Crossway ESV Heirloom Bible, Omega Edition, Black Goatskin

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The ESV Heirloom Bible, Omega Edition combines elegance with readability. Manufactured with the finest materials, this Bible is printed and bound with unparalleled craftsmanship by Royal Jongbloed in the Netherlands. Its features include a premium leather cover with a generous overhang to protect the pages, high-quality European Bible paper, art gilding, and 4 ribbon markers. This edition uses a large font size for an easy reading experience and includes footnotes and cross-references located at the bottom of each page. Guaranteed to last a lifetime, the ESV Heirloom Bible, Omega Edition is a treasure for anyone who values God’s Word.

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  • 6.125” x 9.125”
  • Bible text: 10.5-point Lexicon type
  • Cross-references: 5.8-point Trade Gothic LT Std type
  • Black-letter text
  • Concordance and table of weights and measures
  • 8 pages of color maps
  • More than 80,000 cross-references
  • High-quality Bible paper
  • Art gilding
  • 4 ribbon markers
  • Extra-smooth Smyth-sewn binding
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Packaging: Two-piece box

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Weight 4 lbs

49 reviews for Crossway ESV Heirloom Bible, Omega Edition, Black Goatskin

  1. bglamb (verified owner)

    First, let me start off by saying the expectations for anything Royal Jongbloed is set high. Maybe even too high. I received my Bible a day early (thanks for the speed of delivery Evangelical Bible!). Crossway has truly out done themselves on the presentation of this Omega Heirloom. It comes in a super nice box wrapped with an awesome velvet covering. The box is nicely constructed (an excellent thing to store/transport the Bible in) and looks like it could take some abuse. The leather on the bible is absolutely stunning. I have never had such a wonderfully soft and flexible Bible before. To that end, I would say you definitely get what you pay for. However, there were a few pages that had some stress marks that looked like the block was picked up by a mechanical arm, or was put under some heavy pressure.I decided that it was not worth the return because the wrinkles are only on one text page (Gen 20. that I have seen) and on one of the cover pages. I am not a super particular person when it comes to having everything perfect, but I wanted to let folks know that there are some quality control issues out there form the Netherlands, not just China. Overall, I would highly recommend the Omega. I love the 10.5 font size, and the full-size but thin footprint it is so well known for. The paper, oooooo the paper. It is so smooth!

  2. Chris Lueken (verified owner)

    After posting the previous review, I discovered that the outside page that is glued to the black vinyl was torn right where the glue was at. I figured overtime, this would cause me a problem so I returned it. I will also add that there was glue come out from the spine onto the bookmarks which was a little annoying but not a deal killer.

    Upon shipping the Bible back, EVBible quickly refunded shipping up to $5.50 per their policy and shipped me another Bible.
    1) The goatskin on this one is not to the same uniform quality as the previous Bible or Schuyler, but is not a deal breaker. Hard to explain, but it just looks like the goat that they got the hide from has been messing around in thorny bushes with little cuts here and there and more character to the hide as well. There is more character to this hide, so perhaps many would find this better. This doesn’t result in a lesser star.
    2) Their was also glue residue in several places on front cover. I was able to remove this and it looks fine now.
    3) My disappointment is that the printing press managed to press permanent wrinkles in all the pages from Mark 10 through around Acts 10. It is annoying in about 20 pages of Mark but starts to just be a little issue in the remainder. It isn’t enough to justify shipping the Bible back for a replacement. I don’t have this is any of my other premium Bibles, so will just chalk this up to random chance.
    4) Another thing that is annoying is how they did the corners in the goatskin cover. It seems the common practice is to cut the corners so that they can press it down flat which normally looks nicer than the folding method. Most of the time, there is a slight overlap so you don’t even see the cuts. With this Bible (and I might add another Schuyler Bible that I own), the cuts are clearly visible and a slight eyesore. There is even a slight gap in several of the cuts. This is not what the previous Omega looked like, nor my Crossway goatskin ESV Study Bible, nor 2 other Schuyler Bibles. This is not a deal killer either as the Bible will perform its job very well and I look forward to using it. I was just hoping for something better at the price. I am sure this is better than what you would get from the Chinese version of the Omega.

    Thank you EVBible for working with me!

  3. Chris Lueken (verified owner)

    There are so many positive reviews that mine doesn’t really add much, but felt the need to express some thoughts to others who may be doing similar research.

    I immediately opened this Bible to find imperfections and the only thing I could find is excess glue where the ribbons connect to spine. It is a little annoying, but not worth dropping a star. Everything else is fantastic and as “advertised”. I didn’t need this Bible as I have the ESV Quentel in regular and personal size. I only got this because Crossway moved production to China and I got nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get this kind of Bible again. I really wanted a true “thinline” that is not made in China.

