Steve from Germany sends along the following endorsement, which we think illustrates how people are taking to the ESV around the world:
Munich International Community Church gladly endorses the ESV. We find that the clarity of the language and the transparency to the original text is a great asset for men and women for whom English is not their mother tongue. We have worshippers from over fifty different nations, and so many report that they find the ESV superior for reading and for personal study. Thanks again for your good work.
Tim at Timblog wrote a WordPress plugin that frequently switches the Bible verse shown on your blog.
appends a random Bible verse on every page in your blog. Here are some of the features:
- Verse cache for saving bandwidth and processing time
- Fully customizable CSS
- Choose verse update frequency
- Verse statistics
- Valid HTML/XHTML
- Random verse fetched from the ESV
We recommend that you not fetch new verses more than once an hour.
You might also be interested in the Verse of the Day WordPress Plugin, which only switches verses once per day.
BiblicalTraining.org offers over thirty courses you can download for free over the Internet to help you deepen your knowledge of the Bible, theology, and church history.
A number of people involved in the ESV or who are Crossway authors teach courses, including Bill Mounce, Paul House, John Piper, and Bruce Ware.
The site offers three tracks: Biblical Literacy, taught by Bill Mounce, gives you an overview of the New Testament. Lay Education provides instruction at a level appropriate for someone without seminary training. Leadership Education gives more in-depth versions of the Lay Education courses.
Download a lecture or two and listen to them on your commute, as you exercise, or in the quiet of your home. You can appreciate the Bible on more levels the more you learn about it.
Update: Jason mentions that Covenant Theological Seminary has posted their MA courses online in mp3 and pdf for free download.
InsertBible is a free plugin that lets you insert the text of the ESV into Microsoft Word documents alongside the original Greek and Hebrew. It gives you a lot of formatting options:
The output looks like:
The only catch is that you have to mail or fax a declaration to CCAT at the University of Pennsylvania (who makes the original languages available) before you can use the plugin. CCAT requires this step of anyone wanting to use their version of the text.
It’s a useful plugin if you often work with the original biblical languages—for example, if you’re in seminary. Learn more about InsertBible.
Marv at Asphaleia has an extensive post on the names of God in the Bible (and clears up some common misconceptions—“Jehovah Jireh” being the name of a place, not of God). It’s a helpful introduction/review of the Hebrew names for God and how English Bible versions translate them.
Here’s some trivia from the post:
One fun fact: the Hebrew system of numerals was a simple one in which the first letter aleph indicated one, the second letter beth was two, and so on until the letter yodh (y) which was the tenth letter and indicated 10. So to say eleven, one would write yodh aleph, for twelve, yodh beth and so on. Problem is when you get to 15 and 16, by this system they ought to be yodh he and yodh waw respectively (i.e. 10+5 and 10+6). Unfortunately, this would make YH and YW, two of the short forms of YHWH, and the sacred name was too holy to be used as common numerals. So instead, for these two numerals, one would write instead heth waw (9+6) and heth zayin (9+7).