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Absolutely beautiful. This is a fabulous gift Bible.
The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by artist Dana Tanamachi.
- ESV translation.
- Brief history of illustrated manuscripts. I think this was a great inclusion – my children were drawn to these beautiful pages, and the article helped them appreciate the history behind the practice.
- Index of title pages, which brief explanations of the imagery chosen for each book of the Bible
- Illuminated hard cover case for book shelf storage that will protect this volume so it will last for years.
This is gorgeous artwork. It’s very impressive that it can be so stunning, yet never draw away focus on the words themselves. Rather, the pages that feature the artwork draw the reader in, whether it’s to learn more about the individual book of the bible and learn how the imagery relates, or simply to a deeper comtemplation of the actual words in a highlighted passage.
The artwork itself is largely built around hte words themselves, using different typefaces and font sizes to empahsize meaning and direct attention. In addition, there are interpretive illustrations for the title page of each book of the Bible.
All illuustrations are in gold tones; many are a metallic gold, which others appear to be more of a non-memtallic gold tone one might find in the leaves of autmn.
The pages are delicate, fine paper.
Personally, this is not a Bible wthat I would carry to and from church; rather, this is a book that I would keep at home for personal study. I find the imagery inspirational, but more importantly, thought provoking. Others may see this as a beautiful addition to a room that simulataneously makes God’s word avaiable for study at any moment while providing beauty to the environment.
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