The ESV English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament is a finalist for the 2007 ECPA Christian Book Award in the “Bibles” category. The other finalists in this category are the Archaeological Study Bible, the Family Foundations Study Bible, the New Women’s Devotional Bible, and the TNIV Study Bible.
See the complete list of finalists in all six categories. “Presented annually to the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, the Christian Book Awards honor titles in six categories—Bibles, Bible Reference & Study, Christian Life, Fiction, Children & Youth, and Inspiration & Gift.”
Two Crossway books are finalists in other categories: What Jesus Demands from the World by John Piper (Christian Life category) and Your Special Gift by Max Lucado (Children & Youth category).
From Crossway’s press release:
The ESV Outreach New Testament was awarded the Gold Book Award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) at the 2007 ECPA Management Conference on Sunday, April 29th. More than 500,000 ESV Outreach New Testaments have been sold since its publication in September 2006.
The ESV Outreach New Testament has been the cornerstone of Crossway’s “Spread the Word!” campaign. Through this bold initiative, Crossway has subsidized a feature-filled ESV New Testament in order to make it available through Christian retail stores at $.50 per copy. As a result of this effort churches, ministries, and individuals have been able to purchase and distribute God’s Word in exciting new ways. More information about the campaign is available at http://spreadtheword.esv.org.
“Der Bettler” at Hoc Est Verum writes about the mishmash that often comes out when quoting a Bible verse from memory, a result of using and memorizing several different Bible translations over his life. He concludes:
My point is this: If you are in any position that requires you to read, recite, study, or teach the Scriptures, Confessions, or any other translated document— and that should cover pretty much everyone—keep translations in mind. If possible, try to use one translation of a text for a long period of time (decades, if possible). I know Luther spoke to this at one point but I seem to be unable to find the source. Modern Christians have enough hindrance to memorization from busy schedules, apathy, abundance of electronic sources, and the like. Anything we can do to promote memorization of important Scripture passages and the Catechism, we should do.
We encourage you to memorize portions the Bible regardless of which translation you choose. Memorization makes the Bible more a part of you.
Rick at This Lamp has a long, positive review of the ESV Single Column Reference Bible. It’s hard to pick out a paragraph to excerpt, but here’s one where he talks about the advantages of the verse-by-verse instead of a paragraph layout for this edition:
What may seem at first to be an odd choice in modern Bibles, the SCR forgoes paragraph format for an older style of verse-by-verse layout. I’ve even seen this aspect of the SCR criticized elsewhere, but I have to think that this choice was purposeful. Yes, in general, I’d say that paragraphed formatting is better so that one reads any particular verse in a greater context. Verses taken by themselves often have a potential to be exegetically misused. However, for anyone with the intelligence to pay attention to the paragraph marks included with the text, this shouldn’t be a problem. And as I said, I believe that such a formatting decision must have been purposeful because anyone who has ever taken notes in a Bible such as the classic NASB single-column reference Bibles knows that a verse-by-verse format allows for even more room to write, and it allows the brief note or two (as space allows) to be nestled in the absolute closest proximity to the text.
Rick notes some confusion about the size of the margins. They’re exactly 1.14″, which we generally round to 1 1/8 (1.125)″. As with all books, the margins may vary slightly depending on how the printer cut and bound the paper.
Logos has released a new version of their free BibleWidget for the Mac, which now includes the ESV. Use the BibleWidget to look up any verse in the Bible without starting a program or visiting a website.