    Now for my “personal opinion” comparing this to the Schuyler.
    1. I prefer other than the typical black or brown colors just because they stand out, but this is just personal preference. Schuyler has some amazing color choices. My Slate with dark red liner is coming next week and I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.
    2. The ribbons are much thinner and stacked which is odd but I think that is to avoid clutter at the spine and I am okay with it. They are thin, but still good ribbons. With the Schuyler, you get amazing thick and very long ribbons which is more of an artistic choice I think.
    3. The paper and binding is the same as the Schuyler..all fantastic. I will add though that many people will tell you that the ghosting of 28gsm paper is not much different than 36gsm and I will have to disagree. I have a 36gsm Schuyler and there is much less ghosting than this Omega. Not only can I see the print from the other side of the same page, but I can also see the print from the previous page. It isn’t HUGE as everything is line-matched, but it is noticeable.
    4. I enjoy looking at the red chapter & page numbers and sub headings of the Schuyler over the “everything printed in black” of the Omega.
    5. I love the layout of the Omega for functionality much more than the Schuyler. The 10-pt font is GREAT. The spacing is GREAT. I am not one for cross-refs so love how the Omega put them in the corner in really small font as a “use it if you want” approach. This allows the Omega to be a remarkable 1/4″ thinner (measuring the outside spine) than the new 28gsm Quentel. The footnotes (which I do value) are in larger font and readable.

    In summary, The regular-size Quentel is still the “master piece” of a gem and a beauty of a read. However, this Omega did what I thought was impossible and created a work-horse that still incorporates everything you expect in a “real” premium Bible. I now have to decide which Bible between the personal size Quentel and this Omega, I am going to take to Sunday service with me. I feel like I have a different Bible for every possible scenario now…lol

  4. Dean O’Dwyer (verified owner)

    Amazing. Just beautiful .
    Iv had both the China printed omega and this netherlands printed omega. This one is superior to the China one by far. You can tell the second your hand touches the leather to take it out of the box, and it’s even thinner. 5 stars , thinking about getting a second one before they sell out as a backup. Def can see this being my “One” for life.

  5. Levi Thomas (verified owner)

    Solid Bible. I would not consider it a “premium Bible”. Attention to detail was not there.

  6. Steve Dickey

    This is the 3rd or 4th purchase I’ve made from the fine folks at Evangelical Bible. I’ve purchased a Schuyler to teach from, and now this Omega. As a confessing perfectionist which is code for being a 24K sinner, I have high standards for everything. UGH. The folks at EB are so patient with perfectionists! The Bibles you buy from these guys are wonderful! I thought I loved my Schuyler but this Omega tops that. It’s a Thinline so it fits easily into a pack or briefcase for travelling. The print is very readable for these 62-year-old eyes. I love the fact that the inside shell is lined with leather. Bound in the Netherlands like a Schuyler or Allan. I loved this Bible so muchthat I ordered another Omega, this time in brown, for my wife as a gift on our 40th wedding anniversary and she loves it. Men, buy this Bible and while you’re at it get one for your wife, even if it isn’t your anniversary. Thanks, Evangelical Bible.

  7. krhodey (verified owner)

    I am very satisfied with my purchase!
    The quality of goatskin is great and required no break in for me, I can fold the Bible in half with one hand closed and comfortably hold open fold with one hand which is a huge plus to me.
    I think the double column makes 10pt font makes for a smooth read. I do appreciate the ref column in the middle that you can find in the Allan, I find that the ref. at the bottom is quite small. However moving to a smaller text to make room for the center ref. is a greater loss to me. I’m okay with the half inch margin because I don’t plan on writing in my bible, just simple mapping of the text. Four beautiful ribbons make bible reading plans easier and preparing yourself for cross referencing when studying or evangelizing.
    I love the size and weight however more overlap would serve to protect the gilding.
    I think the Allan is a bit more expensive but would be worth it if these things are deal breakers for you. The Omega 80th is up there on the list for top of the line ESV bibles and I would recommend this bible to anyone.
    This bible warms my heart when I go to nourish my soul in Gods word. Thank you Evangelical Bible you are recommended by me as the best resource for quality bibles and more.

  8. Bill (verified owner)

    Absolutely amazing, this is my second bible. It’s an amazing upgrade from the $11 NASB edition I was using. Everything is top notch, easily readable, quality leather and the size is perfect to carry on the go.

  9. conradehlers (verified owner)

    Absolutely stunning, and amazing quality

  10. eddieromo (verified owner)

    Crossways Omega 80th is absolutely stunning. I would highly recommend getting one! Everything about it is perfect. Thank you Evangelical Bible for amazing customer service.

  11. Mark Reeder (verified owner)

    The cover is very nice. The Bible has a great feel and nice size. The one problem I had was the text. I found it hard to read, too much of a block of text for my eyes. Someone younger might have not had the same problem. I was very disappointed with Evangelical Bible charging me a 15% fee for a Bible that I literally opened, saw the text issue, closed and sent back within hours of receiving it. Their policy says “may be subject to restocking fee”. They mean, “will be subject to a restocking fee”.

