OK, I admit it…I’m a total geek when it comes to study Bibles. I love them! The more features, the better. That’s why I’m so excited that Olive Tree will be releasing the ESV Study Bible from Crossway, due in December. I got to see a demonstration of the beta product on the iPhone and am very impressed!

There is an incredible wealth of information in this Bible. In addition to the ESV Bible there are over 20,000 text notes, 50 articles, 80,000 cross references, more than 200 charts, and a wealth of illustrations. The publishers say that it is the equivalent to a 20-volume research library, and I believe them! In addition to all the cross references and notes, the book introductions are thorough and cover every topic I need to bring me up to speed about the author, the text, the themes, the arrangement, the text’s significance, and the timeframe of its writing.  The thing that impressed me most in the BibleReader version of the ESV Study Bible was the ability to drill down through the table of contents. The very complexity of the book introductions is one of the features of this Bible, but translating that information to your mobile device means that those introductions can run to many, many screens of information. While all of that information is great, it may not be relevant to what you need at the moment. Now, instead of having to scroll through everything to get to, say, the illustrated timeline for a book, you can drill down through the table of contents and in just a few short clicks the BibleReader takes you straight there! Another feature of this Bible is the study notes located throughout the text. These have been made available in commentary format, which means they can be easily accessed from wherever you are in the Bible.

I’m told that the Olive Tree BibleReader ESV Study Bible will be available on the iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile Professional and Windows Mobile Classic (Pocket PC) Platforms. Be sure to watch for it soon.