ESV Diadem Reference Edition Bible with Apocrypha, Hardback Edition

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The Diadem Reference Edition enlarges the classic and elegant text design of the Pitt Minion Edition, widely admired for its fine combination of readable text and efficient use of space. The beautiful Lexicon font retains the elegance of traditional Bible lettering, while offering the clarity of reading provided by modern fonts. The text is arranged in paragraph format and supported by centre-column cross-references, a comprehensive concordance, and 15 colour maps. The leather bindings come in calf split leather and calfskin and have red-letter text.

The ESV Diadem Edition hardbacks feature stunning cover artwork and include a presentation page. They have black-letter text throughout. Like Cambridge Bibles in leather, the hardbacks are fully sewn for flexibility and strength. 

This is the beginning of a new family of Bibles, published first in the ESV translation.

  • stunning cover artwork
  • American spelling ESV text
  • choice of contemporary or traditional binding styles


Typography: approx. 8.1 pt Lexicon

Page size: 212 x 149 mm

Page extent: 1162pp., with Apocrypha 1392pp.

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Weight 3 lbs

2 reviews for ESV Diadem Reference Edition Bible with Apocrypha, Hardback Edition

  1. William Paul Johnson, Jr. (verified owner)

    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS has ‘hit’ another ‘home run’ with its all-new ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION [ESV] ‘Diadem Reference Edition’ typesetting of THE HOLY BIBLE which includes ‘the Old and New Testaments and the Books called Apocrypha’!

    As I’ve often said, “I am no prophet…” But I will venture this prediction, “This typesetting of the Holy Scriptures is certain to be hugely popular not only with Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians, but also with ‘open minded’ Protestants! Amen.”

    I am (of course) technically reviewing the ‘hardback/black letter’ edition of the typesetting (ISBN 978-1-316-51339-2) of the Text…but also with ‘intense anticipation’ of the red letter editions of the typesetting of the Text that will also ‘boast’ the elegant and finely crafted leather bindings that CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS is so famous for in the ‘spring of 2022’ (as ‘noted’ on the beautifully designed dust jacket depicting a ‘crown of thorns’ against a deep purple background that comes with this hardback edition of the ESV).

    I also might ‘mention’ that the ‘crown of thorns’ insignia on the dust jacket has been embossed into the deep black ‘front cover’ of the volume with the words HOLY BIBLE imprinted ‘in gold’ right above the ‘insignia’…absolutely beautiful!

    This is one of those ‘rare instances’ where a hardback edition of ‘the Holy Scriptures’ can also be ‘seen and viewed’ as a ‘high end’ edition of the Bible!

    The ‘bible paper’ is of the same ‘velvety/silky smooth’ caliber that CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS utilizes in all of its finest publications (such as the ‘Cameo Reference series’ of Bibles for example). And ‘the printing’ of the fonts is so clear…so sharp…so dark…so distinct! A real ‘pleasure’ to read! And all of the ‘leaves and pages’ are smyth-sewn…not glued…and with a single ‘black satin’ [🎀] ribbon marker…such quality!

    And the edition also has a concordance. Keep in mind though that the concordance only ‘applies’ to the ‘Old & New Testaments’ of the ESV…words and verses from the ESV Apocrypha are NOT indexed at this time in the concordance.

    Also as regards the ESV translation of the Apocrypha…this is ‘a revision’ of the ESV Apocrypha as published in the 2009 edition from OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS of ‘THE ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION BIBLE with APOCRYPHA’ (ISBN 978-0-19-528910-7). According to ‘the Preface of the Apocrypha’ a committee of 20 persons consisting of Roman Catholic and Protestant scholars worked on and contributed to the ‘revision’…

    And last (but not least) I must mention the 15 ‘absolutely gorgeous’ color Bible maps in the edition’s atlas! Again…such quality!

    “A Bible collector’s delight…no ifs…no ands…no buts!”

    [William Paul Johnson, Jr.]

  2. paul (verified owner)

    Finally a ESV with the Apocrypha. Purchased the ESV Diadem Reference Edition with Apocrypha. For the price it’s a good Bible with good line matching and clear crisp text. If you’re looking for a inexpensive hardback Bible with the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books I would recommend buying this Bible.

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