  12. antcaputi978 (verified owner)

    4.5 stars this is an excellent bible, the Goatskin is very soft, the print is bold and readable, this bible is thin and light which is a plus for portability. I gave it 4.5 stars while it is nice it’s just a hair behind Schuyler and R.L Allan in terms of overall beauty. Check out more of my bible reviews on YouTube under my name Anthony Caputi.

  13. Tyler Sorie (verified owner)

    The 80th Anniversary Omega is without a doubt, the best Crossway bible I have ever owned. The goatskin cover is every bit as nice as any other Bible that I have seen. The text is bold, large, and very easy to read. I have owned two other Omegas from Crossway, the 75th anniversary and the edition between the 75th and 80th. This edition is on a different level of quality. If you’re looking for a great thinline Bible that’s incredibly easy to read, pick one of these up. You will love it!

  14. hughest16 (verified owner)

    I have several, less expensive Crossway bibles, but the 80th anniversary edition is by far worth the extra money. The goatskin cover is pebbly but very soft, and the bible itself is very flexible, almost droopy. Feels great in the hand! It has excellent binding and lays flat. I was concerned that the pages may be too thin to mark in, but if you used colored pencils you should not see any bleed-through. These pages actually appear thicker than Crossway’s less-expensive wide margin edition. Overall, this is an excellent purchase.

  15. A L Hickman (verified owner)

    Truly top notch

  16. A L Hickman (verified owner)

    Truly top notch,

  17. nsmzed (verified owner)

    What can I say that hasn’t been said? It’s a great thinline Bible. I love it. I think having the 4 different colors of ribbons is my favorite part. It really accents it from my other Bibles.

  18. Bob Snyder

    I know that not too many people are aware of the premium Bible market. For those that are, they appreciate the natural hide, edge lined covers, sewn bindings, premium papers, and aesthetics. The price can be the main prohibitive factor for someone seeking to buy their first premium Bible. The Bibles in the premium category usually start out at $150 to $250 price range. The suggested retail price of this Bible is $250. This Bible can be purchased for the dramatically discounted price of $169.99 and from evangelicalbible for even less at $149.99 Just let that sink in. You can get one of the best quality, best translations, from Crossway printed and bound by Jongbloed, the premiere Bible bindery for the price of a concert ticket.
    In the world of premium Bibles there isn’t much room for error or variance. If you want to publish a premium Bible, you go to Jongbloed of the Netherlands. When Crossway wanted to publish the Omega, they didn’t skimp. They also went to Jongbloed. There are numerous reasons why publishers utilize them for their premium editions. Paper choices, cover choices, binding methods, printing equipment and methods, overall professionalism and standards, you get the idea. Cambridge, Schuyler, Allan, all have made use of Jongbloed for their top notch Bibles. The E.S.V. Omega Reference Bible in black, edge lined goatskin leather, is one of the best Bibles available today. It belongs in the premium Bible category.

    I could go on and on about the great qualities of this edition, but instead I think it would be better if I just show you. Without further delay, some high resolution pictures with comments.

    The Omega was shipped from Crossway in a white box. It arrived undamaged.

    Inside the shipping package, was the Bible in it’s black, two piece, presentation box. Retain it for storage. The Omega is too flexible as an edge lined Bible for you to stand it on a bookshelf without a box.
    Inside the presentation box, the Omega is wrapped in two bands of paper to protect the page edges and keep it from shifting around during shipping.

    The black goatskin cover is perimeter stitched to the inner liner. It has a pleasing natural grain, and is very supple.
    The inner cover/liner is also leather. It has a gold perimeter line and the corners are finished well. The hinge will take a bit to break in, but once you do it will last a long time.

    The spine is smyth sewn and very flexible. You can see the signatures bend around it rather than the pages bending around a glued spine. This is a, “must have” feature for a Bible. They should all have sewn spines. I wouldn’t even purchase a value line Bible without a sewn spine unless I had to. The sewn spine is a major factor in how long the Bible will last and how well it will open and lay flat.

    As you can see from the pictures, the cover is supple and has a lovely textured grain to it. It is a pleasure to hold. The light weight and dimensions of the Omega equate to hours of easy reading, as well as long evenings of deep study.

    The corners of the cover are very well executed as are the corners of the text block. They have been rounded, as well as the spine. The page edges are beautifully art gilt. Also, take note of the use of four ribbon markers. That is almost unheard of. I know it is the first time I have heard of it, and I like it. The color of the ribbons is complimentary to the cover, and each other. I am actually using all four of them. I use one for my Old Testament reading, one for the proverbs and devotional reading, one for my New Testament reading, and one to mark where I am at in my study with a couple of my brothers in Christ.

