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New “Bible for Life” Radio Spots (March 2008)

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.

This month features Jeff Jones from Big Daddy Weave, Janna Long from Avalon, one about Ivan Prokhanov, and others.

Listen to all the spots at www.bibleforlife.org.

March 31, 2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 3:55 pm | Comments Off »

RSS Devotions

Jeff at RootsRain writes how RSS feeds have helped keep his Bible reading on-track this year:

I’ve tried over and over for several years to stick to a Bible-reading plan where I’d get through the Bible in a year. But somewhere around Leviticus or I Chronicles I stall and peter out.

This year I found something that has really helped. It’s the ESV (English Standard Version) RSS feeds…. I was skeptical that I would hate reading on my computer (I normally do… I always prefer print), but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how consistent this has helped me be.

Similarly, Emily at Gray Muse has a brief post about how RSS feeds help her keep up with her daily Bible reading. She writes, “It’s nice because it’s right there on my computer and I can read while rocking Benjamin to sleep in his bouncy seat.”

If you don’t know, RSS feeds are like a daily email—a new reading comes to you every day. You can (probably) subscribe to them in your browser, your email program, or a site like Google Reader.

See all the ESV reading plans available online.

March 28, 2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:18 am | Comments Off »

Personal Size Reference Bible Review Roundup

Here are all the posts we could find that talk about the new ESV Personal Size Reference Bible, listed (roughly) in reverse chronological order:

The Foolish Galatian explains the perfect (though discontinued) highlighter to use (with pictures).

CROSS-eyed: “Must anticipated version of the ESV. The one downside to the traditional thinline was that it didn’t have references. Now, you can have the best of both worlds. Also, check out the cool covers.”

Duine Ruadh: “The type size doesn’t seem too small to me, but I have been using the Compact edition with its even tinier type. The Personal Reference type size edition seems huge by comparison.” In an earlier post: “My wonderful wife picked up an ESV Personal Reference Bible for me today. And I must say, I am very impressed. The size, type and layout are near perfect.”

Marklwardjr: “I really admire Crossway’s push for innovation in Bible publishing. And as an occasional graphic designer I am very pleased with their typography, too.”

Making a Splash: “For me, it is the perfect match between features and size…. This is a Bible that I can take anywhere and not feel like I have a brick in my hand. Together with the aforementioned preferred page layout, it is a real winner for me!”

Soul DeSaenz: “In this format the Bible is laid out much like a novel rather than a reference book. I believe this will help in Bible study and in gaining a better understanding of the context as opposed to just using verses for proof texts.” This review has lots of pictures of both the inside and outside of the Bible, including physical comparisons with other Bibles. Concerning the request for a calfskin edition of this Bible, you shouldn’t expect one this year (2008). However, on Amazon you can find a couple of otherwise-unannounced Personal Size Reference Bibles that are coming out this summer if you do some digging.

Bible Design & Binding: The über-review, with 3,500 words and twenty-one pictures.

Scott W. Kay: Why is a single-column typesetting important? “Bottom line: it’s all about readability—the ease of actually reading the Bible as a book, not just using it as a reference tool. Now there’s a thought.” Related post with pictures.

March 27, 2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:00 am | (4) Comments »

Family Bible Reading in the ESV

Andy at Unsearchable Riches writes about how he’s been reading through the ESV out loud with his family for the past four and a half years—they just finished the Old Testament and only have a couple of months left in the New Testament:

My guess is that reading the Bible like this has been more profitable for me than my wife and kids. Normally, they did not follow along with their own Bibles. We just didn’t have enough ESV’s to go around. Besides, when we started the kids didn’t know how to read. They were only 1, 3, and 5 at the time. So, they just listened to daddy as he read the passage. I suspect that the reading, therefore, was more meaningful for me than them. I would try to offer an occasional comment and bit of instruction to highlight the point of the passage. I wanted the kids to learn respect for Bible reading and to learn how to pay attention. It’s been four and a half years now through this project. Their comprehension has definitely increased as they grew older.

March 24, 2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:49 am | Comments Off »

Geography of Passion Week

This week is Passion Week (or Holy Week), the week that commemorates the final week of Jesus’ life. It encompasses Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through his resurrection on Easter.

Here’s a Google Map that shows what happened where during this week in and around Jerusalem (including a harmonization of the four Gospel accounts). Click a letter on the map for details of what occurred in each place.

Visit Google Maps to see this map.

The KML file lets you interact with this map in Google Earth. The KML file, including all the enclosed text, is available under a Creative Commons license. Please feel free to use it how you’d like.

(Obviously we don’t know the exact location of many of these events, but this map gives you a good idea.)

Adapted from data published by OpenBible.info.

March 20, 2008 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Digital News,News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 11:44 am | (10) Comments »