One of the best FREE features with the purchase of the ESV Study Bible is the online version. When you purchase it, it comes with a code. Once you register, you get a username and password and total access to the same materials in your physical study Bible, but now online. I have to say… It is one of the best that I have come across.
One of my favorites is that everything in the physical study Bible (Scripture, study notes, charts, tables, maps, illustrations, etc.) is available in the online version to download or use with teaching & preaching!
Check out this detailed blog post for a full walk-through of the ESV Online Study Bible:
We are pleased to announce that the ESV Online Study Bible is now available. This site is open to everyone, and has special features that can be unlocked with a code included in every print ESV Study Bible. We’ve also made these special features available for free in the book of Matthew, so you can try the site while you wait for your print ESV Study Bible to arrive.
This online version contains everything from the print version, along with features we could only provide in electronic format. Here’s a rundown of some of these features.
Whenever you select a portion of Scripture with your mouse, a box appears that allows you to highlight that portion in one of five colors.
These highlights will be visible every time you log into your account, so you can highlight a portion of text while reading on one computer and still see the highlights anywhere you go.
The ESV Online Study Bible is a wide-margin edition, so you can add your own notes and comments.
Now you can add any note that will help focus and direct your study.
You can edit your notes by double-clicking on them.
Just as with highlighting, your notes are stored with your account, so they are accessible from any computer.
Footnotes and Cross-References
Clicking the blue numbers in the text will take you to the footnotes, and clicking the blue letters will follow cross-references to other verses. Clicking orange verse references in the study notes will take you to the listed verses.
If you just want to quickly view the footnote or reference, hovering your mouse pointer over any link will reveal that footnote, reference, or verse right on the page.
Adjustable Notes Sidebar
The ESV Study Bible is packed with detailed notes to help you better understand the content and context of Scripture. To keep these notes manageable, they can be collapsed…
…one-by-one, or all at once.
At the bottom of each page is a list of all the relevant charts, diagrams, maps, and illustrations from the ESV Study Bible.
Clicking on any of the icons will open the full-sized resource.
At the top of each page is a “Listen” link. Clicking this link will play back an audio recording of the displayed passage.
All the articles in the ESV Study Bible are available online.
You can search the ESV Online Study Bible by keyword or Scripture reference.
Coming Soon: Search Notes, New Audio
We are working on making the Study Notes searchable. We’ll also be replacing our current audio recording with a brand-new one.
Our plan is to continually improve the ESV Online Study Bible with new features and refinements to existing features. Any feedback is welcome: just leave a comment on this post.
If You Don’t Have a Registration Code
Even if you don’t have a registration code, the ESV Online Study Bible offers you several features:
- Create a personal account
- Search the ESV text
- Write personal notes
- Highlight Scripture
Basically, without a registration code you can do everything except access the ESV Study Bible notes and resources. If you buy a print ESV Study Bible later, you can unlock these notes and resources. One of our goals is to make the ESV Online Study Bible useful to you, even if you don’t yet own a print ESV Study Bible.