    The gold and brown head and tail bands match the ribbons and inner liner.

    The spine is decorated with four raised hubs. It has, “Holy Bible” at the head, the ESV logo, “English Standard Version” above the foot, where the Crossway logo sits, all hot stamped into the goatskin leather.

    The text block is joined to the cover like all edge lined Bibles, by gluing the leather tab from the inner liner to the block and then covering it with a vinyl coated card paper. This one is glued further up the paper to make it more durable.

    At the front you’ll find a presentation page and some family records pages.

    The Omega Heirloom Bible employs a 28gsm PDL paper that has a opacity rating of 79. The Omega uses a 10-pt. Lexicon font for the main text.

    With one page singled out and help up with light showing through from behind you can see how well the line matching was used. It is exceedingly effective in reducing eye strain, and making this Bible a pleasure to read. This coupled with the high quality print job that Jongbloed did makes this a most legible Bible.

    It is a double column, paragraph format layout with drop cap style numbers for the chapters. The book titles appear at the top of the first page of each book. Page numbers are placed at the top and justified to the center of the head. The text is some of the boldest I’ve seen and is very sharp. It contrasts well against the paper and also is a tremendous feature making the Omega a great Bible.

    To make space for the text, the cross references and notes are printed at the bottom of the page. This layout is becoming more and more popular because of its effect on text real estate on the page.

    For you note takers who dare to write in such a lovely Bible 🙂 there is about a half inch margin available. I don’t see much note taking going on here, but if you must…

    As you’ve come to expect on premium Bibles, the page edges are art gilt with red under gold.

    There is a useful 41 page, 3 column concordance in the back of the Omega. Make sure to take advantage of it. It can be a helpful tool.

    I think you’ll be very happy should you decide to purchase an Omega Reference Bible from Crossway. I don’t think there are very many Bibles out there that are any better. It is one of the best. This Bible would make an excellent gift to a person graduating from seminary, a Preacher in your Church, or anyone who enjoys well built Bibles.

  19. J. (verified owner)

    I have the original edition, and it’s a great ESV Bible with larger print. The quality isn’t quite as nice as a Schuyler, but the price is lower. My rating is based on quality for the price. Compared to a Schuyler and disregarding the price difference, I’d rate this edition as four stars. Nothing wrong with it at all, just not quite as luxurious.

  20. Tim (verified owner)

    If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. Their customer service is the best I have ever experienced. I doubt I will ever buy a Bible anywhere else again.

    As far as this beautiful, goatskin, Omega Bible I am thrilled with it’s quality. The line matching is excellent; the pages are vibrant; and the flexibility is fantastic. I think this is the perfect size for preaching for my tastes, and I am looking forward to many years to come with this in the pulpit.

  21. p_slauter (verified owner)

    WOW! This Bible is better than I could have imagined! It combines portability (9.75″ tall x 6.5″ wide x just over 1″ thick) with a generous 10pt font–making it a perfect personal Bible, preaching Bible or teaching Bible. Not only is the size of the Bible and size of the font two huge points in it’s favor, the craftsmanship has been executed flawlessly. The black goatskin feels and smells very nice. The Bible lays flat out of the box–it does start out somewhat stiff due to it’s thinness, but breaks in quite easily. The paper is extremely smooth, highly readable (due to line-matching which eliminates almost all bleed through or ghosting) and almost has a “cream” color tinge to it. I also appreciate the four ribbon markers and red under gold art gilding. The double column layout typically performs poorly in the poetry section, but compared to most double column formats out there, the Omega Thinline Reference created a double column format that is more than satisfactory in the poetry sections.

    This will be my “Bible for every use” Bible. Personal reading, teaching, and/or preaching.

    I HIGHLY recommend giving this a try, especially with the great price from!

  22. Daniel Evans (verified owner)

    Wow! What a fantastic Bible! Beautiful in every way. The text is clear and readable and beautifully set. The cover is outstanding, and the paper is like touching silk. This is going to be one of my two “go to” Bibles and will travel everywhere with me. The service at Evangelical Bible was, as always, superlative!

