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Featuring Notes on the Bible Text from Important Figures in Church History, Including Augustine, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, and C. S. Lewis 

The ESV Church History Study Bible is designed to help believers in all seasons of life understand the Bible with notes from over 300 of church history’s most prominent figures. 

Edited by Stephen J. Nichols, Gerald Bray, and Keith A. Mathison, this Bible features 20,000+ study notes from historical figures including Athanasius of Alexandria, John Chrysostom, Martin Luther, John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards, and Charles Spurgeon. This study Bible also includes articles by trusted scholars on major aspects of church history, a glossary of historical figures, and “This Passage in History” callouts. Created for serious readers, students, and teachers of God’s Word, the ESV Church History Study Bible highlights voices from the past offering wisdom for the present.

  • 20,000 Study Notes: Features commentary notes from prominent figures in church history, including Martin Luther, John Bunyan, and Charles Spurgeon
  • References for Easier Bible Study: Includes an introduction to each book, a glossary of historical figures, a full concordance, and ecumenical creeds of the church 
  • In-Depth Scholarship: Features 12 articles about the different phases of church history, the differences in Christian traditions, the history of biblical interpretation, and more
  • High-Quality Production: Features a smyth-sewn binding and easy-to-read format
  • Editors: Edited by Stephen J. Nichols (General Editor), Gerald Bray, and Keith A. Mathison (Associate Editors)


“The apostle Paul prayed that Christians would have strength to comprehend the dimensions of Christ’s love together ‘with all the saints’ (Eph. 3:18), and there is a sense in which that should be both our own prayer and our approach when we study any biblical truth or indeed any passage in Scripture. But how can we ordinary Christians do this without access to a vast library of resources from the two-thousand-year history of the church? The ESV Church History Study Bible is one very substantial and wonderfully helpful answer. Here, without detracting from the importance of being able to ‘read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest’ the Word of God itself, readers are invited to sit down with some of the greatest and most spiritually tuned minds of the ages and engage in Bible study together with them. They may not be ‘all the saints’ but they are certainly ones you would choose to help you in Bible study! The ESV Church History Study Bible promises to be a long-lasting gift to every Christian home and will provide a lifetime of help and encouragement.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“I want my preaching to reflect biblical insights from the past as well as the present. So, my preparation typically includes commentary from the church fathers, Reformers, Puritans, and other leaders from church history. Now the ESV Church History Study Bible puts those riches within easy reach of every student of the Word of God. This new resource will help pastors and other Bible teachers expound, illustrate, and apply the Scriptures with greater clarity, creativity, and conviction.”
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

“The ESV Church History Study Bible is an exceptional resource merging the clarity of the ESV translation and the rich history of the Christian church. Containing valuable articles and commentary from the church’s most trusted historians and theologians, this study Bible allows readers to peer through the windows of each era of church history where the mighty acts of God are unmistakably on display. May God use this volume to ignite a new generation of believers passionate about the past, present, and future in which God’s plan continues to unfold in Jesus Christ.”
Dustin Benge, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, The Loveliest Place

“The same Holy Spirit who inspired the Scriptures has illumined the church to receive and understand it. We do not read the Word of God as the first ever to do so but in a long line of those whom the Spirit has taught and from whose insights we continue to benefit. The ESV Church History Study Bible brings the fruit of that light to enrich our study of God’s Word.”
Alan D. Strange, Professor of Church History, Mid-America Reformed Seminary

“It is a great joy and a true blessing to read Scripture with God’s saints across the generations. The ESV Church History Study Bible is an impressive resource that has tremendous potential to strengthen and deepen people’s faith. Take and read.”
Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College

“It is said we stand on the shoulders of giants. In this unique study Bible, readers will be connected with the voices of the faithful from generations past. This will enhance the reader’s worship of God and enrich their understanding of the faith once for all delivered to the saints.”
John Mark Yeats, Professor of Church History, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary