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July 27, 2006 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:18 am | (2) Comments »

New Endorsement: Roy Christians

We’ve added a new endorsement to the Endorsements page:

“As I read and reread the entire ESV, I continue to be very impressed. It is my constant companion as I travel across Russia and the world. When I am with English speaking audiences, the ESV is the version from which I preach and teach.”
Roy Christians
National Director, Campus Crusade for Christ Russia
July 24, 2006 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:15 am | Comments Off »

Blogging the Bible, ESV-Style

The Wonders for Oyarsa blog has been blogging through the ESV Bible, inspired in part by the Slate project that approaches the Bible from a more secular perspective.

In the latest post (on Genesis 32-36), the blogger writes in part:

In a mystical and mysterious turn of events, Jacob has not been wrestling with a mere mortal: the intruder was God himself. And Jacob won! With wide eyes he realizes that he has “seen God face to face” and lived to tell about it.

There is something big going on here that I can’t quite get my finger on. Remember God’s words to Cain back in Genesis 4?

“Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will there not be a lifting of the face? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is against you, but you must rule over it.”

The next day Jacob bows to the ground before his brother Esau. Despite his fears, Esau embraces him in friendship, lifting up his face. Jacob marvels and says, “I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God.” He would know.

Need we point out that such an insight about the repeated lifting of the face imagery is only possible with a translation that conveys the words of the original Hebrew, not just the meaning of the idiom? (The ESV includes the literal rendering of this phrase in a footnote.)

Each post comes illustrated with an image by Gustave Doré from an 1865 edition of the Bible.

July 21, 2006 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:57 am | 1 Comment »

Four Reviews of the ESV Journaling Bible

We’ve discovered four blog reviews of the ESV Journaling Bible. Here are some excerpts.

First, Reid at Power of Change writes:

So far, I have been scribbling running verse by verse commentary in my two inch ruled margins. Others may want to journal prayers, thoughts about life, notes to God, etc. Most importantly, this may just help you Read your stinkin Bible. In doing so the wild and fantastic God of the universe may just grab you and throw you out into his mission. Then life just ceases to be normal. Read the book.

One last thought. I like this little edition so much that I think if Jonathan Edwards were alive, he might have just used a bunch of these little black books instead of the hand-sewn interleaved Bible which he used to write down thoughts in his tiny script.

Second, Adrian Warnock writes:

For I love this Bible already for what it represents. It allows a reversal of a decision I made not much less than two decades ago. Somehow I decided to stop writing in the Bible despite the fact that I had spent a few years writing notes in my Bible (actually mainly date references to the paper diary I was keeping at the time in the days pre-blog). So, after all these years I have decided that I will re-start writing in this new Bible, and indeed already have.

There is plenty of room in the ESV Journaling Bible for notes, and I wrote sermon notes intermingled with my own thoughts this morning at our regional celebration when about 10 newfrontiers churches all met together. Do get yourself one if you want to join me in annotating your Bible.

He also included a picture of how he’s used the Bible so far. In a separate post, he describes how he preached from the notes he wrote in the margins of the Bible.

Journaling Bible showing Adrian’s notes in the margin of Psalm 2

Third, Bro. Matt at Bro. Matt’s Blog writes:

I see myself writing in this edition frequently in my studies, then buying another when I have filled up this one. My desire is for my children and grandchildren to pull out this edition and see what their dad/granddad considered with each passage he read.

He’s been on an ESV blogging kick recently.

Fourth, Janelle at Girl Talk writes:

Mike came home from work the other day with something I just have to tell y’all about. It looked like a thick journal. It was black and had an elastic strap to hold it closed. He opened it to show me, and it was a Bible!…

Mike has come up with a unique plan for his Journaling Bible. He wants to fill the margins with his own reflections and pass it along to Caly someday. I can’t imagine a better gift for my little girl!

Finally, we should mention that Jason Ballard briefly wrote about the Journaling Bible.

(Disclosure: Crossway advertises on Adrian’s blog.)

July 19, 2006 | Posted in: Editions,ESV | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:53 am | (5) Comments »

The Joy of Greek (and Hebrew)

Chong Choe at Wisdom and Devotion blogs about her experience learning Greek and Hebrew. In part:

No matter how good the translation, there were many times when I felt that the English translation was awkward or incomplete—as if there was more to the message than the language revealed. This is why I started reading other versions of the Bible—hoping to gain insight with the different translations. I also bought a parallel Bible, which was the first time that I had read through the OT in the KJV. Even with the different translations, there was still something missing. So I then turned to a popular version of the Greek/English NT and the Hebrew/English OT. These tools were helpful (especially the lexicons), but the original languages were still foreign to me.

Since I began seminary, I’ve taken a year of Hebrew and I’m now taking a summer course in Greek (a year’s worth in seven weeks!). It’s been absolutely phenomenal. It’s opened up the Scriptures like never before. There is far more than I can possibly take in. I’m constantly seeing new things—some are theologically significant and others are just interesting. I still have a long way to go before I gain any sense of proficiency in either Hebrew or Greek. But even what I’ve learned so far has been so useful. I’ve always felt a tremendous sense of responsibility to rightly divide the word of truth.,,,

But even with the grueling schedule, it is my joy to do this. God deliberately chose these languages to reveal Himself to humanity. As I’m studying Hebrew and Greek, I’m beginning to see why. Both languages are so precise and expressive. I feel like I’ve gained so much already and I’m eager to finish the course and then go on to study both formally and informally.

July 17, 2006 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:02 am | Comments Off »