Two separate bloggers in the past few days have decided to talk about what they’re looking for in a Bible (specifically, an ESV).
First up is Justin at CROSS-eyed, who’s posted an open question (and poll) on his blog about which format of Bible you prefer. He writes:
Bonus question just for fun: Pretend you are sitting at a table with the people at Crossway. They ask, “We want to design a Bible just for you. How can we serve you best?” How would you answer?
We do read nearly every blog post we can find that mentions the ESV. So if there’s a Bible format that you’d particularly like to see, blogging about it is probably the best way to let us know about it. We make no guarantees that we’ll actually produce a Bible to your specs, of course, but we’ll almost certainly read your post with interest.
Separately, Thomas at Truth Is Still Truth describes the top 11 features he wants to see in a Bible. Quality construction, sewn bindings, three ribbons, wide margins—you name it, he mentions it.
He also talks about a five-column parallel Bible, with a column for notes, two for the original languages, one for English, and one for cross-references. Thomas rightly notes that such Bible would be a “behemoth.” But a future Amazon Kindle or similar device could conceivably give you all those features without the physical heft.
In a later post, Thomas discusses why he plans to buy the calfskin ESV Study Bible.