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ESV “Truth” Edition and RSS Memory Plan Available

ESV Truth BibleCrossway just published its “Truth” edition of the ESV. This paperback Bible is designed especially for non-Christians and new Christians; it drives readers to the ultimate truth of God’s Word. It has the following features:

  • The Truth About Truth introduction to the Bible
  • How to Read the Bible
  • Favorite Bible passages
  • Topical index of key verses
  • Plan of salvation
  • Verses to memorize
  • Two Bible-reading plans
  • Full Bible text with text notes

OK, so you can get that information just from reading Crossway’s ads. We want to go beyond the marketing and give you the inside scoop. To that end, we offer you three goodies:

First, here’s a PDF (265K) of the introduction to Truth. It contains “A Good Place to Start,” “The Truth About Truth,” “How to Read the Bible,” “What the Bible Says About Truth” (favorite passages), “The Truth About…” (topical index), a Forty-Day Bible Reading Plan, and the Contents.

Second, we asked Justin Taylor, who did some work on this edition, to write a little bit about what he did. He has a longer post on his blog. Go read it. Here’s an excerpt about the Bible memory plan he developed:

There’s nothing fancy about it. It is simply 52 Bible passages, one for each week of the year. Each passage has a corresponding “truth,” providing a broad overview of some key topics of theology. For example, for each of the first 18 weeks you memorize an attribute of God. In week 19, you memorize a verse on the Trinity. Weeks 20-22 cover Christ’s threefold office. Weeks 23-28 deal with six attributes of Scripture. Weeks 29-41 cover soteriology, weeks 42-45 deal with eschatology and eternity, and weeks 46-49 deal with ecclesiology. Week 50 is on the New Covenant, week 51 is on the Great Commandments, and week 52 is on the Great Commission.

He also has a great quote from John Piper about the value of memorizing Scripture.

Third, we’re making an RSS feed of the memory plan available. The feed updates itself every day to help jog your memory throughout the week, and you get a new verse to memorize every Sunday. New Testament passages include mp3s so you can both hear and read the passages. As Justin mentions above, these passages cover many of the key doctrines of the Bible. You can also download a pdf (42K) of the memory plan.

May 27, 2005 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:02 am | (4) Comments »

Ask the Translators #1 Reminder

If you want to submit questions to blogger Adrian Warnock for the ESV Translation Oversight Committee, please send them to him by today.

Update: Adrian has posted the questions on his blog. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions, and to Adrian for being willing to coordinate them.

May 25, 2005 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:33 am | (2) Comments »

ESV Parallel Bible Editions

In case you don’t know, the ESV is available in a few parallel editions:

A couple more non-English parallel editions are in the works. We’ll keep you updated when we can share more.

May 23, 2005 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:06 am | Comments Off »

Bible Publishing Economics 101

Bryce from The Lion Rampant asks an excellent question about how Crossway decides which editions to publish. The answer requires a look into the economics of Bible publishing.

The What

All editions of the ESV come from a family of settings. A “setting” (short for “typesetting”) is how the text appears on the page. For example, compare these pages from the Classic Thinline and Classic Reference editions:

Side-by-side comparison of pages from the Classic Thinline and Classic Reference editions

Even from this small image you can see several differences. Most noticeably, the Classic Reference (on the right) has an introduction and a center-column reference system. The Classic Thinline has a longer line length and can fit more on a page–the Classic Thinline has 200 fewer pages than the Classic Reference.

The Classic Thinline and Classic Reference are two distinct settings of the ESV text. At the time of this writing, Crossway has four settings of the complete ESV, developed in this order: Classic Reference, Classic Thinline, One Year Bible, and Large Print.

But Crossway has more than four editions of the ESV, and with that realization we uncover an important part of Bible publishing: Crossway uses the same setting for multiple editions at multiple sizes. They simply shrink or enlarge the text to fit. Here are the settings used in most of the current editions:

Setting Editions
Classic Thinline Classic Thinline, Compact BattleZone, Compact Thinline, Compact TruGlo, Compact TruGrip, Compact TruTone
Classic Reference Classic Reference, Deluxe Reference
Large Print Large Print, Children’s Bible
One Year Bible One Year® Bibles

Thus, if you compare a Compact Thinline and a Classic Thinline side-by-side, you’ll see that the only difference between them is the size of the paper and of the type.

The Why

With that background, we can now talk about why Crossway puts out the editions they do. Simply put, creating a new setting of the ESV text costs about $50,000 to typeset and proofread. To be good stewards of their resources, Crossway tries to use each setting in as many ways as possible.

Therefore, publishing a TruGlo edition (for example) using the Classic Thinline setting is much less expensive than coming out with, say, an entirely new, single-column edition of the ESV.

The TruGlo edition is just one of many bindings that are part of a multiple-edition print run. In other words, Crossway prints the text for all the Compact Thinlines, TruGrips, TruGlos, etc. at the same time and puts different covers on them. Thus, in comparison to doing a new typesetting, there is very little additional cost when Crossway does multiple bindings of one print run.

Crossway recognizes that people want variety in settings, sizes, and covers, and Crossway will provide choice in all of them: over time, Crossway will be developing new settings. (They do plan a single-column edition, for example, though they haven’t yet set a date for it.)

May 20, 2005 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:11 am | (4) Comments »

Ask the Translators #1

As we mentioned last week, the ESV Translation Oversight Committee (TOC) is meeting the first week in June 2005, and we want to give blog readers a special treat.

We’ve asked blogger Adrian Warnock to submit a list of questions to the TOC for them to answer during their meeting. Over on his blog he’s taking suggestions for the questions he should ask.

We’re confident that you and he will together come up with some great questions. The only constraint we’ve imposed is that the questions need to be about the ESV–not the ESV vs. another translation. We should also note that the TOC doesn’t determine when Crossway will publish specific editions of the ESV; if you want to know when a certain edition will be available, they probably won’t be able to provide you an answer.

The questions can be as broad as asking about the ESV’s translation philosophy or as narrow as why the TOC translated a specific verse the way they did. Don’t feel like you need to shy away from tough questions.

Head over to Adrian’s site if you have a burning question about the ESV you’d like answered. The deadline for the questions is next Thursday, May 26, 2005.

Update: Adrian has posted the questions on his blog. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions, and to Adrian for being willing to coordinate them.

May 17, 2005 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 5:30 pm | Comments Off »