Josh at Ephemeros shares an anecdote about J.I. Packer not signing a copy of the ESV:
After I had my book [Knowing God] signed, many more pressed him. He signed books as he answered questions. The insight he provided into the Puritans in those few minutes still have a lasting impact on me. During the conversation, a young man (my age) approached Packer with a newly purchased ESV Bible (of which Packer was a general editor). Excitedly, he asked Packer to sign it and handed it to him. For a few moments Packer held the Bible in his hands, and quietly returned it to the young man. He said, “Son, this is God’s book. If you want it signed you will need to ask him.”
Erik at Irish Calvinist writes how the audio feature at the ESV site helps him memorize the Bible.
The voice is Max McLean. I have enjoyed listening to the text to help foster memory, meditation or just reinforcement before preaching. I’m sure you’ll find this feature to be helpful as well.
One of the commenters adds: “I have in the past recorded myself reciting the Scripture I wanted to memorise and played the recording on a loop while I walked around town on my lunch break. It was great for memorising. I think hearing my own voice helped.”
We’re pretty sure that having audio indexed and searchable at the verse level, rather than the chapter level, is unique to the ESV website. An article from 2006 discusses the technical background of “versifying” an audio Bible if you want to know how we did it.
Niel Nielson, the president of Covenant College, talks about the importance of reading and writing well, especially in the context of Bible reading and translation. For example:
The English Standard Version translation preserves the grammar of the original Greek, presenting [1 Peter 5:7] as a subordinate clause as follows:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
By faithfully rendering the grammar of the original, the ESV enables the reader immediately to see that there is a close connection between humility and getting rid of our anxiety. In fact, the reader is instructed to demonstrate true humility before God by casting all anxieties on him. Worry is pride, a refusal to acknowledge who God is and who we are.
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.
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.