  23. Mark Varisan (verified owner)

    I just received my Crossway Omega Goatskin Thinline Reference Bible in the mail for the 2nd time!! I say the 2nd time, because once in awhile there are some small defects that can always be expected when mass producing. But my worries were put to rest when the crew at Evangelical Bible was so kind as to replace it and get the 2nd copy to me on the short notice that I needed it by. I’ve bought 6-8 Bibles over the yrs. from Evangelical and I can’t say enough about there service. They also deserve a five star rating. If you have an issue with these people believe me it’s YOU not them. They will go out of there way to make sure there isn’t one for you!!
    Now on to the Bible.
    The ESV is a new version for me. I am more of a traditionalist. NKJV, NASB. I like the NLT but it’s a thought for thought translation. The ESV is a good modern literal translation. Once I felt the translation was a good one, I knew where to go to get a well made version of it. The Omega Thinline is a wonderfully crafted Bible. It’s print is not to small, or to large. crisp and not blurred or fuzzy. The Leather is outstanding. I love Goatskin leather. This one is not to stiff or to buttery. It sits right in the middle. Flexible, but still a bit firm. If you like the thinline Bible style, you will like this one for those reasons. It’s line matched from page to page and zero bleed threw. If I had to give any critique to it they are minor.
    1st: The ribbons are very cheap. Not sure why?? This is not a knock against Crossway. Just about every expensive Bible I’ve bought have the same cheap ribbons!! I’ve become somewhat of an expert at replacing them with good ones. Cost about 30 cents per Bible. 2nd: The spine is too busy with advertisement. There are five things on the spine. 1.) Holy Bible 2.) ESV 3.) ESV logo 4.) English Standard Edition 5.) Crossway. Even writing it seems a bit much. I don’t want to discourage you on these points from buying it. There minor, but their legit. If I had the choice of buying all over again after seeing and having it in my hands I would. I will have many hours of enjoyment with it.

  24. J. (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful edition of Crossway’s ESV. What I love most about it is its handy size and weight (not so large!) and its 10 pt. print size, along with the leather lined goatskin cover. I also like the double column format with the references and footnotes at the bottom instead of in a center column. The width of each text column is therefore good for readability. (I also like single column format IF the line length/word count is not too long.)

    I also love the perimeter stitching, extra yapp, and the softer, almost coppery shade of the art gilt. The four different colored ribbons–black, brown, coppery brown, cream–are also a very nice accent despite their narrowness. The paper is good, and as always, line matching greatly helps with ghosting. Ideally, my older eyes would like slightly bolder printing, but that’s their problem.

    I love the natural grain on this goatskin. It has some longer grain lines than my uniformly pebble-grained Allan and Schuylers do and is just as flexible. The finish does not seem quite as smooth, or maybe seems a bit more matte? This may simply be that it’s a little different, and isn’t a bad thing.

    The particular copy I received is not 100% perfect, however. The gilt line has one spot that’s a little too light, and the inside leather lining feels a bit thinner just below that spot. I think this is probably a tiny fluke that applies only to my copy. The outside cover looks and feels perfect. I’m not about to reject it over this, nor deduct a star. For the sale price I paid this is a superb product.

    The Omega is a premium quality work and, all things considered, ranks right up there in Schuyler and Allan territory. The Omega is also significantly less expensive and is a great value.

    A bit about the translation choice, of which I’ve grown fond–
    The ESV is one of the more literal translations, along with these others that I enjoy using and comparing: NKJV, NASB, KJV.

  25. Dennis (verified owner)

    I just received my new Omega ESV and all I can say is, “wow.” As others have mentioned, this looks like an Allan Bible. I’ve owned an Allan, and I like this better because it does not feel as flimsy. It’s got just the right amount of stiffness to it. The font size is excellent. The yapp is just right, not to much of an overhang. Paper quality is fantastic, especially for a thinline Bible, should not have any issue with getting worn and potentially tearing as this ages. This looks like a workhorse Bible and will be my go to Bible from now on. At $157 (black), it’s a great buy compared to the price of an Allan. It should last forever. As always EV’s service is top notch, arrived in just 4 mailing days, media mail said 4-8 days. Thank you!!

  26. Lynn Shaver (verified owner)

    This is the most nicest Bible that I have ever purchased. It arrived within 5 days of ordering. As soon as I opened the box, the smell of the leather was incredible. The leather is very soft, with a beautiful, deep grain. It feels so good in my hands that I just keep picking it up. In my opinion, the text is perfect, not too big, but certainly not small. The line-matching is extremely well done, and there is very minimal ghosting. I haven’t been able to afford to purchase an Allan, but from what I can see, Crossway has done an amazing job with the Omega. The only issue that I have with this particular Bible, is that I don’t know if I can bring myself to highlight or underling passages in it. It is almost too beautiful. It is a very nice size to carry to church, and too read at home, but I would think twice before stuffing it in a briefcase or backpack for travel, at least not without a proper case. If you decide to purchase the Omega, I don’t believe you will be at all disappointed. Especially at this price. It’s not inexpensive by any means, but it is well worth the money.

  27. Thomas Cross (verified owner)

    This is a fabulous Bible, received in record time, ordered on Wednesday afternoon and receive Friday morning. It is the perfect size, good for carrying around and also good for personal study. The goatskin is immaculate as usual, very flexible and soft. The cross references are put at the bottom right side of the page which makes for a much easier reading. This is the best Bible I have owned. I have ordered many Bibles from, and have never had to return one for any reason.

