Here’s how to add the ESV to your list of search providers in the new Firefox 2.0:
- Go to http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/. The search bar in the upper right corner will change color slightly.
- Click the button next to the search bar.
- Choose “Add ESV Bible” from the dropdown menu.
- The ESV now appears in the list of possible search engines. If you ever want to remove it, just choose “Manage Search Engines…” from the same dropdown menu.
We previously published a similar how-to for Internet Explorer 7. You can also still use the plugin for Firefox 1.5 (and earlier).
Amazingly, both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 use the same file format (OpenSearch) for their search plugins.
The ESV Wide Margin Reference Bible is coming this spring. It looks very similar to the Classic Reference Bible (two columns of text, center-column cross-references) and has 1.25-inch margins. The words of Christ are in black; in other words, it’s not red-letter. Like the Single Column Reference Bible, it includes minor textual updates to the ESV text.
It comes in three formats to start: campus hardcover (with a binding and appearance similar to the black Pew and Worship Bible), regular hardcover, and black genuine leather.
Here are the rest of the specs:
- 8.8-point type
- 14,500-entry concordance
- Words of Christ in black
- Size: 6″ x 9″
- Wide 1.25″ margins for notetaking
- Over 80,000 cross-references in the center column
- Free CD-ROM request card included
- Not thumb-indexed
- The Campus format features a binding similar to the Pew and Worship Bibles
- The inside is the same as the Classic Reference Bible with slightly smaller type
Crossway has announced the first of two new ESV editions that are coming out early next year: the Single Column Reference Bible.
This Bible features a single column of text, over 80,000 cross-references on the inside margins, and verse-by-verse layout instead of paragraphs. In other words, each verse begins on a new line. It incorporates the minor textual updates from the ESV Translation Oversight Committee meeting in 2005. Crossway designed this Bible especially for pastors and others who want to find a verse quickly.
It comes in four editions to start: Hardcover, TruTone, Genuine Leather, and Premium Calfskin Leather, ranging in price from $34.99 to $195.
Below is what a page looks like, or download a sample (pdf) of several pages in Matthew.
The ESV Thinline Regency Bible (Tapestry Design) is now available. It has a fabric cover and with its gilded page edges resembles a journal. It looks like other Classic Thinline Bibles inside.
Jason at Occupied with the Word has written a series of posts about audio Bibles. He concludes (with some caveats) that listening to an audio Bible provides a helpful supplement to studying the written text.
His main concern is whether listening to an audio Bible instead of reading the Bible results in our paying more attention to the person reading the Bible than to the text itself (or, ultimately, God). He also has concerns about using an audio Bible as a way to cram Bible study into your schedule rather than scheduling your time around studying the Word.
Jason gives three reasons for listening to the Bible:
Spiritual Growth… As I stated yesterday, audio Bibles used in conjunction with normal reading can accentuate understanding of the text and can also aid in retention. In that way it can be an excellent tool for hiding God’s Word within us. At the same time, some people are auditory learners. That is, they learn better through what they hear than through what they see or read….
History… [Before William Tyndale] much of the learning of the sacred Scriptures was through speech. Obviously this was not recorded speech, but it was through the medium of the spoken word. Through most of biblical history a great majority of people only knew of the Scriptures in this manner. Denying the continuance of this way of learning would be depreciating history.
Biblically… In essence God has designed the transmission of His Word from heaven to our hearts through the written word as well as the spoken word. God clearly indicates that learning the Scriptures may take place through the medium of speech. In fact, it is commanded in this text [Deuteronomy 6]!