And thank you Evangelical Bibles for your quick order processing, even with free shipping. I felt very confident in placing another order with you after receiving this set.

  11. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This is my first reader’s bible set and I’ve been reading it like crazy! Thank you everyone for your honest and accurate reviews that helped me decide on whether to purchase this or not. The leather and wood case set is totally worth it! 🙂

  12. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Nice set! As stated in another review, the ribbons do leave a permanent mark on the edge pages they were placed in. They were tucked in rather tightly. Not a deal breaker, but removal of 1 star in this review. The calfskin is beautiful and fits nicely in the hand. The pages are easy to read, and made of nice and thick paper. The box is really excellent, and gives this set a nice look and feel. If you put the books in the case tightly, there is a 1/2 inch or so space. I fanned my books out some, and it does the trick.

    This calfskin set is rather expensive. I paid $329.00, or $54.83 per book. There was no tax in my state, and free shipping, so that helps. Still, these are basically hard covers with the calfskin covering. No gold gilding or anything else. But then again, there is that nice wood case. I don’t know. Maybe $279, or there about would have worked better for me.

    I recommend this set. More so, under the price of $329 if it goes down. The ribbons indenting the pages where they were initially located is all that I can think of as an improvement. It wasn’t too bad, but I can only think of one other Bible in my 30+ collection that left an indent in the edge pages like that. The ribbons were simply too tight. First thing I did was to loosen those.

  13. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Just received this absolutely gorgeous Bible set!! It is hard to except anything less than a five star rating for this fantastic bible set. I truly enjoy the cabinet which is strongly and beautifully designed. It also allows a little space with which to move the books in and out easily. . The corners are tongued and the color is very rich. As for the books, what a marvelous bargain to obtain six separate Reading books. Although the leather is not of goatskin quality, neither is the price. Do yourself a favor and consider this as a purchase to enjoy to the fullest. One never hesitates to spend dollars on technological gadgets, thus the $300 is an absolute steal. By the way, the packaging was impeccable. The set came in a heavy duty box which was also centered in an additional heavy duty box surrounded by molded foam. Well packaged no doubt. Many thanks to those who have made this product so impressive. Well done!

  14. 5 out of 5


    This set exceeded all of my expectations and then some. It is absolutely a bargain at $329. Let me explain why. As I go, I’ll compare it to the Bibliotheca reader’s Bible, which I also have.

    1. The packaging is excellent from the outside shipping container in. Packaged inside a custom-branded, cardboard shipping box, you’ll find another collector’s box, all cradled inside perfectly executed foam blocking to protect the set. The collectors box surrounds the inner wooden slipcase, and has a beautiful gold foil stamped design. The overall presentation beats the Bibliotheca to my eye, though those are beautiful as well.

    2. The Walnut slipcase is gorgeous. The dovetail joints are perfect, and the proportions are exactly as they should be. There is adequate room to easily remove a book, but they each stand up straight and look lovely on the shelf. This is where the ESV set really starts to pull away from the Bibliotheca. They are very difficult to remove from the slipcase, which discourages changing from one volume to the next as you read.

    3. The cowhide over board covers are simply a delight to hold. They feel solid and premium in hand, offering plenty of grip to easily read with one hand. The dye on my set was flawlessly consistent. Also, these books fall open without any resistance due to the cold-glueing and 48-page, sewn text blocks. Once again, the ESV set is much easier to read, especially with one hand. Also, the gold stamping on the spine is higher contrast and easier to read on the ESV versus the Bibliotheca.

    4. The typeface, Trinité set in 12 pt., is just perfect. It is eminently readable, crisp, and timeless. I am somewhat of a font nerd, and this was spot on for me. The kerning and leading is spacious without feeling overly so, and they fully justified the text with paragraph indentations. For me, this is where the ESV Reader’s Bible puts the nail in the coffin compared to the Bibliotheca set. The custom Bibliotheca font is not nearly as readable or elegant, and the ragged right edge made the pages feel far too busy. I lose my spot on the page with Bibliotheca, but not with the ESV.

    5. There were a few interior design decisions that the Crossway team made that proved excellent. I love the red lettering for book titles and other headings. It is elegant and visually striking, a great detail. Additionally, they decided to add a few text breaks within books with simple headings. I know some are complaining about this, saying it’s not a true reader’s Bible experience, but that just isn’t so. On the contrary, the headings make it so much easier to orient yourself in the narrative. I was surprised at how much this helped me compared to the Bibliotheca set, which lacks headings. Including Psalm numbers was also a terrific decision by Crossway. They help me remember particular Psalms later, as well as use the Psalms portion as a daily Psalter along with other readings.

    6. A final note on the translation is in order. I’m admittedly biased on this one, since I largely read and exclusively preach from the ESV, but it is a wonderful translation. Comparing it to the updated ASV text used in the Bibliotheca set is almost unfair. The translation team preserved so much of the poetic and structural beauty of the original languages in an essentially literal translation that is a joy to read. It doesn’t feel wooden or stilted, but it also doesn’t feel cheapened or unduly “modernized.”

    If you’re on the fence about this set, don’t be. It is a joy to read, a joy to hold, and a joy to look at. If you’re considering buying either this set or the Bibliotheca, again, it’s no contest. The 6-Volume ESV Reader’s Bible is the clear winner.

  15. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    A truly well-made set, from the individual volumes to the wooden case to the way it all fits together. My set did not have the deficiencies noted by some other reviewers:

    — The six volumes fit perfectly in the wooden case — just enough room to easily pick out a volume from between others, but nothing excessive, and no unsightly gaps. The depth of the case is just right so it’s easy to pick out a volume from the top edge as well.

    — The ribbons do not leave a mark on the pages edges, so no issues there. With no chapter/verse numbers, and few section headings, the ribbons are especially useful for marking where I left off.

    — The cover of each volume is flawless and beautiful black leather. I see no defects in my set.

    The actual size of the books once I held them in my hand is smaller than I envisioned, but this isn’t a problem, and makes for easy holding and carrying. They feel good in the hand.

    The walnut case is gorgeous, and the hand-cut dovetails are flawless. It’s a pleasure to just look at it.

    The one minor negative thing I can say is that the books do not lay flat and stay open as the publisher claims. The pages will flop closed like books in general will do if you don’t hold them open on the left and right (whether near the beginning/end or in the middle of a volume). This isn’t a big deal for me, as this is what I expect from a book anyway. Maybe after more use the bindings will get broken in and they’ll lay flat, but at least that’s not the case when they are new.

    The font and letter/word spacing makes for easy reading. I have to agree with another reviewer about how this differs from the Bibliotheca edition, which for me is hard to read because the spacing between letters and between words is too similar — it’s too much work and eye strain to make out individual words when trying to read more than a sentence or two. The effort distracts from what it is I’m trying to read. In contrast, the font and spacing in the ESV Reader’s Bible lets me focus on the content itself without the medium getting in the way of the message.

    The paper is adequately opaque, though not 100%. Certainly better than the very thin paper of most Bibles. Although the publisher does not state in any of their descriptions or web site that the paper is acid-free, when I wrote to them they said it is acid-free paper. I would expect acid-free paper in a product of this quality and cost, but I’m surprised the publisher doesn’t advertise this.

    Overall, my experience now that I have this set in hand is at least as good as what I hoped and expected. I’m very pleased with the purchase (including the fast shipping and excellent packing materials). The price is not cheap, but I expect this to be a Bible I’ll enjoy for many years and hand down to the next generation.

  16. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Awesome Bible!

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