  28. Liang Wei Ng (verified owner)

    This is the most beautiful ESV that i have purchased.(i have four) It is so nice i actually feel like reading the Bible more. The edges are beautifully lined and the printing is clear and sharp. I was so tempted to buy a second one. It would be nice to have a customised case to protect it. I am really impressed with this product. The feel of the leather is very soft but firm enough.

  29. william ziegler (verified owner)

    I just got a second Crossway Omega. After using the first one I got another to not use but keep new. This Bible is the best ESV on the market. The Schuyler design and cover are awesome. Has very good print. Paper is typical Bible paper. Rather on the thin side but no more than any other Bibles. The thin Bible paper in Bibles drives me nuts. Come on get real Bible manufacturers put real paper in Bibles. The only Bible I know that has thick paper is the Schuyler Quentel NASB Bible. It is awesome. For the price of this Omega Bible you get a fully custom Bible with Schuyler and Allan quality. Better buy while you can. I don’t think they will last long. Maybe I’ll get another to give to someone. I am also waiting for the new Schuyler ESV Quentel due out towards end of year. It will be pretty thick also but about 10 percent less thickness as the NASB Quentel.

  30. Ryan Romine (verified owner)

    This has now become my go to bible for personal study and devotion! From the way that this bible lays virtually flat to the smell of the leather it is an absolute joy to hold in your hands. You know that you have a high end bible at a fraction of the price! My favorite feature of this bible is the text matching which makes it very nice to read with minimal ghosting. My second favorite feature is the soft supple goatskin cover. If you like high end bibles, but the price scares you a little then I suggest picking up the Crossway Omega Thinline!!

  31. Kristopher Setzer (verified owner)

    Just wanted to take a moment to give my thoughts on this excellent Bible. First it is an absolute joy to read from. The font size is just right and the paper is nice. The line matching gives the already opaque page an even cleaner feel. Anotherattribute that contributes to the clean feel of the page would be the references placed on the bottom right of the text on each page as opposed to the center column.Love reading from this Bible. Second the build quality is nice. It seems a little tight at first but I can already tell it is breaking in the more I use it. Nest the goatskin leather is very nice. I’ve owned Allans and a Schulyer and this leather seems every bit as nice. I might add that the leather on my Crossway is thicker than on my Allan,giving it a slightly more luxurious feel. Having said that, this is my go to Bible. The only things I wish were different would be fatter nicer ribbons. The ribbons are long which is nice,but just not wide and silky like Allan Bibles. Also,(probably being spoiled here), I would love to ditch the presentation pages and add lined note paper in the back. Still a 5 out of 5 Bible. Thanks for the great deal Evangelicalbible and thanks for a beautiful Bible,Crossway! This is my go to Bible!

  32. Todd Stewman (verified owner)

    This a finely-crafted Bible. Feels great in your hands. I was used to calfskin, so at first I thought the goatskin was going to be too stiff. But it is actually very soft and malleable. I believe it is a bit thicker than some other goatskin covers I’ve felt, but that gives greater support to the thinline format. The readability is wonderful with a 10.5 font, and I think the presentation on the page is beautiful (i.e. no center column references). Line matching makes any ghosting a non-issue. This is a personal preference thing, but I like the art gilt edges on the Omega better than some of the Allans that I’ve seen. It’s not as dark of a red, so I feel it has a more subtle effect that looks really nice when the Bible is laying open. The only negative I’ve experienced with the Omega is that the references at the end of each page are printed in font that is very small and very light, making them difficult to use. Also, as others have mentioned, I wish the ribbons were a bit more substantial. Other than those things, I’m loving this Bible for reading, study, and preaching. Very nice!

  33. Jeffrey Mellema (verified owner)

    A+! This is one of the best all-around Bibles I’ve handled (and I’ve handled many goatskin Bibles including a couple Cambridges, a Schuyler, and a handful of Allans). A unique format for a two-column reference Bible and a very readable one as well. See my more extensive review here:

  34. Robert Oster (verified owner)

    I received my ESV Omega Goatskin edition in record time (to Australia). This is a superb binding. The cover is soft and melts in the hand. The paper stock is so thin that the book feels like jello to hold — stunning… yet notes with a suitable marker to not bleed through. There’s little ghosting so it’s hardly noticeable. The printing is crisp and clear — readable and legible. The shade of red-under-gold page edging is a soft shade, almost red-orange. Schuyler did an amazing job on the production of this Crossway Bible.

  35. william ziegler (verified owner)

    Bible was extremely well made. Text is clear and just about the right sized font. The pages were larger than I had anticipated and the Bible was thinner than I anticipated. I like a slightly smaller page and thicker paper to minimize bleed through. However this Bibles bleed through was typical of all the Bibles I’m familiar with. The Bible is a 75 year anniversary edition. Am torn between using for reading or keeping as a collector edition. Also has almost a full yap cover of excellent goatskin leather typical of the Schuyler covers. The cover also has a sown edge which should be standard on all high quality Bibles. The only real negative is the small reference and concordance print. The edge printing was a little cluttered with ESV symbol, English Standard version and Crossway name and 4 squares on bottom. Still an excellent high quality Bible. Bible well worth the cost.

