The ESV Study Bible contains more than 2,750 pages of extensive Bible resources, including commentary, maps, illustrations, charts, timelines, and articles created by a team of 93 evangelical scholars and teachers. In addition to the 757,000 words of the ESV Bible itself, the notes and resources of the ESV Study Bible comprise an additional 1.1 million words of explanation and teaching.
The ESV Study Bible was first published in October 2008, supported by a $1 million advertising campaign. Its first run of 100,000 copies sold out before the copies had finished being printed. Within the first six months, 300,000 copies had been printed in total.