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.
Todd at Faith By Hearing blogged a bit about commuting through the Bible for eight weeks by listening to the ESV read by Max McLean:
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.
Gary at A Friend of Christ blogs about coming across an ESV Single-Column Reference Bible in a Christian bookstore:
I took it out of the box. Black, soft, flexible, very nice! I could hardly believe it wasn’t real calfskin! They are really starting to work wonders with synthetic materials nowadays!…
The text sits in the center of a well-proportioned page. The margins are wide, but not so [wide] as to make a non-note-taker like me uncomfortable. The text column is made up of large-enough text that it’s easy to read and not too difficult to find the next line of text when you come to the end of the line on the right. It actually makes for a very attractive page. And with the 10-pt. text size, the 21 pound paper, and the calfskin-like TruTone cover, I found it to be a very nice, attractive Bible, if a little large at 6.5 X 9.25 inches, and probably 1 1/2 inches thick or more.
Gary’s talking about this Bible.
Also see his related thoughts about the ESV.
Scott at Wisdom of the Pages reviews the ESV Children’s Bible. In part:
The boys were so excited about the new Bibles they carried them around everywhere they went. The child-friendly aspects were not lost on the boys. They turn to passages more efficiently now. The illustrations captured their imaginations, and prompted them to much reading. Now, when I come home I am immediately greeted with, “I read a chapter of Dabiticus!” or “Daddy, my favorite book today is Ruth.”