  36. Jeff Boyce

    I’ve had my Omega for a couple of months now and it has become by far, my favorite bible. I was initially drawn to purchase it as I felt the price point would make it a great everyday bible that I wouldn’t care about getting a little beat up. But that thought changed as soon as I opened it. The price makes it the best deal out there on a high end bible as it equals the quality of any other brand out there. It is an exceptionally well produced product and i am hopeful that this would lead to Crossway making a larger offering in the high end bible market. This is a bible that I truly enjoy and am more and more impressed with every-time I read through it. I own many Cambridge and several Allan bibles and the Omega is certainly in like company with them. I’d add a 6th star as possible!

  37. Jerry Van Kuiken (verified owner)

    I ordered my bible on Wednesday and received it on Saturday. That is fast service! The bible is beautiful, with smooth white paper, nice print (although the references are very small). The leather is supple. I was surprised at how compact and light this bible was compared to an NIV Cambridge goatskin that I own. This is a bible you can use for a lifetime.

  38. J.Raymond Williams

    Crossway Omega Goatskin Thin line Reference – Limited edition
    Crossway Publishing Company of Wheaton, Illinois and teamed up to design and develop the ESV Omega Reference bible in celebration of Crossway’s 75th Anniversary. They used Crossway’s recently released Large Print Thin line Reference bible as its base. This newly designed text block removed the potential distraction references that are usually placed between the two columns to the bottom of each page. Even though the text block measures 9.0 x 6.0 inch text block, the bible seems wider because the placement of the reference.
    Once Crossway decided on the text block, they went to world renowned Jongboed of the Netherlands to print and bind this limited edition reference bible using premium materials. Jongboed has been the secret behind the outstanding Cambridge bibles over the past several years. They decided to use a goatskin leather cover with leather linings, a high quality Bible paper, Smyth Sewn binding, Overcast Stitching and a black print text (not a red letter edition). Using all these premium ingredients, Jongboed produced the gorgeous ESV Omega bible. I was stunned when I opened the box. I starred at disbelief. I was convinced that only R.L. Allan could produce a bible with this type of quality, However, I was mistaken Jongboed of the Netherlands is serving notice to all of the bible lovers that it can produce a premium bible and that they have close gap a bit between them and R. L. Allan. After using the bible a long side my Allan ESV reader for a day or two and I did discover one short coming but nothing that could not be corrected. The ribbons are thin and uneven; I replaced them with two cardinal red statin 3/8 inch ones (to match the red and yellow head & tail bands) this now makes the Omega to look like an Allan at first glance.
    The goatskin leather is smoother thicker and a bit stiffer than the Highland Goatskin on my Allan ESV Reader, however, it about the same thickness as my Allan NASB Reader. The goatskin looks very similar to my Cambridge goatskins bibles with a wider yapp.
    The paper is high quality Bible paper with reddish/brown under gold art gilt edging (not as deep red as Allan’s edging). The art gilt edging matches my Cambridge bibles. The 10 point font is thin but easy for my 40 year old plus eyes. The Line Matching limits ghosting (bleed though), and is great for underlining or highlighting.
    Crossway ESV Omega Reference is a great value at $157.00 and ranks second only to the Allan ESV Reader. I would describe this as an “upgraded” Cambridge bible with leather lining. The Omega bible is a beautifully hand crafted portable bible that has become one of my favorites. I gave the Omega bible a 5 star rating once I replaced the ribbons.

  39. Ryan Carter (verified owner)

    Holy Cow. What a Bible. Honestly, the happiest I have ever been with a Bible purchase. Leather is near perfect for my tastes. It is a bit thicker than Allan’s normal leather, so it supports the text block very nicely. Makes it perfect for holding in your hand. But it is still super flexible. The thinness of this Bible is remarkable. It feels perfect. The text is just the right size. Does not make you feel like they tried to maximize every square mm but is still big enough for pulpit use. Moving the references to the corner is genius, and should be tried on other editions. Would love to see something the size of a pitt minion in this kind of format. Paper is very good for a Bible this thin. Remarkable in fact. The thinness does have the trade-off of a large footprint, but it is worth it. Ribbons are not the best, but that is being nit picky on what is an otherwise flawless Bible.

