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Translating 2 Timothy 2:1

Ken at Ken’s Thoughts shares how accurately he thinks the ESV translates 2 Timothy 2:1:

The original language is clear in this verse, that the very first thing we must realize is that we must be empowered and strengthened by the grace that is in Christ if we are to be effective servants….

So, what does the ESV have to say?

“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,”

Exactly what Paul said.

Ken also makes a good case for comparing several translations to get a fuller sense of a verse’s meaning.

June 27, 2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:14 am | Comments Off »

A Six-Year Journey to the ESV

Dan at Servant’s Heart Fellowship shares why it took him nearly six years to start using the ESV in his preaching:

So what took so long for me to begin using it from the pulpit? Did I change my mind? No, but even though I loved the translation, I was curious to see if the ESV would become widely accepted by other evangelicals. It did. You can check out http://www.esv.org/ and see for yourself who endorses it. I also hesitated back in 2002 because I have this (perhaps sinful) resistance to jumping on bandwagons…. It turns out my hesitancy was totally unnecessary. The ESV is widely accepted and is quickly becoming the standard for many Christians. Including me.

June 25, 2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:33 am | Comments Off »

ESV Personal Size Reference Bible Review

Rae at raewhitlock.com reviews the ESV Personal Size Reference Bible on the classic continuum of “epic fail” to “epic win” and manages not to use the word “pwn” in his review. His conclusion:

With its combination of a great translation and a fantastic size and layout, I have a feeling that the PSR will be my primary Bible for reading, studying, teaching, and preaching for many years to come (despite the . . . passable binding). I wholeheartedly commend this edition to anyone looking for a new Bible, and recommend one of the TruTone editions if you have no plans to re-bind.

June 23, 2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:14 am | Comments Off »

The Bible, Wordled

Andrew at The Crazy Australian has Wordled the ESV New Testament (Wordle is a new tag-cloud application):

Tag cloud of the ESV New Testament created by Wordle. The most prominent words are “God,” Jesus,” Christ,” and “Lord.”

Here’s a Wordle we created of the complete ESV text:

Tag cloud of the ESV Bible created by Wordle. The most prominent words are “Lord,” “God,” “said,” and “people.”

Note: You need Java to use Wordle directly, but you can appreciate the static pictures in any browser.

June 20, 2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:44 am | (20) Comments »

Blogging through the ESV Literary Study Bible

Thomas at Still Truth is spending the month of June blogging through the ESV Literary Study Bible. He explains how he got the idea:

I noticed that I could sign up for a thirty day account [for the online Literary Study Bible] for free. This would enable me to have full access to the text, charts and summaries for thirty days. And then I hatched an idea: Why not read through the bible in thirty days? Yes, I mean read through the whole bible in a mere month June hath thirty days so it seems a good month to accomplish my goal. Of course June is also a busy month here in the tcblack household – so it will be a test as well.

Here’s what he’s written so far:

  1. Day 1: Genesis
  2. Day 2: End of Genesis
  3. Day 3: Exodus
  4. Day 4: Leviticus and Numbers
  5. Day 5: Numbers
  6. Day 6: Deuteronomy
  7. Day 7: Deuteronomy and Joshua
  8. Days 8-12: Judges and 1 Samuel
  9. Days 13-14: 2 Samuel through 2 Kings
June 18, 2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:13 am | Comments Off »