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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: Editions,ESV | 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: ESV,General | 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,ESV,General,News & Announcements | Author: Crossway Staff @ 11:44 am | (10) Comments »

Why Scott Uses the ESV

Scott at These Are the Generations of… writes about why he uses the ESV:

[I] find myself more pleased and impressed with the ESV. In studying, preparing for a sermon, or digging into a delicate subject with my fellow elders, I generally use e-Sword Bible Study Software in order to view multiple translations and original languages side by side, including the ESV….

I can’t say enough good things about the ESV, and have settled on that one as my primary text… the ESV is like reading a work of literature–it is well crafted and every line break, every word, each point of punctuation is considered and captures the intent of the author. It is just a great effort and worthy of your investigation.

Thanks, Scott. We appreciate the post.

March 19, 2008 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:37 am | Comments Off »

Calculating Reading Levels

Carl Bialik in Friday’s Wall Street Journal writes about the difficulties in calculating grade levels for texts:

Word length is an imperfect measure [of grade level]. “Important” and “elephant” are long words that are easy for most readers, Dr. Schriver notes. Conversely, frustrated crossword solvers encounter plenty of uncommon three-letter words, such as adz, auk and lea. She adds that no formulas account for document layout — even short sentences with lean words are challenging when printed in an eight-point type.

The formulas have their defenders. Readability consultant William DuBay calls them “good enough,” and adds, “They’ve been extremely beneficial for millions of readers.” Among other uses, they were implemented to simplify newspaper writing a half-century ago, he says.

Some researchers are trying to make the formulas better, using new databases and computing power. Prof. Weir aims to create a formula that incorporates the frequency of words and word combinations in typical English writing, meaning “the” and “adz” finally can be distinguished.

We’ve talked about reading levels and text stats (including caveats) in prior posts.

March 17, 2008 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 10:41 am | Comments Off »