  40. Daniel Doss (verified owner)

    This Bible is a bargain at $157. I ordered an Allan ESV1, Cambridge Clarion, Pitt Minion, and Schuyler NKJV as well as this one in about at 3 month period. Of the premium Bibles, this one hits hard on the most areas. It is the thinnest of the premiums (except for the Pitt, which is a compact edition). It’s leather is thicker and more substantial than the Allan. Although, Schuyler has the most elegant goatskin, the Omega’s goatskin makes me confident to take it with me out and about. Also, I decided to get the Omega for my brother for his birthday after choosing between all I’d purchased. I wanted to get him one that is highly readable (large print, references tucked in bottom right, not center), easily portable, and premium to last a lifetime. The only things I would change about it are the spine print is too busy, I could have done with out a couple of the items they printed on the spine. Less is more, my opinion. And the ribbons are rather thin, the Allan ribbons are the best. However, ribbons are low on my list of what makes a Bible great to use. Once again…this is the thinnest and most practical of the premium Bibles I own. Even the Clarion having a small footprint is a bit thick and floppy with super thin pages rendering it not very portable. $157 is more than a fair price in my opinion. The Word of God deserves printings this premium.

  41. Don Hinson

    Very nicely done by Crossway. This is my first goatskin Bible and you can tell the difference from other bindings. The text is a readable font and I like the layout with text columns and references at the bottom right of each page. However, the references are fairly small and harder for my aging eyes to read. In addition, there is some ghosting, but less than many others I have seen. But those are the sacrifices of a thinline that is easy to carry around. I am very happy with my purchase.

  42. Terry L Deck (verified owner)

    I was very pleased with my Crossway Omega. I admit that I had some reservations about paying so much for a Crossway, but those reservations were put to rest when I took this out of the box. The binding on this Crossway is first class. The print is easy to read, the font size accommodates my eyesight very nicely and the paper quality is outstanding. In my opinion, this compares quite favorably to an Allan Personal Reference ESV which I previously owned. This Crossway is a pleasure to hold and use. All in all, I would recommend this Bible highly.

  43. Robert Gall (verified owner)

    I just received this beautiful Bible. First the ESV text is easy to read. Second, the quality of the goatskin is amazing. It’s supple right out of the box. When I preach, I tend to be a Bible folder, and this one doesn’t fold as easily some others, but that’s fine.

    This will now be my preaching Bible, and I’m looking forward to years of service with this new friend.

  44. Stephen George (verified owner)

    First off, I love the ESV Version!! Hand’s down is my first choice to read and study. I honestly didn’t know what to expect out of this Bible when I ordered it. I knew it was from Crossway so I didn’t expect the details to be covered like an Allan or a Cambridge… boy was I wrong! This thing is awesome!! Thanks for offering us top of the line products! Highly recommend this one!

  45. Daniel Fuhrman (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful, high quality Bible. The materials and construction are amazing – almost as good as an Allan. The form factor is a delight, and the font size, readability, column formatting, and overall feel is wonderful. The only ESV which I might prefer is my Allan Reader’s edition – which I notice is often out of print. This is just as readable, if not more so due to the outstanding column layout, but only lacks extra margin space for note taking. Also, there is nothing quite like the feel of a full yapp Allan but this comes mighty close. Thank you for such an excellent product.

  46. Ray Cabrera

    I love my Omega, Leather grain reminds me of the Schuyler Bible Grain, both bound by Jongbloed so no surprise. Like everyone else ribbon quality only issue, mine was fraying out of the box, put a match to it, fixed everything. You would think that detail would be better, that said hands down my new favorite. The Leather grain, leather lining, binding plus the inline printing and font size 10pt. on a thin-line is just Great. Love It.

  47. Ray Cabrera

    I love my Omega, Leather grain reminds me of the Schuyler Bible Grain, both bound by Jongbloed so no surprise. Like everyone else ribbon quality only issue, mine was fraying out of the box, put a match to it, fixed everything. You would think that detail would be better, that said hands down my new favorite. The Leather grain, leather lining, binding plus the inline printing and font size 10pt. on a thin-line is just Great. Love It.

  48. Christopher Dumais

    Well the Omega arrived today. I have to say I’m very happy with this one. Firstly, this does very much remind me of my Jongloed bound Allan NASB. It’s stiffer than a London bound Allan but has a nice natural grain to the goatskin. The size is something I have looked for for a while in a quality binding and the paper is very thin but surprisingly opaque. The line matching is awesome and print stands out nicely on very white pages. It’s so nice to recieve a preorder and not be totally disappointed. The only fault I can find is the ribbon choice but I did expect it and it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. Well done Crossway. This is a steal while supplies last guys.

  49. Phillip Howle (verified owner)

    This is just a great Bible is so many ways. The cover is a thick deep grained goatskin with leather lining. It is semi-yapp and the binding is solid. It is a little tight off the bat, but should break in nicely. The Bible just feels solidly constructed in your hand. The layout is the best ESV layout you can get in a double column. The line matching, column width, nice font size and paper make it easy to read, study, or preach from. I have have used the Large Print Thinline in Top Grain since it came out. Sure, some might want nicer ribbons, but come on they are ribbons and they do the job adequately. There is just not much to not like about this Bible.

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