This Christmas, my church purchased ESV study Bibles for Sunday School teachers. The thinking was to give them an all-in-one resource to help them work out sticky passages and better grasp the meaning of the Bible.
But there is a downside to these type of Bibles, even if they are very well done. I’ve often found myself checking the notes before I struggle to understand the text on its own merits. That is why I normally recommend plain text Bibles with minimal notes.
What do you think? Which Bible would you recommend and to what types of readers?