We’ve released ten new spots in the “Bible for Life” radio campaign. Each one-minute spot has someone reading a passage from the ESV and meditating on it.
Listen to all the spots at www.bibleforlife.org.
Gary at Resurgence interviews Leland Ryken, a member of the ESV translation team and co-editor of the recent ESV Literary Study Bible. Their topics range from the Pacific Northwest to translation philosophy. One exchange:
GS: Lastly, for Christians who care about the Bible and want to reach people around them with the gospel, what are some helpful tools that you would encourage them to obtain for their benefit (such as books, sermons and/or websites)?
LR: The “primary text” needs to be the Bible. The next most important resource is contact with the Bible–in church and in small groups as well as in personal reading. For me personally, hearing excellent expository sermons week in, week out, has been my best resource; Christians who lack it are at a great disadvantage, in my view. A good Bible handbook and study Bible are obvious assets. Let me say, though, that it is a great temptation these days to elevate “helps” and “aids” to the neglect of the Bible itself.
Gary further mentions that Bible references on the Resurgence website now show the ESV text when you click them (for example, see the Bible references in this post). You can get a similar effect on your blog using the ESV WordPress Plugin.
In other Resurgence news, the ESV is part of Re:Greek (formerly zhubert.com), a great resource that lets you see the New Testament in the original Greek side-by-side with English translations like the ESV, NASB, and KJV.
TheResurgence is an outgrowth of Mars Hill Church, whose preaching pastor, Mark Driscoll, is a Crossway author.
Richard at the Puritan Board forum writes about using a pew Bible as his primary Bible:
On some past thread regarding the sturdiness (or lack thereof) of American-made Bibles, a couple of folks said that they own personal copies of pew Bibles, since they are built to last. They also noted that pew Bibles have the advantage of being “just the text”—no distracting notes or other paraphernalia to get in the way.
I pondered getting one but, for whatever reason, didn’t do it. Then, today, I saw in a Christian bookstore that the ESV folks have put out a large-print pew Bible. The print is 12.75-point type, the verse numbers are in very dark type (a good thing) and the Bibles are hard-bound (natch, being intended for years of church wear and tear). They come in black, blue, and red. The words of Christ are in black (another good thing). And, they’re only $21.95.
I bought one. I finally found a sturdy Bible with big enough print for my almost 55-year-old eyes. Now if it only came with each verse starting on its own line (instead of paragraphing), I’d really be set!
Justin at Buzzard Blog talks about spending time with Dan Wallace of Dallas Theological Seminary:
I had the privilege of spending a good portion of my day with Dan Wallace, professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, Senior New Testament Editor of the NET Bible, and connoisseur of strong, bold coffee….
Dan spent the morning preaching at CPC, delivering a message entitled, “Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then?” Dan’s message was a tremendous, clear, and witty treatment of the reliability of our New Testament documents….
Dan is a great guy and a lot of fun to be around. Dan fielded scores of questions from us related to textual criticism, new manuscript discovery, contemporary challenges to the authority of the NT, and translation theory (when I asked Dan his opinion of modern English translations I was happy to hear his hearty, enthusiastic endorsement of the ESV).
Justin goes on to talk about the work Dr. Wallace “is doing with the Center for The Study of New Testament Manuscripts which is aggressively working to better preserve ancient manuscripts of the Greek New Testament and which has, in the last four years, discovered more biblical manuscripts than any other institute in the world.”
Listen to Dr. Wallace’s message (iTunes or direct 10MB MP3) at Central Peninsula Church. The message discusses how we can have confidence in the reliability of the New Testament despite not having access to the original manuscripts, concluding that “the Bible that you hold in your hands is the very Word of God.”
We’ve previously linked to Dr. Wallace’s Succinct History of the English Bible, a four-part series that recounts the history on English Bible translations from Wycliffe through the twenty-first century.
A unique feature of listening through an audio Bible is that you can’t skip over things when it becomes repetitious or ‘dull’. Listening can also bring a unique perspective. I didn’t know what to expect coming to Leviticus, but it was surprisingly interesting. When the requirements for Jewish ceremony, sacrifices, cleansings are delivered with the authority Max McLean gives it, it has a completely different tone than struggling to read through it.
Faith by Hearing has a number of helpful audio resources if you’re looking for something to put on your MP3 player for commuting or simply for your edification.