Published on July 10, 2014 by Jim Zaspel

Crossway, 2013 | 1904 pages

The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible, released September 2013 from Crossway, is produced out of the conviction that the Bible is a unified message of God’s grace culminating in Jesus. It is a significant tool to help readers see Christ in all of Scripture, and grace for all of life.

Some reviewers have called the Gospel Transformation Bible (GTB) the “Gospel Transformation Study Bible,” but this is a bit misleading because the word “study” is not in the title. Dane Ortlund, managing editor of the GTB, says, “The omission was intentional because the GTB takes a different approach to Scripture than the typical study Bible, evidenced in the following distinctions:

  • A study Bible aims at the mind, the GTB aims at the heart.
  • A study Bible helps you understand what the text meant, the GTB helps you understand what the text means.
  • A study Bible drills in and gives a micro treatment of a text, the GTB steps back and gives a macro treatment of how that text fits into the single story that dawns in Genesis 1 and concludes in Revelation 22.
  • A study Bible offers more interpretation, the GTB offers more application.
  • A study Bible mainly taps into the domains of exegesis and systematic theology, the GTB taps into the domain of biblical theology.
  • A study Bible is a project rooted in 2 Tim 3:16-17 (the whole Bible teaches God’s truth), the GTB is a project rooted in Luke 24:26-27 (the whole Bible is about God’s Son).

The Gospel Transformation Bible will equip both new and seasoned believers with a gospel-centered reading of Scripture, enabling God’s people to see that the message of the Bible is a unified one—“to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” 

Learn More:

  • Watch an introductory video to the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible.


  • Watch a video interview with the project’s general editor, Dr. Bryan Chapell.



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Esv Gospel Transformation Bible

Crossway, 2013 | 1904 pages

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