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J. I. Packer Audio Clip about the ESV

Here’s a brief audio clip (460KB MP3) of what J. I. Packer said about the ESV at a banquet hosted by Crossway at the International Christian Retail Show in 2006. A transcript:

I was privileged to act as General Editor of the English Standard Version, and now that I look back on what we did in producing that version, I find myself suspecting very strongly that this was the most important thing that I have ever done for the Kingdom, and that the product of our labors is perhaps the biggest milestone in Bible translation in certainly this last 50 years, and perhaps more. Perhaps I ought to be saying 100 years—I think I should, actually—because it was almost 100 years ago that the paraphrase renderings of the Bible began to present themselves, as they did, as the version that you ought to read if you want to understand the Word of God. I think that, while in the short term it was not false entirely, did set the world of Bible translation and distribution off on what long-term was going to prove a false trail.

Crossway used a form of this quote in two press releases in 2006. The audio only recently became available.

August 10, 2007 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:19 am | (4) Comments »


  1. Here’s a quote from an audio clip of what J.I. Packer said about the ESV last year…

    Trackback by Buzzard Blog — August 10, 2007 @ 11:04 am

  2. Everyone knows how much I love the ESV, but I wonder what J.I. Packer thinks?…

    Trackback by Busy Thoughts — August 17, 2007 @ 7:42 am

  3. Bible: J.I. Packer on what he suspects to be “the most important thing that I have ever done for the Kingdom”—his work on the English Standard Version. (HT: JT)

    Trackback by JoshHarris.com — August 20, 2007 @ 7:40 am

  4. One of my heroes is JI Packer, who had been declared one of the “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” by Time Magazine in 2005. He helped introduce me to the Puritans…

    Trackback by What will your verse be? — August 26, 2007 @ 7:38 am

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